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Happy Jack at Santa Anita (Photo by Benoit Photo)
Kentucky Derby Horse Profile: Happy Jack

Calumet Farm homebred Happy Jack ranks 20th on the 2022 Road to the Kentucky Derby challenge series leaderboard after having amassed 30 qualifying points. The Doug O’Neill trainee was last seen checking in third in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) on April 9. Happy…

May 2, 2022

Cyberknife
Kentucky Derby Update: Saturday, April 30, 2022

The action started when the track opened for training at 5:15 (all times Eastern) on a cloudy but mild Saturday morning at Churchill Downs when the Brad Cox-trained duo of Cyberknife and Zozos worked six furlongs together in 1:11.20 and 1:11.40, respectively.    …

May 1, 2022

Cyberknife at birth (Photo courtesy of Ramsey Farm)
Tales from the Crib: Cyberknife

From one perspective, Cyberknife is well named. Owner Al Gold of Gold Square wanted to highlight the non-invasive cancer treatment that restored his health while preserving his quality of life. The equine Cyberknife, fittingly, has given him his biggest victory…

May 1, 2022

Zandon
Kentucky Derby Update: Friday, April 29, 2022

There were three works on the Kentucky Derby front Friday morning with the one at Churchill Downs featuring Jeff Drown’s Blue Grass Stakes (GI) winner Zandon.     Working on his own at 7:30 (all times Eastern) over a fast track with regular morning partner Kriss…

Apr 29, 2022

Messier wins the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (Photo by Horsephotos)
Kentucky Derby Horse Profile: Messier

SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, Robert Masterson, Jay A. Schoenfarber, Waves Edge Capital, Catherine M. Donovan, and Golconda Stable's Messier ranks 16th on the 2022 Road to the Kentucky Derby challenge series leaderboard with 40 qualifying points.…

Apr 28, 2022

Pioneer Of Medina at Churchill Downs (Photo by Coady Photography)
Kentucky Derby Horse Profile: Pioneer of Medina

Sumaya US Stable’s Pioneer of Medina currently ranks 21st on the 2022 Road to the Kentucky Derby challenge series leaderboard with 25 total qualifying points. The Todd Pletcher pupil was last seen posting a third-place result in the Louisiana Derby (G2)…

Apr 28, 2022

Barber Road at Oaklawn Park (Photo by Coady Photography)
Kentucky Derby Horse Profile: Barber Road

WSS Racing’s Barber Road sits in 13th place with 58 qualifying points on the 2022 Road to the Kentucky Derby challenge series leaderboard. The John Ortiz trainee was runner-up in the Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park on April 2 in his most recent performance."Winning…

Apr 28, 2022

Zandon as a foal (Airdrie Stud)
Tales from the Crib: Zandon

As Airdrie Stud marks the 50th anniversary of its founding, Zandon can furnish an appropriately golden gift – in the form of the 2022 Kentucky Derby (G1) trophy. His success would be all the more special, for his pedigree features Airdrie stallions and a female…

Apr 28, 2022

Road to the Kentucky Derby
New Kentucky Derby Partnerships Let Fans Celebrate In Style

Churchill Downs Welcomes New Sponsors, Licensees for the 148th Run for the Roses Churchill Downs Racetrack today welcomes an exciting lineup of new sponsors and licensees to the 148th Kentucky Derby, taking place on Saturday, May 7, including BMW of North…

Apr 28, 2022

Smile Happy winning the Kentucky Jockey Club S. (Photo by Coady Photography)
Kentucky Derby Horse Profile: Smile Happy

Lucky Seven Stable’s Smile Happy ranks 10th on the 2022 Road to the Kentucky Derby challenge series leaderboard with 70 qualifying points. Trained by Kenny McPeek, the classy sophomore was last seen finishing a clear second in the Bluegrass S. (G2) at Keeneland…

Apr 27, 2022

Charge It training at Churchill Downs (Photo by Coady Photography)
Kentucky Derby Horse Profile: Charge It

Whisper Hill Farm homebred Charge It sits in 19th place on the 2022 Road to the Kentucky Derby challenge series leaderboard with 40 qualifying points. The Todd Pletcher pupil earned his berth into the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs on May 7 by coming…

Apr 27, 2022

Crown Pride
Kentucky Derby Update: Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Teruya Yoshida’s Crown Pride (JPN) turned in his most impressive pre-Kentucky Derby work Wednesday morning by working a bullet half-mile in :46.40 over a fast track.     Working with the 4-year-old Southern Passage from trainer Dale Romans’ barn, Crown Pride…

Apr 27, 2022