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Through various sources, the Churchill Downs communications team has confirmed that 22 horses are known to have been entered inSaturday’s $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.
Now that we've heard Kentucky Derby favorite American Pharoah's "baby story," let's turn to the tales of his rivals as youngsters.
Lane’s End Racing and Dell Ridge Farm’s Honor Code’s long-awaited Churchill Downs debut in the 12th running of the $400,000 Alysheba (GII) and an evenly matched field of nine fillies and mares in the 30th running of the $300,000 La Troienne (GI), highlight a stellar 12-race Kentucky Oaks Day card Friday.
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.
In 2003 that dream came to fruition when Old Friends Retirement Center opened its doors in Georgetown, Kentucky.
Well-Matched Field of 15 Entered for Friday's $1 Million Longines Kentucky Oaks; Stellar Win Made 7-2 Favorite
Five Grade I winners plus the best 3-year-old fillies of 2015 from South Florida and New Orleans make up part of a deep field of 14 fillies and one also-eligible entered today for Friday’s 141st running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) at Churchill Downs.
UAE (GII) winner Mubtaahij (IRE) got his first sample of the racing surface at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning, a day after arriving from Arlington. Mubtaahij jogged once around and then cantered another lap under Lisa Moncrieff.
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Carpe Diem, El Kabeir, International Star Arrive for Derby 141; Baffert's Luminance, Maybellene Likely Out Of Oaks Consideration
Zayat Stables’ El Kabeir and WinStar Farm and Stonestreet Stables’ Carpe Diem arrived at Churchill Downs early this morning for Saturday’s $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI). Arriving shortly after 10 o’clock from the nearby Trackside training center was Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s International Star, who took up residence in Barn 27.
Presumptive Kentucky Derby favorite American Pharoah has garnered rave reviews for his performances on the racetrack. But that's nothing new for the champ. In fact, Zayat Stables' homebred had star quality from birth.