Images from the days leading up to the 2016 Breeders' Cup
Jim and Susan Hill's son of Arch went four furlongs in an easy :50 4/5 Oct. 25 at Keeneland, a maintenance work for the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).
J. Keeler Johnson ranks the final pre-Kentucky Derby workouts of nine Derby contenders. read blog
Donegal Racing founder talks about contenders for Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Woodford Reserve (gr. IT). watch video
Untapable completed the first workout of her 4-year-old season Monday, Jan. 26, when she breezed four furlongs in :51.4/5 on a fast track at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for trainer Steve Asmussen.
Zayat Stables homebred American Pharoah handily worked five furlongs in :58 3/5 on Monday, Oct. 20 as the son of Pioneerof the Nile continues work toward the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
- By Ron Mitchell
Horses work over the new dirt track at Keeneland on August 28, 2014. Watch Video
As typical of Derby works, the good ones drew waves of excitement, while others were overblown as bad works. And some were, well, just works. read blog
California Chrome and Candy Boy, the two favorites for the upcoming $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), both turned in final major drills March 29 for their highly anticipated meeting.
- By Steve Haskin
Steve Haskin gives us an update on who worked at Santa Anita, the dense fog that rolled in, and much more! watch video
The sights and sounds of Kentucky Derby Week 2013. Watch Video
Kentucky Derby Comments from Calvin Borel who worked Revolutionary Saturday. watch video
Todd Pletcher takes you through his decision to move his works up to Saturday from Sunday. Then Todd speaks on how his Kentucky Derby contenders worked. watch video
A total of eight Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) horses had their final drills the morning of April 27, many of them moved back a day due to the impending rain expected later today and tomorrow. read blog
Pick Six Racing's Vyjack was declared ready for $1 million Wood Memorial (gr. I) to be run April 6 after breezing March 30 at Aqueduct Racetrack. Other key contenders also were on the tab in New York and Florida.
It was a tale of two coasts Sunday morning. read blog
Steve Haskin examines works for Belmont Stakes contenders Atigun, Dullahan, Paynter, Street Life, Unstoppable U, Guyana Star Dweej, and Union Rags. watch video
The Tampa Bay Derby winner went five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 at Churchill Downs April 28.
Summer Applause, On Fire Baby, and Grace Hall all worked April 20.
The son of Dixie Union worked just after 9 a.m., clocking a half-mile in :47 2/5 and galloping out five furlongs in 1:00.
Undefeated champion Zenyatta worked a leisurely four furlongs in :51.80 at Hollywood Park Aug. 25.
Tale of Ekati turned in a super-sharp work for the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr.I) when he sped four furlongs in 46.84 seconds over Belmont Park's main track May 20. The move was the fastest of 37 works at the distance, on a track listed as fast before a steady rain began falling later in the morning.
Darley Stable's Little Belle, winner of the April 5 Ashland Stakes (gr. I), sailed through her April 25 half-mile work at Keeneland in :46.20, second-fastest of 42 outings at the distance.
Prepping for a run in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Zayat Stables' Z Humor worked four furlongs in :47.50 at Churchill Downs April 17.
Rags to Riches, champion 3-year-old filly of 2007, returned to the work tab March 11 when she breezed three furlongs for trainer Todd Pletcher in :38.40.
Horse of the Year candidate Curlin continued his path toward an unrevealed destination when trainer Steve Asmussen sent him to an easy five-furlong work over the Fair Grounds surface Jan. 18. The 4-year-old Smart Strike colt went the distance in 1:04 flat on a fast track.
James Tafel's Street Sense, winner of this year's Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), continued his preparation for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) with a sharp four-furlong work Oct. 9 at Churchill Downs.
Street Sense, winner of the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the July 29 Jim Dandy (gr. II), was back on the main track at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 15 at 7:30 a.m. for another workout.
Street Sense, winner of this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Barnds (gr. I), worked four fulongs in :51.59 July 26 at Saratoga Race Course.
Steve Asmussen trainee Curlin, who finished third in the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), tuned up for Saturday's 132nd running of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) with an easy half-mile work on Monday at Churchill Downs.
Trainer Steve Asmussen sent Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winner Curlin and stablemates Zanjero and Reporting for Duty for a final Kentucky Derby prep over the Polytrack surface at Lexington's Keeneland Racecourse on Monday, April 23.
Today's Headlines: California Arrivals Visit Track; Andromeda's Hero Here from Keeneland.
Kentucky Derby 131 Headlines: High Limit, Greeley's Galaxy work; Giacomo, Buzzards Bay scheduled to arrive.
Cash is King Stable's Afleet Alex completed his major preparation for the 131st Kentucky Derby by working a half-mile in :48.40 under Derby rider Jeremy Rose this morning.
Kentucky Derby 131 Headlines: Consolidator injured; out of Derby 131; Buzzards Bay works 1:11.40 at Santa Anita; Afleet Alex scheduled to go half Tuesday.
Today's Headlines: Seven Derby horses work at Churchill Sunday; Jose Valdivia, Jr. to ride Going Wild; Buzzards Bay to work at Santa Anita Monday.
Kentucky Derby 131 Headlines: Wilko works 5/8 in :59.80 at Hollywood; Blanc named to ride Sort It Out; Five horses to work Sunday.
Friday's Top Stories: Injury Takes General John B Out of Derby 131; Works by Zito Trio Depend on Weather; Don't Get Mad Prepares for Derby Trial.
Thursday's Top Stories: High Limit Works with Champion Ghostzapper; Zito Breezes Two of Five Derby Contenders; Greater Good, Greeley's Galaxy Work.
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.
Tuesday's Top Stories: Afleet Alex Sizzles in Churchill Downs Work; Flower Alley Dons Blinkers for Gallop; Andromeda's Hero to Travel to Churchill for Work.
Monday's Top Stories: Survivalist Out of the Derby Picture; Closing Argument, California Trio Breeze; Afleet Alex Set for Tuesday Work at Churchill...
Woodward Stakes (gr. I) winner Lemon Drop Kid breezed four furlongs in :50 over a fast track at Belmont Park Sunday as the 4-year-old son of Kingmambo prepares for a start in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I). Also working Sunday were Walkslikeaduck, Forest Camp, War Chant, Honest Lady, and Spanish Fern.
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