• Saturday Deadline for Late Nominations for 2104 Triple Crown Series

    The late nomination window for the races of the 2014 Triple Crown series is scheduled to close to owners and trainers of 3-year-old Thoroughbreds in North America and abroad on Saturday, March 22.

  • California Chrome confirmed for SA Derby; Bayern gets back to work

    Streaking California Chrome will make his next start in the Grade 1, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 5, trainer Art Sherman confirmed Thursday morning from his Los Alamitos headquarters.

  • Mexikoma skipping Derby, targeting Peter Pan, Belmont Stakes

    Team Valor International has the pulled the plug on preparing Mexikoma for a Kentucky Derby prep race and will focus instead on the final leg of the Triple Crown, the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 7.

  • Kentucky Derby Report -- March 20

    Bob Baffert continued his mastery of the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park, winning the 1 1/16-mile event for the fourth time in the last five years as Hoppertunity emerged as a viable Kentucky Derby contender. The Hall of Fame trainer had to be pleased to see his inexperienced colt overcome a rough trip.

  • Full field of 12 entered in Bourbonette Oaks

    A full field of 12 sophomore fillies has been entered in the Grade 3, $125,000 Bourbonette Oaks on Saturday at Turfway Park.

    The contest will be worth points on a 50-20-10-5 basis as part of the Road to the Kentucky Oaks series.

  • Tamaranda heads Spiral

    A full field of 12 sophomores has been entered for the Grade 3, $550,000 Spiral on Saturday at Turfway Park.

    The race will be worth points on a 50-20-10-5 basis as part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby series.

  • Baffert seeks another win in Sunland Park Oaks

    Awesome Baby, a wire-to-wire winner of the Santa Ynez and Santa Ysabel at Santa Anita this season, will be heavily favored to give Bob Baffert his fourth consecutive win in Sunday's $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks and his sixth over the past eight years. 

  • Sunland Derby features a surplus of speed

    The powerhouse stables of Bob Baffert and Todd Pletcher will be represented by four of the nine entries in Sunday's Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby, a 1 1/8-mile Kentucky Derby prep which awards points of 50-20-10-5 to the first four finishers toward eligibility for the May 3 classic at Churchill Downs.

  • Zito mulling Florida Derby option for Spot

    Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito was philosophical Wednesday morning when discussing the next race for 91-year-old owner Joseph Moss's Spot, surprise winner of the $150,000 Swale at Gulfstream Park on March 1.

  • CHURCHILL DOWNS OPENS NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2014 SURVIVORS PARADE PRESENTED BY KROGER AND ANNOUNCES BRIGHT PINK AS NEW CHARITABLE PARTNER

    Churchill Downs donates $50,000 to kick-off Pink Out fundraiser 

    LOUISVILLE, KY (Tuesday, March 18, 2014)  – Churchill Downs Racetrack today announced the opening of public nominations and voting for participants in the 2014 Survivors Parade Presented by Kroger, and a new partnership with Bright Pink®, a national organization that focuses on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer and while providing support for high-risk individuals.
  • Gary West's Kentucky Derby Championship Series Review: Rebel

    By Gary West, special to KentuckyDerby.com

    Last year, for the first time since 2008, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert didn’t saddle a horse in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands. But he could have. In fact, he could have sent out a few horses to pursue the roses. But having won the most famous of races three times, Baffert understood the Derby’s demands and its toll. He knew the sort of horse needed if there was to be any chance for success. And, he said, since he and his owners didn’t just want to participate but rather wanted to win, they would rather pass the race if they didn’t believe they had such a horse or the horse wasn’t ready for a top effort.

  • Hoppertunity headed back to California, for now

    Rebel Stakes winner Hoppertunity was doing well Sunday morning and preparing to board a plane back to Southern California where a final decision will be made in the coming weeks about the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby April 12. Trainer Bob Baffert said he won't know until closer to the race if it will be Hoppertunity or one of his stablemates returning to Oaklawn for one of the last preps before the Kentucky Derby on May 3.

  • Sherman taking 'wait and see' approach with California Chrome

    Trainer Art Sherman said there was "a chance" that Grade 2 San Felipe hero California Chrome could run in the Grade 1, $1 million Santa Derby on April 5, but any firm plans for the California-bred colt's next race were still undetermined as of Sunday morning.

  • Sanchez to make decision on Social Inclusion by midweek

    Ron Sanchez, principal of Rontos Racing Stable Corp., said a decision is expected by midweek regarding the sale of three-year-old sensation Social Inclusion, who cruised to a 10-length allowance victory over well-regarded Honor Code at Gulfstream on March 12. The bay colt is trained by Manuel Azpurua.

  • Hoppertunity prevails in troubled Rebel finish

    Hoppertunity not only got the best of three other rivals in a close finish in Saturday's Grade 2, $600,000 Rebel at Oaklawn Park, the bay colt also survived a stewards inquiry and jockey objection for interference in the stretch run to earn his first stakes victory.

  • Onlyforyou euthanized following breeze

    Unbeaten three-year-old filly Onlyforyou was euthanized on Saturday after suffering multiple fractures while galloping out from a workout at Palm Meadows Training Center. She was timed in 1:02 for five furlongs over the fast dirt prior to the tragic incident.

  • Quartet work for Florida Derby

    Cairo Prince, the likely favorite for the $1 million Florida Derby on March 29, worked five furlongs Saturday morning in 1:00 4/5 at the Palm Meadows Training Center. Off since his authoritative display in the Holy Bull on January 25, the three-year-old went in company with elder stablemate Elnaawi and forged ahead in the final stages of the exercise.

  • Trainers of Rebel contenders looking forward to race

    Trainer Steve Asmussen, newly-named as a finalist for the 2014 class in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, was at Oaklawn Park on Friday morning to supervise final preparations for his charges competing in Saturday's three graded stakes, but it's $600,000 Rebel contender Tapiture who is generating the buzz.

  • Shared Belief officially off the Derby Trail

    Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer confirmed on Thursday that his unbeaten champion two-year-old male Shared Belief would be skipping the Grade 1, $750,000 Blue Grass on April 12 at Keeneland and is officially off the Kentucky Derby trail.

  • General a Rod picks up Rosario; Spot possible for Florida Derby

    Joel Rosario, who rode General a Rod to a victory in the Gulfstream Park Derby on January 1, will be back aboard the three-year-old in the $1 million Florida Derby on March 29, trainer Mike Maker confirmed on Friday.