Keyword: Triple Crown 2009

  • I Want Revenge worked four furlongs April 28 at Churchill Downs.

    I Want Revenge in Bullet Work for Derby

    Wood Memorial winner I Want Revenge zipped along the Churchill Downs main track April 28 as he worked a half-mile in a bullet :47 1/5 in preparation for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). The time was the fastest among 49 horses working that distance.

  • Gary Stute

    Human Stories Dominate Derby

    The Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) isn't just about the horse. This edition boasts an unusually fertile crop of human-interest stories in the connections behind the horses.

  • West Side Bernie is one of two Derby entrants for trainer Kelly Breen. <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>

    Breen Calmly Approaches First Kentucky Derby

    When trainer Kelly Breen saddles West Side Bernie and Atomic Rain in the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), it will be the first time the 39-year-old conditioner has started a horse in the Run for the Roses. But for now, he is trying to keep calm and keep his mind busy.

  • Mr. Hot Stuff

    Harty: Full Brothers are Quite Different

    Just as human brothers and sisters can be totally different, the same is true with horses. Eoin Harty has trained full brothers Colonel John and Mr. Hot Stuff, and the two colts are nothing alike.

  • Advice is still under consideration for the Ky. Derby.

    Pletcher: Two In Derby; Two Undecided

    Trainer Todd Pletcher said the morning of April 28 that two of the horses in his care, Dunkirk and Join in the Dance, are definite for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Decisions have not been made on two others he trains, Advice and Take the Points.

  • Pioneerof the Nile put in a strong workout April 27 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%2F81492%2Fphoto%2F8045147%2F%3Fo%3D2">Order This Photo</a>

    Haskin's Derby Report: Monday Madness

    There's lots to catch up on, with several works of interest over the weekend and a star-studded array of works this morning, which unfortunately were played out against a horrific backdrop.

  • Funny Cide

    Past Derby Winners: Funny Cide (Video)

    2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide, who arrived at the Kentucky Horse Park last fall, is perhaps best known as being one of only eight geldings to win the Derby.

  • Friesan Fire had a very quick five furlong work April 27 at http://gallery.pictopia.com/bloodhorse/gallery/81492/photo/8045146/?o=3">Order This Photo

    Friesan Fire Sizzles in Final Pre-Derby Work

    Friesan Fire burned up the track April 27 at Churchill Downs, working five furlongs in a blazing :57 4/5 during his final serious move before the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I). Wearing red and white blinkers and carrying jockey Gabriel Saez, the 3-year-old son of A.P. Indy turned in splits of :11 1/5, :22 1/5, :33 3/5, and 45:1/5. Friesan Fire galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.

  • Pioneerof the Nile worked five furlongs in 1:01 April 27 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%2F81492%2Fphoto%2F8045147%2F%3Fo%3D2">Order This Photo</a>

    Pioneerof the Nile Cruises in 1:01 Work

    Pioneerof the Nile didn't turn in the fastest five-furlong work April 27 at Churchill Downs, but that wasn't the goal for his trainer, Bob Baffert. The 3-year-old son of Empire Maker cruised through five furlongs in 1:01 and impressed onlookers with his long, free-flowing stride in his final breeze before the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Win Willy worked five furlongs at Churchill Downs April 27. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2F81492%2Fphoto%2F8045149%2F%3Fo%3D0">Order This Photo</a>

    Win Willy Preps for Kentucky Derby

    Win Willy, the son of Monarchos who entered the Triple Crown picture with an upset victory in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II), turned in his final preparation for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a five-furlong work in 1:02 2/5 April 27 at Churchill Downs.

  • Mine That Bird Works Toward Derby

    Mine That Bird, the 2008 Canadian champion 2-year-old male, worked five furlongs in 1:02 April 27 at Churchill Downs in preparation for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Flying Private worked a quick four furlongs April 27 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%2F81492%2Fphoto%2F8045145%2F%3Fo%3D4">Order This Photo</a>

    Flying Private Works; Lukas Comfortable

    D. Wayne Lukas, the dean of Kentucky Derby trainers with four winners from 42 previous starters, expressed confidence in Flying Private following the colt's four-furlong work in :47 2/5 April 27.

  • Advice cools out after his workout at Churchill Downs on April 27.

    Pletcher Pleased With Works; Decision Tuesday

    Trainer Todd Pletcher reported he was pleased with the April 27 workouts by three of his possible starters in the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), and said a decision on which would actually start in the classic would be made April 28.

  • Chocolate Candy rounds the turn in his April 27 work 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%2F81492%2Fphoto%2F8045144%2F%3Fo%3D5">Order This Photo</a>

    Chocolate Candy Doesn't Melt Under Pressure

    In spite of the distractions caused by a gruesome racetrack collision and a wailing siren that Churchill Downs uses to warn horsemen that there is trouble on the racetrack, Chocolate Candy turned in a professional and fast work April 27.

  • Monarchos

    Past Kentucky Derby Winners: Monarchos

    The 2001 Kentucky Derby winner is the only horse besides the great Secretariat to win the race in under two minutes. Esther Marr visits with Charlie Nuckols, owner of Nuckols Farm, where Monarchos now resides.

  • Quality Road gallops at Belmont Park on April 26. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS659324%2Fphoto%2F8042223%2F%3Fo%3D4">Order This Photo</a>

    Quality Road Update: Some Blood After Gallop

    Quality Road, a contender for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), returned from a mile and three-quarter gallop on the Belmont Park training track April 26 with a tinge of blood from a newly-patched quarter crack, but his connections remain optimistic he will make the May 2 "Run for the Roses."

  • Mr. Hot Stuff broke his maiden just this past Feb. 1 at Santa Anita.

    Mr. Hot Stuff Preps for Kentucky Derby

    WinStar Farm's Mr. Hot Stuff, third in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), had a West Coast tuneup for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) when he worked five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 at Santa Anita April 26.

  • Kruytbosch's Memory Lives On at Churchill

    On Friday, the day before the opening of Churchill Downs' Spring-Summer meet, Bobbie Jo Porter received a gift. It was a remembrance she didn't expect, but one she cherishes. And it was the simplest of gifts.

  • Hold Me Back

    Hold Me Back Shines in KY Derby Workout

    As the sun rose over Churchill Downs April 26, WinStar Farm's Hold Me Back posted a solid workout as he continues to prepare for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Quality Road at Belmont Park on April 25.<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%3D8040273%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Quality Road Jogs, Jerkens Still Confident

    In an April 25 conference call, trainer Jimmy Jerkens reported that Quality Road jogged a couple of miles around the Belmont Park track and experienced no further problems with his latest quarter crack, which was patched by hoof specialist Ian McKinlay earlier in the morning.

  • Desert Party working at Churchill Downs on April 25.<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%3D8040102%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Godolphin's Desert Party on Track for Derby

    Desert Party was the second of two Godolphin Racing horses on the track at Churchill Downs April 25 to complete his works for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and his :59 3/5 timing for five furlongs was second only behind stablemate Regal Ransom's bullet work of :59 1/5.

  • Regal Ransom Zips Over Churchill Surface

    Godolphin Racing's Regal Ransom showed his affinity for the Churchill Downs surface when the 3-year-old son of Distorted Humor zipped five furlongs in a bullet :59 1/5 April 25 in his final preparation for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Past Ky Derby Winners: Fusaichi Pegasus

    2000 Kentucky Derby Winner Fusaichi Pegasus was the first favorite to win the race since Spectacular Bid in 1979. Today, he stands at Coolmore's Ashford Stud.

  • I Want Revenge working at Churchill Downs on April 21.<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%3D8026730%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Singer Acquires Piece of I Want Revenge

    IEAH Stables announced on April 25 that Jeff Singer has acquired a percentage of Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contender I Want Revenge from IEAH.

  • Quality Road

    Quality Road Treated, Jerkens Optimistic

    Trainer Jimmy Jerkens expressed optimism on the afternoon of April 24 that Quality Road, a leading contender for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), would be able to make the May 2 classic after noted hoof specialist Ian McKinlay treated a second quarter crack in the colt's right-front hoof at Belmont Park.

  • Hold Me Back at Keeneland

    WinStar Prepares For Busy Week

    WinStar Farm's Hold Me Back, winner of the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) and second in the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I), is scheduled to leave Keeneland on April 24 for Churchill Downs in preparation for his next start in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Pioneerof the Nile works at Churchill Downs on April 21.<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%3D8026732%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Pioneerof the Nile Sizzles at Churchill

    Zayat Stables' Pioneerof the Nile brought a smile to the face of three-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert with a sharp five-furlong work over a fast Churchill Downs track on April 21.

  • I Want Revenge (left) breezed five furlongs with stablemate Gato Go Win at Churchill Downs on April 21. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2F81492%2Fphoto%2Fbloodhorse%3A8026729%2F%3Fo%3D1">Order This Photo</a>

    I Want Revenge Posts Derby Workout

    I Want Revenge was one of five horses posting workouts April 21 at Churchill Downs in preparation for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), completing five furlongs on a slightly-off track in 1:01 3/5.

  • Kentucky Derby: Graded Stakes Earnings

    Updated: April 28, 2009 <br>The field for the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Saturday, to be run on May 2, 2009 at Churchill Downs, is limited to 20 horses. If more than 20 are entered, preference will be given to entrants based on earnings in graded stakes races.

  • Friesan Fire in the stretch of his one-mile workout at Keeneland April 19.

    Friesan Fire Works at Keeneland

    On April 19, as light rain fell, Friesan Fire posted his final work at Keeneland before he heads to Churchill Downs for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Papa Clem worked five furlongs at Churchill Downs on April 19.

    Papa Clem Breezes Easy Five Furlongs

    Bo Hirsch's homebred Papa Clem, winner of the Arkansas Derby (gr. II), breezed an easy five furlongs in the rain April 19 in his first serious training move over the track at Churchill Downs.

  • Garrett Gomez

    Gomez to Ride Pioneerof the Nile

    In a decision they agonized over for weeks, jockey Garrett Gomez and agent Ron Anderson finally have decided to stick with Pioneerof the Nile as their Kentucky Derby (gr. I) mount.

  • Mine That Bird most recently finished 4th in the Sunland Derby.

    The Birds Are Coming to Kentucky

    Derby fever continues to run rampant as usual as two more horses, Summer Bird and Mine That Bird, both sons of Birdstone, are heading to Churchill Downs for the Run for the Roses.

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    Quality Road Works Sharp Six Furlongs

    Quality Road, who suffered a quarter crack in his victory in the Florida Derby (gr. I), turned in a sharp six-furlong work in 1:12 2/5 Friday over the Belmont training track.

  • Triple Crown Talk: Lexington Analysis

    Triple Crown Talk blog, with host Jason Shandler, analyzes the the Coolmore Lexington (gr. II). Plus, join Jason and Double Deuce from The WinnersForum.com for a live chat at noon Eastern on April 18.