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  • 2012 Preakness - Predict the Order

    Will it be I'll Have Another once again? Will Bodemeister get revenge? Or will one of the new players take the Black-eyed Susans?

  • Preakness News Minute 5/17/2012

    Evan Hammonds reports on the news of the day including horses on the track Thursday, and the Alibi Breakfast. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm.

  • THS: Preakness Stakes 2012

    Evan Hammonds and Jason Shandler handicap the Preakness Stakes track-side at Pimlico. Evan successfully picked I'll Have Another to win the Kentucky Derby; will he be correct this time?

  • D. Wayne Lukas visits with Doug and Dennis O'Neill at the Alibi Breakfast.

    Few Alibis Offered at Alibi Breakfast

    A Preakness tradition, the Alibi Breakfast gives trainers a chance to offer up an 'alibi' before the second jewel of the Triple Crown. This year there were few alibis and a lot more confidence from the connections.

  • Kentucky Derby Analysis - Exceed the Speed

    With so much speed entered in this year's Kentucky Derby, you have to consider that stalkers, and closers who sit just off the pace this year could pull out a victory.

  • Kentucky Derby News Minute 5/1/2012

    The withdrawal of Mark Valeski, which allows Optimizer to run, Rousing Sermon's work, gallops from Alpha, Went the Day Well, Trinniberg, and Prospective, new arrivals, and more. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm.

  • Mark Valeski
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    Mark Valeski Withdrawn From Derby

    Brereton C. Jones' homebred Mark Valeski was declared out of the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) the morning of May 1.

  • Kentucky Derby News Minute 4/29/2012

    Eric Mitchell updates us on track conditions, the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby works for Bodemeister, Optimizer, Jemima's Pearl and Believe You Can.

  • Optimizer at Churchill Downs.
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    Lukas Still Hoping Optimizer Can Draw In

    After watching Optimizer work at Churchill Downs April 29, trainer D. Wayne Lukas expressed confidence in the colt's potential in the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Mark Valeski

    Mark Valeski Works Sharp 5 Furlongs for Derby

    Brereton Jones' Mark Valeski, runner-up in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) and Risen Star Stakes (gr. II), drilled five furlongs in :59 3/5 at Churchill Downs April 23 for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Bodemeister

    April 22 Kentucky Derby Track Notes

    Here's a round-up of activity at Churchill Downs April 22 surrounding the contenders for the 2012 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Bodemeister

    Baffert Has the Favorites for Arkansas Derby

    Trainer Bob Baffert looks to continue his strong run of recent success at Oaklawn Park when he saddles Bodemeister and Secret Circle, the morning line favorites for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) April 14.

  • Secret Circle comes home strong to win the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn.

    Secret Circle Hands Baffert Another Rebel Win

    Secret Circle handed trainer Bob Baffert his third consecutive victory in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II), taking over from Scatman in mid-stretch and holding off a late run by longshot Optimizer to score the $500,000 event.

  • Shared Property will face El Padrino in the Risen Star.

    El Padrino Heads 11-Horse Field in Risen Star

    El Padrino, who showed himself to be a Triple Crown contender with a sharp allowance win at Gulfstream Park Jan. 29, heads a field of 11 entered for the $300,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) at Fair Grounds Feb. 25.

  • Trainer Todd Pletcher sends out Gemologist in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes.

    Gemologist Tops KY Jockey Club Field

    WinStar Farm and Todd Pletcher hope history will repeat itself, as likely favorite Gemologist leads a field of 11 juveniles in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) Nov. 26 at Churchill Downs.

  • Trainer Bill Mott

    Mott's Breeders' Cup Team Works at Churchill

    A trio of Breeders' Cup contenders from the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott--To Honor and Serve (Classic, gr. I), Royal Delta (Ladies' Classic, gr. I) and Courageous Cat (Mile, gr. IT)--worked Oct. 16 at Churchill.

  • Dullahan wins the 2011 Dixiana Breeders' Futurity.

    Countdown to the Cup:Beware Keeneland Kiddies

    The first inclination would be to dismiss Dullahan's chances in the Juvenile, based on his two mediocre performances over the Churchill Downs dirt surface in his first two career starts. That would be a mistake.