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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.

California Chrome leads Derby worktab

Santa Anita Derby winner California Chrome took another step closer to the Kentucky Derby on May 3 when he worked four furlongs at his Los Alamitos headquarters Saturday morning in :47 4/5 under regular rider Victor Espinoza.

Cairo Prince to miss Derby with ankle injury

Cairo Prince has sustained an ankle injury that will rule him out of the May 3 Kentucky Derby, Daily Racing Form's David Grening reported via Twitter.

Pablo Del Monte remains on Derby trail

Wesley Ward, trainer and part-owner of Blue Grass third-placer Pablo Del Monte, reports that his colt remains on the road to the 140th Kentucky Derby  for now.

With the defection of Cairo Prince Saturday, Pablo Del Monte ranks 23rd on the Kentucky Derby leader board with 20 points.

Churchill Downs Maintains Tightened Security for Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks 140

Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) has released its list of security and hospitality policies and procedures for this year’s 140th celebrations of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 3, and the Longines Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 2.

The list mirrors the revised list of policies and procedures from last year that was issued following the attack on the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. As it retains last year’s adjusted roster of security and hospitality policies, Churchill Downs officials are again asking Derby and Oaks patrons to be aware during their visits on both days and to heed a simple, but important, reminder: “If you see something, say something.”

 Most prominent among the policies for this year’s Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks are:

  • A ban on carry-in coolers. Patrons will not be allowed bring their own coolers; however, coolers and ice will be available at several infield purchase points;
  • Purses or bags measuring more than 12 inches in any dimension will not be allowed through any admission gate;
  • Cans of any size or type and glass bottles and containers will not be permitted;
  • Patron and pop-up tents are prohibited.  Poles and stakes of any kind are not permitted.
  • A ban on laptop computers, cameras with detachable lenses, cameras with attached lenses measuring six inches or morecamcorders and tripods;

 Most of the remaining security procedures on Churchill Downs’ 2014 list have been in place since sweeping changes to those policies were formulated by the track and its security and safety partners and adopted for the 2002 Kentucky Derby.

Among the items permitted for carry-in on both days are:

  • Food items and box lunches contained in clear plastic bags or clear plastic containers measuring no larger than 18” x 18”;
  • Water and soft drinks in plastic bottles that are sealed and unopened;
  • Sunscreen (in non-glass containers only);
  • Purses measuring less than 12” in any dimension, and baby and diaper bags, if accompanied by a child.
  • Cellular phones, smartphones and tablets (patrons could be required to turn on electronic items before being allowed to enter the track);
  • Small cameras with non-detachable lenses no longer than six inches.

 “Our sincere hope is that every fan who visits Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks has an amazing experience,” said Ryan Jordan, General Manager of Churchill Downs.  “Our fans have told us that they feel safe when they visit our racetrack.  We are thankful for the tireless efforts of nearly 40 law enforcement, security and safety agencies who work together with Churchill Downs team members each year on security and safety policies for these great events.

“In addition to maintaining tightened security policies, we are again asking that our patrons be aware of their surroundings and to say something to a uniformed security officer or a member of our Churchill Downs staff if they see something that seems out of the ordinary. ‘If you see something, say something’ is an important thought for all to remember.”

As has been the case since 2002, when security procedures were completely overhauled following the 9/11 terrorist attacks the previous autumn, all patrons entering the track on those days are subject to electronic wand scans.

Click here for the complete list of security "dos and don'ts" for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks 140.

Dance With Fate confirmed for Derby

Blue Grass winner Dance With Fate will indeed take his spot in the starting gate in the May 3 Kentucky Derby, connections announced Friday.