Keyword: Triple Crown 2009

  • THS: Coolmore Lexington (Video)

    Jason, Evan, and the Wizard analyze the Coolmore Lexington (gr. II). Plus, thoughts on the Kentucky Derby field.

  • Chocolate Candy was part of the California contigent that arrived at Churchill Downs on April 16.

    Top West Coast Derby Contenders Arrive

    California stars Pioneerof the Nile and Chocolate Candy, the first two finishers in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 4, arrived at Churchill Downs April 16 to prepare for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Barbaro<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%3D773479%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Derby Museum to Hold Barbaro Tribute

    On April 26, after the dedication of the Barbaro memorial sculpture at Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby Museum will open a tribute exhibit, Barbaro: The Heart of a Winner.

  • And They're Off: Derby Contest Winners

    This week's And They're Off is all about the Kentucky Derby, including the prospects of the California horses, the depth of the field, musical jockeys, graded earnings, and last but not least, the winners of the Kentucky Derby Contest.

  • Pioneerof the Nile<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%3D7986530%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Pioneerof the Nile Busts Bullet Workout

    Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Pioneerof the Nile had his final workout at Santa Anita on a blustery but sun-drenched morning April 15, busting four furlongs on the Pro-Ride racing surface in a bullet :46 1/5, the fastest of 39 drills at the distance.

  • Square Eddie is one of 2 graded stakes winners in the Lexington.<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%3D7997606%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Square Eddie Makes Return in Lexington

    When Doug O'Neill discovered a left front shin injury on Square Eddie in the beginning of February, he figured the colt's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) chances were over. But a speedy recovery and a series of nice works has O'Neill thinking of roses just two months later, and a nice effort in the $300,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) April 18 at Keeneland will likely send the son of Smart Strike on to Louisville.

  • Blue Grass winner General Quarters<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%3D8000413%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Leparoux to Ride General Quarters

    Four-time Churchill Downs' riding champion Julien Leparoux has been named to ride owner/trainer Tom McCarthy's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) winner General Quarters in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 2 at Churchill Downs.

  • Dunkirk's (second from left) big move in the Florida Derby is one of Haskin's most memorable moments from the Ky. Derby prep season.

    Ky. Derby Trail: Memorable Moments

    We're getting close to judgment day -- finding that single horse or betting angle or most attractive overlay possibilities. Until the horses can be observed in the flesh starting next week, here are some of the most memorable moments on this year's Derby trail in one person's opinion that will help in finding potential overlays.

  • Papa Clem arriving at Churchill Downs on April 14.

    Papa Clem Arrives at Churchill Downs

    Bo Hirsch's homebred Papa Clem, winner of the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park April 11, arrived at Churchill Downs April 14 to continue his preparation for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • I Want Revenge works at Churchill Downs on April 14, 2009 under Joe Talamo.<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%3D8006146%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    I Want Revenge Works at Churchill

    David Lanzman and IEAH Stables' I Want Revenge, the possible favorite for the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), turned in his first serious training move since his arrival at Churchill Downs when he worked an easy half-mile over a muddy track on April 14.

  • Friesan Fire

    Friesan Fire Works at Keeneland

    Friesan Fire, one of the top choices for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), breezed five furlongs at Keeneland the morning of April 14.

  • Palm Beach Stakes winner El Crespo is one of a handful of contenders for the April 18 Coolmore Lexington Stakes.

    Dozen Probable for Lexington Stakes

    Keeneland stakes coordinator Tia Borgemenke has 12 horses listed as probable for the April 18 Lexington Stakes (gr. II), headed by 2008 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) winner Square Eddie.

  • General Quarters <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS701527%2Fphoto%2Fbloodhorse%3A7999988%2F%3Fo%3D1">Order This Photo</a>

    Ky. Derby Trail: It's Miller's Time, Too

    Like all quarters, General Quarters is a two-sided coin. So far, it's only come up heads, with the face of Tom McCarthy and his Cinderella story receiving all the press. But a flip of the coin to the tails side will reveal the faded and forgotten face of Mark Miller.

  • Mike Smith will ride Chocolate Candy in the May 2 Kentucky Derby.

    Smith, Chocolate Candy Get Acquainted

    Chocolate Candy, runner-up in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), worked five furlongs under new rider Mike Smith on Pro-Ride in :59 1/5 April 12. The son of Candy Ride is scheduled to leave April 14 for Louisville to prepare for the 135th Kentucky Derby.

  • Papa Clem powers home in the Arkansas Derby.

    Papa Clem Up in Time in Arkansas Derby

    Southern California shipper Papa Clem outfought even-money choice Old Fashioned in a thrilling stretch duel at Oaklawn Park to win the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. II) by a half-length April 11.

  • Hold Me Back

    Hold Me Back's Connections Not Blue

    The connections of favored Hold Me Back were gracious in defeat following the $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland April 11 and looking forward to running their colt next in the Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) in three weeks. The 3-year-old son of Giant's Causeway finished second, 1 1/2 lengths behind the winning longshot, General Quarters, while carrying the colors of Bill Casner's and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm, which bred the colt in partnership with Haras Santa Maria de Araras.

  • General Quarters and Eibar Coa take the Blue Grass Stakes in style.<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%3D7999988%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    General Quarters Takes Blue Grass

    Some thought General Quarters' Sam F. Davis (gr. III) win two starts back was a fluke. But the son of Sky Mesa proved them wrong by powering to a 1 1/2-length victory in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) on April 11 at Keeneland, and he will now head to next month's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) as a legitimate contender.

  • HRTV: Pursuit of the Crown April 10

    HRTV's weekly series analyzing the pursuit of the Triple Crown. This week's edition includes previews of the Arkansas Derby and Blues Grass Stakes, and recaps of the Wood Memorial, Santa Anita Derby, and Illinois Derby.

  • Square Eddie won the Breeders' Futurity in his previous Keeneland start.<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%3D7997606%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Square Eddie to Run in Lexington Stakes

    Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) runner-up Square Eddie, who had been expected to train up to the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), instead will first run in the April 18 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland, if all goes well following a scheduled six-furlong workout April 11 at Hollywood Park.

  • Quality Road<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%3D7832417%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Quality Road Works Solid Four Furlongs

    Quality Road, who had been battling a quarter crack since his victory in the Florida Derby (gr. I), worked a half-mile in :48 3/5 on the Belmont training track Friday and showed no ill effects from his injury, said trainer Jimmy Jerkens.

  • Blue Grass and Arkansas Derby Analysis

    Triple Crown Talk blog, with host Jason Shandler, analyzes the Blue Grass and the Arkansas Derby. Plus, join Jason for a live chat at noon Eastern on April 11.

  • Mafaaz gallops at Keeneland in preparation for the April 11 Blue Grass 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%3D7994843%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Blue Grass Notes - April 9

    Shadwell Stable's Mafaaz, who will make his U.S. debut in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) on April 11, visited the starting gate April 9 at Keeneland and then galloped a mile and a quarter under exercise rider Miguel Moya.

  • Old Fashioned (right) attempts to turn the tables against Rebel Stakes winner Win Willy in the Arkansas Derby.

    Ky. Derby Trail: Old Fashioned Blunder

    Starting from the first Derby Dozen, I had Old Fashioned ranked No. 1 for five consecutive weeks, despite many people insisting he hadn't beaten anyone and would not stay the mile and a quarter. Prior to the Rebel, my comment on Derby Dozen concluded with, "Don't expect any fireworks until the Arkansas Derby."

  • Lane's End winner Hold Me Back is the favorite for the Blue Grass.

    Hold Me Back Favored in Blue Grass

    WinStar Farm's Hold Me Back, winner of the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park, was installed as the moderate 3-1 morning-line favorite when 11 horses were entered for the April 11 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.

  • Quality Road<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%3D7964864%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Quality Road Gallops: Foot Much Improved

    Quality Road's quarter crack suffered in the Florida Derby (gr. I) is much improved, and the colt was out for a gallop Wednesday morning after having his hoof patched, said foot specialist Ian McKinlay.

  • Wood Memorial winner I Want Revenge arrived at Churchill Downs April 7. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS631826%2Fphoto%2F7981673%2F%3Fo%3D5">Order This Photo</a>

    I Want Revenge Arrives at Churchill

    I Want Revenge, winner of the Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) April 4 at Aqueduct, arrived at Churchill Downs April 7 to begin his training up to the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Quality Road

    Quality Road Quarter Crack Not Serious

    Foot specialist Ian McKinlay, who was in the news last year dealing with Big Brown's quarter crack prior to the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), is back on the Triple Crown trail once again, treating a lesser quarter crack suffered by Quality Road in the Florida Derby (gr. I).

  • Santa Anita Derby winner Pioneerof the Nile heads the west coast contingent for the Kentucky Derby. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS637785%2Fphoto%2F7980443%2F%3Fo%3D1">Order This Photo</a>

    Ky. Derby Trail: Coast Clash Looms Big

    It's not quite the Sunshine Millions, but this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) is looking like a regional battle between California- and Florida-based horses, who at this point appear on their way to occupying the top four favorite roles in the Run for the Roses.

  • I Want Revenge Feeling Fine After Wood

    Despite his troubled trip in the nine-furlong Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct April 4, IEAH Stables and David J. Lanzman's I Want Revenge was feeling no ill effects the morning of April 5.

  • Hold Me Back pulls away from workmate Emma's Posse at Keeneland on April 5.

    Charitable Man Works at Keeneland

    Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren Jr.'s undefeated Charitable Man completed his major work for the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) April 11 by working five furlongs in :59.60 under exercise rider Pat Correa April 5 at Keeneland in Lexington.

  • Wood Memorial winner I Want Revenge closed as the favorite in Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS631826%2Fphoto%2F7981673%2F%3Fo%3D5">Order This Photo</a>

    I Want Revenge On Top in Final KDFW Pool

    I Want Revenge, who overcame a poor start and significant traffic concerns to win the Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct April 4, emerged the favorite to win the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) as the third and final pool of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager completed its four-day run.

  • Santa Anita Derby winner Pioneerof the Nile will ship to Churchill Downs on April 14. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS637785%2Fphoto%2F7980443%2F%3Fo%3D2">Order This Photo</a>

    Pioneerof the Nile Set to Ship April 14

    Even as he prepares to ship Pioneerof the Nile to Churchill Downs April 14 for the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Bob Baffert says he's still trying to figure out what kind of running style the son of 2003 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Empire Maker possesses.

  • The Pamplemousse is off the Kentucky Derby trail with a tendon injury.

    The Pamplemousse Out of Kentucky Derby

    The morning after the scratch of pre-race favorite The Pamplemousse from the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) due to a tendon flare-up, co-owner Alex Solis II, said the promising colt is off the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trail.

  • Pioneerof the Nile and Garrett Gomez take the Santa Anita 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%3D7980443%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Pioneerof the Nile Rolls at Santa Anita

    A lack of pace changed the game plan for odds-on choice Pioneerof the Nile, but jockey Garrett Gomez improvised, enabling the son of Empire Maker to hold off Chocolate Candy for a one-length win in the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) on a picture-perfect day in Arcadia, Calif.

  • HRTV: Pursuit of the Crown April 3

    Featuring previews of the Santa Anita Derby (including words from Bob Baffert and Julio Canani), Wood Memorial, and Illinois Derby, and recaps of the Florida Derby and the UAE Derby. Plus, updates on Charitable Man and Dunkirk.

  • The Santa Anita Derby should set Chocolate Candy up perfectly for the Kentucky Derby.

    Ky. Derby Trail: The Key Word is Prep

    Saturday's big three Kentucky Derby preps should be pretty formful, with one or two standouts in each race. But, there's a lot more to these races than who is going to win. While they are all prestigious events, let's not forget the fact that they are indeed preps.

  • Analysis: Wood, Santa Anita, & Illinois

    Triple Crown Talk blog, with host Jason Shandler, analyzes the Wood Memorial, and the Santa Anita and Illinois Derbies. Plus, join Jason and Dick Downey from the TheDowneyProfile.com for a live chat at noon Eastern on April 4.

  • Hull Headed to Coolmore Lexington Stakes

    Hull, a recent late nomination to the Triple Crown, remained undefeated on April 2 with a 7 3/4-length allowance win at Turfway Park. He covered 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.21 in his second career race.

  • Charitable Man, who was 2-for-2 as a 2-year old, galloped at Keeneland on April 2.<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%3D5981179%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Blue Grass Hopefuls Line Up Work Paths

    Adele Dilschneider's Terrain, runner-up in last fall's Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I), is scheduled for a five-furlong work on April 4 in preparation for the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) according to trainer Al Stall Jr .

  • The Pamplemousse will start from the outside in the Santa Anita 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%3D7833331%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    The Pamplemousse On Outside in SA Derby

    Trainer Julio Canani says The Pamplemousse doesn't need the lead to win the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 4. After a couple of interesting developments when entries were taken, that theory could be put to the test.