• 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.

    J.  Armando Rodriguez’s  General a Rod  also galloped at  Trackside Tuesday  and  is scheduled  to  work  at  Churchill  Downs  on Wednesday with Barrientos up.

    DANZA (No. 6)/INTENSE HOLIDAY (No. 8)/WE MISS ARTIE (No. 10)/VINCEREMOS (No. 19) – Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners Danza galloped 1 ½ miles under exercise rider Nick Bush after the Tuesday morning renovation break at Churchill Downs.

    Trained by Todd Pletcher, Danza will be joined Tuesday afternoon by Starlight Racing’s Intense Holiday and Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s We Miss Artie. The two colts were booked on a flight out of South Florida with a 1 p.m. arrival at Louisville International Airport.

    Pletcher’s fourth Derby hopeful, WinStar Farm and Twin Creek Racing Stables’ Vinceremos is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Wednesday from WinStar, where he has been since running in the April 12 Blue Grass Stakes (GI).

    HOPPERTUNITY (No. 7)/CHITU (No. 12)/BAYERN (No. 23) – Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman’s Hoppertunity got his first exercise over the track at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning, galloping 1 ½ miles under Dana Barnes after the renovation break.

    The winner of the Rebel (GII) and runner-up in the Santa Anita Derby (GI) in his most recent start, the Bob Baffert trainee arrived at Churchill Downs Monday afternoon from his home base in Southern California.

    Tanma Corporation’s Chitu and Kaleem Shah’s Bayern, walked the shedrow a day after turning in half-mile works here.

    WILDCAT RED (No. 9) – Honors Stable Corp.’s Wildcat Red was scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs early Tuesday afternoon after a flight from Florida.

    The two-time graded stakes winner and runner-up in the Florida Derby (GI) in his most recent start is trained by Jose Garoffalo. Wildcat Red will be housed in Barn 21.

    RIDE ON CURLIN (No. 11) – Daniel Dougherty’s Ride On Curlin, runner-up in the Arkansas Derby (GI) in his most recent start, galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Bryan Beccia.

    Trained by Bill Gowan, Ride On Curlin is scheduled to breeze Saturday or Sunday, depending on weather, with jockey Calvin Borel up.

    TAPITURE (No. 13) – Trainer Steve Asmussen said Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC’s Southwest (GIII) winner Tapiture walked in the shedrow and was doing well on the morning after his first work since his return to Churchill Downs last week.

    The 3-year-old son of Tapit breezed five furlongs over a fast track in 1:02.80 on Monday. Ricardo Santana Jr. has the Kentucky Derby mount on Tapiture.

    RING WEEKEND (No. 14) – West Point Thoroughbreds tweeted that Alan Garcia will ride Ring Weekend in Kentucky Derby 140.

    Currently stabled at the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland, Ring Weekend finished second in the Calder Derby on April 5 with Garcia aboard. Trained by Graham Motion, Ring Weekend is scheduled to work Friday at Fair Hill.

    MEDAL COUNT (No. 16) – Spendthrift Farm’s Medal Count, runner-up in the Blue Grass (GI)  last out,  galloped  after  the  renovation  break  under  exercise  rider  Faustino Aguilar for  trainer  Dale Romans.

    CANDY BOY (No. 17) – C R K Stable’s Robert B. Lewis (GII) winner Candy Boy walked the shedrow at Barn 43 on his first full day at Churchill Downs for trainer John Sadler.

    Candy Boy arrived at Churchill Downs at 3:30 Monday afternoon from his base in Southern California.

    Cesar Aguilar, assistant to Sadler, said Candy Boy would go to the track Wednesday.

    COMMANDING CURVE (No. 21) – West Point Thoroughbreds’ Commanding Curve, third in the Louisiana Derby (GII) in his most recent start, galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Emerson Chavez for trainer Dallas Stewart.

    Commanding Curve stands 21st on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard Presented by TwinSpires.com.

    "We’re still just waiting,” Stewart said, “that’s all you can do. I think he’s right on par with (2013 Kentucky Derby runner-up) Golden Soul last year. I think he’s every bit as good and he’s been handling this track really well.”

    PABLO DEL MONTE (No. 22) – Susan Magnier, Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor and Wesley Ward’s Pablo Del Monte, third in the Blue Grass Stakes last out, is scheduled to work Saturday or Sunday at Keeneland, according to Ward, who is also the colt’s trainer.

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

    Big Bazinga arrived at Churchill Downs Monday afternoon from Keeneland where he had remained since a fourth-place finish in the Blue Grass Stakes (GI).

    Big Bazinga is trained by Katerina Vassilieva. According to Frank Bernis, agent for jockey Brian Hernandez Jr., the colt is scheduled to work Saturday with Hernandez up. Hernandez rode the colt in the Blue Grass.

    Click here for a pdf copy of the April 22 Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby Update.

  • 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.

    SUGAR SHOCK (No. 2) – On Cloud Nine LLC’s Sugar Shock was given the morning off by trainer Doug Anderson.

    “She just walked today,” said Anderson, whose string of 30 horses is based at Prairie Meadows. “She had four hard races at Oaklawn.”

    A daughter of Candy Ride (ARG), Sugar Shock progressed from a maiden score to an allowance winner and then finished first in the Honeybee (GIII) but was disqualified before triumphing in the Fantasy (GIII).

    Anderson said Sugar Shock probably would work “an easy five-eighths” with new rider Calvin Borel scheduled to be aboard.

    AWESOME BABY (No. 4) / RIA ANTONIA (No. 12) – Christopher Dunn and Loooch Racing Stable’s Ria Antonia was scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs Monday afternoon after a flight from Southern California for trainer Bob Baffert.

    Kaleem Shah’s Awesome Baby was not on the Monday flight. However, there are flights scheduled from California on Thursday and next Monday.

    MY MISS SOPHIA (tie-No. 5) / IN TUNE (tie-No.5)  / GOT LUCKY (No. 10) – Mathis Stable’s My Miss Sophia  and Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings’ Got Lucky both jogged after the morning renovation break for trainer Todd Pletcher.

    Humberto Zamora was aboard My Miss Sophia and Amy Mulen partnered Got Lucky.

    Wertheimer and Frere’s In Tune is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Tuesday.

    ROSALIND (No. 7) – Landaluce Educe Stables’ Rosalind, dead-heat winner of the Ashland (GI) at Keeneland in her most recent start, was scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs early Monday afternoon.

    ROOM SERVICE (No. 9) / AURELIA'S BELLE (No. 11) – Gary and Mary West’s Room Service and James Miller’s Aurelia’s Belle galloped after the morning renovation break with exercise rider Calamity Compton in the saddle first on Room Service and then Aurelia’s Belle.

    HOUSE RULESTrainer Allen Jerkens said he “does not plan to come” to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Oaks with J.V. Shields Jr.’s House Rules.

    House Rules had been No. 12 on the Kentucky Oaks leaderboard.

    KISS MOON (No. 13) – Carl Pollard’s Kiss Moon worked five furlongs in 1:00.60 under Julien Leparoux after the morning renovation break for trainer David Vance.

    Working on her own and without the blinkers she wore in the runner-up effort in the Fantasy (GIII), Kiss Moon reeled off fractions of  :12.20, :24.20 and :36.40 while galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.80.

    “She only ran two weeks ago and I didn’t want her to do too much,” Vance said. “I was happy with the work and probably will come back next Sunday for her last work before the Oaks.”

    IFTYSHADESOFGOLD (No. 14) – The Estate of Clarence Scharbauer’s Fiftyshadesofgold galloped 1 ½ miles before 7 o’clock Monday morning under exercise rider Sara Escudero for trainer Bret Calhoun.

    Fiftyshadesofgold is scheduled to work Friday.

    UNBRIDLED FOREVER (No. 15) – Charles Fipke’s Unbridled Forever,  galloped after the  renovation  break  under  exercise  rider  Pedro Velez for trainer Dallas Stewart.

    SWEET REASON (No. 16) – Treadway Racing Stable’s Sweet Reason has not been ruled out of the Kentucky Oaks picture that would require a couple of defections to land a spot in the starting gate.

    "I am probably leaning in a different direction because I didn’t think there was a possibility of getting in,” trainer Leah Gyarmati said of Sweet Reason, who is at Belmont Park. “I would not rule it out now if there is a chance.”

    THANK YOU MARYLOU (No. 17) – Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Thank You Marylou galloped at the nearby Trackside Training Center for trainer Mike Maker.

  • 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.

  • California Chrome leads Derby worktab

    Santa Anita Derby winner California Chrome took another step closer to the Kentucky Derby on May 3 when he worked four furlongs at his Los Alamitos headquarters Saturday morning in :47 4/5 under regular rider Victor Espinoza.

  • Cairo Prince to miss Derby with ankle injury

    Cairo Prince has sustained an ankle injury that will rule him out of the May 3 Kentucky Derby, Daily Racing Form's David Grening reported via Twitter.

  • Pablo Del Monte remains on Derby trail

    Wesley Ward, trainer and part-owner of Blue Grass third-placer Pablo Del Monte, reports that his colt remains on the road to the 140th Kentucky Derby  for now.

    With the defection of Cairo Prince Saturday, Pablo Del Monte ranks 23rd on the Kentucky Derby leader board with 20 points.

  • Churchill Downs Maintains Tightened Security for Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks 140

    Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) has released its list of security and hospitality policies and procedures for this year’s 140th celebrations of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 3, and the Longines Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 2.

    The list mirrors the revised list of policies and procedures from last year that was issued following the attack on the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. As it retains last year’s adjusted roster of security and hospitality policies, Churchill Downs officials are again asking Derby and Oaks patrons to be aware during their visits on both days and to heed a simple, but important, reminder: “If you see something, say something.”

     Most prominent among the policies for this year’s Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks are:

    • A ban on carry-in coolers. Patrons will not be allowed bring their own coolers; however, coolers and ice will be available at several infield purchase points;
    • Purses or bags measuring more than 12 inches in any dimension will not be allowed through any admission gate;
    • Cans of any size or type and glass bottles and containers will not be permitted;
    • Patron and pop-up tents are prohibited.  Poles and stakes of any kind are not permitted.
    • A ban on laptop computers, cameras with detachable lenses, cameras with attached lenses measuring six inches or morecamcorders and tripods;

     Most of the remaining security procedures on Churchill Downs’ 2014 list have been in place since sweeping changes to those policies were formulated by the track and its security and safety partners and adopted for the 2002 Kentucky Derby.

    Among the items permitted for carry-in on both days are:

    • Food items and box lunches contained in clear plastic bags or clear plastic containers measuring no larger than 18” x 18”;
    • Water and soft drinks in plastic bottles that are sealed and unopened;
    • Sunscreen (in non-glass containers only);
    • Purses measuring less than 12” in any dimension, and baby and diaper bags, if accompanied by a child.
    • Cellular phones, smartphones and tablets (patrons could be required to turn on electronic items before being allowed to enter the track);
    • Small cameras with non-detachable lenses no longer than six inches.

     “Our sincere hope is that every fan who visits Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks has an amazing experience,” said Ryan Jordan, General Manager of Churchill Downs.  “Our fans have told us that they feel safe when they visit our racetrack.  We are thankful for the tireless efforts of nearly 40 law enforcement, security and safety agencies who work together with Churchill Downs team members each year on security and safety policies for these great events.

    “In addition to maintaining tightened security policies, we are again asking that our patrons be aware of their surroundings and to say something to a uniformed security officer or a member of our Churchill Downs staff if they see something that seems out of the ordinary. ‘If you see something, say something’ is an important thought for all to remember.”

    As has been the case since 2002, when security procedures were completely overhauled following the 9/11 terrorist attacks the previous autumn, all patrons entering the track on those days are subject to electronic wand scans.

    Click here for the complete list of security "dos and don'ts" for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks 140.

  • Dance With Fate confirmed for Derby

    Blue Grass winner Dance With Fate will indeed take his spot in the starting gate in the May 3 Kentucky Derby, connections announced Friday.

  • Commanding Curve, Unbridled Forever breeze in hopes of making Derby, Oaks

    Kentucky Derby hopeful Commanding Curve, ranked No. 23 on the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" leaderboard, continued his preparations for a potential start in the "Run for the Roses" with a five-furlong move Friday morning at Churchill Downs in 1:00 2/5.

  • Samraat, Uncle Sigh turn in works at Belmont

    New York-breds Samraat and Uncle Sigh, who will be ridden in the Kentucky Derby by New York's leading jockeys, brothers Jose and Irad Ortiz Jr., had their penultimate workouts for the May 3 Run for the Roses on Friday morning at Belmont Park.

  • Wicked Strong breezes half-mile at Belmont

    In his first work since winning the Grade 1 TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial, Wicked Strong breezed a solid half-mile in :49 3/5 Thursday morning over the Belmont Park training track in preparation for his upcoming role as one of the favorites for the May 3 Kentucky Derby.

    Click here for video of the work.

  • Kentucky Derby Report -- April 18

    The Blue Grass went to a logical winner, synthetic/turf horse Dance With Fate, who is on the fence for the Kentucky Derby, but the Arkansas Derby outcome was impossible to predict as Danza rolled home at 41-1.

  • Eleven line up for Lexington

    Keeneland will play host to the final race in the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series when 11 sophomores line up in Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Lexington.