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Bayern DQ'd, Embellishing Bob awarded win in Derby Trial

After 4-5 favorite Bayern held on by a desperate nose from Embellishing Bob and Myositis Dan in Saturday night's Grade 3, $176,700 Derby Trial, the inquiry sign flashed, and the stewards looked into a rough stretch run at Churchill Downs. A weary Bayern had carried Embellishing Bob out in deep stretch, and he was accordingly disqualified for interfering with the runner-up. Embellishing Bob, a Martin Cherry homebred trained by Steve Margolis, was thus awarded the victory in his stakes debut.

California Chrome Works at Los Alamitos; Candy Boy Among Churchill Workers / Kentucky Derby Presented b Yum! Brands Update for Saturday, April 26

CALIFORNIA CHROME (No. 1) – “Very good. Exactly what I needed for the horse. He doesn’t need much now. He’s ready. I just wanted to put some air into him. He’s happy and fresh. That’s the way I want to keep him for this race.”

California Chrome clocks half-mile in final move for Derby 140

With Victor Espinoza aboard, Santa Anita Derby hero California Chrome worked a half-mile Saturday morning at Los Alamitos Racecourse in :48 1/5, his final move in preparation for next Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

COUNTRY STAR JO DEE MESSINA TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM AT 140th KENTUCKY DERBY

LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, April 25, 2014) –  Multiplatinum and award-winning country music singer and songwriter Jo Dee Messina will perform the national anthem prior to the 140thrunning of the Kentucky Derby® Presented by YUM! Brands® (Grade 1) at historic Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) on Saturday, May 3.  

Ride On Curlin Gallop Impresses Gowan / Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands Update for Friday, April 25

CALIFORNIA CHROME (No. 1) – Steven Coburn and Perry Martin’s California Chrome is scheduled to work Saturday morning at 7:30 (Pacific Time) at Los Alamitos.

Samraat, Wicked Strong, Uncle Sigh work in New York

The New York-based trio of Samraat, Wicked Strong, and Uncle Sigh had their final major preps for next Saturday's Kentucky Derby Friday morning, with Samraat working a mile at Aqueduct and Wicked Strong and Uncle Sigh breezing seven and five furlongs, respectively, over Belmont Park's training track.

Derby hopeful Pablo del Monte puts in final move at Keeneland

Blue Grass third-place finisher Pablo del Monte has 20 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby and is 22nd on the list of point earners vying for the 20 positions in the starting gate for the May 3 race. On Friday morning, breeder, trainer and co-owner Wesley Ward worked the Giant's Causeway colt six furlongs in 1:11 1/5 over Keeneland's Polytrack to prepare for a possible start in the race.

Pletcher Quartet Gallops, Sunday Works Set / Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands Update, Thursday, April 24

CALIFORNIA CHROME (No. 1) – Steven Coburn and Perry Martin’s California Chrome is scheduled to work Saturday at Los Alamitos.

Trained by Art Sherman, California Chrome is scheduled to ship to Louisville on Monday and be ridden in Kentucky Derby 140 by Victor Espinoza.

Kentucky Derby Report -- April 24

The field for the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby is still not set, with a trio of recent defections opening spots for Uncle Sigh, Vinceremos and Harry's Holiday. Attrition always plays a part in the build-up and more than a handful of three-year-olds remain outside the bubble waiting for a spot to materialize.

Social Inclusion blazes three-eighths at Gulfstream

Although a run for Social Inclusion in the May 3 Kentucky Derby is still a possibility, the connections of the late-developing colt have decided to focus on the Preakness Stakes, the middle leg of the Triple Crown on May 17 at Pimlico, as their goal.

Hoppertunity, General A Rod Work at Churchill / Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands Update for Wednesday, April 23

VICAR’S IN TROUBLE (No. 2)/GENERAL A ROD (No. 15)/HARRY’S HOLIDAY (No. 20) – J. Armando Rodriguez’s General a Rod recorded his first official work at Churchill Downs in preparation for Kentucky Derby 140, covering five furlongs in 1:03.40 with splits of :13, :26.20, 39 and out six furlongs in 1:17.60 with exercise rider Joel Barrientos up for trainer Mike Maker.

Baffert Duo of Chitu, Bayern; Zito's Spot Top "Opening Night" Derby Trial

Curtis Green’s Spot, winner of the Swale Stakes (Grade II) and the Bob Baffert-trained duo of Tanma Corporation’s Chitu and Kaleem Shah’s Bayern headline a field of 10 horses entered Wednesday for the 90th running of the $150,000-added Derby Trial (GIII) on Saturday’s Opening Night Presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka at Churchill Downs.

Gary West's Top 10 Kentucky Derby Championship Series Performances

By Gary West, special to KentuckyDerby.com

Over the next 10 days or so, much will be written extolling the virtues of California Chrome. His virtues are as conspicuous as they are numerous. He’s professional and smart; most of all, he’s fast. And he just keeps running. He deserves the praise, the plaudits and the acclaim. In this run-up to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, he has given not only the best performance of any 3-year-old but arguably the best two performances.

Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands Update for Tuesday, April 22

VICAR’S IN TROUBLE (No. 2)/GENERAL A ROD (No. 15)/HARRY’S HOLIDAY (No. 20) – Trainer Mike Maker vanned his trio of Kentucky Derby possibilities to the Churchill Downs backside late Tuesday morning.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s  Vicar’s in Trouble galloped at the Trackside Training Center Tuesday morning and is scheduled to breeze at Churchill Downs on Saturday along  with  Harry’s  Holiday,  who  is  owned by  Skychai  Racing, Terry Raymond and Jana Wagner. Harry’s Holiday galloped Tuesday at Trackside. Joel Barrientos was aboard both colts.

Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands Update for Monday, April 21

VICAR'S IN TROUBLE (No. 2) / GENERAL A ROD (No. 15) / HARRY'S HOLIDAY (No. 20) – Trainer Mike Maker reported Monday morning that his trio  of  Kentucky  Derby  possibilities  “were  doing  just  fine”  at  the  nearby Trackside Training Center.

'Fate' could give Nakatani first Derby win; White announces his Derby odds

Corey Nakatani will seek his first Kentucky Derby victory in his 17th attempt when he rides Blue Grass winner Dance With Fate in the Run for the Roses on May 3 at Churchill Downs.

Wildcat Red, Intense Holiday, We Miss Artie put in final Florida works

Grade 2 hero Wildcat Red completed the Florida portion of his preparation for the $2 million Kentucky Derby on May 3 by working a half-mile in :48 3/5 over Gulfstream Park's fast main track on Sunday.

Kentucky Derby Update for Sunday, April 20

VICAR’S IN TROUBLE (No. 2) / GENERAL A ROD (No. 16) / HARRY’S HOLIDAY (No. 21) – Trainer Mike Maker reported Sunday morning that things were “all well” at the nearby Trackside Training Center for his trio of Kentucky Derby possibilities.

Updated Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by TwinSpires.com Leaderboard (after races of Sat., April 19)

Mr Speaker brings gavel down in Lexington

Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey thought about running Mr Speaker in the April 12 Blue Grass at Keeneland, but decided to pass the hurly-burly of a big field in that major Kentucky Derby prep, and instead opted for Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Lexington Stakes over the same track. Judging by how the Phipps Stable homebred stormed four lengths clear in his first attempt on synthetic, it's worth wondering how he might have fared one week ago.