Kentucky Derby News

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

Donnie Richardson
Services For Donnie Richardson To Be Held Friday

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, April 29, 2021) – Services for Donald Ray “Donnie” Richardson, former senior vice president of racing for Churchill Downs Incorporated until his retirement in 2012, will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1000…

Apr 29, 2021

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Study Guide: 2021 Kentucky Derby

The 147th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby (G1) will take place on Saturday at Churchill Downs. The historic 1 1/4-mile race has drawn a competitive field of 20 three-year-old Thoroughbreds, all vying for a place in history under the fabled Twin Spires.

Apr 29, 2021

Helium as a foal (Shawhan Place)
Tales from the Crib: Helium

If Helium can extend his perfect record in the Kentucky Derby (G1), he would represent the pinnacle of achievement for Bernardo Alvarez Calderon’s Teneri Farm. Sadly, the Peruvian horseman passed away last August, and his family now carries on the legacy of…

Apr 28, 2021

Medina Spirit as a foal in Florida (Gail Rice photo)
Tales from the Crib: Medina Spirit

A newborn who needed help, a $1,000 yearling whose small breeder had to sell, a cheap recruit for a hardscrabble talent scout, a juvenile purchase inspired by friendship – Medina Spirit’s story is ready-made for cinema. And that’s even before his improbable…

Apr 28, 2021

Averly Jane winning the Kentucky Juvenile
Averly Jane Wins 27th Running of Kentucky Juvenile

LOUISVILLE, KY (Wednesday, April 28, 2021) – Hat Creek Racing’s Averly Jane roared past pacesetting Bohemian Frost at the sixteenth pole en route to a 3 ¼-length victory in the 27th running of the $150,000 Kentucky Juvenile for 2-year-olds on Wednesday afternoon.     Trained…

Apr 28, 2021

Soup And Sandwich workout at Churchill Downs before Derby (Photo by Coady Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: 2021 Kentucky Derby

A full field of 20 sophomores will go postward in Saturday’s $3 million Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs. The 147th running of the Run for the Roses is led by unbeaten champion #14 Essential Quality (2-1), but the exquisite son of Tapit is far from…

Apr 28, 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

Churchill Downs (Coady Photography)
Daily value plays at Churchill Downs this week

Kentucky Derby week is upon us at Churchill Downs! Some of the finest Thoroughbreds from across the nation will take the stage in Louisville over the next four days, and while the 147th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby (G1) is the obvious headliner,…

Apr 28, 2021

Highly Motivated as a weanling (Lane's End photo)
Tales from the Crib: Highly Motivated

“Must have.” Those words, jotted down and encircled for emphasis on a catalog page, summed up the verdict of bloodstock adviser extraordinaire Mike Ryan after his inspection of Highly Motivated as a weanling. Offered as part of the Lane’s End consignment…

Apr 28, 2021

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Study Guide: 2021 Kentucky Oaks

One day prior to the Kentucky Derby, North America's fastest three-year-old fillies will square off in the 147th running of the $1.25 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs. A full field of 14 has assembled for the 1 1/8-mile prize, led by the undefeated duo of Malathaat and Search Results.

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

Kentucky Derby 147 Post Positions
Everything you need to know about the 2021 Kentucky Derby post positions

Post positions for the 2021 Kentucky Derby were drawn on Tuesday morning, triggering the annual debate among bettors as to which horses drew well, which drew poorly, and which might enjoy ideal trips in the “Run for the Roses.” Some assumptions will be anecdotal,…

Apr 27, 2021

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

Mattress Mack Foster Family Initiative
Churchill Downs Partners with Mattress Mack to Host Kentucky Derby Foster Family Initiative

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, April 26, 2021) – Churchill Downs Racetrack announced today a new partnership with Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale that will welcome nearly 300 representatives from Kentucky’s Foster Care sector as guests to the Kentucky Derby. The first-ever…

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