Inglorious inherits likely favoritism in Fair Grounds Oaks

With the defection of Rachel Alexandra S. (G3) winner Kathmanblu (Bluegrass Cat) to the April 9 Ashland S. (G1), INGLORIOUS (Hennessy) has become the top draw for Saturday's $500,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (G2). The bay lass finished well in the Rachel Alexandra to take second and could return to the winner's circle in Saturday's 1 1/16-mile test over the New Orleans oval.

Eleven fillies line up for Bourbonette Oaks

A field of 11 three-year-old fillies was entered on Wednesday for Saturday's $100,000 Bourbonette Oaks (G3), the highlight of the Spiral S. (G2) undercard at Turfway Park, and the winner just may earn a spot in the starting gate for the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs.

Positive Response, King Congie highlight Turfway's Spiral


Mikolay will discuss Louisiana Derby on Derby Chat

Katie Mikolay, the Fair Grounds handicapping analyst, will be the featured guest Friday on the "Kentucky Derby Trail" live chat between 7-9 p.m. (ET). Moderated by five-time National Handicapping Championship qualifier Tim Holland, the question-and-answer chat will focus upon the biggest racecard of the year at Fair Grounds.

Astrology breaks outside in Sunland Derby

Less than six weeks before the Kentucky Derby (G1), the Steve Asmussen-trained ASTROLOGY (A.P. Indy) will make his belated three-year-old debut in Sunday's $800,000 Sunland Derby (G3), a 1 1/8-mile event that virtually guarantees its winner a position in the starting gate for the Run for the Roses with its $480,000 winner's share.

Churchill Downs Launches

Now that winter has passed, it’s time to start planning for the springtime’s most extravagant and glamorous sports party: the Kentucky Derby.

Field for Spiral taking shape

The field for the Spiral S. (G3) at Turfway Park on Saturday has attracted an overflow crowd of hopefuls. Preference to run is determined first by graded stakes wins, then by stakes wins, and then by career earnings. Eighteen are reported to be pointing toward the race but only a dozen can start. Entries will be drawn Wednesday at a cocktail reception in the Maker's Mark VIP Tent at Turfway beginning at 4 p.m. (EDT).

Gate-To-Wire Rebel Win Puts The Factor at No. 5 on Kentucky Derby 137 Graded Stakes Earnings List

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, March 21, 2011)The Factor, who banked $180,000 for his gate-to-wire triumph in Saturday’s Grade II, $300,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park, jumped into a tie for fifth position on the Kentucky Derby 137 Graded Stakes Earnings List. The list will likely determine the field for the “Run for the Roses” on Saturday, May 7 at Churchill Downs.

Kentucky Oaks 137 Update for March 21: Inglorious Favored in Fair Grounds Oaks as Kathmanblu Passes

Kentucky Derby 137 Update for March 21: The Factor Passes The Test In Rebel

THE FACTOR STREAKS INTO KENTUCKY DERBY 137 PICTURE WITH ROMP IN OAKLAWN’S REBEL – One of the most discussed questions on the road to the 137th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) was emphatically answered by The Factor during his victory in Saturday’s running of the $300,000 Rebel Stakes (GIII) at Oaklawn Park.