John Asher's Kentucky Oaks 136 Update for Friday, April 9

WEST / OAKS FAVORITE BLIND LUCK TO TRAIN FOR OAKS IN CALIFORNIA – Blind Luck, the winner of last week’s Fantasy (Grade II) at Oaklawn Park and the early favorite for the 136th running of the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI) at Churchill Downs on April 30, will train in California until just before America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies.

Jill Byrne's Weekend Prep Preview April 9-11

Jill Byrne analyzes the upcoming Derby prep races

Noble's Promise supplemented to English Derby

Kentucky Derby (G1) hopeful NOBLE'S PROMISE (Cuvee) has been supplemented to the English Derby (Eng-G1) at Epsom Downs, it was announced Thursday. The historic test, held at about 1 1/2 miles on turf, is scheduled for June 5. It cost £8,000 to make the Ken McPeek pupil eligible for the English classic at the second entry stage.

Noble's Promise, who was just caught by Lookin at Lucky (Smart Strike) in the Rebel S. (G2) last time out, is a top contender in Saturday's Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park.

Odysseus takes to the track after early morning rain

From Thursday's Keeneland notes:

On a soggy Thursday morning at Keeneland, the waiting game was on at Barn 33.

"We are going to wait it out," said Dan Blacker, assistant to trainer Tom Albertrani and exercise rider for Padua Stables' ODYSSEUS (Malibu Moon), the 7-2 morning-line second choice for Saturday's Blue Grass S. (G1). Odysseus will break from post position 1.

Pink Fridays

Colt tries to live up to Promise in Arkansas Derby

NOBLE'S PROMISE (Cuvee) held the lead in the stretch of Oaklawn Park's Rebel S. (G2) on March 13 while making his seasonal bow, but was just caught on the wire and nipped by a head for the victory that day. Three lengths farther back in that 1 1/16-mile test came DUBLIN (Afleet Alex), and the pair will pick up where they left on Saturday in the feature event of the Oaklawn meet, the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1).

Bubbles ready to burst as nine enter Blue Grass

Three weeks out from the Kentucky Derby (G1), there are a lot of places owners and trainers of classic hopefuls would rather be than on the bubble. For the nine colts entered in Saturday's $750,000 Blue Grass S. (G1), the nine-furlong Polytrack heat at Keeneland offers an opportunity for most to shed that status and lock in a spot in the starting gate at Churchill Downs on May 1.

Equine Spa for the day

Jill Byrne heads to the the track!

Survivor Profiles: I Love Pink!

“I love pink.”  Those three words were printed across the chest of Jodie Nelson as she paddled her surfboard from Catalina Island to the California coast to raise money for breast cancer research. The 40-mile adventure, recently covered by NBC’s “The Today Show,” was not only admirable, but also a magical experience celebrating one woman’s determination to raise money and awareness for a disease that affects millions worldwide.

Churchill Downs Issues 'Pink Fridays' Challenge to Louisville

Got pink? Churchill Downs and Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, are issuing the people of Louisville a challenge to “Get Your Pink On!” each Friday leading up to the 136th running of the Kentucky Oaks to honor breast cancer survivors.