Racing News

Conveyance Continues to Shine in San Rafael

After winning his first two starts convincingly over maiden special weight and allowance rivals, Zabeel Racing International's CONVEYANCE (Indian Charlie) confirmed his status as an exciting Kentucky Derby (G1) prospect with a 1 3/4-length victory in Saturday's $100,000 San Rafael S. (G3).

Sent off as the overwhelming 1-5 favorite versus only four rivals in his two-turn debut, the Bob Baffert-trained colt faced a brief challenge approaching the conclusion of the far turn and raced greenly in the stretch, but the gray was in complete control as he finished the mile in 1:36 2/5 over Santa Anita's Pro-Ride.

At the break, the speedster flashed to the front as expected under Garrett Gomez, reeling off splits in :24 2/5 and :48 2/5 on a one-length lead, and traveled a couple of paths off the rail entering the final bend. Longshot Cardiff Giant (Yankee Gentleman) surprisingly rallied up the rail to put a head in front through six furlongs in 1:12 3/5, but Gomez acted unconcerned and let his charge out a notch after straightening into the stretch.

Conveyance regained the advantage, passing the seven-eighths mark in 1:24 1/5, and drew clear in the final eighth of a mile. He left the impression that he could have won by more if he hadn't raced greenly in the lane, switching leads back and forth with his head cocked sideways toward the stands.

"I knew Victor (Espinoza, aboard Cardiff Giant) was going to try and pressure me at some point," Gomez said. "I went to the fence going into the first turn and he left me alone. Speed really hasn't been doing too well on this track, so I was hoping I didn't get too much pressure early.

"I came off the fence going down the backside, and I decided to leave it open going to the far turn because I didn't want my horse to be down on top of the fence with another horse pressing me. He got a little tired the last sixteenth and he switched back to his left lead. This race was a good learning curve for him."

"They went slow today," Baffert said, "and this horse wants to roll up front. The track was a concern for Garrett and me. Later in the day, it's much faster.

"He did get a little tired today, but I didn't get a chance to work him a mile. I thought he was good enough to win this without working him too far, and he was. It was a nice effort and he wasn't blowing that hard when he came back."

The heavy favorite returned $2.60, $2.20 and $2.10. Cardiff Giant, the longest price on the board at 13-1, held second by three-quarters of a length over Domonation (Maria's Mon) and gave back $5.20 and $3. Show was good for $2.40 at 5-1. Lucky Rave (GB) (Lucky Story) and Via Verde (Cherokee Run) came next under the wire, and the $1 exotics paid $7.10 (exacta) and $16 (3-1-2 trifecta).

Bred in Kentucky by Gulf Coast Farms, Conveyance commanded $240,000 at the 2008 Keeneland September Yearling Sale and was sold privately to his current connections after his second start. He's now earned $104,400 from three starts. The talented sophomore opened his racing career with a 1 1/2-length tally in an October 31 maiden special weight at Oak Tree, and entered the San Rafael off a seven-length thrashing in a November 25 allowance at Hollywood Park, both six-furlong races.

Conveyance is out of the Holy Bull mare Emptythetill and has a pair of younger half-siblings, the two-year-old colt Atlantic Bull (Stormy Atlantic) and a yearling filly by Half Ours. His third dam is Grade 2 winner Silent Account (Private Account), who is a full sister to Grade 1 hero Secret Hello. This is also the female family of 2008 Blue Grass S. (G1) winner, Monba (Maria's Mon).

California Chrome Cruises to Victory in 140th Kentucky Derby before Crowd of 164,906

Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's favored California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, took command at the head of the stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Commanding Curve to win the 140th running of the $2,202,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I). A sun-splashed crowd of 164,906, the second-largest attendance in Kentucky Derby history, watched California Chrome give jockey Victor Espinoza a second Derby victory to go with his triumph on War Emblem in 2002.

Global View Nips Storming Inti at Wire to Win 23rd Running of Grade II American Turf

Glen Hill Farm's Global View caught Storming Inti in the closing strides

Midnight Lucky Romps in 28th Running of Grade I Humana Distaff

Midnight Lucky, making her first start in more than 11 months, took the lead out of the gate

Coffee Clique Catches Dame Marie Late to Win 29th Running of Grade II Churchill Distaff Turf Mile

Coffee Clique squeezed through an opening along the hedge

Derby Week Concludes with Memorable Kentucky Derby 140 as California Chrome Wins America’s Greatest Race

164,906 fans pack historic Churchill Downs

Updates Powered by

Visit brisnet.com for expert handicapping, picks and analysis Derby Week and all year long

Derby Stories

Lindsay & Els Chicago, IL

First time at the Oaks so that's why we have these crazy hats on, shaped like cheese hats and painted pink in honor of Bright Pink, which is a great charity.
Paula's picking California Chrome

Kentucky Derby 140 presented by Yum! - The Race

Kentucky Derby 140 - Road to the Derby

Kentucky Derby 140 Intro

Around the Downs - The Stables

The Race

54 Photos

GET TO KNOW THE KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER CALIFORNIA CHROME (PRE-RACE BIO)

California Chrome is attempting to become only the fourth California-bred, Kentucky Derby winner in history and the first since Decidedly in 1962.