The Estate of Clarence Scharbauer Jr.'s Fiftyshadesofgold outgamed Milam through a furious stretch duel to win the 59th running of the $202,725 Eight Belles (Grade III) Presented by Twinspires.com for 3-year-old fillies by a half-length.
Martin Racing Stable's Marchman roared past Sum of the Parts in mid-stretch and had more than enough to hold off a late charge from Undrafted by 1 ½ lengths to win the 20th running of the $166,800 Twin Spires Turf Sprint (Grade III) Presented by Twinspires.com for 4-year-olds and up.
Anita Cauley's On Fire Baby surged past pace-setting Devil's Cave in the upper stretch and drew off to win by 2 ¾ lengths over Molly Morgan in the 29th running of the $327,000 La Troienne (Grade I) Presented by the World Series of Polo for fillies and mares to open stakes action on Kentucky Oaks Day.
Cross-section of undercard horses also tested
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 2, 2014) – The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) today announced results of the more than 75 out-of-competition tests that were conducted on horses nominated to stakes races for Friday's Oaks Day racing card as well as Saturday's Kentucky Derby racing card. Testing was performed by LGC Science Group, Ltd. (formerly HFL Sport Science, Inc.), the KHRC's official testing laboratory.
KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE
CALIFORNIA CHROME – The morning-line favorite for the Kentucky Derby, Steve Coburn and Perry Martin's California Chrome, went trackside Thursday morning at 6:55 as hundreds of cameras clicked and video rolled. The handsome chestnut colt stopped and took it all in, then did the same several times more as he backtracked his way to the frontside and under the iconic Twin Spires at Churchill Downs, before heading up the tunnel way to the paddock to "school," just as he had the day before.
Thirteen fillies will contest Friday’s $1 million Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs and favoritism runs through Untapable, an overwhelming 4-5 choice on the morning line. She brings outstanding form into the 1 1/8-mile race and the bay filly will break from the far outside post with regular rider Rosie Napravnik.
KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – Wednesday, April 30, 2014
CALIFORNIA CHROME (No. 1) – The West Coast whiz California Chrome went trackside Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs just before 6:40 with exercise rider Willy Delgado at the controls. The chestnut stood inside the five-furlong gap for about three minutes, then began a backtrack along the rail by announcing his presence to one and all with a great, loud whinny.
$250,000 Pick 6 for Oaks Day; $1 million Pick 6 for Derby Day
Churchill Downs Racetrack and TwinSpires.com have partnered for the third straight year to guarantee the Pick 6 pools on Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby days. The Kentucky Oaks Day Pick 6 will carry a $250,000 guaranteed pool and the Kentucky Derby Day Pick 6 will feature a $1 million guarantee.
Winchell Thoroughbreds’ homebred Untapable, who has won her two starts in 2014 by a combined 17 ¼ lengths, has been installed as the 4-5 morning-line favorite in a field of 13 3-year-old fillies for Friday’s 140th running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I).
KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – Monday, April 28, 2014
CALIFORNIA CHROME (No. 1) – As the rains pelted, the lightning flashed and the thunder roared at Churchill Downs Monday morning, likely Kentucky Derby favorite California Chrome and a dozen of his West Coast buddies went airborne from Ontario Airport near Los Angeles on a Tex Sutton charter shortly after 5 a.m. (Pacific Time). The flight landed in Louisville just after 11:30 a.m. local time and the horses arrived at the track at 12:45 p.m.