Kentucky Derby News

Enforceable head shot (Coady Photography)
Tales from the Crib: Enforceable

“She is the gift that keeps on giving to us.”Rightly does Bernard Cleary, owner of Clearsky Farms, describe the routine excellence of broodmare Justwhistledixie. Not only are her first five foals all winners, but four are graded stakes victors, and three have…

Aug 30, 2020

Attachment Rate
Kentucky Derby Update: Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020

Jim Bakke and Gerald Isbister’s Attachment Rate worked five furlongs in 1:01.20 over a fast main track Sunday morning at Churchill Downs as he completed his major preparations for Saturday’s 146th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford…

Aug 30, 2020

Sole Volante as a foal (Carrie Gilbert/Flaxman Holdings)
Tales from the Crib: Sole Volante

Three decades after Miesque made Breeders’ Cup history by repeating in the 1988 Mile (G1) at Churchill Downs, her descendant Sole Volante goes for Kentucky Derby (G1) glory beneath the Twin Spires. Despite his pedigree, the Derby hopeful was a bargain-basement…

Aug 29, 2020

Tiz the Law - Credit Susie Raisher
Kentucky Derby Update: Saturday, Aug. 29

Kentucky Derby hopefuls worked on three fronts Saturday morning highlighted by Sackatoga Stable’s Tiz the Law’s five-furlong work in :59.21 over a fast track at Saratoga.Beneath the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs, John Oxley’s Enforceable worked a half-mile…

Aug 29, 2020

Kentucky Derby trophy (Coady Photography)
Five fast facts: 2020 Kentucky Derby sires

Both well-established and up-and-coming young sires are represented by progeny in the 2020 Kentucky Derby (G1). We’ll have more on the contenders’ bloodlines in the “Pedigree fun facts,” but in the meantime, here are five fast facts on some of the noteworthy…

Aug 29, 2020

Baby Ny Traffic in the hay (Gallagher's Stud)
Tales from the Crib: Ny Traffic

Ny Traffic is one of those improbable success stories that fuel hopes and dreams in racing – a colt who’s risen from humble beginnings to become a Kentucky Derby (G1) contender. The “other” New York-bred in Derby 146, Ny Traffic might not have the flair of…

Aug 28, 2020

Art Collector
Friday Shaping Up As Major Work Day for Derby and Oaks Hopefuls

Mother Nature may hold the key to what could be a major work day Friday at Churchill Downs. Rain is forecast to begin overnight Thursday and continue into training hours Friday morning with more rain predicted to begin Friday afternoon and continuing…

Aug 27, 2020

Authentic at Monmouth (Bill Denver/Equi-Photo)
Tales from the Crib: Authentic

“Did we just see the next Rachel Alexandra?” So marveled the New York Post after Peter E. Blum’s homebred filly Flawless looked just that in her scintillating career debut at Belmont Park on May 23, 2010. Unfortunately, she sustained an injury next time out…

Aug 27, 2020

Swiss Skydiver
Swiss Skydiver Returns for Oaks

Peter Callahan’s newly minted Grade I winner Swiss Skydiver returned to Churchill Downs Tuesday evening and made her reappearance beneath the Twin Spires Wednesday for the first time since her 3 ½-length triumph in the $600,000 Alabama (GI).    …

Aug 26, 2020

Paul Mellon with Arts and Letters (NYRA/Bob Cogianese)
2020 Kentucky Derby names that recall figures of the past

A year ago we perused dusty shelves (but mostly surfed the web) to find historical or prominent personalities whose images were conjured by the names of 2019 Kentucky Derby (G1) participants . The task has admittedly been more difficult this year, but…

Aug 26, 2020

Sea Hero wins the 1993 Kentucky Derby
Common Threads III: Linking the 2020 Kentucky Derby field to past Derby winners

In our third annual look at commonalities that link this year's hopefuls with one or more past winners of America's most famous race, here are some nuggets and factoids to chew on involving potential starters for the 2020 Kentucky Derby (G1). ART COLLECTOR…

Aug 24, 2020

Thousand Words as a foal (Jeff Garen)
Tales from the Crib: Thousand Words

When Amy Tarrant had success as the breeder, owner, and trainer of 2011 Breeders’ Cup competitor Pomeroys Pistol, it was a heartwarming story of a latecomer to the Thoroughbred industry achieving on multiple levels. Now that tale has taken on new dimensions…

Aug 24, 2020

Max Player
Max Player Cruises Five Furlongs in :59.60

George Hall and SportBLX Thoroughbred’s $1 million Travers Stakes (Grade I) third-place finisher Max Player recorded a swift five-furlong move in :59.60 Monday morning at Churchill Downs in preparation for the $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford…

Aug 24, 2020

Kentucky Derby Update
146th Kentucky Derby to Run on September 5th without Fans

LOUISVILLE, KY., (August 21, 2020) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) (Nasdaq: CHDN) announced today its decision to run the 146th Kentucky Derby on September 5, 2020 without fans. CDI issued the following statement: The Kentucky Derby is a time-honored…

Aug 21, 2020

King Guillermo at Keeneland September (Joe DiOrio photo)
Tales from the Crib: King Guillermo

King Guillermo launched himself on the Kentucky Derby (G1) trail as an underdog who came out on top, but that’s just part of his appeal. Owned by retired Major League Baseball All-Star Victor Martinez, the colt is named in honor of his late father. The family…

Aug 18, 2020

Kentucky Derby At-Home Menu
Churchill Downs Releases At-Home Menu for the 146th Kentucky Derby to Bring a Taste of Louisville Nationwide

Easy-to-make recipes for fans watching at home on September 5, inspired by the official dishes served at the racetrack LOUISVILLE, Ky., (August 18, 2020) – Churchill Downs Racetrack today announced the official menus of the 146th Kentucky Derby presented…

Aug 18, 2020