Sumaya U.S. Stables’ Protonico, passed in the stretch by Noble Bird, battled back on the inside to post a head victory in the 12th running of the $400,000 Alysheba (GII) Presented by Big Fish Games.
Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez, Protonico covered the 1 1/16 miles on a fast main track in 1:42.34.
Bill Cubbedge’s Molly Morgan ducked inside of pace-setting Sweet Whiskey at the head of the stretch, spurted clear of the field and then held off late bids from favored Sheer Drama and Gold Medal Dancer to win the 30th running of the $300,000 La Troienne (GI) Presented by Twinspires.com by three-quarters of a length.
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Feathered, making her grass debut, took the lead out of the gate and repulsed a stretch bid from favored Quality Rocks to win the 30th running of the $150,000 Edgewood (GIII) Presented by Forcht Bank for 3-year-old fillies by two lengths.
Scratch time for the 141st Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) passed at 9 a.m. Friday with no further defections from Saturday’s field thus leaving Charles Fipke’s Tale of Verve on the outside looking in.
The 141st running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby promises to be remembered for its quality, with a dynamite field assembled for the 1 ¼-mile classic.
The Official Kentucky Derby Event of Churchill Downs, the Sixth Annual Taste of Derby presented by Stella Artois, will take off in style on Thursday April 30, 2015 at 7 pm. The celebrated Kentucky Oaks Eve event provides plenty of opportunities to mingle with horse racing celebrities and award-winning chefs, savor an incredible array of exquisite cuisine and sip exceptional beer and wines. Due to popular demand, the 2015 Taste of Derby presented by Stella Artois, will offer additional VIP amenities including increased lounge space and bar service.
Once upon a time, former Boston Globe film critic and Thoroughbred owner Michael Blowen had a dream -- to give retired racehorses, coming off the tracks and out of the breeding sheds, a place where they could spend their remaining years in peace.
Frosted is a homebred, born under the Darley banner and now racing for Godolphin.