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Power Alert (AUS) Holds Off Undrafted to Take Twin Spires Turf Sprint Presented by TwinSpires.com

James Covello, AJ Suited Racing Stable and trainer Brian Lynch’s Power Alert (AUS)  took the lead shortly after the start and then held off a late bid from Undrafted to win 21strunning of the $150,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint (GIII) Presented by Twinspires.com by three-quarters of a length.

Protonico Battles Back to Win Alysheba Presented by Big Fish Games

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.

Molly Morgan Takes Inside Route to Win La Troienne Presented by TwinSpires.com

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.

Feathered Leads All the Way to Take Edgewood Presented by Forcht Bank

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.

No Defections at Scratch Time for Kentucky Derby 141; El Kabeir Misses Morning Gallop

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.

Speed can carry Dortmund to the Roses

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.

Sixth Annual ‘Taste of Derby’ Presented by Stella Artois is Perfect Pre-Derby Party

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. 

Returning to My Old Kentucky Home (Part 3)

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.

Tales from the Crib, Part III

Frosted is a homebred, born under the Darley banner and now racing for Godolphin. 

Stanford Out; Frammento In; Mubtaahij Gets Three-eights Work for Derby 141

Churchill Downs stewards were notified Thursday afternoon that Stonestreet StablesMrs. John MagnierMichael Tabor and Derrick Smith’sStanford would not run in Saturday’s $2,203,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI). His defection enables Mossarosa’s Frammento to secure the No. 20 spot in the starting gate and leave Charles Fipke’s Tale of Verve as the lone also-eligible.

The Hermitage Grand Gala & Churchill Downs Present: The Kentucky Derby Horse Auction

Gala Attendees Can Bid on Ownership Stake in a Celebrity’s Derby Horse

A unique partnership between The Hermitage Grand Gala, Churchill Downs Racetrack, Starlight Racing, WinStar Farm and Stonestreet Stables presents the opportunity to share in honorary ownership of a Kentucky Derby contender with a major celebrity while benefiting charity.

Bird is the word in Kentucky Oaks

This year’s Kentucky Oaks (G1) has come up just as strong as the Kentucky Derby (G1) one day later. Friday’s contest drew a full field of 14, plus one also-eligible, and three in the group have dominated the competition at their respective tracks.

Kentucky Derby 141 Post Position Draw Quotes

Ocho Ocho Ocho (Post position 1, morning line 50-1) – Jim Cassidy (trainer) – "It is what it is. It’s a tough spot but what are you going to do? My plan, to be honest with you, is still to take hold and sit in the second flight. I’ve got to think Carpe Diem and a couple of those others are going to go but I don’t want to go with them, or sit behind. That’s what I’m going to talk to Elvis [Trujillo] about."

Baffert Duo of Champion American Pharoah, Undefeated Dortmund Head Full Field of 20 Plus Two Also-Eligibles for Kentucky Derby 141

Zayat Stables’ champion 2-year-old of 2014 American Pharoah and Kaleem Shah’s undefeated Dortmund, both trained by three-time Kentucky Derby winner Bob Baffert, headline a field 20 horses and two also-eligibles entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 141st running of the $2,203,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) at Churchill Downs.

Kentucky Derby 141 Undercard Preview

Stephanie’s Kitten Takes on Males in Woodford Reserve, Champion Judy The Beauty Faces Seven in Humana Distaff, Breeders’ Cup Classic Winner Bayern Returns in Churchill Downs, Coffee Clique Eyes Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Repeat, Conquest Typhoon Headlines American Turf, Undefeated Competitive Edge Tops Pat Day Mile

Tales from the Crib, Part II

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. 

Returning to My Old Kentucky Home (Part 2)

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.

Frosted, Upstart Make First Appearances at Churchill Downs for Derby 141

Godolphin Racing’s Wood Memorial (GI) winner Frosted and Ralph Evans’ ultra-consistent Upstart made their initial morning training appearances at Churchill Downs Wednesday. The two colts had arrived from South Florida Tuesday afternoon for Saturday’s 141st running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI).

22 Known Entries for Kentucky Derby 141; Post Position Draw Scheduled for 5:30 P.M. on NBCSN

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.

Tales from the Crib, Part I

Now that we've heard Kentucky Derby favorite American Pharoah's "baby story," let's turn to the tales of his rivals as youngsters.