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In looking at some of the already available numbers for this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), Churchill Downs officials are confident the event will deliver another strong year in terms of financials.
A pair of New York-based Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) contenders breezed April 25 at Belmont Park, where Haikal completed five furlongs in 1:01.21 and Tax worked a half-mile on the training track in :47 4/5.
Win Win Win arrived at Churchill Downs at 5:15 Thursday morning following an overnight van ride from the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland for the 145th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1).
William S. Farish's Code of Honor arrived at Churchill Downs in the early afternoon April 24 from Keeneland, where he had been training the past few weeks to prepare for the 145th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1).
Trainer Blaine Wright told Churchill Downs media via text Tuesday morning that Peter Redekop's Anothertwistafate would be flying back to his home base at Golden Gate Fields in Northern California and train there for the Preakness (G1).
Code of Honor returns to the Derby Dozen, as Omaha Beach stays in the top spot.
With the Kentucky Derby (G1) prep races in the books and little action in the handicap ranks, the status quo held in this week's National Thoroughbred Racing Association Top 3-Year-Old Poll and NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll.
In the morning hours of April 22 at Churchill Downs, several contenders for the $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) put in works over a fast track.
Riding momentum as leading trainer of Laurel Park's current spring meet, trainer Mike Trombetta will ship record-setting stakes winner Win Win Win to Kentucky April 24 to finish preparations for the May 4 Kentucky Derby (G1).
While the rain moved out of the Louisville area around 6 p.m. April 20, a dense fog rose on Churchill Downs early Easter Sunday morning and made many trainers, once again, alter their work pattern for classic contenders.
William S. Farish's homebred Code of Honor closed the major Keeneland portion of his preparation for the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) by working five furlongs in 1:01 over a sloppy surface April 20 at the Lexington track.
Before turning our focus to the actual race, I thought we could take a final look back at this year's prep season in a "by the numbers" format.
Gary Barber's War of Will breezed five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 over a sealed muddy surface at Keeneland April 19 when the track opened at 5:30 a.m.
In what would be a significant change in how 2-year-old races and stakes races are conducted in the United States, 20 of the leading tracks plan to phase out the use of race-day medication beginning with juvenile races next year.
Alwaysmining has reeled off five consecutive victories, the past four in stakes, heading into the $125,000 Xpressbet Federico Tesio Stakes April 20 at Laurel Park.
According to a plan approved April 16 by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, Churchill Downs will offer a $2 Pick 6 wager on the six grade 1 races offered on Kentucky Oaks Day and Kentucky Derby Day this year.
Mike Smith, who had a tough decision whether to choose Omaha Beach or Roadster for his Kentucky Derby mount, went with his longtime friend Rick Porter, the owner of Omaha Beach
According to Takayuki Ui, horseman's relations manager for the Japan Racing Association's New York office, a decision to allow online wagering on the May 4 Kentucky Derby in Japan was made April 15.
Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella has accomplished some of horse racing's greatest feats. Now 15 years after his most recent two Kentucky Derby (G1) runners, the California native is preparing to return with Fox Hill Farm's Omaha Beach.
Omaha Beach continues his reign atop the Derby Dozen.