• 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.

  • UPDATED Road to the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard (April 16)

    The Road to the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard has changed again with the defection of Florida Derby winner Constitution, who has been declared out of Kentucky Derby consideration following the discovery of a hairline fracture in his right-front cannon bone.

    CLICK HERE for the UPDATED Road to the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard (as of April 16).

  • Social Inclusion turns in three-furlong breeze

    Social Inclusion returned to the Gulfstream Park worktab Wednesday morning, breezing three furlongs in :35 in preparation for a Triple Crown campaign. The workout, the second fastest of nine recorded at the distance, was his first since finishing third in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 4.

  • Garoffalo happy to have Bejarano aboard Wildcat Red

    Wildcat Red has been ridden by five different jockeys in his last five races at Gulfstream Park while establishing himself as a prominent Triple Crown contender. Rafael Bejarano is slated to become number six.

  • Constitution out of Derby

    Constitution, a leading Triple Crown hopeful off his win in the $1 million Florida Derby, will be forced to miss the May 3 Kentucky Derby and the rest of the 2014 Triple Crown due to the discovery of a hairline fracture in his front right cannon bone on Monday.

  • Gary West's Kentucky Derby Championship Series Review: Arkansas Derby & Blue Grass

    By Gary West, special to KentuckyDerby.com

    When Danza slipped through an opening along the rail at Oaklawn Park and also into the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, the odds – he was 41-1 – said it was a shocking development, a stunner, a lung-emptying blow to the gut of expectations. But his trainer wasn’t shocked. All along, Todd Pletcher thought Danza might be one of the horses in the famed roseate run. Danza was behind the others in his training and lightly raced, and he would get only one shot at it, one opportunity to earn sufficient qualifying points, one chance to hop aboard the train as it was pulling out of the station. And he made it. 

  • Updated and Audited Road to the Kentucky Oaks Leaderboard

    Click here for the updated and audited Road to the Kentucky Oaks Leaderboard (as of Monday, April 14)

  • Updated and Audited Road to the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard

    Click here for the updated and audited Road to the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard (as of Monday, April 14)

  • Derby hopefuls put in works at Palm Meadows

    Constitution, who captured the Grade 1, $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on March 29, returned to the worktab at Palm Meadows Training Center Sunday morning. 

  • Derby decisions pending for Dance With Fate, Ring Weekend

    While Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing's Dance With Fate had an easy morning at Barn 22 following his victory in Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 Blue Grass, trainer Peter Eurton was flying back to his Southern California base.