Hurricane Ike, Borel blow through Derby Trial

Dawn and Ike Thrash's HURRICANE IKE (Graeme Hall) tracked the pacesetting Eightyfiveinafifty (Forest Camp) throughout the April 3 Bay Shore S. (G3) at Aqueduct and finished in that same spot under Calvin Borel. On Saturday, Hurricane Ike and Borel reunited for the $200,000 Derby Trial S. (G3) at Churchill Downs and followed the same plan as they pressed the pace set by Eightyfiveinafifty over the muddy, sealed track. There was just one difference: they won.

Derby Nation at Thunder Over Louisville

Champagne d'Oro works strong six furlongs...Joanie's Catch Churchill-bound after Calder work

AGE OF HUMOR – Trainer Mike Maker reported that Twin Creek Farm’s Age of Humor walked the shedrow at his Trackside Training Center base and that “all’s good” one day after a five-furlong breeze in 1:01.20 in company with Kentucky Derby hopeful Dean’s Kitten.

Sidney's Candy works six furlongs in Saturday's slop...Five Pletcher horses work

AMERICAN LION – WinStar Farm’s American Lion went to the track after the renovation break, then galloped over the muddy track with exercise rider Paul Turner up.

Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra set to return in La Troienne on Oaks undercard

Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra is targeting Friday’s Grade II, $400,000-added La Troienne Stakes on the Kentucky Oaks (GI) undercard at Churchill Downs for her next start, majority owner Jess Jackson said by phone Saturday.

Ailalea gets her first Churchill Downs work for Pletcher ... Quiet Temper strong as she heads toward Oaks, but doubts grow for Romans' Sassy Image

AGE OF HUMOR – Twin Creek Farm’s Age of Humor, runner-up in the Bourbonette (GIII) on synthetic Polytrack at Turfway Park in her most recent start, turned in another sharp work over the traditional dirt surface at Trackside Louisville training center on Friday.  Now trainer Mike Maker hopes the daughter of Distorted Humor can somehow get lucky enough to find a way into the starting gate for the race.

Jill Byrne's Derby Update April 24

Saturday morning (4/24) update

Todd Pletcher worked five of his possible starters for Kentucky Derby 136 on Saturday morning, but his top Derby prospect, Wood Memorial and Fountain of Youth hero Eskendereya, will wait until Sunday to breeze. The track was sloppy.

Pletcher's Ailalea works at Churchill Downs...Quiet Temper works, Sassy Image a question

AGE OF HUMOR – Twin Creek Farm’s Age of Humor, runner-up in the Bourbonette (GIII) on synthetic Polytrack at Turfway Park in her most recent start, turned in another sharp work over the traditional dirt surface at Trackside Louisville training center on Friday.  Now trainer Mike Maker hopes the daughter of Distorted Humor can somehow get lucky enough to find a

Ice Box zips half-mile in :46.40...Paddy O'Prado sizzles in 'bullet' five furlongs in slop

AMERICAN LION – WinStar Farm’s American Lion galloped after the renovation break over a sloppy track at Churchill Downs with exercise rider Paul Turner up.