Kentucky Derby prep races concluded with a smashing performance from American Pharoah, who likely assured himself the favorite’s role in the 141st Kentucky Derby when romping by eight lengths in the April 11 Arkansas Derby.
Zayat Stables’ American Pharoah, fresh off a dominant eight-length victory in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (Grade I) at Oaklawn Park, completed an uneventful Monday journey from the Hot Springs, Ark. track to Churchill Downs, where he stepped off a van at the home of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) shortly after 4 p.m. (all times Eastern).
Miss Ella (Exchange Rate) ran her career line to a perfect two-for-two on Sunday when taking the $250,000 Beaumont S. (G2) at Keeneland by 2 1/2 lengths under jockey Rajiv Maragh.
Zayat Stables' homebred American Pharoah towered over the field in Saturday's $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1), and his eight-length jaunt might well have solidified his position as the early favorite for the Kentucky Derby (G1).
Lael Stables’ homebred Divining Rod (Tapit) swung out leading the far turn and powered past rivals Donworth (Tiznow) and Fame and Power (First Defence) to post a convincing three-length victory in Saturday’s $250,000 Lexington Stakes (G3) at Keeneland.
Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) will no longer allow re-entry on Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks days for ticketed patrons who leave the grounds during those racing and entertainment programs.
Carpe Diem and Dortmund continued their winning ways on April 4, recording impressive scores in the Blue Grass Stakes and Santa Anita Derby, respectively, and Frosted rebounded from a disappointing setback to capture the TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial.
Loooch Racing Stables Inc., Glenn K. Ellis and Christopher Dunn’s War Story, third in the recent Louisiana Derby (GII) at Fair Grounds, worked at Churchill Downs on Wednesday in preparation for a planned start in the 141st Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) at the Louisville track on Saturday, May 2.
LOUISVILLE, KY (Monday April 6, 2015) – Multiplatinum and award-winning singer, songwriter and actor, Josh Groban, will perform the national anthem at the 141st Kentucky Derby® Presented by Yum! Brands at historic Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) on Saturday, May 2.
The undefeated Dortmund (Big Brown) will head to Churchill Downs for next month's Kentucky Derby (G1) as the possible favorite after another convincing victory at Santa Anita in Saturday's $1 million Santa Anita Derby (G1).
Hronis Racing LLC's Stellar Wind (Curlin) overcame a bobbling start to earn her third straight victory with a 5 1/4-length score in the $400,500 Santa Anita Oaks (G1).
WinStar Farm and Stonestreet Stables’ Carpe Diem did not disappoint his many fans as the overwhelming 3-5 favorite in Saturday’s $1 million Blue Grass Stakes (G1) at Keeneland, drawing off to a three-length victory in the prestigious 1 1/8-mile race.
Brereton C. Jones' Lovely Maria (Majesticperfection) earned her first stakes victory on Saturday when taking the $500,000 Ashland S. (G1) at Keeneland by 3 1/4 lengths as the 9-5 favorite.
The Larry Jones-trained filly not only earned her first stakes score, she gave jockey Kerwin Clark his first career Grade 1 win after decades in the saddle.
Godolphin Racing's Frosted denied the upset-minded 21-1 shot Tencendur with a strong late rally in Saturday's $1 million TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial (G1) at Aqueduct.
Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables LLC and The Elkstone Group LLC's Condo Commando (Tiz Wonderful) earned her third straight stakes victory, as well as 100 points toward a guaranteed starting berth in the May 1 Kentucky Oaks (G1), when capturing Saturday's $300,000 Gazelle S. (G2) at Aqueduct with jockey Joel Rosario aboard.
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The final round of major prep races began on March 28 with the Florida Derby, Louisiana Derby and U.A.E. Derby all offering points on a 100-40-20-10 scale to the top four finishers.
The solid gold trophy that will be presented to the owner of the 3-year-old Thoroughbred that wins the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 2 has arrived at Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) and was unveiled to members of the media on Tuesday, March 31.
The 14-karat gold, handcrafted Kentucky Derby Winner’s Trophy, which will be presented to the winning owner in ceremonies in the Kentucky Derby Winner’s Circle following American’s greatest race, arrived in Louisville aboard a Brinks truck on Friday evening. The priceless trophy was unveiled to the public for the first time during a Tuesday media briefing in the Directors Room of the Churchill Downs Clubhouse. Alongside the Winner’s Trophy were three smaller sterling silver replica trophies that will be presented to Kentucky Derby 141’s winning trainer, jockey and breeder.
Kentucky Derby fans saw much to like during the three days of betting in the fourth and final pool of Churchill Downs Racetrack’s (“CDRT”)’ 2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) but they were most attracted to three-time Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert’s “dynamic duo” of Zayat Stables’ reigning 2-year-old champion American Pharoah (#1) and Kaleem Shah Inc.’s unbeaten Dortmund (#7), who were the pool’s 1-2 betting choices when wagering concluded Sunday evening.