Keyword: Kentucky Derby

  • Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero, aboard a Todd Pletcher-trained horse at Churchill Downs.

    Hall of Fame Jockey Cordero 'On Vacation' at Churchill Downs

    When horses from the Todd Pletcher barn go to the track at Churchill Downs for morning workouts, one exercise rider attracts more attention than the others. Observers know his face but often ask themselves, "Is that Angel?" The answer is yes, Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero Jr. is exercising horses for Pletcher,

  • Sun King, in Thursday breeze at Churchill Downs.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Strange Morning at the Track

    Most Kentucky Derby (gr. I) works are pretty uneventful, but that certainly wasn't the case Thursday morning. You had Bobby Frankel calling a last-minute audible and working High Limit in company with Ghostzapper, and you had Greater Good and Greeley's Galaxy turn in two of the strangest Derby works in memory.

  • High Limit in 'Good' Work at Churchill Downs

    Working in company with Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner High Limit zipped six furlongs in 1:13 4/5 at Churchill Downs Thursday morning.

  • Greeley's Galaxy, on track at Churchill Downs.

    Greeley's Galaxy Displays Fitness in Thursday Workout

    B. Wayne Hughes' Greeley's Galaxy worked a mile at Churchill Downs Thursday, displaying his readiness for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), according to 83-year-old veteran California trainer Warren Stute.

  • Greater Good Hits the Track at Churchill Downs

    Taking advantage of the sunny, dry conditions at Churchill Downs, Thursday's work tab was busy, with five contenders for the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) breezing over the fast track.

  • Kentucky Derby 131 Notes - Wednesday, April 27

    Wednesday's top stories: Consolidator breezes five furlongs for Lukas; works for Zito duo hinge on weather conditions; Baffert saus Sort It Out now possible for Derby.

  • Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey.

    Bailey Hopes High Fly Lifts Him Into Winner's Circle

    After a one-year hiatus from the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey is back, seeking his third win in the classic. Bailey, 47, who also just released his autobiography "Against the Odds: Riding for My Life," is booked to ride Florida Derby (gr. I) winner High Fly for trainer Nick Zito.

  • Wilko Finishes Well in Seven Furlong Work

    Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Wilko worked seven furlongs in 1:26 4/5 at Hollywood Park Monday. With jockey Corey Nakatani aboard, the colt finished the final three-eighths of a mile in :34 and change, according to trainer Craig Dollase.

  • By all accounts, Afleet Alex feels right at home at Churchill Downs.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Afleet Heat

    Tuesday's activity can be pretty much summed up in two words: Afleet Alex -- with the emphasis on Afleet. Working over a loose track that was playing on the slow side, Alex blazed his five furlongs in :59, with several others getting him in :58 3/5.

  • Afleet Alex, impressive in Tuesday workout at Churchill Downs.

    'Alex' Impresses in Morning Workout

    Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winner Afleet Alex displayed his affinity for the track at Churchill Downs when he zipped five furlongs in :59 Tuesday morning in preparation for the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Trainer Tim Ritchey, on horses: "You cannot baby them."

    Trainer Uses Unorthodox Methods With Afleet Alex

    As a budding athlete in grade school, Tim Ritchey recalls, he did "two-a-day" drills as a member of the football team. Now, Ritchey is applying those lessons learned at a young age, along with lessons learned as a trainer of show horses and a healthy dose of what he calls "common sense," in his training of Afleet Alex, one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • 'Rocky OK But is Off Triple Crown Trail

    Rockport Harbor, who finished sixth in Saturday's Lexington Stakes (gr. II) as the 3-5 favorite, emerged from the race in "great physical condition" but will no longer be pointed toward the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) or other two legs of the Triple Crown, according to owner Rick Porter.

  • Survivalist Breezes Sharp 5 Furlongs, But Will Pass on Derby

    Ogden Mills Phipps' Gotham (gr. III) winner Survivalist breezed five furlongs in :59 3/5 at Belmont Park Monday morning, but trainer Shug McGaughey said he has decided not to run the colt in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and will point instead to the Withers Stakes (gr. II).

  • Earnings leader Afleet Alex worked Sunday at Churchill.

    Afleet Alex Tops Derby Graded Stakes Earners

    Cash is King Stable's Afleet Alex, the winner of the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. II) April 16, tops the graded stakes earnings list for the Kentucky Derby May 7. Saturday's Lexington Stakes (gr. II) winner Coin Silver lands in the 15th spot.

  • Fountain of Youth winner High Fly worked Friday morning at Churchill.

    High Fly, Noble Causeaway Turn in Easy Works

    The Nick Zito-trained pair of High Fly and Noble Causeway, the one-two finishers in the Florida Derby (gr. I), breezed five furlongs at Churchill Downs Friday, although Zito said both colts actually worked six furlongs after breaking off between poles. Also on the work tab Friday was Illinois Derby (gr. II) winner Greeley's Galaxy.

  • Rockport Harbor hopes to tune up for run at the roses in Saturday's Lexington Stakes.

    'Rocky' On Last Road to Derby; Faces Seven in Lexington Stakes

    A field of eight 3-year-olds will go to the post Saturday in the Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II), the last chance to pick up significant graded earnings before the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I). The standout in the field, 6-5 morning-line favorite Rockport Harbor, doesn't need the earnings, but definitely needs the race to make it to Churchill Downs for the first Saturday in May.

  • Bellamy Road worked Thursday morning.

    Bellamy Road Breezes Five Furlongs at Churchill

    Kinsman Stable's Bellamy Road, the early favorite for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), breezed an easy five furlongs in 1:02 4/5 at Churchill Downs Thursday morning. It was the colt's first work since his 17 1/2-length romp in the Wood Memorial (gr. I) April 9.

  • Survivalist's Derby Chances Lessen After Slow Work

    Ogden Mills Phipps' Survivalist, winner of the Gotham (gr. III) and runner-up in the Wood Memorial (gr. I), breezed a half-mile in :51 3/5 at Belmont Park Wednesday, after which trainer Shug McGaughey said the colt wasn't likely to run in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Trail Mix

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - The road to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) changes from time to time, and so do the roadmaps printed by the racetracks and used by owners and trainers to get their horses to Churchill Downs in optimum condition on the first Saturday in May.

  • Dan Liebman&lt;br&gt;Executive Editor

    New Dawn at the Downs

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - On May 7 in Louisville, Ky., when the most famous race in the land is run at the most famous track in the land, the race will look the same as it did a year ago. The Kentucky Derby (gr. I) is still for 3-year-olds, still at a mile and a quarter, still the first Saturday in May, and the winner still gets a garland of roses.

  • Gary Stevens, named to ride Noble Causeway in Kentucky Derby.

    Stevens Named to Ride Noble Causeway in Derby

    Two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Nick Zito now has jockeys set for all five of his contenders for the 131st running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) on Saturday, May 7.

  • Afleet Alex and Jeremy Rose remain a team for run at roses.

    Jeremy Rose Keeps Mount on Afleet Alex for Ky. Derby

    Trainer Tim Ritchey announced Tuesday that Jeremy Rose will ride Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winner Afleet Alex in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) May 7. Rose has ridden Afleet Alex in every race but one, winning six of his eight starts aboard the colt.

  • UAE Derby winner Blues and Royals will miss the Kentucky Derby.

    Blues and Royals to Miss Kentucky Derby

    Blues and Royals, whose impressive victory in the UAE Derby (gr. II) at Nad al Sheba bought him a ticket to Lousville, will miss the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), according to the Godolphin Racing Web site.

  • Bandini reasserts himself with Blue Grass romp.

    The Great Bandini Emerges in Blue Grass

    The Todd Pletcher-trained Bandini stepped into the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) spotlight with a brilliant performance in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland Saturday.

  • Greeley&#39;s Galaxy&#39;s Illinois Derby win no automatic ticket to the ball.

    Greeley's Galaxy Faces Uphill Climb to Derby

    B. Wayne Hughes could easily wind up on the outside looking in with Greeley's Galaxy for the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) in spite of the colt's $300,000 in graded earnings from his Illinois Derby (gr. II) win April 9.

  • Blues and Royals moves to head of the class with UAE Derby win.

    Pedigree Profile: Blues and Royals

    It is a long way in distance from Dubai to Churchill Downs. And it is a long way in time since a horse from the line of Man o' War took the Derby roses, the last being War Admiral in 1937. But if a fleet bay colt named Blues and Royals has his way, both long journeys will end in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winners' circle on May 7.

  • Triple Threat

    <i>By John Angelo</i> - My wife, Lorrie, and I have danced the same dance every spring for the decade we've been together. She discovers me late one night with the VCR remote in hand watching "The Life and Times of Secretariat" or "Jewels of the Triple Crown."

  • ReRun Art Show and Benefit Auction to be Held May 5-8

    ReRun announces the 2005 Equine Art Classic Gallery Show and ReRun Benefit Art Auction to be held at The Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Louisville, Ky., May 5 -May 8. The auction will open at 10 a.m. May 5.

  • &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.exclusivelyequine.com/ee.asp?PI=P25-1004&quot;target=&quot;_blank;&quot;&gt;Runaway Wood Memorial winner Bellamy Road is favorite in final pool.&lt;/a&gt;

    Bellamy Road Made 3-1 Favorite for Roses

    On the strength of his 17 1/2-length victory in Saturday's Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct, Kinsman Stable's Bellamy Road emerged from a record-smashing third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2005 Kentucky Derby Future Wager as a strong 3-1 favorite to win the famed "Run for the Roses" on May 7.