Keyword: Triple Crown 2009

  • Papa Clem at Churchill Downs prior to the Derby.

    Papa Clem Turns in Final Preakness Drill

    Papa Clem, the fourth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), worked a leisurely five furlongs in 1:05 under exercise rider Emundo Cedeno shortly after 7 a.m. (EDT) over a fast Pimlico main track May 12 in his final breeze for the May 16 Preakness (gr. I).

  • As Bob Baffert, aboard his pony, looks on, trainer Chip Woolley loads Derby winner Mine That Bird onto his van for the trip of Pimlico.

    Mine That Bird Ships to Pimlico

    A few minutes after 9 a.m. EDT on May 12, Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine's Mine That Bird rolled out of the Churchill Downs barn area headed for Baltimore and the second leg of racing's Triple Crown.

  • Derby Trial winner Hull will skip the Preakness.

    Hull to Skip Preakness; Smith Named Backup

    Derby Trial Stakes (gr. III) winner Hull, who is undefeated in three career starts, will bypass the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and will run instead in the seven-furlong Woody Stephens Stakes (gr. II) on Belmont day. Also trainer Chip Woolley confirmed that Mike Smith will ride Mine That Bird if Rachel Alexandra runs in the Preakness.

  • No Medication Positives for Derby, Oaks

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission reported May 11 that testing associated with this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) has been completed and there were no medication violations.

  • Big Drama breezes at Pimlico on May 11.

    Big Drama in Only Pimlico Workout on Monday

    Big Drama, disqualified winner of the Swale Stakes (gr. II), was the only contender for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) to post a workout at Pimlico on Monday, May 11.

  • Pioneerof the Nile works a quick four furlongs on May 11 at Churchill Downs.

    Pioneerof the Nile Zips in Churchill Workout

    Zayat Stables' homebred Pioneerof the Nile, second in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), breezed a half-mile in :47 3/5 at Churchill Downs May 11 as the Empire Maker colt prepped for the May 16 Preakness Stakes (gr. I). The time was fourth-fastest of the morning among 48 horses working four furlongs.

  • Flying Private breezes at Churchill Downs on the morning of May 11.

    'General' and 'Private' in Preakness Works

    General Quarters and Flying Private, the respective 10th- and 19th- place finishers in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), worked at Churchill Downs May 11 as they tuned up for the May 16 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Mine That Bird breezed 4 furlongs at Churchill Downs on May 11.

    Kentucky Derby Winner Mine That Bird Breezes

    Trainer Chip Woolley, who had said Mine That Bird would not have a workout prior to the May 16 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), called an audible and breezed the son of Birdstone at Churchill Downs on the morning of May 11.

  • Ahmed Zayat, owner of Pioneerof the Nile

    Zayat Reconsiders; Won't Keep Rachel Out

    After being besieged with unfavorable comments regarding his earlier decision to enter enough horses to prevent Rachel Alexandra from running in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), Ahmed Zayat, owner of Pioneerof the Nile, said on TVG that he has decided to reconsider and will not enter any other horses.

  • Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra is still being considered for the May 16 Preakness. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS672162%2Fphoto%2F8062329%2F%3Fo%3D0">Order This Photo</a>

    'Rachel' Works Sharply, No Decision Yet

    Possible Preakness (gr. I) candidate Rachel Alexandra, a record-smashing 20 1/4-length winner of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), tuned up for a possible bid in the second leg of the Triple Crown with an easy four-furlong work on May 10 at Churchill Downs.

  • Charitable Man (pink silks) takes control in the Peter Pan.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8086154%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Peter Pan: Charitable Man Lives Up to Praise

    Kiaran McLaughlin has been saying for several weeks that Charitable Man is one of the most talented 3-year-olds in the country and he only needed some more seasoning to show it. On May 9 in the $200,000 Peter Pan (gr. II), the son of Lemon Drop Kid backed up his trainer's words, taking over at the top of the lane and powering to a 3 3/4-length score under Alan Garcia.

  • Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8062163%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Travel Plans Set For Rachel Alexandra

    The prospective field for the May 16 Preakness (gr. I) received a boost in star power when assistant trainer Scott Blasi informed Maryland Jockey Club director of horsemen's relations Phoebe Hayes that Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Rachel Alexandra is scheduled to fly to Baltimore May 13 for the May 16 $1 million classic. A decision on whether she actually gets on the plane will not be made until the filly works.

  • Dunkirk may run in the Belmont Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8057494%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Dunkirk Possible For Belmont Stakes

    Trainer Todd Pletcher said May 9 that Susan Magnier's Dunkirk, 11th in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is under consideration for the $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 6.

  • Calvin Borel

    Borel Commits to 'Rachel'; Filly to Preakness

    Stonestreet Stables and partner Harold T. McCormick announced May 8 that Calvin Borel has agreed to ride Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra for the current racing season.

  • Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8061529%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Preakness Notes - May 8

    A decision as to whether Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Rachel Alexandra will be supplemented into the field for the $1 million Preakness (gr. I) could be made May 10 or 11 after the filly works for her new trainer, Steve Asmussen.

  • Paul Saylor

    Saylor Ponders Future for Bird's Half-Brother

    Paul Saylor said "I nearly fell out of my chair" while watching the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) on television. Like a lot of people, he was surprised by Mine That Bird's huge upset. But what really knocked Saylor for a loop was the realization that a juvenile Yonaguska colt he owned suddenly had become a half-brother to a classic winner.

  • Friesan Fire

    Tuesday Work to Determine Friesan Fire Status

    Friesan Fire, who grabbed his quarter and suffered a several cuts while finishing 18th in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will ship down to Pimlico next Monday from Delaware Park and will work on Tuesday under jockey Gabriel Saez to determine whether the colt will run in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • West Side Bernie during Derby week at Churchill Downs. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS718405%2Fphoto%2F8040106%2F%3Fo%3D0">Order This Photo</a>

    Godolphin Buys West Side Bernie

    Wood Memorial (gr. I) runner-up West Side Bernie, who finished ninth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has been purchased by Godolphin from George and Lori Hall for an undisclosed amount and will be pointed for next year's Carnival events in Dubai, Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said Thursday.

  • Mine That Bird left his Derby foes far behind. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS719439%2Fphoto%2F8065012%2F%3Fo%3D8">Order This Photo</a>

    Haskin's Derby Wrapup: Bird to Take Wing

    Calvin Borel would have made a great captain of the starship Enterprise, because time and again he boldly goes where no man has gone before. What he is able to do at Churchill Downs is mind-boggling.

  • Mine That Bird a Magazine Cover Boy

    Mine That Bird's upset in the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands attracted the interest of editors at Sports Illustrated, who devoted the entire cover to it in the magazine's May 6 edition.

  • Mine That Bird leaves the rest behind in the Kentucky Derby.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8064024%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Haskin's Derby Recap: Rare Bird Sighting

    Well, we saw one bird fly over the rainbow. The vast majority of experts and racing fans were astounded, aghast, and amazed at Mine That Bird's otherworldly performance in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), in which he took off on a demonic dash as if he were being chased by a swarm of angry hornets.

  • Derby Trial winner Hull will make his next start in the Preakness.

    Unbeaten Hull Joins Preakness Cast

    Hull, who is unbeaten in three starts by a total of 16 lengths this season for trainer Dale Romans, will line up for the May 16 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Rachel Alexandra's easy Kentucky Oaks win earned her breeder Dolphus Morrison a $100,000 bonus. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS724382%2Fphoto%2F8062329%2F%3Fo%3D0">Order This Photo</a>

    Breeders' Rewarded for Oaks, Derby Successes

    Dolphus C. Morrison and Lamantia, Blackburn & Needham/Betz Thoroughbreds will be $100,000 richer as a result of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) wins by Rachel Alexandra and Mine That Bird, respectively.

  • Co-owner Mark Allen (left) and trainer Chip Woolley Jr. hand a rose from Mine That Bird's Kentucky Derby Winner's Garland to fans.

    Derby-Winning Connections Give Roses to Fans

    Visitors to Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum May 3, the day after the 135th "Run for the Roses" got a surprise gift from the team behind Mine That Bird, the 50-1 longshot who won the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Derby winner Mine That Bird co-owner Mark Allen.

    Report: Mine That Bird Owner Tied to Scandal

    An Alaska newspaper article claims a co-owner of the upset winner in the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) has alleged ties to a public scandal involving state politicians and likely bought his share of Mine That Bird with $30 million he received from the separate sale of his family's oil field services company.

  • Florida Derby winner Quality Road could still contest the Belmont Stakes. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS659324%2Fphoto%2F7964864%2F%3Fo%3D6">Order This Photo</a>

    Quality Road Still Questionable For Belmont

    With Quality Road having returned to the track on May 3, galloping an eager 1 1/4 miles under exercise rider Juan Moreno, Jimmy Jerkens said the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 6 remained a possibility for the Elusive Quality colt, who is owned by Edward P. Evans.

  • Bennie "Chip" Woolley, Jr. was all smiles the morning after the Kentucky Derby.

    The Morning After: Basking in the Derby Glow

    On a cool, wet May 3 morning in the barn area of Churchill Downs, the owners and trainer of Mine That Bird were basking in the limelight while still trying to absorb what had transpired the previous day when the 3-year-old gelding posted a stunning 6 3/4-length victory over Pioneerof the Nile in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Mine That Bird and Calvin Borel make Derby history.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8063583%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Borel, Mine That Bird Soar in Derby Shocker

    Jockey Calvin Borel scored a huge upset May 2 in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on Mine That Bird. On May 1 he won the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) by 20 lengths on Rachel Alexandra.

  • Kentucky Derby Total Handle Declines 5.3%

    Total wagering from all sources on the 13-race Kentucky Derby card May 2 at Churchill Downs was $155,969,770, a decline of 5.3% from the $164,668,176 wagered a year earlier on 12 races, the track has reported.

  • Mine That Bird

    Woolley Soaking Up First Derby Experience

    As heavy rain fell on Churchill Downs in the days leading up to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Bennie Woolley Jr. took it with a smile. On Saturday, he sent out Mine That Bird in the Run for the Roses, and posted a 50-1 upset.

  • Veterinarian Dr. Foster Northrop and Trainer Jeff Mullins announce the scratch of I Want Revenge from the Kentucky Derby.

    I Want Revenge Scratched From Derby

    I Want Revenge, the morning-line favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) was scratched after a filling was discovered in an ankle.

  • I Want Revenge at Churchill Downs on April 28.

    Revenge Is Sweet for Puglisi at Derby

    Jeff Puglisi is a major buyer at sales of 2-year-olds in training, where some of his purchases have included graded winners Diabolical and Miraculous Miss along with 2008 Frizette Stakes (gr. I) winner Sky Diva. But the New York brokerage firm executive had to make a private purchase to acquire an interest in his first Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) runner, I Want Revenge.

  • I Want Revenge

    Haskin's Derby Report: The Picks

    To start, this is as tough a Derby as I have ever had to decipher, with a case to be made for at least dozen of the horses. I will break the race down in several categories and then put it all together and come up with something that resembles a wagering strategy.

  • Past Ky Derby Winners: Big Brown (Video)

    Big Brown, who is standing his first season at Three Chimneys, was last year's Triple Crown hopeful, as he won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

  • Hold Me Back gallops at Churchill Downs on April 30. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2F81492%2Fphoto%2F8057486%2F%3Fo%3D6">Order This Photo</a>

    Haskin's Derby Report: 48 Hours and Counting

    The big day is almost here. No, not the Derby; having to make selections, which will be in Friday's column. These selections are based primarily on observations over the past eight days, and it's going to be particularly difficult this year. In the meantime, he are a few late odds and ends.

  • Rachel Alexandra at Churchill Downs on April 30, 2009.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8057488%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Derby Never Really an Option for 'Rachel'

    In the opinion of her breeder and co-owner, Dolphus Morrison, Kentucky Oaks morning-line favorite Rachel Alexandra "could have been competitive" in the Run for the Roses, but he said he "didn't have a fleeting thought" of running her against the boys.

  • Rain Forecast for Oaks, Derby

    As you handicap this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), you better ask yourself not only who can get a mile and a quarter, but who can do so on an off track.

  • Musket Man at Churchill Downs<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8040104%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Vic Carlson: The Man Behind the Musket

    Owner Vic Carlson leaned against the wall of Barn 41 April 29 at Churchill Downs waiting for his Musket Man to head to the track for his morning gallop. The one-time high school athletic director turned money-machine magnate has been to the Kentucky Derby before, but not with some skin in the game.

  • Trainer Nick Zito has decided to run Nowhere to Hide in the Kentucky Derby.

    Nowhere to Hide: We're In!

    Trainer Nick Zito said the defection of Win Willy led him to decide to enter My Meadowview Farm's Nowhere to Hide in the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Win Willy, seen here on April 27, will not run in the Kentucky Derby.

    Win Willy Out of Kentucky Derby

    Win Willy, fourth-place finisher in the Arkansas Derby, was declared out of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) by trainer Mac Robertson the morning of April 29, hours before entries were to be taken.

  • Trainers' Dinner Full of Good Humor

    Hall of Fame trainers D. Wayne Lukas and Bob Baffert kicked off the annual Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' trainers' dinner April 28 with humor and vivacity, and that attitude lasted throughout the evening.