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Churchill Anticipates Another Strong Derby Performance

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 21:00
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.

Derby Contenders Haikal, Tax Breeze at Belmont Park

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 21:00
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. 

Derby/Oaks Notes: Win Win Win Arrives at Churchill

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 21:00
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).

Code of Honor Arrives at Churchill for Kentucky Derby

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 00:00
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).

Anothertwistafate to Golden Gate to Train for Preakness

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 18:00
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).

Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen - April 23, 2019

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 18:00
Code of Honor returns to the Derby Dozen, as Omaha Beach stays in the top spot.

Omaha Beach, Bricks and Mortar Top NTRA Polls

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 21:00
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. 

Kentucky Derby Workers Out in Force at Churchill

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 21:00
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.

Win Win Win to Ship to Churchill Downs April 24

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 21:00
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).

Fog Impacts Classic Contenders at Churchill Downs

Sun, 04/21/2019 - 21:00
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.

Code of Honor Turns in Penultimate Derby Move

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 21:00
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.

Road to the Kentucky Derby, By the Numbers

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 21:00
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.

War of Will Works at Keeneland Toward Kentucky Derby

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 21:00
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.

Tracks Plan to Phase Out Lasix; Horsemen Share Concerns

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 03:00
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 Goes for Sixth Straight in Federico Tesio

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 03:00
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.

Churchill to Offer Oaks Day-Derby Day Pick 6

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 03:00
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.

Porter Thrilled to Have Smith Ride Omaha Beach in Derby

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:00
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

Japan to Take Separate Pool Wagering on Kentucky Derby

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 03:00
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.

Mandella Has Kentucky Derby in Sights With Omaha Beach

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 03:00
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.

Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen - April 16, 2019

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 21:00
Omaha Beach continues his reign atop the Derby Dozen.


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