Churchill Downs Racetrack, in conjunction with TwinSpires.com, will provide live online streaming of Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders’ workouts when the exclusive 8:30-8:45 a.m. (all times Eastern) training window begins Saturday in earnest.
The live stream presented by TwinSpires.com will be available at multiple sources including on Twitter via @KentuckyDerby and kentuckyderby.twitter.com; on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kentuckyderby; and www.kentuckyderby.com/workouts/live. The Twitter stream, available globally to logged-in and logged-out users, also will feature a timeline of Kentucky Derby-related tweets alongside the live video itself.
The live video will include graphics to identify each horse and Churchill Downs’ Joe Kristufek will provide commentary.
Training hours at Churchill Downs will be 5:45-10 a.m. daily through May 4 with an 8-8:30 a.m. break to renovate the racetrack. A special 15-minute session from 8:30-8:45 a.m. is exclusive to Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks participants and any workmates. The specially-made Derby and Oaks saddle towels must be worn to gain access to the racetrack during that window.
Five of the Top 20 horses on the Road to the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard are on the grounds at Churchill Downs: Classic Empire (trained by Mark Casse, stabled in Barn 36); J Boys Echo (Dale Romans, Barn 4), State of Honor (Casse, Barn 36), Hence (Steve Asmussen, Barn 38) and McCraken (Ian Wilkes, Barn 26). Three others – Untrapped (Asmussen, Barn 38), Lookin At Lee (Asmussen, Barn 38) and Local Hero (Asmussen, Barn 38) – hope to get in the race if there are any defections.
Four of the Top 14 fillies on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks Leaderboard are stabled at Churchill: Farrell (Wayne Catalano, Barn 30); Miss Sky Warrior (Kelly Breen, Barn 41); Ever So Clever (Asmussen, Barn 38); and Salty (Casse, Barn 36). Two on the outside – Vexatious (Neil Drysdale, Barn 42) and Jordan’s Henny (Mike Tomlinson, Barn 1) – are No. 15 and 16, respectively, on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks leaderboard and hope to get in the race should there be any defections.