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.
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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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.
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.
Big Brown towered over the competition in the 2008 Kentucky Derby, becoming only the seventh undefeated winner of the storied race when romping to a 4 3/4-length decision as the 2-1 favorite.
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.
If it's Kentucky Derby season, Jill Byrne is on the go.
Marylou Whitney, whose accomplishments and generosity in the worlds of Thoroughbred racing and philanthropy have garnered national acclaim and admiration for decades, will be honored by Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) with the designation of “First Lady of the Oaks” during the celebration of the 141st running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies scheduled at the Louisville track on Friday, May 1.
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.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s International Star, whose victory in the Louisiana Derby (Grade II) completed a sweep of Fair Grounds’ trio of Kentucky Derby prep races, took a brief van ride to Churchill Downs Saturday for a five-furlong work over the one-mile dirt course that will host the 141st Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands in two weeks.
Churchill Downs Racetrack, in conjunction with TwinSpires.com, will provide live online streaming of Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks workouts when the exclusive 8:30-8:45 a.m. (all times Eastern) training window begins Saturday in earnest.