Keyword: Kentucky Derby

  • Big Truck is "Running for Re-Run" in the Kentucky Derby.

    Big Truck to Benefit ReRun on Derby Day

    The Barclay Tagg-trained Big Truck will be "Running for Re-Run" in the May 3 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

  • Downey: Derby by the (Speed) Numbers

    No one horse expected to run in the 2008 Kentucky Derby is an absolute standout if examined purely by the numbers produced for their best 3-year-old races by Brisnet, Beyer and Daily Racing Form. They're compiled here side-by-side for easy comparison.

  • Bennie Stutts, trainer of Smooth Air

    Stutts a Hit at Derby Trainers' Dinner

    An interview with Benny Stutts Jr. was the highlight of the annual Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners' and Breeders' Association's Derby trainers' dinner, as the 70-year-old trainer expressed his delight at preparing to saddle his first Kentucky Derby starter - Mount Joy Stables' Smooth Air.

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    Foaling Dates of Derby Contenders

    Poet T.S. Eliot labeled April "cruelest month," but it is not a bad month on stud farms for foaling winners of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). In fact, over the last eight years, April foals have won three runnings of the Derby. February, the month that gives us both Groundhog Day and Presidents Day despite being the shortest month of the year, has been responsible for five winners.

  • Larry Jones

    Ringing in the Derby With Larry Jones

    Should Eight Belles run on Saturday, she will provide trainer Larry Jones with his second Kentucky Derby (gr. I) starter. Last year he conditioned Hard Spun, who ran a credible second behind Street Sense and was also owned by Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farms.

  • HRTV's Target Louisville - 4/29 (Video)

    HRTV's originally produced show on the Derby contenders. Big Brown arrives, Tale of Ekati works, Big Brown and Recapturetheglory gallop, a look at the Oaks entries, and an interview with Nick Zito - his thoughts on his two Derby contenders and the rest of the field.

  • Recapturetheglory with owner Ronnie Lamarque, left, and trainer Louie Roussel

    Daily Derby Notes: April 29

    Tale of Ekati breezes, Big Brown checks out Churchill Downs, Pletcher's pair arrive April 30, Recapturetheglory gallops.

  • Big Brown, half brother to My Chestnut Girl.

    Lacy's Tickets Have Derby Connections

    When Tony Lacy was signing sale tickets for yearlings last year, the Kentucky-based bloodstock agent and Four Star Sales consultant didn't know that two of the horses would distinguish themselves by having siblings running in this year's Kentucky Presented By Yum Brands (gr. I).

  • Cowboy Cal Races to Help Fight Cancer

    Janice and Robert McNair of Stonerside Stable announced April 29 that any earnings by their homebred Cowboy Cal in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will be donated to the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, in memory of John Long.

  • Big Brown headed to the track at Churchill Downs April 29.

    Dutrow Remains Confident

    Ten years ago Rick Dutrow was living in a tack room at Aqueduct, determined to make it on his own in the racing industry. On the morning of April 28, he faced a room full of media members intent on covering the progress of his contender for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Bennie Stutts talks with the media on the Churchill Downs backside.

    Strutting with Stutts

    For 70-year-old trainer Bennie Stutts Jr., coming to the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with his first starter, Smooth Air, is a bit like getting the chance to play in another major sporting event.

  • Louie Roussel III at Churchill Downs during Derby Week.

    Recapturing Louie Roussel

    As trainer Louie Roussel III feeds his 3-year-old bay colt a mint to keep him quiet during a morning bath in the week leading up to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), it isn't so hard to imagine it is Risen Star being rinsed down, not the appropriately named Recapturetheglory.

  • Tale of Ekati worked at Churchill Downs April 29.

    Works for Tale of Ekati, Halo Najib

    With four days to go to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), only two classic contenders worked at Churchill Downs on the morning of Tuesday, April 29.

  • Morning Line: Super Tuesday

    Trainer Nick Zito is holding court with a ring of media members outside his barn. The two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer has two starters for Saturday's running: Cool Coal Man and Anak Naktal. Zito is talking about the subject of the year: synthetic surfaces. We have a feeling he's not a big fan.

  • Big Brown settles into his stall at Churchill Downs.

    Brown In Town

    Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Big Brown shipped into Churchill Downs April 28, exhibiting the same ease with which he earned his latest five-length victory.

  • Julien Leparoux

    Derby Jockey Profiles: Julien Leparoux

    Julien Leparoux adds a bit of French flair to the American racing scene, having developed a strong career in Central Kentucky at tracks such as Keeneland and Churchill Downs after getting his start on horseback in his native country.

  • Jose Lezcano

    Derby Jockey Profile: Jose Lezcano

    Jose Lezcano answered the questions for this interview on the telephone, through the interpretation of his agent, Jason Bidas, while laughing hysterically in the background.

  • Big Brown shortly after arriving at Churchill Downs Monday afternoon.

    Daily Derby Notes: April 28

    Denis of Cork in after Behindatthebar skips Derby; five others turn in works; Big Brown to arrive Monday afternoon.

  • "Derby Day Live" – Streaming Video

    In partnership with WLEX-TV (Lexington, KY - NBC Affiliate), BloodHorse.com will be offering live streaming video from Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 3rd. The local coverage begins at 9:00 am and will be available until 4:00 pm.

  • Denis of Cork, who worked four furlongs Monday, is now in the Derby field after the defection of Behindatthebar.

    Behindatthebar Skips; Denis of Cork In

    The Sanan family's Padua Stables' Behindatthebar will not enter the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and instead will point for the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I). The decision opens the door for Mr. and Mrs. William Warren's Denis of Cork who had been 21st on the graded earnings list.

  • Visionaire working at Churchill Downs April 28.

    Visionaire Breezes As Expected

    Michael Matz didn't expect Visionaire to sizzle in his final work before the Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I), so the trainer was satisfied when the colt breezed a half-mile in :48.40 Monday morning at Churchill Downs.

  • Morning Line Goes To The Derby: Apr. 28

    Richard Migliore bounds through Barn 45 at Churchill Downs at a few minutes past nine. That's late for a racetracker, but the jet-setting jockey has a valid excuse. He just got into town.

  • Z Fortune turned in his final Derby work Monday morning at Churchill Downs.

    Final Works for Pyro, Z Fortune

    The Steve Asmussen-trained duo of Pyro and Z Fortune kicked off the week leading up to Saturday's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with their final workouts Monday, April 28.

  • Colonel John during his April 27 work at Churchill Downs.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: California Comets

    With each day, more and more questions are being answered. We now know Colonel John at least can work like the dickens on dirt; we know that Proud Spell will run in the Oaks, letting Bob Black Jack in the Derby; we know that Smooth Air is feeling fine again; and we know that Gayego is looking and training awesome.

  • Adriano was one of several Derby hopefuls to work out at Churchill Downs Sunday morning.

    Daily Derby Notes: April 27

    Colonel John posts bullet five furlongs; Adriano, Bill Mott duo of Derby contenders also post workouts.

  • Recapturetheglory, shown during a recent workout at Churchill Downs

    De Merics Rooting for Recapturetheglory

    Nick and Jaqui de Meric will have a special rooting interest in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Recapturetheglory, who will be running for the roses May 3 at Churchill Downs after capturing the Illinois Derby (gr. II) by four lengths, is a graduate of the couple's Florida-based pinhooking program.

  • Colonel John turned in a sizzling five furlong work at Churchill Downs April 27.

    Colonel John Fires off :57 4/5 Work

    WinStar Farm's Colonel John, one of the favorites for Saturday's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), solidified his status with a scintillating five-furlong bullet work over the main track at Churchill Downs Sunday morning.

  • Court Vision gets in a five furlong work at Churchill Downs April 27.

    Mott Horses on Track

    Concerned about forecasts for rain in upcoming days, trainer Bill Mott worked his two contenders for the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs on Sunday, April 27.

  • Adriano worked five furlongs at Churchill Downs April 27.

    Adriano Drills 5Fs in 1:00 4/5

    Adriano worked five furlongs at Churchill Downs Sunday morning in preparation for the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). The striking chestnut son of A.P. Indy got the distance in 1:00 4/5 under exercise rider Xavier Aizpuru.

  • Smooth Air returned to the track April 27 after missing two days of training due to a fever.

    Smooth Air Back on the Track

    Mount Joy Stables' Smooth Air and 70-year-old trainer Bennie Stutts saw things return to normal Sunday, April 27, at Churchill Downs, including the colt's temperature, appetite and morning regimen.

  • Proud Spell will run in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 2 at Churchill Downs.

    Proud Spell to Oaks Only

    Former Kentucky Gov. Brereton C. Jones said April 27 that Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) winner Proud Spell would be pointed only to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and not the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Sunday Morning Line: Twice on Sunday

    Mike Barnes is a big LSU fan. He can't help but hide it. The exercise rider's helmet has the distinctive "LSU" logo that adorns the Tiger's football helmets. "I bleed purple and gold," the Louisiana native says. "I've been a fan since birth."

  • Macho Again powers to victory in the Derby Trial.

    Macho Again Overpowers Derby Trial

    West Point Thoroughbreds' Macho Again had the determination to overcome four graded stakes winners, plus four others, when he powered to the lead in the $115,200 Derby Trial at Churchill Downs April 26.

  • Garrett Gomez

    Derby Jockey Profile: Garrett Gomez

    With a nationwide network of top clients and an agent who keeps him on the country's best horses, Garrett "Go-Go" Gomez used up enough frequent flier miles last year to earn him plenty of free trips to Louisville. Now the key is finding a winner in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • HRTV's Target Louisville - 4/26 (Video)

    HRTV's originally produced show on the Derby contenders. The show moves to Louisville and begins airing daily. Today's episode includes the news of the day, a report on the works from the week, and an Oaks update.

  • David Flores

    Derby Jockey Profile: David Flores

    David Flores has been around the block a time or two, but he has yet to find his way to the Kentucky Derby winner's circle. This year, he has two potential mounts in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Colonel John grazing with trainer Eoin Harty.

    Daily Derby Notes: April 26

    Big Brown to ship Monday, Big Truck and Tale of Ekati arrive, Gayego Works, Smooth Air fights Fever, Monba and Cowboy Cal work at Keeneland, Colonel John gallops.

  • Arkansas Derby winner Gayego working at Churchill Downs on April 26.

    Lobo, Smith Fly in for Gayego Work

    Trainer Paulo Lobo and jockey Mike Smith flew to Louisville, Ky., from California April 26 for the final work by Gayego before the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Monba and Cowboy Cal, shown finishing 1-2 in the Blue Grass, worked at Keeneland on April 26.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4155539%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Monba, Cowboy Cal Work at Keeneland

    Before the running of last year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Keeneland Race Course was overrun with trainers whose potential contenders were squeezing in final works prior to shipping up to Churchill Downs. This year, Todd Pletcher cut a lonely figure along the rail at the Lexington oval as he sent Behindatthebar to gallop and then watched Monba and Cowboy Cal complete their final preparations April 26.

  • HRTV's Target Louisville - 4/24 (Video)

    HRTV's originally produced weekly show on top Derby prospects and the road to the Triple Crown. This week's episode includes a recap of the injury report, works by Big Truck and Tale of Ekati, a recap of the Coolmore Lexington, Gary Stevens' thoughts from Kentucky, what makes a good Derby Work, a focus on Bob Black Jack, including an interview with his trainer, James Kasparoff, and Jeff Siegel's Top 10.

  • The Morning Line Returns for Derby 134

    It's baaaack. Starting Sunday, April 27, and running daily through Kentucky Derby day, May 3, The Morning Line returns to bloodhorse.com. The feature, first unveiled during the 2006 run up to the Kentucky Derby, offers a behind-the-scenes look at the participants and players of Thoroughbred racing during racing's major events.

  • Street Sense Team to Sign New Derby Book

    The team that won the 2007 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with Street Sense will reunite at Churchill Downs, the scene of their stirring victory, for a special book signing April 27

  • The next work for Colonel John, shown in a April 20 work at Santa Anita, will be determined by the weather.

    Daily Derby Notes: April 25

    Trainers watching weather, Colonel John, Denis of Cork, and Gayego gallop, Anak Nakal and Recapturetheglory work.

  • Javier Castellano

    Derby Jockey Profile: Javier Castellano

    Javier Castellano buys you a drink, then wraps the glass in a napkin so your hands don't get cold. If you're standing and he's sitting, he jumps up to offer his chair. In the paddock, greeting owners, he doffs his helmet with remarkable chivalry. And he loves puppies and kittens, which has nothing to do with racing, but adds to his delightful personality. We've dubbed him the most charming jockey riding in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Manoel Cruz

    Derby Jockey Profile: Manoel Cruz

    Manoel Cruz has never won a grade I race, and his most significant career victory came in a grade II event with a purse of $200,000. On May 3, he'll tackle the $2-million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) aboard Smooth Air.