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Ram at Pimlico for the Preakness (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
Pedigree fun facts: 2021 Preakness Stakes

Several Preakness S. (G1) contenders with strong pedigree ties to the middle jewel are longshots. Might that portend an upset brewing at Pimlico on Saturday? Triple Crown champion American Pharoah (2015) is trying to join the exclusive club of Preakness…

May 14, 2021

Medina Spirit battles to the Kentucky Derby (G1) finish line (Photo by by Jamie Newell/TwinSpires)
Study Guide: 2021 Preakness Stakes

The Triple Crown continues on Saturday at Pimlico with the 146th running of the $1 million Preakness (G1). The 1 3/16-mile classic has drawn a competitive field of 10, including Kentucky Derby (G1) starters Medina Spirit, Midnight Bourbon, and Keepmeinmind. Ram Total…

May 12, 2021

Rombauer wins the El Camino Real Derby (Shane Micheli/Vassar Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: 2021 Preakness Stakes

Kentucky Derby runner Medina Spirit will set his sights on the second jewel of the Triple Crown in Saturday’s $1 million Preakness S. (G1) at Pimlico. A field of 10 sophomores will go postward in the historic 1 3/16-mile contest, and I think that an upset…

May 12, 2021

Medina Spirit fends off Mandaloun (center) and Hot Rod Charlie (left) in the Kentucky Derby (Coady Photo)
Early look at Preakness: Triple Crown newcomers eye the second jewel

Only two of his Kentucky Derby (G1) rivals are expected to try Medina Spirit again in the May 15 Preakness S. (G1), both also-rans, but several fresh challengers are lining up at Pimlico. Most notable on that list of “new shooters” is fellow Bob Baffert trainee…

May 7, 2021


Kentucky Derby 147
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History was made on Saturday at Churchill Downs when Medina Spirit sprung a 12-1 upset in the 147th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby (G1), giving Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert a record seventh victory in the “Run for the Roses.”
MEDINA SPIRIT Trainer Bob Baffert, (First)
Trainer Quotes From The 147th Kentucky Derby

MEDINA SPIRIT Trainer Bob Baffert, (First): “This little horse coming in here, he’s always shown he’s an overachiever. His heart is bigger than his body. When he turned for home, something just told me. He reminded me of Silver Charm (Baffert’s 1st Derby winner).…

May 2, 2021

Jockey's of the 147th Kentucky Derby
Jockey Quotes From The 147th Kentucky Derby

MEDINA SPIRIT Jockey John Velazquez, (First): “Every time I asked him to give more he kept fighting on. You couldn’t ask for more of a horse. When you ride a horse like this who is competitive you can’t ask for anything else." MANDALOUN Jockey Florent Geroux,…

May 2, 2021

Derby Week
Baffert's Seventh Win at Churchill Downs
It’s Seventh Heaven At Baffert Barn Following Medina Spirit's Historic Kentucky Derby Victory

LOUISVILLE, KY (Sunday, May 2, 2021) – Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert added his record-breaking seventh Kentucky Derby trophy to his collection Saturday when Zedan Racing’s Medina Spirit held on to win the 147th running of the “Run for the Roses.” “Can he…

May 2, 2021

Medina Spirit Claims the Garland of Roses in the 147th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve
Medina Spirit Claims the Garland of Roses in the 147th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve

LOUISVILLE, KY., (May 1, 2020) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: CHDN) announced today that Medina Spirit claimed the Garland of Roses in the 147th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve. The Company…

May 2, 2021

Medina Spirit winning the Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs (Jamie Newell/TwinSpires
Medina Spirit Refuses To Yield In Kentucky Derby Upset

History was made on Saturday at Churchill Downs when Medina Spirit sprung a 12-1 upset in the 147th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby (G1), giving Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert a record seventh victory in the “Run for the Roses.”Under a perfect ride…

May 2, 2021

Kentucky Derby 147 Post-Race News Conference Transcript
Kentucky Derby 147 Post-Race News Conference Transcript

JIM MULVIHILL: Congratulations to Medina Spirit, winner of Kentucky Derby 147. And we are happy to be joined by winning jockey, John Velazquez, and owner, Amr Zedan. Congratulations to you both. Johnny, this is your fourth Kentucky Derby win. You become the…

May 2, 2021

Kentucky Derby 147 Winner - Medina Spirit
Medina Spirit Holds Off Mandaloun To Give Baffert Record Seventh Kentucky Derby Victory

LOUISVILLE, KY (Saturday, May 1, 2021) – Zedan Racing Stables’ Medina Spirit fought back after relinquishing the lead to Mandaloun at midstretch to post a half-length to win the 147th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (GI)…

May 2, 2021

Colonel Liam, Domestic Spending Dead Heat
Colonel Liam, Domestic Spending Dead Heat For Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic Victory

LOUISVILLE, KY (Saturday, May 1, 2021) – It turned out to be too close to call at the wire.Robert and Lawana Low’s favored Colonel Liam and Klaravich Stables’ Domestic Spending (GB) hit the finish line together to dead heat for the victory with Smooth Like…

May 1, 2021

Flagstaff Prevails
Flagstaff Prevails In Tight Finish To Win Grade I Churchill Downs

LOUISVILLE, KY (Saturday, May 1, 2021) – Lane’s End Racing and Hronis Racing’s Flagstaff re-emerged from the middle of a tight pack in the final yards to win the 86th running of the $500,000 Churchill Downs presented by Ford (GI) for 4-year-olds and up by a…

May 1, 2021

American Turf winner - Du Jour
Du Jour Proves Best In American Turf

LOUISVILLE, KY (Saturday, May 1, 2021) – Natalie Baffert and Debbie Lanni’s Du Jour surged to the front at the sixteenth pole en route to a 1 1/2-length victory in the 30th running of the $500,000 American Turf presented by Derby City Gaming (GII) for 3-year-olds.Trained…

May 1, 2021

Jackie's Warrior Wins Pat Day Mile Thriller
Jackie's Warrior Edges Dream Shake In Pat Day Mile Thriller

LOUISVILLE, KY (Saturday, May 1, 2021) – J. Kirk and Judy Robison’s Jackie’s Warrior set a blistering pace and had enough left to hold off Dream Shake by a head after a furious stretch duel to win the 97th running of the $500,000 Pat Day Mile presented by LG&E…

May 1, 2021

Derby City Distaff Victory for Gamine
Gamine Becomes A Millionaire With Derby City Distaff Victory

LOUISVILLE, KY (Saturday, May 1, 2021) – Michael Lund Petersen’s champion sprinter Gamine went to the front and then repulsed a challenge from Sconsin to win the 35th running of the $500,000 Derby City Distaff presented by Kendall-Jackson Winery (GI) for fillies…

May 1, 2021

Blowout - Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Winner
Blowout Hangs On To Win Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile

LOUISVILLE, KY (Saturday, May 1, 2021) – Peter Brant’s Blowout (GB) built a huge early lead and then held off a host of challengers in deep stretch by a half-length to win the 36th running of the $500,000 Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (GII) for fillies…

May 1, 2021

Backside at Churchill Downs
An Excellent Morning After for Oaks Heroine Malathaat

LOUISVILLE, KY (Saturday, May 1, 2021) – “Excellent.”That was trainer Todd Pletcher’s all-encompassing answer to the question of Malathaat’s condition on the morning after her gutsy run and neck victory in the Grade I Longines Kentucky Oaks Saturday at Churchill…

May 1, 2021

147th Longines Kentucky Oaks Winner - Malathaat
Malathaat Outduels Search Results In Battle Of Unbeatens To Win 147th Longines Kentucky Oaks

LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, April 30, 2021) – Shadwell Stable’s Malathaat edged Search Results by a neck after a stretch battle of undefeated fillies to win the 147th running of the $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) for 3-year-old fillies before a crowd…

Apr 30, 2021

Malathaat Captures the Lilies in the 147th Running of the Longines Kentucky Oaks
Malathaat Captures the Lilies in the 147th Running of the Longines Kentucky Oaks

LOUISVILLE, KY., (April 30, 2021) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: CHDN) announced today that the 147th running of the $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) at Churchill Downs Racetrack (“Churchill Downs”) saw Malathaat…

Apr 30, 2021

Kentucky Oaks 147 Post-Race News Conference Transcript
Kentucky Oaks 147 Post-Race News Conference Transcript

JIM MULVIHILL: The winner of the 147th Longines Kentucky Oaks was Malathaat. And a very emotional victory. We're happy to be joined now by winning trainer, Todd Pletcher, Rick Nichols of Shadwell Farm. Congratulations to you both.TODD PLETCHER: Thank you.RICK…

Apr 30, 2021

Jockey Quotes From The 147th Running Of The Kentucky Oaks
Jockey Quotes From The 147th Running Of The Kentucky Oaks

OHN VELAZQUEZ, jockey of Malathaat (First) – “She didn’t get away the best, but I got a spot with her. She was running well and when I turned for home I had a target (Search Results) to send her after. We got up next to her and my filly went by. Then she waited…

Apr 30, 2021


Tales from the Crib
Follow the Road to the Roses all the way back to the barn, with Kellie Reilly
Like the King as a foal (Sparks View Farm)
Tales from the Crib: Like the King

“Babysitter” isn’t normally the kind of experience listed on the resume of a Kentucky Derby (G1) contender, but that was the reason why Like the King was purchased as a weanling. Like the King was bred by Roddy and Perry Harrison’s Horseshoe Racing. The small-scale…

Apr 27, 2021

Midnight Bourbon as a foal (Stonestreet Farm)
Tales from the Crib: Midnight Bourbon

Handsome is as handsome does, as the saying goes. But Midnight Bourbon often runs up to his movie-star good looks. The striking son of Hall of Famer Tiznow was bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, Barbara Banke’s farm that is also responsible for three…

Apr 26, 2021

Rock Your World as a Keeneland September yearling (Photos by Z/Keeneland)
Tales from the Crib: Rock Your World

Ron McAnally will be remembered forever for training the legendary John Henry, the rags-to-riches gelding with an indomitable character, and fellow Hall of Famers Bayakoa and Paseana. But now at the age of 88, the horseman has a chance of adding an extraordinary…

Apr 26, 2021

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Pedigree Fun Facts
Ram at Pimlico for the Preakness (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
Pedigree fun facts: 2021 Preakness Stakes

Several Preakness S. (G1) contenders with strong pedigree ties to the middle jewel are longshots. Might that portend an upset brewing at Pimlico on Saturday? Triple Crown champion American Pharoah (2015) is trying to join the exclusive club of Preakness…

May 14, 2021

Kentucky Derby trophy (Churchill Downs)
Pedigree fun facts: 2021 Kentucky Derby

All 20 runners in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby (G1) – from the most expensive yearlings and aristocratic homebreds to the bargain basement specials – have ancestral ties to great champions.  Here’s a look at some of the fascinating pedigree angles in the 147th…

Apr 29, 2021

Bourbonic upsets the Wood Memorial (NYRA/Coglianese/Chelsea Durand)
Pedigree fun facts: Bourbonic

Bourbonic aims to become the fourth straight generation of his male line to win a classic. Moreover, his female line is responsible for one of the greatest horses ever to lose the Kentucky Derby (G1).Bourbonic’s sire, champion Bernardini, captured the 2006…

Apr 21, 2021

Like the King after his Jeff Ruby Steaks win (Coady Photography)
Pedigree fun facts: Like the King

Although Like the King has yet to win on dirt, his pedigree is filled with American classic winners.Like the King is by 2013 Belmont (G1) hero Palace Malice. A star from the first crop of Hall of Famer Curlin, Palace Malice had suffered narrow losses earlier…

Apr 19, 2021

Super Stock upsets the Arkansas Derby (Coady Photography)
Pedigree fun facts: Super Stock

Super Stock will try to wear the roses that eluded both his sire and broodmare sire in their respective attempts in the Kentucky Derby (G1).Super Stock’s sire, Dialed In, ranked as the lukewarm 5-1 favorite here in 2011 after late-running heroics in the Holy…

Apr 18, 2021

Rock Your World winning the Santa Anita Derby (G1) - © Benoit Photo
Pedigree fun facts: Rock Your World

Rock Your World’s successful move from turf to dirt is no surprise, given the surface versatility encoded in his ancestry. Both of his parents were trained by Hall of Famer Ron McAnally, who also co-bred Rock Your World with his wife, Deborah. Indeed,…

Apr 17, 2021

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Kentucky Derby Updates
Kentucky Oaks Morning
Kentucky Derby Update: Friday, April 30, 2021

A QUIET MORNING ON DERBY EVE  LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, April 30, 2021) – Galloping and jogging over a track listed as good dominated the morning activity on the day before the 147th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (GI). BOURBONIC,…

Apr 30, 2021

Brooklyn Strong
Kentucky Derby Update: Thursday, April 29, 2021

BROOKLYN STRONG GALLOPS AT CHURCHILL DOWNS FOR FIRST TIME; DERBY HOPEFULS BEAT THE RAIN BUT NOT THE SLOPLOUISVILLE, KY (Thursday, April 29, 2021) – Mark Schwartz’s Brooklyn Strong made his first appearance on the track at Churchill Downs Thursday morning, galloping…

Apr 29, 2021

Tuesday Works at Churchill Downs
Kentucky Derby Update: Wednesday, April 28, 2021

TWO TUESDAY DERBY ARRIVALS GET FIRST MORNING OF TRAINING AT CHURCHILL DOWNS LOUISVILLE, KY (Wednesday, April 28, 2021) – Two of the three final Kentucky Derby entrants to arrive at Churchill Downs on Tuesday got their first feel for the main track beneath…

Apr 28, 2021

Derby 147 Contender Essential Quality
Kentucky Derby Update: Tuesday, April 27, 2021

ESSENTIAL QUALITY HEADLINES FIELD OF 20 ENTERED FOR DERBY 147; BROOKLYN STRONG, HIDDEN STASH, LIKE THE KING ARRIVE AT CHURCHILL DOWNS LOUISVILLE, KY (Tuesday, April 27, 2021) – Godolphin’s undefeated Essential Quality was made the 2-1 morning line favorite…

Apr 27, 2021

Midnight Bourbon
Kentucky Derby Update: Monday, April 26, 2021

Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Midnight Bourbon worked five furlongs in 1:02.40 over a fast track at Churchill Downs while earlier at Parx, Mark Schwartz’s Brooklyn Strong worked five furlongs in 1:00.92 to punch his ticket to Louisville for Kentucky Derby 147 for…

Apr 26, 2021

Pauline's Pearl
Kentucky Derby Update: Sunday, April 25, 2021

Shortleaf Stable’s homebred Caddo River was taken out of Kentucky Derby consideration Sunday morning by trainer Brad Cox because of an elevated temperature.     The defection of Caddo River moves Mark Schwartz’s Brooklyn Strong into No. 20 on the Road to…

Apr 25, 2021


Kentucky Oaks 147
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Shadwell Stable’s Malathaat edged Search Results by a neck after a stretch battle of undefeated fillies to win the 147th running of the $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) for 3-year-old fillies before a crowd of 41,472 on a sun-drenched Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Jockey Quotes From The 147th Running Of The Kentucky Oaks
Jockey Quotes From The 147th Running Of The Kentucky Oaks

OHN VELAZQUEZ, jockey of Malathaat (First) – “She didn’t get away the best, but I got a spot with her. She was running well and when I turned for home I had a target (Search Results) to send her after. We got up next to her and my filly went by. Then she waited…

Apr 30, 2021

Kentucky Oaks nd Jockeys
Trainer Quotes From The 147th Running Of The Kentucky Oaks

TODD PLETCHER, trainer of Malathaat (First) – “She got away from there just a bit slow, but Johnny (Velazquez) moved her up and got her in a much better position. He had to lose some ground and go wide to do it, but it was the right thing to do. She wants a…

Apr 30, 2021