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Welcome to Kentucky Oaks 139

Derek Gores Art Signing at Kentucky Oaks 139

D-Day Veterans to Visit Kentucky Derby 139 Contender Normandy Invasion at Barn 42 On Kentucky Oaks Morning At 8:30 A.M.

Fox Hill Farm owner Rick Porter invited the Normandy veterans to attend the 2013 Kentucky Derby as his guests, and Porter will welcome the group for visit with Normandy Invasion at Churchill Downs’ Barn 42 at 8:30 a.m.

Churchill Downs Offers Infield Patrons $5 Cooler & Ice Combo for Derby, Oaks

Although infield revelers are not permitted to bring personal coolers to the infield for this weekend’s celebrations of the 139th runnings of the Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) will offer an affordable alternative to those fans once they’ve entered the infield admission gates.

Derby / Oaks Update - Thursday, May 2, 2013

KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2013

BLACK ONYX – Sterling Racing’s Black Onyx galloped 1 ½ miles during the Derby and Oaks session while under regular exercise rider Aurelio Gomez. Trainer Kelly Breen was concerned that with the largest throng of morning onlookers yet his Spiral Stakes (Grade III) winner might finally get fazed by all the attention. Turned out, there was nothing to worry about.

Kentucky Oaks 139 backside Buzz with Jill Byrne

Cyber Secret, Take Charge Indy Top Oaks Undercard

Charles Cella’s  Cyber Secret, runaway winner of the Oaklawn Handicap (Grade II) in his most recent start, and WinStar Farm and Chuck and Maribeth Sandford’s Take Charge Indy, winner of the 2012 Florida Derby (GI), head a field of nine for Friday’s  10th running of the $300,000-added Alysheba Presented by Besilu Stables (GII).

Derby / Oaks Update - 5.1.13

NOTE – Through various sources, the Churchill Downs Communications Team has confirmed the following 21 horses have entered the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!

Derby / Oaks Update - 4.30.13

BLACK ONYX (No. 11) – Sterling Racing’s Black Onyx galloped 1 ¾ miles under exercise rider Aurelio Gomez during the Derby and Oaks training session.

“It was a little bit longer gallop, a little bit stronger at the end,” trainer Kelly Breen said. “He came out of it looking dynamite.”

Dreaming of Julia, Beholder Headline Longines Kentucky Oaks

The top 3-year-old fillies from all corners of the country, headed by  Dreaming of Julia, the 21 ¾-length winner of the Gulfstream Park Oaks (GII), and Eclipse Award winner Beholder  passed the  entry box Tuesday morning for Friday’s 139th running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I).

Derby / Oaks Update - 4.29.13

BLACK ONYX (No. 11) – Sterling Racing’s Black Onyx jogged one mile under exercise rider Aurelio Gomez during the Derby and Oaks session. The Rock Hard Ten colt is officially dark bay or brown but appears black.

Derby / Oaks Update - 4.28.13

Sterling Racing’s Black Onyx walked the shedrow at Barn 41 the morning after working a half-mile in :48.60. Exercise rider Aurelio Gomez reported that the Spiral Stakes (Grade III) winner came out of the work “good” and likely would return to the track Monday during the portion of training hours dedicated to Derby and Oaks contenders from 8:30 to 8:45 a.m. (all times Eastern).

Govenor Charlie gallops at Churchill Downs 4.28.13

Derby / Oaks Update - 4.27.13

BLACK ONYX (No. 12) – Trainer Kelly Breen supervised the half-mile work by Sterling Racing’s Black Onyx at 7:30 Saturday morning then headed back to New York to saddle a horse in a stakes at Belmont Park later in the day.

Derby / Oaks Update - 4.26.13

BLACK ONYX (No. 12) – Sterling Racing’s Black Onyx had an uneventful morning on the track, galloping 1 ½ miles after the Friday morning renovation break under exercise rider Aurelio Gomez.

Derby / Oaks Update - 4.25.13

BLACK ONYX – Sterling Racing’s Black Onyx (No. 12) galloped 1 ½ miles over a track labeled as “good” on a clear, crisp Thursday morning at Churchill Downs.

Derby / Oaks Update - Tuesday, April 23, 2013

KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – TUESDAY, APRIL 23

BLACK ONYX – Sterling Racing’s Black Onyx (No. 12) galloped 1 ½ miles under exercise rider Aurelio Gomez during the special training session after the morning renovation break for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks horses.