• Borel Breezes Sugar Shock; Room Service, Aurelia's Belle Work / Longines Kentucky Oaks Update for Thursday, April 24

    UNTAPABLE (No. 1) – Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Untapable galloped before 6:30 over a fast track Thursday morning at Churchill Downs with exercise rider Angel Garcia aboard in preparation for next Friday’s Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI).

    SUGAR SHOCK (No. 2) – Trainer Doug Anderson opted to beat the weather and sent On Cloud Nine’s Sugar Shock out for a half-mile breeze in :48.40 Thursday morning after the renovation break.

    With new rider Calvin Borel aboard for the first time, Sugar Shock recorded fractions of :12.20, :24.20, :36.40 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:00.80 on her own. The move was the eighth fastest of 32 at the distance.

    “I thought it was excellent,” Anderson said. “I decided to do it today instead of waiting and maybe being in the mud tomorrow. Calvin thought she worked well.”

    With Thursday’s work, Sugar Shock’s major preparation is done for the Oaks.

    “She has done quite a bit before she got here and I think she is pretty fit,” Anderson said. “She’s going good and I may just give her a strong gallop the day before (the Oaks).”

    FASHION PLATE (No. 3) – Arnold Zetcher and Michael Tabor’s Fashion Plate, winner of the Las Virgenes (GI) and Santa Anita Oaks (GI) in her two most recent starts, is scheduled to work Saturday morning at Santa Anita according to trainer Simon Callaghan.

    Fashion Plate is scheduled to fly to Louisville on Monday.

    IN TUNE (tie-No. 4)/MY MISS SOPHIA (tie-No. 4)/GOT LUCKY (No. 8) – Trainer Todd Pletcher’s trio of Kentucky Oaks hopefuls galloped after the morning renovation break.

    Amy Mulen was aboard Wertheimer and Frere’s In Tune; Humberto Zamora partnered Mathis Stable’s My Miss Sophia and Britney Trimble was on Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings and Philip Steinberg’s Got Lucky. Pletcher has not finalized his riders for the Oaks. He plans to work all three on Saturday, weather permitting.

    ROSALIND (No. 6) – Landaluce Educe Stables’ Rosalind put in a post-renovation break gallop for trainer Kenny McPeek under exercise rider Danny Ramsey.

    McPeek said the dead-heat Ashland Stakes (GI) winner will work Saturday, weather permitting.

    ROOM SERVICE (No. 7)/AURELIA’S BELLE (No. 9) – Trainer Wayne Catalano’s two Kentucky Oaks hopefuls – Gary and Mary West’s Room Service and James Miller’s Aurelia’s Belle – worked seven furlongs together in 1:28.60 after the renovation break over a fast track.

    Aurelia’s Belle, with Florent Geroux up, started about a half-length in front of Room Service and Shaun Bridgmohan and finished that way as they raced through fractions of :13, :26.20, :38.60, :50.80, 1:03.20, 1:15.40 and galloped out a mile in 1:42.80.

    Aurelia’s Belle, who will be ridden in the Oaks by Channing Hill, is battle tested racing on dirt while Room Service has made five of her six starts on grass and in her most recent effort dead-heated for the victory in the Ashland Stakes (GI) over Polytrack at Keeneland.

    “I thought they worked well,” said Catalano, who was not ready to commit to the Oaks with Room Service.

    “I honestly think she is better on the turf,” Catalano said. “But I want to get feedback from the jock, feedback from the owners and from the horse and we will talk it over.”

    RIA ANTONIA (No. 10) – Christopher Dunn and Loooch Racing Stable’s Ria Antonia walked the shedrow at trainer Bob Baffert’s barn a day after working five furlongs in 1:00.60.

    KISS MOON (No. 11) – Carl Pollard’s Kiss Moon galloped after the renovation break with Otto Thorwarth up for trainer David Vance.

    Second in the Fantasy (GIII) in her most recent start, Kiss Moon will be ridden in the Oaks by Victor Espinoza, according to Espinoza’s agent Brian Beach.

    FIFTYSHADESOFGOLD (No. 12) – The Estate of Clarence Scharbauer Jr.’s Fiftyshadesofgold galloped 1 ½ miles before the renovation break under exercise rider Sara Escudero for trainer Bret Calhoun.

    The filly, who is under consideration for the Oaks and next Friday’s Eight Belles (GIII), is scheduled to work Friday after the break with Escudero up, according to Dennis “Peaches” Geier, assistant to Calhoun.

    UNBRIDLED FOREVER (No. 13) – Charles Fipke’s Unbridled Forever worked five furlongs after the renovation break in a bullet 1:00.80 under exercise rider Pedro Velez.

    The Dallas Stewart-trainee recorded splits of :12.20, :24.40, :36.80, :48.80 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:14. Robby Albarado has the mount in the Oaks.

    SWEET REASON Trainer Leah Gyarmati confirmed that the Treadway Racing Stable’s Sweet Reason has been taken out of consideration for the Oaks.

    THANK YOU MARYLOU (No. 14) – Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Thank You Marylou galloped a little after 6 o’clock for trainer Mike Maker with exercise rider Joel Barrientos aboard.

    Julien Leparoux, who rode Thank You Marylou in her past two starts, has the Oaks mount on the filly according to his agent Steve Bass.

    EMPRESS OF MIDWAY (No. 15) – Daniel Kramer’s Empress of Midway galloped after the renovation break under Humberto Gomez for trainer Doug O’Neill.

    Jack Sisterson, assistant to O’Neill, said the filly is scheduled to work Friday with the time TBA depending on weather. Showers are predicted to start after midnight with rain anticipated through training hours.

    Click here to link to a PDF copy of the complete Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Longines Kentucky Oaks Update for Thursday, April 24.

  • Pletcher Quartet Gallops, Sunday Works Set / Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands Update, Thursday, April 24

    CALIFORNIA CHROME (No. 1) – Steven Coburn and Perry Martin’s California Chrome is scheduled to work Saturday at Los Alamitos.

    Trained by Art Sherman, California Chrome is scheduled to ship to Louisville on Monday and be ridden in Kentucky Derby 140 by Victor Espinoza.

    VICAR’S IN TROUBLE (No. 2)/GENERAL A ROD (No. 15)/HARRY’S HOLIDAY (No. 20) – Skychai Racing, Terry Raymond and Jana Wagner’s Harry’s Holiday was one of the first horses on the track after it opened at 5:45 a.m. to gallop under exercise rider Joel Barrientos for Mike Maker.

    Maker has yet to name a rider for Harry’s Holiday in the Derby.

    J. Armando Rodriguez’s General a Rod, who worked five furlongs Wednesday in 1:03.20, walked the shedrow Thursday morning as did Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Vicar’s In Trouble.

    DANCE WITH FATE (No. 3) – Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing’s Dance With Fate is scheduled to work Saturday morning on the turf at Santa Anita for trainer Peter Eurton.

    Winner of the Blue Grass Stakes (GI) in his most recent start, Dance With Fate is scheduled to ship to Churchill Downs on Monday. Corey Nakatani has the Derby mount.

    WICKED STRONG (No. 4) – Centennial Farms’ Wicked Strong, winner of the Wood Memorial (GI) in his most recent start, is scheduled to work Friday at Belmont Park for trainer James Jerkens.

    SAMRAAT (No. 5) – My Meadowview Farm’s Samraat, winner of his first five races and runner-up in the Wood Memorial (GI) in his most recent start, is scheduled to work Friday at Aqueduct for trainer Rick Violette.

    DANZA (No. 6)/INTENSE HOLIDAY (No. 8)/WE MISS ARTIE (No. 10)/VICEREMOS (NO. 19) – Trainer Todd Pletcher’s quartet of Kentucky Derby hopefuls galloped after the morning renovation break.

    Pletcher, who will remain at Churchill Downs through the Derby, said the four colts would work Sunday, “if the weather cooperates” and that a decision on Vinceremos’ Derby participation would not come until early next week after he watches the colt train and work.

    Vinceremos, who finished 14th in the Blue Grass Stakes (GI) in his most recent start in his only foray onto Polytrack, is owned by WinStar Farm and Twin Creeks Racing Stables. Ovel Merida was aboard Vinceremos on Thursday morning.

    Arkansas Derby (GI) winner Danza, who is owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, was partnered by Ezequiel PerezStarlight Racing’s Risen Star (GII) winner Intense Holiday had Isabelle Bourez aboard; and, Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Spiral (GIII) winner We Miss Artie was ridden by Nick Bush.

    HOPPERUNITY (No. 7)/CHITU (No. 12)/BAYERN (No. 23) – Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman’s Rebel (GII) winner Hoppertunity walked the shedrow a day after working five furlongs in 1:00.20.

    Trained by Bob Baffert, Hoppertunity will be attempting to become the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby without a start as 2-year-old since Apollo in 1882.

    “Hey, I had him entered in a race at 2 and scratched him because I had another one there,” Baffert said. “He was ready to run, so that should count.”

    Tanma Corporation’s Chitu galloped after the renovation break with Dana Barnes up and Kaleem Shah’s Bayern galloped at the same time with Jorge Alvarez up.

    RIDE ON CURLIN (No. 11) – Daniel Doughtery’s Ride On Curlin, runner-up in the Arkansas Derby (GI) last out, galloped after the renovation break for trainer Billy Gowan under exercise rider Bryan Beccia.

    "He’s doing just as good as we had him in Arkansas,” Gowan said. “He’s held his weight well, stayed sound and is galloping around with his ears up. He likes this track.”

    Ride On Curlin is scheduled to work Saturday, weather-permitting.

    TAPITURE (No. 13) – Ron Winchell’s Tapiture stood in the starting gate and then galloped shortly after 7 o’clock with exercise rider Abel Flores up for trainer Steve Asmussen.

    RING WEEKEND (No. 14) – St. Elias Stable and West Point Thoroughbreds’ Ring Weekend, winner of the Tampa Derby (GII), is scheduled to work Friday at Fair Hill (Md.) Training Center for trainer Graham Motion.

    MEDAL COUNT (No. 16) – Spendthrift Farm’s Medal Count galloped under exercise rider Faustino Aguilar for trainer Dale Romans after the renovation break.

    The Blue Grass (GI) runner-up is slated to work Saturday, weather permitting.

    CANDY BOY (No. 17) – C R K Stable’s Candy Boy galloped 1 ½ miles under exercise rider Jelani Grant at 6:30 a.m. Thursday for trainer John Sadler.

    “It was an easy first day, just letting him get his feet wet,” Sadler said of Candy Boy, who arrived at Churchill Downs on Monday, walked Tuesday and jogged Wednesday.

    Sadler said Candy Boy would gallop again in the morning and is scheduled to work Saturday with three-time Kentucky Derby-winning rider Gary Stevens slated to be aboard. Stevens has the Derby mount.

    UNCLE SIGH (No. 18) – Wounded Warrior Stables and Anthony Robertson’s Uncle Sigh is scheduled to work Friday morning on the Belmont Park Training Track around 9:30 according to trainer Gary Contessa.

    Contessa said Uncle Sigh would leave New York by van early Saturday morning with a Saturday evening arrival at Churchill Downs anticipated. Contessa will fly to Louisville on Sunday. Irad Ortiz Jr. is scheduled to ride Uncle Sigh in the Derby.

    COMMANDING CURVE (No. 21) – West Point Thoroughbreds’ Commanding Curve galloped after the renovation break for trainer Dallas Stewart with exercise rider Emerson Chavez aboard.

    Commanding Curve sits at 21st on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard Presented by Twinspires.com,” and Stewart said that if he makes the Derby field jockey Shaun Bridgmohan will ride.

    PABLO DEL MONTE (No. 22) – Susan Magnier, Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor and trainer Wesley Ward’s Pablo Del Monte is scheduled to work Saturday or Sunday at Keeneland.

    SOCIAL INCLUSION (No. 24) – Rontos Racing Stable’s Social Inclusion worked three furlongs in :34.41 over a fast track at Gulfstream Park Thursday morning.

    “He went very well,” owner Ronald Sanchez said. “I got him in :34 and 2 and out in :47 and 3. Right now, we are just waiting.”

    Should the connections of all horses under Derby consideration on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by TwinSpires.com” leaderboard enter, Social Inclusion would be the fourth also-eligible.

    BIG BAZINGA (No. 25) – Derby Dreamers Racing Stable’s Big Bazinga galloped 1 ½ miles after the renovation break under Loren Diego.

    Trainer Katerina Vassilieva is expected to be in Louisville Friday, according to assistant Amber Mayers. Big Bazinga is scheduled to work Saturday.

    Click here to link to a PDF copy of the complete Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Longines Kentucky Oaks Update for Thursday, April 24.

  • Kentucky Derby Report -- April 24

    The field for the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby is still not set, with a trio of recent defections opening spots for Uncle Sigh, Vinceremos and Harry's Holiday. Attrition always plays a part in the build-up and more than a handful of three-year-olds remain outside the bubble waiting for a spot to materialize.

  • Social Inclusion blazes three-eighths at Gulfstream

    Although a run for Social Inclusion in the May 3 Kentucky Derby is still a possibility, the connections of the late-developing colt have decided to focus on the Preakness Stakes, the middle leg of the Triple Crown on May 17 at Pimlico, as their goal.

  • Ria Antonia Works, In Tune Takes First Trip Over Track / Longines Kentucky Oaks Update for Wednesday, April 23

    UNTAPABLE (No. 1) – Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Untapable visited the starting gate and then galloped Wednesday morning under Angel Garcia at Churchill Downs in preparation for the May 2 $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI).

    Untapable is trained by Steve Asmussen, who saddled Summerly to win the 2005 Oaks. Rosie Napravnik, who won the 2012 Kentucky Oaks on Believe You Can, has the mount on Untapable.

  • Hoppertunity, General A Rod Work at Churchill / Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands Update for Wednesday, April 23

    VICAR’S IN TROUBLE (No. 2)/GENERAL A ROD (No. 15)/HARRY’S HOLIDAY (No. 20) – J. Armando Rodriguez’s General a Rod recorded his first official work at Churchill Downs in preparation for Kentucky Derby 140, covering five furlongs in 1:03.40 with splits of :13, :26.20, 39 and out six furlongs in 1:17.60 with exercise rider Joel Barrientos up for trainer Mike Maker.

  • Baffert Duo of Chitu, Bayern; Zito's Spot Top "Opening Night" Derby Trial

    Curtis Green’s Spot, winner of the Swale Stakes (Grade II) and the Bob Baffert-trained duo of Tanma Corporation’s Chitu and Kaleem Shah’s Bayern headline a field of 10 horses entered Wednesday for the 90th running of the $150,000-added Derby Trial (GIII) on Saturday’s Opening Night Presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka at Churchill Downs.

  • Gary West's Top 10 Kentucky Derby Championship Series Performances

    By Gary West, special to KentuckyDerby.com

    Over the next 10 days or so, much will be written extolling the virtues of California Chrome. His virtues are as conspicuous as they are numerous. He’s professional and smart; most of all, he’s fast. And he just keeps running. He deserves the praise, the plaudits and the acclaim. In this run-up to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, he has given not only the best performance of any 3-year-old but arguably the best two performances.

  • Longines Kentucky Oaks Update for Tuesday, April 22

    UNTAPABLE (No. 1)/EUPHROSYNE Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Untapable, winner of the Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) and Silverbulletday (GIII) at Fair Grounds, returned to the track on Tuesday and galloped 1 1/8 miles over a fast surface under exercise rider Angel Garcia.The Steve Asmussen-trained daughter of Tapit worked five furlongs on Sunday under jockey Rosie Napravnik, who will ride Untapable in the Longines Kentucky Oaks. She walked under Asmussen’s shedrow on Monday.

  • Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands Update for Tuesday, April 22

    VICAR’S IN TROUBLE (No. 2)/GENERAL A ROD (No. 15)/HARRY’S HOLIDAY (No. 20) – Trainer Mike Maker vanned his trio of Kentucky Derby possibilities to the Churchill Downs backside late Tuesday morning.

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s  Vicar’s in Trouble galloped at the Trackside Training Center Tuesday morning and is scheduled to breeze at Churchill Downs on Saturday along  with  Harry’s  Holiday,  who  is  owned by  Skychai  Racing, Terry Raymond and Jana Wagner. Harry’s Holiday galloped Tuesday at Trackside. Joel Barrientos was aboard both colts.

  • Longines Kentucky Oaks Update for Monday, April 21

    UNTAPABLE (No. 1)/ EUPHROSYNE (No. 8) – Gillian S. Campbell, Ralph Staver, Shelly Staver, Dan Clark and Greg Skoda’s Euphrosyne, listed as “possible” for the Longines Kentucky Oaks, breezed five furlongs in the company of a workmate in 1:02.20 Monday morning. Abel Flores was aboard the daughter of Harlan’s Holiday, who covered the distance in fractional splits of :13, :25.80 and :38 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:16.

    Euphrosyne was on the track with Asmussen’s first set of horses.

    Untapable, who had worked five furlongs on Sunday, walked on Monday.

  • Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands Update for Monday, April 21

    VICAR'S IN TROUBLE (No. 2) / GENERAL A ROD (No. 15) / HARRY'S HOLIDAY (No. 20) – Trainer Mike Maker reported Monday morning that his trio  of  Kentucky  Derby  possibilities  “were  doing  just  fine”  at  the  nearby Trackside Training Center.

  • 'Fate' could give Nakatani first Derby win; White announces his Derby odds

    Corey Nakatani will seek his first Kentucky Derby victory in his 17th attempt when he rides Blue Grass winner Dance With Fate in the Run for the Roses on May 3 at Churchill Downs.

  • Wildcat Red, Intense Holiday, We Miss Artie put in final Florida works

    Grade 2 hero Wildcat Red completed the Florida portion of his preparation for the $2 million Kentucky Derby on May 3 by working a half-mile in :48 3/5 over Gulfstream Park's fast main track on Sunday.

  • Longines Kentucky Oaks Update for Sunday, April 20

    UNTAPABLE (No. 1)Winchell Thoroughbred LLC’s Untapable, winner of the Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) and Rachel Alexandra (GIII) at Fair Grounds, tuned up for her scheduled run in the Longines Kentucky Oaks with a sharp five-furlong work at Churchill Downs under jockey Rosie Napravnik.

  • Kentucky Derby Update for Sunday, April 20

    VICAR’S IN TROUBLE (No. 2) / GENERAL A ROD (No. 16) / HARRY’S HOLIDAY (No. 21) – Trainer Mike Maker reported Sunday morning that things were “all well” at the nearby Trackside Training Center for his trio of Kentucky Derby possibilities.

  • Updated Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by TwinSpires.com Leaderboard (after races of Sat., April 19)

    Click here for the updated Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by TwinSpires.com Leaderboard following the Coolmore Lexington (GIII) and races of Sat., April 19 ...

  • Mr Speaker brings gavel down in Lexington

    Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey thought about running Mr Speaker in the April 12 Blue Grass at Keeneland, but decided to pass the hurly-burly of a big field in that major Kentucky Derby prep, and instead opted for Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Lexington Stakes over the same track. Judging by how the Phipps Stable homebred stormed four lengths clear in his first attempt on synthetic, it's worth wondering how he might have fared one week ago.