Surivor Profile: Chrystie Keenan

While it’s common for breast cancer to run in families, the experience of Maysville, Kentucky, resident Chrystie Keenan, one of the breast cancer survivors chosen to participate in the Kentucky Oaks 136 Survivors Parade, seems more than uncommon.  It’s pretty extraordinary!

Beautician Has Challenging Work with Derby Hope Noble's Promise ... Tidal Pool Works Under Borel ... Pletcher's Devil May Care to Derby?

AGE OF HUMOR – Bluegrass Equine Center, Sky Chai Stable and Twin Creeks Farm’s Age of Humor galloped Tuesday morning at the nearby Trackside Training Center under exercise rider Marvin Jiminez for trainer Mike Maker.

AILALEA/DEVIL MAY CARE – Starlight Partners Ailalea and Glencrest Farm’s Devil May Care, both trained by Todd Pletcher, arrived at Churchill Downs early Tuesday afternoon after a flight from South Florida.

Noble's Promise Sizzles in 'Bullet' Work ... Awesome Act, Line of David Work ... Eskendereya Arrives

AMERICAN LION – WinStar Farm’s American Lion, winner of the Illinois Derby (GIII) in his most recent start, completed the Keeneland segment of his Kentucky Derby preparations Tuesday morning by working five furlongs in 1:01.80 at the Lexington track.

Working solo and with James Graham up, American Lion posted fractions of :12.20, :24.60, :37.20, :49.40 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:15.

Trained by Eoin Harty, American Lion is scheduled to ship to Churchill Downs on Wednesday and will be housed in Barn 41.

Pletcher’s Devil May Care, Ailalea due Tuesday…Solis to work Beautician on Tuesday

AGE OF HUMOR – Bluegrass Equine Center, Sky Chai Stable and Twin Creeks Farm’s Age of Humor jogged Monday morning at the Trackside Training Center under Marvin Jiminez.

Dublin works five furlongs in ‘bullet’ :59.20...Pletcher, Rick Dutrow hopefuls arrive Tuesday

AMERICAN LION – WinStar Farm’s American Lion, winner of the Illinois Derby (GIII) in his most recent start, is scheduled to ship to Churchill Downs from Keeneland on Wednesday.

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Making the Oaks Lily , the official drink of the Kentucky Oaks

Injury forces champion She Be Wild to miss Oaks

Daily Racing Form reports that last year's champion juvenile filly SHE BE WILD (Offlee Wild) fractured her left front pastern Sunday, sidelining her for an undetermined period and ending her bid for the April 30 Kentucky Oaks (G1).

Trainer Wayne Catalano said that the injury occurred when She Be Wild was taking her usual gallop at Keeneland Sunday morning. Once the fracture was diagnosed, surgery was performed to insert a screw into the injured area.

Exhi leads throughout in Lexington upset

Disappointed just a week earlier when their 3-1 favorite Interactif (Broken Vow) could only finish fourth in the Blue Grass S. (G1), owner-breeder Wertheimer and Frere and trainer Todd Pletcher enjoyed a consolation prize of sorts in Saturday's $300,000 Lexington S. (G2), as their colt EXHI (Maria's Mon) lead gate-to-wire over 11 rivals on a track that has played kindly toward speed for most of the spring meet. Dismissed at nearly 20-1 despite a near front-running triumph in the March 27 Rushaway S.

Eskendereya drills at Palm Meadows

Trainer Todd Pletcher sent out four of his Kentucky Derby (G1) hopefuls for works at Palm Meadows on Saturday, led by presumptive Derby favorite ESKENDEREYA (Giant's Causeway). In his first work since his smashing victory in the April 3 Wood Memorial S. (G1), Eskendereya breezed five furlongs in 1:02 on the fast track.

Pletcher had tentatively scheduled the Zayat Stable colt to work Sunday morning before boarding a plane Tuesday for the flight to Louisville, Kentucky, but the forecast for possible heavy rain caused the trainer to call an audible and move the work up to Saturday.