Keyword: Kentucky Derby

  • Barclay on Showing Up: 'He's Very, Very Fast'

    Barclay Tagg-trained Showing Up made his way around the Churchill Downs grounds Friday morning, one day after the undefeated Lexington Stakes (gr. II) winner arrived in Louisville, Ky., on a flight from New York for Saturday's Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Churchill Downs president and CEO Tom Meeker receives award for years of service to Churchill as Nasdaq rep Bruce Aust, left front, Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, left back, and Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher look on.

    Outgoing 'Caretaker of the Derby' Reflects on Tradition, Changes

    For Churchill Downs Inc. president and chief executive officer Tom Meeker, being what he calls a "caretaker of the Derby" is one of his jobs. But that doesn't mean there can't be change for the world's most recognized horse race, or other aspects of the industry for that matter, he said.

  • Derby Forecast: Cool and Dry

    Unlike earlier in the week when a possibility of showers was in the forecast for Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, the latest predictions call for partly sunny, cool and dry conditions for the 132nd Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Looking for Sire Power in the Derby

    One thing the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) has taught us over the years is that the winner can come from anywhere. And the same goes for the winner's sire.

  • Florida Derby winner Barbaro.

    3-Year-Olds Affirm Their Quality as Derby Approaches

    Like any kind of crop, a 3-year-old crop requires time to grow before it can be determined whether it is weak or strong. In racing, people have a tendency to denounce a 3-year-old crop in its infantile stages, and then praise it when it suddenly bears fruit right before the Kentucky Derby.

  • Ferdinand Derby Anniversary Impetus for Slaughter-Ban Push

    Supporters of legislation that would ban the transport of horses to slaughter for human consumption are hopeful the measure will pass Congress this year, a co-sponsor of the bill said May 3. Meanwhile, members of the Kentucky horse industry have united to form the Kentucky Equine Humane Center, a shelter and adoption service for unwanted horses of all breeds.

  • Three Excluded from Oversubscribed Kentucky Derby

    Three horses, including Florida Derby (gr. I) third-place finisher Sunriver, were excluded when 23 horses were entered Wednesday for Saturday's Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) that is limited to 20 starters on the basis of earnings in graded stakes.

  • Pletcher Armed and Ready

    Even with two definite contenders going into the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Todd Pletcher remained calm and collected May 3, giving out instructions to exercise riders from his pony in the final countdown to the big day.

  • Deputy Glitters tunes up for Saturday's run.

    Deputy Glitters is Final Derby Horse to Work

    The last workout by a candidate for Saturday's Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) was turned in Wednesday when Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) winner Deputy Glitters was timed in 1:03 1/5 for five furlongs.

  • Wednesday Morning Line at Churchill Downs

    At the racing office for the draw for the order of post position draw later today at Fourth Street Live! The atmosphere is almost party like. There are a few nervous faces, but overall most people are in a jovial mood.

  • Happy Birthday! Foaling Dates of Derby Contenders

    On Monday, did anybody wish Derby contender Seaside Retreat happy birthday? Someone should have, because May 1 was his foaling date. While all horses foaled in the Northern Hemisphere have the universal birth date of Jan. 1 as their official age of racing, not all of this year's contenders are actually 3-year-olds.

  • Fletcher Distributes First Breeders' Incentive Fund Check

    Just days before the Run for the Roses, Gov. Ernie Fletcher made a trip to Churchill Downs to present the first Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders' Incentive Fund check. The recipients were Mike and Jeanne Owens, owners of Kentucky-bred Sinister Minister, winner of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) April 15.

  • Baffert Pair, A. P. Warrior Arrive

    The Tex Sutton plane carrying Bob and John, Point Determined, and A. P. Warrior arrived at Louisville Airport at about 11:20 a.m. following an uneventful flight from California.

  • Forecast for More Rain Derby Week

    Should you adjust your handicapping for this year's Derby to decide who you think might run best on an off track? Well...maybe.

  • Tuesday Morning Line at Churchill Downs

    Jockey John McKee shares a chat with <b>Bonnie Holthus</b> back at their barn after <b>Lawyer Ron</b> took a tour of the track Tuesday morning. Bonnie is the wife of trainer <b>Bob Holthus</b>, or "Mr. Bob" as he's called at his base at Oaklawn Park.

  • Haskin on Lawyer Ron: &quot;This colt has a &#39;go&#39; button and nothing else.&quot;

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Brother, Where Art Thou?

    It's becoming an adventure waiting for jockeys to arrive for morning works. Unlike Kent Desormeaux, who never showed up for Sweetnorthernsaint's work on Saturday, Alex Solis did make it to Churchill Monday morning to work Brother Derek following a flight from Los Angeles to Cincinnati.

  • Trainer Steve Asmussen, got Derby week off to a good start.

    Asmussen: Duo Ready for Derby Challenge

    Although neither of his horses will be among the favorites for Saturday's Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Steve Asmussen has a comfort level with how both Private Vow and Storm Treasure are coming into the race.

  • McLaughlin Returns With Late-Running Jazil

    Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is no stranger to Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby. The 45-year-old Lexington native was a long-time assistant to five-time Derby winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas and last year sent out 71-1 Closing Argument, a surprise runner-up behind Giacomo. This year, the laid-back Kentuckian hopefully has two horses for this year's Run for the Roses in Jazil and Flashy Bull.

  • Evan Hammonds reports from Churchill Downs, beginning Monday of Derby Week.

    Morning Line Goes to the Kentucky Derby

    Beginning May 1 and running daily through Derby Day, bloodhorse.com introduces <b>Morning Line</b>, a new feature designed to bring the horses, people, and places of Thoroughbred racing closer to racing enthusiasts.

  • Lawyer works Saturday morning! Kentucky Derby hopeful Lawyer Ron, that is - one of nine who dodged the raindrops at Churchill Downs.

    Working Out: Busy Morning at Churchill Downs

    With one week to go before the 132nd running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), 13 candidates for the 1 1/4-mile classic were on the track at Churchill Downs Saturday morning, going through their final workouts before the rain that was forecast for later in the day in Louisville, Ky.

  • Brother Derek trainer Dan Hendricks talks with media, Friday at Churchill Downs.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Stars Filling up Derby Dream Barn

    Dan Hendricks clutched several carrots in his hand, as he watched Brother Derek get his morning bath following the colt's first gallop over the Churchill Downs strip. Just then, someone from a passing car on Longfield Avenue shouted, "Go, Brother, go!" For the first time, Derby electricity was in the air.

  • Churchill Downs Introduces $1 Million Derby 'Super' Challenge

    Churchill Downs is offering Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) fans a chance to take home a million-dollar prize May 6. The Kentucky Derby "Super" Challenge, a free online contest that debuts this year, offers participants the opportunity to win up to $1 million by selecting the winning superfecta in the Derby.

  • Kentucky Derby favorite Brother Derek arrives at Churchill Downs.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Hello, Brother

    The Kentucky Derby favorite has arrived in all his glory. At around 11:30 Thursday morning, Brother Derek stepped off the Tex Sutton chartered plane and onto a one-horse van, which delivered him safe and sound to his new home at Churchill Downs.

  • Derby prospect Seaside Retreat worked five furlongs at Churchill Thursday morning.

    Seaside Retreat Confirmed for Derby After Strong Workout

    William S. Farish, Jr.'s Seaside Retreat displayed his affinity for the Churchill Downs surface during a strong workout Thursday morning, after which trainer Mark Casse said the colt was confirmed for the May 6 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Smarty Jones took the Arkansas route to Derby success.

    Different Roads Taken to Derby Success

    If it is true that history repeats itself, the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) presented by Yum! Brands has plenty of historical trends to follow. However, the fact that it has a varied history makes it hard to pick exactly which trend to follow.

  • Haskin: Cause to Believe&#39;s &quot;small, Arabian-like head makes him an attractive and appealing individual.&quot;

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Sweet New Faces and More on the Way

    The biggest news of the day was the arrival Tuesday of Sweetnorthernsaint and Cause to Believe. With a lack of work activity once again, the talk of the morning was the cold and the unveiling of the new Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) saddle towels, which appear to be designed with the sole intention of going unnoticed.

  • Horse Power Launches Derby Blog

    Horse Power LLC announced Tuesday that it has launched an online blog devoted to the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Sharp Humor, whom trainer Dale Romans says will attempt to take the early lead in the Kentucky Derby.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Romans Issues Warning

    Sinister Minister or no Sinister Minister, Sharp Humor is the one they'll have to catch on May 6, says the colt's trainer Dale Romans. And any horse who dares look Romans' gladiator in the eye early in the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will pay the price.

  • Lawyer Ron trainer Bob Holthus

    For Derby Trainers, Wait Is Almost Over

    Three first-time Kentucky Derby trainers joined veteran conditioner Bob Holthus on a national teleconference April 25 to discuss final preparations for their horses heading into the Derby.