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Midnight Lucky Romps in 28th Running of Grade I Humana Distaff

Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman's Midnight Lucky, making her first start in more than 11 months, took the lead out of the gate and scored a dominating 4 ½-length victory over Street Girl in the 28th running of the $330,600 Humana Distaff (Grade I) for fillies and mares, the first of three Grade 1 stakes on Kentucky Derby Day.

Coffee Clique Catches Dame Marie Late to Win 29th Running of Grade II Churchill Distaff Turf Mile

Amerman Racing Stables' Coffee Clique squeezed through an opening along the hedge to surge past longshot Dame Marie to score a half-length victory in the 29th running of the $336,900 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (Grade II) Presented by Longines for fillies and mares, the first of six graded stakes on Kentucky Derby Day.

Longines Kentucky Oaks Update

 UNTAPABLE – With an authoritative 4 ½-length win in Friday’s Kentucky Oaks, Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Untapable made a case that she could be the top 3-year-old in the nation, male or female, regardless of the result in today’s Kentucky Derby. The Tapit filly remains undefeated, and virtually unchallenged, in 2014 and her final time was a mere .04 seconds off the Oaks record set by Bird Town in 2003.

Kentucky Derby Preview

The greatest two minutes in sports. The build-up for the Kentucky Derby is finally over and the horses will line up in the Churchill Downs’ starting gate at 6:24 p.m. (ET) on Saturday.

Trainer Quotes From The 140th Running of the Grade I Longines Kentucky Oaks

Steve Asmussen, trainer of Untapable, winner – What makes her special?
"How fast she is."

"On this stage under the circumstances...the filly in the gates, the paddock, how congested it is, how many people are here, this doesn't get any bigger."

Favored Untapable Romps in 140th Running of Grade I Longines Kentucky Oaks in Front of 113,071

Winchell Thoroughbreds, LLC's Untapable cruised to a 4 ½-length victory over My Miss Sophia to win the 140th running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks for 3-year-old fillies before a crowd of 113,071. The attendance was the third largest in Oaks history.

Untapable gives Napravnik second Oaks win

Despite being washed out in the post parade, Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC's homebred Untapable kept her cool when Empress of Midway acted up and got stuck in the starting gate of Friday's Grade 1, $1 million Kentucky Oaks.

Moonshine Mullin Rallies Up The Rail to Win 11th Running of the Alysheba

Randy Patterson's Moonshine Mullin re-rallied at the sixteenth pole to overtake Golden Ticket to win by a half-length in the 11th running of the $342,000 Alysheba (Grade II) Presented by Besilu Stables for 4-year-olds and up.

A Little Bit Sassy Wins 29th Running of the Edgewood

Ramona Bass' A Little Bit Sassy pulled away from Istanford late to prevail by 1 ¼ lengths and win the 29th running of the $171,750 Edgewood Presented by Forcht Bank for 3-year-old fillies.

Fiftyshadesofgold Outgames Milam to Win 59th Running of Grade III Eight Belles

The Estate of Clarence Scharbauer Jr.'s Fiftyshadesofgold outgamed Milam through a furious stretch duel to win the 59th running of the $202,725 Eight Belles (Grade III) Presented by Twinspires.com for 3-year-old fillies by a half-length.

Marchman Storms to Victory in 20th Running of the Grade III Twin Spires Turf Sprint

Martin Racing Stable's Marchman roared past Sum of the Parts in mid-stretch and had more than enough to hold off a late charge from Undrafted by 1 ½ lengths to win the 20th running of the $166,800 Twin Spires Turf Sprint (Grade III) Presented by Twinspires.com for 4-year-olds and up.

On Fire Baby Romps in 29th Running of Grade I La Troienne

Anita Cauley's On Fire Baby surged past pace-setting Devil's Cave in the upper stretch and drew off to win by 2 ¾ lengths over Molly Morgan in the 29th running of the $327,000 La Troienne (Grade I) Presented by the World Series of Polo for fillies and mares to open stakes action on Kentucky Oaks Day.

Out-of-Competition Test Results Released for Derby and Oaks Entrants

Cross-section of undercard horses also tested

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 2, 2014) – The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) today announced results of the more than 75 out-of-competition tests that were conducted on horses nominated to stakes races for Friday's Oaks Day racing card as well as Saturday's Kentucky Derby racing card. Testing was performed by LGC Science Group, Ltd. (formerly HFL Sport Science, Inc.), the KHRC's official testing laboratory.

Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks Update Thursday, May 1, 2014

KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE

CALIFORNIA CHROME – The morning-line favorite for the Kentucky Derby, Steve Coburn and Perry Martin's California Chrome, went trackside Thursday morning at 6:55 as hundreds of cameras clicked and video rolled. The handsome chestnut colt stopped and took it all in, then did the same several times more as he backtracked his way to the frontside and under the iconic Twin Spires at Churchill Downs, before heading up the tunnel way to the paddock to "school," just as he had the day before.

Before They Were Famous

The contenders in Kentucky Derby 140 aren't just names on a page, program numbers, or expensive props in America's most famous horse race.

These beautiful Thoroughbreds are fascinating individuals, with idiosyncratic personalities, and unique stories about how they grew up and came of age.

Hoppertunity scratched from Derby with foot problem

Grade 2 hero Hoppertunity was withdrawn from the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby with a foot problem on Thursday.

The Bob Baffert-trained son of Any Given Saturday jogged Wednesday morning, returning to the track after working a half-mile in :48 during Monday's rain storm.

Kentucky Oaks Preview -- Untapable tough to deny in Oaks

Thirteen fillies will contest Friday’s $1 million Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs and favoritism runs through Untapable, an overwhelming 4-5 choice on the morning line. She brings outstanding form into the 1 1/8-mile race and the bay filly will break from the far outside post with regular rider Rosie Napravnik.

California Chrome Owns Favorite's Role at 5-2 for 140th Kentucky Derby

Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's California Chrome, winner of four consecutive races by a combined 24 ¼ lengths, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday's 140th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) at Churchill Downs.

Kentucky Derby 140 Post Position Draw Quotes

Vicar's in Trouble (Post position 1, morning line 30-1)/Harry's Holiday (Post position 2, morning line 50-1)/General a Rod (Post position 8, morning line 15-1) – Mike Maker (trainer) – On Vicar's in Trouble --"I know we didn't have much choice, but I don't have to walk too far to saddle the horses, and maybe our riders will be friendly and give each other enough space. Hopefully, we get a good break out of Vicar like we usually do, and we get a good position pretty early." On Harry's Holiday – "Same with Harry." On General a Rod – "I couldn't be happier with that draw.''

Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks Update: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – Wednesday, April 30, 2014

CALIFORNIA CHROME (No. 1) – The West Coast whiz California Chrome went trackside Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs just before 6:40 with exercise rider Willy Delgado at the controls. The chestnut stood inside the five-furlong gap for about three minutes, then began a backtrack along the rail by announcing his presence to one and all with a great, loud whinny.