Despite suffering from a spring-time cold, trainer Todd Pletcher was active Saturday morning when he sent Bluegrass Cat, Keyed Entry, and Sunriver to the racetrack for their final Kentucky Derby works.
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.
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 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.
Friday was another relatively quiet day on the backside at Churchill Downs, as none of the 22 horses being pointed toward the May 6 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) worked on a dry sunny morning.
If you're a Kentucky Derby handicapper, you've probably heard on occasion that early-born foals have an advantage when racing on the first Saturday in May. However, matters of record lead to the opposite conclusion.
This may color your decision-making in regard to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
The National Weather Service issued its 10-day forecast today that extends through May 6, otherwise known as Kentucky Derby day.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Joseph LaCombe Stables homebred Deputy Glitters worked five furlongs in 1:01.46 at Belmont Park in preparation for the May 6 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Horse Power LLC announced Tuesday that it has launched an online blog devoted to the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
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.
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.
For the connections of Flashy Bull and Sunriver, there are three things on their mind this week - Showing Up's puncture wound, Seaside Retreat's workout on Thursday, and Mister Triester's performance in Saturday's Derby Trial Stakes. Only after that will they know whether they've made it into the Derby field.
ReRun, a 501(c)(3) non-profit adoption organization, announced April 24 that a select group of its signature "Moneigh" paintings created by past Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winners and other notable racehorses are now available on eBay.
Join renowned NBC broadcaster Tom Hammond as he prepares to host this year's 132nd running of the Kentucky Derby. Hammond will share his memories and insights on the eve of racing's most celebrated event and be the special guest live online for the Wednesday, April 26th edition of bloodhorse.com "Talkin' Horses" beginning at Noon.
Trainer Barclay Tagg says plans have been made for Showing Up to run in the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on May 6, but first the colt must recover from a leg injury sustained during his victory in the Coolmore Lexington Stakes.
Churchill Downs announced Monday that Jockey Club Suites are still available for rental during their April 29-July 16 Spring Meet, with a few remaining for Kentucky Derby Week.
The Kentucky Derby (gr. I) victory by Triple Crown champion Secretariat will be commemorated by Churchill Downs in a limited edition offering of Kentucky Derby mint julep glasses that highlight the track record set by "Big Red" in the 1973 Run for the Roses.
Stan Fulton's A.P. Warrior worked seven furlongs in 1:27.40 in company over a track labeled "fast" Monday morning at Hollywood Park as he continued his preparations for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) presented by Yum! Brands.
Where are all the Derby horses? Times have changed from the days when trainers shipped their Derby horses to Churchill Downs several weeks before the big race. Here we are less than two weeks out and only one shipper has arrived.
There is some good news for lovers of tradition. A sign promoting Yum! Brands, the first-ever presenting sponsor of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), will be less prominent in its placement than originally planned in the area near Churchill Downs' famed Twin Spires.
Numerous events over the weekend changed the makeup of the potential field for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Ranked by earnings in graded stakes, which will determine the Derby field if more than 20 horses are entered, here is the latest contender list, including jockeys.
Lael Stables' unbeaten Barbaro, winner of the Florida Derby (Grade I), worked five furlongs in 1:01.40 at Keeneland racecourse Sunday morning in his final preparation for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Private Vow and Storm Treasure, two Steve Asmussen-trained contenders for the May 6 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), put a smile on their trainer's face after working in company at Churchill Downs Monday morning.
Trainer Bob Holthus is back in Louisville following another successful meet at his winter base at Oaklawn Park, but there's a difference this year for the 53-year training veteran.
Trainer Todd Pletcher has decided take a chance with Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contender Sunriver, so the colt will not run in Saturday's $325,000-added Coolmore Lexington (gr. II) at Keeneland.
Purdedel Stable's Sharp Humor, winner of the Swale (gr. II) and runner-up to unbeaten Barbaro in the Florida Derby (gr. I) breezed one mile at Churchill Downs April 20 in preparation for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 6.
Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Bob and John and Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) runner-up Point Determined both worked five furlongs in a bullet :59 1/5 at Santa Anita Tuesday as they begin their serious training for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Godolphin Racing announced Tuesday that UAE Derby (UAE-II) winner Discreet Cat will miss the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and will be pointed toward major races during the second half of the U.S. racing year.
Suddenly, all the fast horses in this year's Run for the Roses don't seem that fast anymore.
Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Brother Derek breezed five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 at Santa Anita Monday.
First Samurai has been deleted from the graded earnings list after Monday's announcement that he won't be entered in the Kentucky Derby.
Keyed Entry, who finished third in the Wood Memorial (gr. I), will ship to Churchill Downs Monday, and if he trains to the satisfaction of trainer Todd Pletcher, will be pointed for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
The Louisville Thoroughbred Club invites all Kentucky Derby (gr. I) fans to gather at the Kentucky Derby Museum April 28 to raise a glass with three-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey Gary Stevens and several of the Thoroughbred industry's top racing analysts as they toast America's greatest race and dice out the odds and chances of all the 132nd Derby contenders.
B. Giles Brophy, who raced 1991 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Strike the Gold in partnership, died April 9 following a lengthy battle with leukemia. He was 68.
Racing fans will have an opportunity to join trainer Dan Hendricks as he discusses his career as a trainer and the road to this year's Kentucky Derby when he appears as the special guest live online for the Wednesday, April 12th edition of bloodhorse.com's "Talkin' Horses" beginning at Noon ET (9:00 a.m. PT).
Finally, after months of picking, probing, and doubting, we've uncovered the mother lode. And that's with the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) and Arkansas Derby (gr. II) still to be run.
With owners Bruce Lunsford and Lansdon Robbins III looking on, Kentucky Derby (Grade I) contender First Samurai completed his major preparation for Saturday's $750,000-added Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) with a strong half-mile workout on Monday at Churchill Downs.
The Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is restricted to 20 starters. If more than 20 horses are entered, total earnings in graded stakes determine the priority of starters. Link to an updated list of contenders by graded earnings, complete through racing of April 9.
Keyed Entry, who was beaten just a neck in the Gotham Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct three weeks ago, could be the slight favorite among the nine entered today for Saturday's Wood Memorial (gr. I) at the same track.
Westwood One will present exclusive radio coverage of the Triple Crown, with coverage beginning with the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) live from Churchill Downs May 6th and continuing with the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 20th from Pimlico Race Course and the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 10 from Belmont Park.
ABC Sports, which will be televising the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) from Belmont Park in New York June 10, has announced it will be expanding the telecast to two hours. The program will air from 5 p.m.-7p.m. ET.
Hospitality, security policies, and procedures in place at Churchill Downs in recent years for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) will reflect one small change for this year's 132nd renewals of the races May 5 and 6.
Fresh is best. Those are the words Barbaro's trainer Michael Matz is living by. Whether he's right or wrong, you have to admire him for going against history and public opinion and sticking to his guns, much like another former equestrian rider, Tim Ritchey, did last with his unorthodox training of Afleet Alex.
Simon Crisford, racing manager for Godolphin Racing, said Monday they are in no hurry to make a decision on the status of UAE Derby (UAE-II) winner Discreet Cat for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) presented by Yum! Brands.
Victory by Barbaro in the Florida Derby (gr. I) moved the colt into second on the list of leading contenders for the May 6 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on the basis of money earned in graded stakes.
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