Keyword: Kentucky Derby

  • 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.

  • Sunriver waits on the Derby fence.

    Flashy Bull, Sunriver Play the Waiting Game

    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 Teams Up with Derby Winners and Other Notables on eBay

    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.

  • Tom Hammond

    Broadcaster Tom Hammond Wednesday's Guest on Talkin' Horses

    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.

  • Coolmore Lexington win qualifies Showing Up, but injury may threaten Derby run.

    Showing Up Still Iffy for Derby

    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.

  • Limited Edition Derby Glasses to Commemorate Secretariat

    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.