The priciest Derby contender by far is Carpe Diem, the joint sales topper at the 2014 OBS March Sale when bidding spiraled to $1.6 million.
Carpe Diem was bred by Coffeepot Stable and raised at Beau Lane's Woodline Farm near Paris, Kentucky.
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.
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.
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.
Zayat Stables’ American Pharoah, the champion 2-year-old of 2014 and probable morning-line favorite for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), worked five furlongs in :58.40 Sunday morning at Churchill Downs. The work was the fastest of 32 at the distance.
Ten horses under consideration for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) worked toward next Saturday’s race on seven fronts Saturday morning.
It was beat-the-rain day at Churchill Downs Friday with six Kentucky Derby and six Kentucky Oaks hopefuls putting in works over a fast main track.
Other than trying to forecast the winner of Kentucky Derby 141, probably the most tricky thing in Louisville this time of year is trying to forecast the weather.
Two Kentucky Derby hopefuls, War Story and Mr. Z turned in five-furlong breezes over a fast track Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs.
Two hopefuls for the 141st Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), War Story and Mr. Z, are scheduled to work Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs.
The Ackerley Brothers Farm’s Bold Conquest worked five furlongs over a track labeled as “good” in 1:02.80 on an overcast Monday morning at Churchill Downs.
Regis Racing’s Shook Up tuned-up for her planned run in the $1 million-guaranteed Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) with a sparkling five-furlong work on Sunday at Churchill Downs.