Rascal Flatts to sing National Anthem at Kentucky Derby 136; Little Big Town performs on Oaks Day

The most awarded group in country music this decade, Rascal Flatts, will help Churchill Downs continue the newest Kentucky Derby Day tradition when the trio performs the national anthem live on Saturday, May 1, prior to the running of the 136th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.

Churchill Downs announces safety initiatives for 2010

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) announced Thursday its safety initiatives in place for the 2010 Kentucky Oaks (G1) and Kentucky Derby (G1), following the creation in March, 2009, of its Safety from Start to Finish, a comprehensive, ongoing initiative to improve the safety of both horses and people at CDI's four racetracks.

Seviche Restaurant represents Louisville at The Taste of Derby

Derby 136 Hopefuls Eightyfiveinafifty, Pleasant Prince Top $200,000 The Cliff's Edge Derby Trial

Eightyfiveinafifty and Pleasant Prince, two colts hoping to earn enough money to gain a spot in the starting gate for next week’s $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), top a field of 10 3-year-olds entered for Saturday’s $200,000-added The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial (GIII) as Kentucky Derby Week begins at historic Churchill Downs.

Pletcher fillies get feel for Churchill Downs…Amen Hallelujah gallops under Julien Leparoux

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

Lookin At Lucky, Conveyance Sizzle ... Homeboykris works for Dutrow ... American Lion Arrives

AMERICAN LION – WinStar Farm’s American Lion, winner of the Illinois Derby (GIII), arrived at Churchill Downs around 1:20 p.m. (all times EDT) following a late morning departure on a van ride from Keeneland.

The Eoin Harty trainee is stabled in Barn 41.

AWESOME ACT – Mrs. Susan Roy and Vinery Stables’ Awesome Act was doing well on Wednesday morning, one day after he worked six furlongs in 1:12.60 under Kentucky Derby rider Julien Leparoux.

“We’re all good here,” said Wayne Tanner, assistant trainer Jeremy Noseda.

Derby Trial has Derby implications

Churchill Downs' opening-day feature, the Derby Trial, received a $100,000 purse boost and Grade 3 status for Saturday's 86th running, and the one-mile event is relevant to the 2010 Kentucky Derby (G1) picture due to the $120,000 now available to the winner in graded earnings.

Jill Byrne's Backside Buzz for April 21

Jill Byrne analyzes Derby contender workouts under the Spires

Beautician Works Derby Candidate Noble's Promise ... Lukas' Tidal Pool Works Under Borel ... 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.

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!