Keyword: Kentucky Derby

  • Cowtown Cat, here breezing over the Keeneland Polytrack last week, turned in another good work for Todd Pletcher this morning.<br><a target="blank" href="http://pictopia.com/perl/gal?gallery_id=14779&sequencenum=0&provider_id=368&process=gallery&page=thum target="blank" href=""></a target="blank" href="http://pictopia.com/perl/gal?gallery_id=14779&sequencenum=0&provider_id=368&process=gallery&page=thum>

    Pletcher Pleased with Cowtown Cat Work

    Calling the :58.91 move "as good as a horse could work," trainer Todd Pletcher expressed great pleasure with the five-furlong performance of Cowtown Cat over the Keeneland Polytrack Saturday morning.

  • Chelokee will skip Derby; Preakness possible.

    No Derby Repeat for Matz; Chelokee to Return to Maryland

    Trainer Michael Matz was enthused with a strong gallop by Centennial Farm's Chelokee on Friday at Keeneland, but said a bid for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) had been ruled out for the third-place finisher in the Florida Derby (gr. I).

  • What's in a Name? Tradition, Humor

    To aid in unscientific handicapping (and for the entertainment of trivia aficionados), here are the stories behind the titles of this year's contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Illinois Derby winner Cowtown Cat, 1.5 million auction horse

    Two Seven-Figure Auction Horses Among Derby Candidates

    Many of this year's candidates for the Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I), were offered at public auction before they began their racing careers. Two sold for more than $1 million apiece, but you could have purchased some of them for less than $100,000.

  • Downey Profile: 'Horse for Course' Hasn't Worked in Derby

    At TheDowneyProfile.com, we utilize thirteen factors more common to Kentucky Derby winners than non-winners, based on our 34-year study, in order to create an objective, weighted-factor predictor of Kentucky Derby success. One factor that we do not use is the "horse for the course" handicapping angle, the one that looks to horses that have run well at Churchill Downs.

  • Great Hunter, winning the Lane's End, has a pedigree that indicates he will get the 1 1/4 mile distance in the Kentucky Derby.<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%3D588554%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Won't You Stay, Just a Little Bit Farther

    With speed the primary ingredient in the Thoroughbred, and true stamina being pushed deeper and deeper into a horse's pedigree, we have to try to find staying power wherever we can. Although old-fashioned stamina on the sire's side no longer is necessary to win the Derby, it still has been a main factor on the dam's side.

  • Oaks and Derby Contenders to Benefit RFE

    One Kentucky Oaks and four Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (both gr. I) contenders will be helping young people to obtain a college degree. As part of the Race For Education's Racehorse Nomination Program, a portion of any earnings by Street Sense, Cowtown Cat, Any Given Saturday, Sam P., and Appealing Zophie will go to the non-profit organization, which funds scholarships and educational grants for young people in the equine industry.

  • HRTV's Live Derby Coverage Begins April 28

    HorseRacing Television's popular weekly show "Target Louisville" will be broadcast daily as "Target Louisville Live," offering racing fans up-to-date information developments directly from Churchill Downs leading up to the 133rd edition of the Kentucky Derby.

  • NBC's Barbaro Documentary Premieres Sunday

    NBC's one-hour documentary, "Barbaro: A Nation's Horse," will premiere Sunday, April 29, on what would have been the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner's fourth birthday.

  • Churchill Downs to Honor Barbaro, Jacksons on Derby Day

    Representatives from Churchill Downs will honor the late 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Barbaro and his owners, Roy and Gretchen Jackson, during a winner's circle ceremony at this year's Derby May 5. The ceremony will take place between races six and seven at approximately 2:30 p.m. EDT.

  • Churchill to treat Queen to Kentucky cuisine.

    Churchill Downs Preparing a Meal Fit for the Queen

    When Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip attend the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 5, they will enjoy a meal fit for a queen. Executive chef Gil Logan of Levy Restaurants, the official caterer for Churchill Downs, will showcase authentic Derby cuisine made with the finest, freshest ingredients, many from Kentucky Proud producers in the Bluegrass State.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Made To Be Broken

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - This year brings us to a couple of tried and tested chapters from the unwritten trainers' manual regarding the Kentucky Derby: the "two-prep" and "unraced juvenile" rules.

  • Dual Derby prep winner Curlin waits to take his turn on the Polytrack surface during a busy work slate Monday at Keeneland.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: My New Kentucky Home

    Greetings from...Keeneland? That's right, Keeneland, home of the Kentucky Derby horses. Well, at least for many of them, and at least for a while. Although several trainers will begin shipping their horses to Churchill Downs this week, Todd Pletcher and Doug O'Neill will complete their works at Keeneland, with Pletcher staying put until next Tuesday.

  • NTRA Teleconference Focuses on Equine Health, Final Derby Preps

    In an NTRA Road to the Triple Crown teleconference April 17, equine orthopedic surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage discussed equine health and safety issues while trainers Phil Sims, Dick Small, and Mark Shuman talked about their plans for the upcoming Coolmore Lexington (gr. II) and Federico Tesio (gr. III) Stakes on Saturday.

  • Dominican (2) edges Street Sense in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1008473%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Bye, Bye Miss American Pie

    The death of Buddy Holly on Feb. 3, 1959 was "the day the music died." April 14, 2007 was the day dirt racing in America died. That may sound harsh and premature, but if races like the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) are what we have to look forward to in the future, then we have indeed seen the beginning of the end of dirt racing as we know it.

  • Ownership dispute over Lane&#39;s End Futurity winner Great Hunter settled.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D588554%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Great Hunter Dispute Settled

    A dispute over the ownership of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands contender Great Hunter has been settled by J. Paul Reddam and Fifth Third Bank.

  • Risen Star winner Notional will miss Derby after fracturing his leg.

    Fracture Knocks Notional Off Derby Trail

    Florida Derby (gr. I) runner-up Notional suffered non-displaced condylar fracture of his left ankle Saturday morning at Keeneland and will not run in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), owner J. Paul Reddam said.

  • Derby Tickets Available Through Public Drawing

    For the first time in the history of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Churchill Downs will host a public drawing for Derby fans to purchase two seats to the upcoming race. Churchill Downs will offer a total of 1,000 reserved seats, which will be sold in pairs of two beginning at 8 a.m. EDT April 14.

  • Lane&#39;s End winner Hard Spun is Derby bound.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D923452%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Hard Spun Derby Bound After Sharp Breeze

    Fox Hill Farm's Hard Spun stamped his ticket to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) Thursday by breezing five furlongs in a bullet 1:00 1/5 at Churchill Downs and showing trainer Larry Jones that he handles the surface.

  • Champion Street Sense, on the track at Churchill Downs Monday, breezed on Tuesday in preparation for the Blue Grass Stakes.

    Street Sense Turns in Final Blue Grass Prep

    James Tafel's Street Sense, a major contender for the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on May 5, tuned up for a run in Saturday's $750,000-added Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland with a five-furlong workout on Tuesday at Churchill Downs.

  • Hard Spun Out of Blue Grass; Five-Horse Field Likely

    After the defection of Hard Spun, five horses remain as "probable" contenders for Saturday's $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I), including Street Sense, Great Hunter, Zanjero, Dominican, and Teuflesberg. Starbase, from the stable of trainer D. Wayne Lukas, is also possible for the field.

  • Lane&#39;s End winner Hard Spun may not run in the Derby.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D923452%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Hard Spun Likely to Skip Blue Grass Stakes

    Following the defection from the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) of Any Given Saturday, it now looks as if the 1 1/8-mile test at Keeneland also will lose Lane's End (gr. II) winner Hard Spun, who will either go straight to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. II) or point for the Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) and Preakness (gr. I).

  • Jockey Edgar Prado holds the saddle that he used to ride Barbaro in the 2006 Kentucky Derby which he has signed and is donating to a special auction to benefit permanently disabled jockeys.

    Disabled Jockeys' Fund Lacking Financial Support

    During a press conference held at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning, Jockeys' Guild manager Dwight Manley called for support of the Disabled Jockeys' Fund as Edgar Prado formally donated the saddle worn by Barbaro, winner of the 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), to the fund.

  • Triple Crown Dates Set as National Fundraising Days for Barbaro Fund

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Churchill Downs, Magna Entertainment, and the New York Racing Association announced March 20 that Kentucky Derby day, Preakness Stakes day, and Belmont Stakes day have been established as national fundraising dates for the NTRA Charities â€" Barbaro Memorial Fund.

  • Champion Street Sense, winning the Breeders&#39; Cup Juvenile, faces a stiff challenge in the Tampa Bay Derby.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D633913%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Steve Haskin's Weekend Analysis: Tampa Tussle Highlights Derby Preps

    The Derby trail hits four fronts this weekend, with all eyes on Tampa Bay Downs, Oaklawn Park, Santa Anita, and Sunland Park. Although the races in general are more about potential stars than proven stars, that certainly doesn't apply to the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) which features the match-up of the year, so far.

  • Churchill Downs to Offer Podcasts for Derby and Oaks

    Racing fans can experience all of the action from the 2007 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr.I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) prep seasons in a new way this year, through the official Web site of the Kentucky Derby, www.kentuckyderby.com. Churchill Downs will offer free video podcasts for the two prep seasons featuring updates on the contenders, replays of prep races and interviews with top handicappers. The racetrack will host the 133rd running of the Kentucky Oaks May 4 and the 133rd Kentucky Derby May 5.

  • Champion Street Sense, Nobiz Like Shobiz Favored in Derby Future Pool Two

    Champion Street Sense and Nobiz Like Shobiz each closed at odds of 9-2 during the first of four days of betting in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2. The mutuel field, the betting interest that includes all 3-year-olds other than the 23 individual horses in Pool 2 and the 4-1 morning line favorite for the pool, stood as the 10-1 third choice at the end of the first day of betting.

  • Churchill Downs Adds Quarantine Facility

    Foreign horsemen who wish to ship their Thoroughbreds to compete in the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and other races at Churchill Downs will benefit from an on-track quarantine and isolation facility now located on the grounds.