Nyquist tops poll of experts in the 3-year-old poll, while California Chrome tops overall poll.
Churchill Downs Racetrack and Levy Restaurants, the track's hospitality partner and on-track dining provider since 2001, have agreed to a 10-year contract extension.
Claire Novak updates us from the backside of Churchill Downs on Mor Spirit with Gary Stevens aboard, Gun Runner, Creator, Cathryn Sophia, Carina Mia, Majesto, and Lani.
In Thoroughbred ownership just four years, Sol Kumin went on a buying spree that landed him a pair of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) starters in Exaggerator and My Man Sam.
With WinStar Farm owner Kenny Troutt looking on, Arkansas Derby (gr. I) winner Creator breezed four furlongs in :50 3/5 at Churchill Downs the morning of May 2 in his final workout for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner Gun Runner completed his major work before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with an easy half-mile breeze May 2 at Churchill Downs.
"I feel that he's in a position where he's going to run his race, and we'll see if he's good enough," Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said.
With Venezuela once again invading the Kentucky Derby in the form of Grupo 7C Racing Stable, I thought this would be a good time to once again re-tell the remarkable story of Canonero
Treadway Racing Stable's Adventist, who remains in the 22nd spot on the Road to the Kentucky Derby points list, remains "ready for anything," trainer Leah Gyarmati said May 1.
Nearly a quarter of a century later, another Arkansas Derby runner-up is being equipped with a shadow roll in the Kentucky Derby.
Majesto, the runner-up to champion Nyquist in the Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I), will be ridden by Emisael Jaramillo, the all-time leading rider in Venezuela, in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
When the auctioneer at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton March 2-year-olds in training sale at Gulfstream Park dropped the hammer on Hip 87 at $400,000, Dennis O'Neill was pleasantly surprised that he was the buyer of the colt named Nyquist.
Unbeaten champion Nyquist, the clear-cut early favorite for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), got his first tour of the main track at Churchill Downs May 1 after arriving from Keeneland April 30.
Claire Novak comes to us from Churchill Downs for updates on Nyquist, Exaggerator, Brody's Cause, Gun Runner, Creator and more!
Catch up with 2014 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner California Chrome and learn about his new Kentucky home, Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky., where he'll retire to stud at the end of his racing career.
Free from the likes of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) runners Exaggerator, Danzing Candy, and Mor Spirit, Uncle Lino broke through for his first stakes win April 30 in the inaugural $150,000 California Chrome Stakes at Los Alamitos.
Warrendale Sales consigned three Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hopefuls at the 2014 Keeneland September yearling sale: Exaggerator, Mo Tom, and Suddenbreakingnews.
"I don't know if I'm still taking it in, it's still sinking in that we're here," Desormeaux said. "It is one of those subconscious goals that all trainers hope to achieve, but now that I'm here it's just a culmination of what we've put in."
Trainer Doug O’Neill said Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist “looked good and sound” April 30, a day after his one-mile breeze at Keeneland in his final prep for the May 7 classic and his van trip to Churchill Downs.
Danzing Candy on April 30 breezed through five furlongs in :59 4/5, with a gallop out to six furlongs in 1:13 2/5, in his final timed workout for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Both stallions will likely have three starters each in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), more than any other sires with Derby contenders this year.
Although only one of his horses is currently among the 20 horses with sufficient points for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Dale Romans sent Brody’s Cause and Cherry Wine out for workouts the morning of April 30.
Churchill Downs clockers caught Exaggerator in splits of :12 4/5, :25 1/5, :37 4/5, and :50 2/5, out in 1:15 3/5 and 1:29 3/5.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and Churchill Downs have outlined protocol for medication, drug testing, security, and safety during Kentucky Derby week, including out-of-competition testing and the monitoring of horses.
Pletcher said he is in a good place with his contenders coming into the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Trainer Eric Guillot was pleased with the morning performance by McCormick Racing and Southern Equine Stable's Laoban April 29 at Keeneland, as the grade III-placed Uncle Mo colt breezed six furlongs in 1:12 on a fast track under jockey Paco Lopez.
The Maryland Jockey Club April 29 said it will honor Zayat Stables, trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Victor Espinoza—the connections of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah—with the Preakness Special Award of Merit May 19 at the Alibi Breakfast.
While he took slightly different approaches with the two horses, trainer Doug O'Neill is as pleased with Nyquist going into the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) as he was with I'll Have Another, who won the 2012 edition of the Louisville classic.
Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Mohaymen was clocked in splits of :12 3/5, :23 4/5, :and 35 2/5, with a five-furlong gallop out in 1:00 4/5. Shagaf also worked for Shadwell and trainer Chad Brown.
With rain in the forecast for the weekend, many trainers of contenders for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) opted to get in their final works Friday, April 29, at Churchill Downs.
J. Keeler Johnson analyzes three Kentucky Derby longshots.
Jim Duley has been named recipient of the Jerry Frutkoff Memorial Award sponsored by Nikon, to be presented Thursday, May 19 at the Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Race Course.
Claire Novak, Tom LaMarra, and Ellis Starr take a look at the Kentucky Derby field as we head into the final week. Claire is also joined by a very special guest! Sponsored by Equibase
There are ample longshots in every running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), but one scheduled to make his way into the gate at Churchill Downs May 7 is unique.
Reddam Racing's Nyquist jogged on the synthetic training track at Keeneland the morning of April 28 and remains on schedule for his final work before the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Hoverboards are the only 2016 addition to Churchill Downs' list of security "do's and don'ts" for the May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Making the Grade, which will run through the 2016 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), focuses on the winners or top performers of the big races, usually from the previous weekend, who could impact the next Triple Crown.
The 1986 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) win was the first for legendary trainer Charlie Whittingham, who believed in only bringing a horse to the race if he believed it was completely justified. Ferdinand rewarded that belief with a 2 1/4 length victory.
Steve Haskin fine tunes his Kentucky Derby Dozen as we approach the final week
Yutaka Take, Japan's most famous jockey, even came in for the work aboard the UAE Derby (UAE-II) winner, but Lani refused to get into gear until after a quarter of what was supposed to be a five-eighths work.
"It's going to be hard," Espinoza said of tackling the Run for the Roses on Whitmore. "But you never know. As long as I have a horse in the race, I always think I can win the Kentucky Derby."
Trainer Doug O'Neill believes versatility is a big advantage for Nyquist, who heads to the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) undefeated in seven starts.
Working in company with Jimbo Fallon, Mor Spirit was clocked in eighth-mile splits of :11 2/5, :22 2/5, :34 1/5, and :46, galloping out the six furlongs in 1:13 1/5 under Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens.
Her insistence to run the farm while her father's health failed instead of sell gave Meadow Stable the ride of a lifetime with Riva Ridge and his younger stablemate, Secretariat.
Fans who arrive early for Keeneland's closing day of the spring meet will get a chance to see Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist breeze.
Twin Creeks Racing Stables April 26 said Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners has acquired a minority interest in Destin, the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) winner and expected starter in the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Trainer Steve Asmussen, to be inducted in racing's Hall of Fame in August, worked two colts and five fillies at Churchill Downs April 25 in preparation for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks (both gr. I).
Prominent Thoroughbred owner Stuart Subotnick will be honored at the 2016 Belmont Stakes Charity Celebration held Thursday, June 9, at the Bryant Park Grill in New York City.
Two very different workouts, but trainer Chad Brown was delighted with the training moves by his Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. 1) contenders My Man Sam and Shagaf April 24 at Churchill Downs.
The Nyquist Derby Express remains on track and is rolling full-stream toward the First Saturday in May.
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