• Tamarando denies Fate in El Camino Real Derby

    Following the injury to Exit Stage Left, the presumptive favorite for Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 El Camino Real Derby, Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer called up the reserves in the form of Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams' homebred Tamarando, and he saved the day for the barn. With Hall of Famer Russell Baze aboard, Tamarando wore down Dance with Fate by a half-length in the shadow of the wire at Golden Gate Fields.

  • Lukas has 'such high regard' for Strong Mandate

    Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has had a lot of luck preparing his young horses at Oaklawn for Triple Crown race success dating back to 1985 when Tank's Prospect won the Arkansas Derby and then the Preakness Stakes. In 1996, the Lukas-trained Grindstone used a second in the Arkansas Derby as a launching pad to victory in the Kentucky Derby and most recently, Oxbow finished second to his champion stablemate Will Take Charge in the 2013 Rebel Stakes before going on to win the Preakness Stakes. 

  • Dutrow targets Gotham for In Trouble

    In Trouble, undefeated winner of the Futurity in his most recent start, will have one more work at Palm Meadows before making his three-year-old debut.

    Trainer Tony Dutrow schooled the bay Tiz Wonderful colt in the Gulfstream Park paddock during the first race on Friday.

    "He hasn't been in the paddock since late September at Belmont," Dutrow said. "He's nearly ready to run, and we're trying to cover all our bases."

  • Cairo Prince goes 'perfect' half-mile in first work since Holy Bull

    Cairo Prince, the early favorite for the Grade 1, $1 million Florida Derby on March 29, breezed a half-mile in :48 3/5 Saturday morning at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream Park's satellite training facility in Palm Beach County.

    The three-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile was posting his first move since his dominating 5 3/4-length victory in the January 25 Holy Bull at Gulfstream. He completed the workout under a tight hold by motionless exercise rider Rob Massey.

  • Pletcher trio could vie for Davona Dale

    Trainer Todd Pletcher may enter as many as three horses for next Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Davona Dale at Gulfstream Park, a 1 1/16-mile stakes for three-year-old fillies.

    "Right now, I'm planning to enter Onlyforyou, Stopchargingmaria and Got Lucky is also under consideration for here and the (Grade 3, $200,000) Rachel Alexandra (at Fair Grounds on the same day)," Pletcher said Saturday morning.

  • Strong Mandate, Tapiture get back to work in Southwest

    At this time a year ago, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas had a fairly deep bench of classic candidates, including eventual divisional champion Will Take Charge and Preakness winner Oxbow. For the time being, Lukas will be relying solely on Strong Mandate to reach similar heights as the Grade 1-winning son of Tiznow commences his sophomore campaign against 11 rivals Monday in the Grade 3, $300,000 Southwest at Oaklawn Park.

  • Wildcat Red clocks half-mile, gets new rider for Fountain of Youth

    Wildcat Red will have a new rider when he makes his next start in the Grade 2, $400,000 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park on February 22.

    Trainer Jose Garoffalo has lined up Luis Saez to ride Wildcat Red, an impressive 4 3/4-length winner of the seven-furlong Hutcheson on February 1 under Javier Castellano. The 2013 Eclipse Award winner and two-time defending meet champion, Castellano is committed to ride Gulfstream Park Derby winner General a Rod in the Fountain of Youth.

  • Bayern crushes allowance, jumps onto Derby trail

    Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert sent out two Triple Crown nominees in Thursday's 7TH race at Santa Anita, and one -- Kaleem Shah's Bayern -- flaunted his readiness to join the big leagues. Stretching out from a 3 1/4-length debut victory on January 4, the 3-5 favorite turned the one-mile, entry-level allowance into a 15-length rout. His more experienced, but quirky, stablemate Tap It Rich wound up second best after again racing erratically.

  • Commissioner pleases Pletcher; McGaughey upbeat about Honor Code, Top Billing

    Todd Pletcher-trained Commissioner is training forwardly for his scheduled stakes debut in the Grade 2, $400,000 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park on February 22.

    "We're very pleased with him," Pletcher said. "Physically, he's in great order. He holds his weight well. He's a very easy horse to train.

  • Risen Star contenders take to the track

    A number of Risen Star hopefuls have put in works over the past week in advance of the Grade 2, $400,000 contest on February 22 at Fair Grounds.

    Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher, whose New Orleans invaders have won three of the last six renewals of the Risen Star, will be sending Intense Holiday to this year's 41st running of the Risen Star, centerpiece event of four graded stakes on the New Orleans oval's Louisiana Derby Preview Day.

    Intense Holiday breezed a half-mile Sunday over the fast main track at Palm Meadows in :48.

  • Larry Collmus Named Track Announcer at Churchill Downs, Now On-Track & Broadcast 'Voice of the Kentucky Derby'

    When Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) unveils its 15,224 square foot LED “Big Board” and an enhanced audio system on the “Opening Night” of its April 26-June 30 Spring Meet, a new voice will be calling the action, highlighted by an on-track call of the biggest race of them all: the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I).

  • Tamarando provides an ample substitute in El Camino Real Derby

    Grade 1 winner Tamarando heads a field of eight entered for Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields. Jerry Hollendorfer originally planned to run California Derby winner Exit Stage Left in the 1 1/8-mile event instead, but called an audible when the unbeaten colt was injured last week.

    The El Camino Real Derby offers points on a 10-4-2-1 scale to the top four finishers as part of the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series.

  • Kentucky Derby Report -- Feb. 13

    Candy Boy came to play in the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita last Saturday, posting an impressive victory in his 2014 debut. With champion two-year-old Shared Belief still sidelined by a foot injury, Candy Boy made a compelling case that he's the horse to beat for the Santa Anita Derby on April 5.

    Gary Stevens had the mount on the John Sadler-trained colt.

    "It was a lot of fun and he didn't even take a deep breath after the race. He's a super talent," the Hall of Fame rider said.

  • Shared Belief resumes training; Candy Boy awaits SA Derby

    Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has issued an update on champion two-year-old male Shared Belief, who has been recovering from a quarter-crack on his right front foot.

    Shared Belief is "in training again, but won't be breezing for another few days," Hollendorfer said.

  • Candy Boy can in Lewis

    Utilizing a strong finishing kick, C R K Stable's homebred Candy Boy captured the Grade 2, $200,000 Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita Saturday. The John Sadler-trained colt won going away under Gary Stevens to enhance his Kentucky Derby credentials.

  • 'All Others' Favored in Derby Futures Pool 2; Honor Code Favored Individual in Six-Way Battle

    Much of the country was covered by snow and ice during the three-day run of Churchill Downs Racetrack’s second of four pools of its 2014 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”), but fan betting produced a hot battle between six 3-year-old Thoroughbreds for the honor of favored individual horse, and trainer Shug McGaughey’s Honor Code (#8) topped that tight group by the betting equivalent of a nose.

  • Final Odds and Will Pays for Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager

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  • 'Late Mail' Lifts Derby, Triple Crown Early Nomination Total to 414

    The nomination of a 3-year-old Thoroughbred to the 2014 Triple Crown races received via “late mail” has lifted the overall total for early nominations to the coveted three-race series of American classics to 414.

    Even Echo, a Kentucky-bred son of Street Hero owned and trained by Myung Kwon Cho, has been added to the roster of early nominations that was announced on Saturday, Feb. 7. The addition of Even Echo raised the number of early Triple Crown nominees produced in Kentucky to 303.

  • Kentucky Derby Report -- Feb. 6

    New York-breds were in the Kentucky Derby spotlight last weekend at Aqueduct. Samraat recorded a commendable one-length victory in the Withers, remaining perfect in his fourth career outing, and runner-up Uncle Sigh ran well in his first start against winners.