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Edited from Gulfstream Park release With Luis Saez aboard, Wildcat Red breezed four furlongs in 48.69 seconds Sunday over the fast Gulfstream surface before galloping out five furlongs in 1:02.30 in preparation for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3. “He was flying. The good thing was he got his last [...]
Sun, Apr 20, 2014 10:07 PM, Read at the source >
By J.J. Hysell Trainer Larry Jones, who was injured Saturday in a fall at Delaware Park, is showing significant improvement according to an update from Fox Hill Farm. A post from Fox Hill Farm’s Rick Porter on Sunday evening stated the following: “I spoke with Cindy Jones, Larry’s wife, today and Larry is doing much [...]
Sun, Apr 20, 2014 9:58 PM, Read at the source >
NBC Sports will once again provide major coverage from Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, with much of the coverage on NBCSN. Derby week on NBC kicks off on Wednesday, April 30th with the post position draw at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Live coverage of the Kentucky Oaks [...]
Sun, Apr 20, 2014 5:29 PM, Read at the source >
Top Kentucky Oaks contender Untapable cruised in a work Sunday morning at Churchill Downs, going five furlongs in 1:00 with Rosie Napravnik aboard. Untapable made a favorable impression in her work Sunday. Photo credit: Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer The Steve Asmussen trainee, undefeated over the Churchill Downs surface, is likely to be the [...]
Sun, Apr 20, 2014 2:10 PM, Read at the source >
Here’s the current Kentucky Derby lineup as of April 20. The Derby field is limited to the top 20 in points (points in parentheses) and four also-eligibles. Those with a * remain on the undecided list as far as Derby status. 1. California Chrome (150) (Jockey: Victor Espinoza) 2. Vicar’s in Trouble (120) Derby 2014 3. [...]
Sun, Apr 20, 2014 11:54 AM, Read at the source >
There has been a lot of commentary of the business in Thoroughbred racing of late. People have been complaining that handle is poor, PETA is mad, signal fee taxes and hikes are deleterious to betting handle and the Churchill Downs team has shown about as much vision as a bat [...]
Sun, Apr 20, 2014 9:31 AM, Read at the source >
The 1933 Derby became infamous for the shoving match that took place just before the finish, between Herb Fisher (on Head Play) and Don Meade (aboard Brokers’ Tip, in the blinkers on the inside). Believe it or not, the drama of the finish added some spice to an otherwise mediocre [...]
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 5:12 PM, Read at the source >
If you knew Northern Dancer, though, the most striking thing about him was that he was, without the slightest doubt in his mind, the master of all he surveyed, and you had best never forget it. Always bright, friendly, and engaged, he nevertheless made it clear that he consented to [...]
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 4:52 PM, Read at the source >
Every racehorse has a story, from lowliest claimer – which Old Rosebud certainly was in his final year of competition – to greatest of greats, which he also truly was during his days of wine and roses. Ah, yes, those very special petals, of reddest hue and sweetest scent. Old [...]
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 4:49 PM, Read at the source >
Remember Horseplayers. No Vandalism!
Via Horseplayers Association of North America
Mike made us chuckle this morning. Good luck today everyone. Enjoy the races. Who scribbled this on the new @Churchilldowns $12 million video board? pic.twitter.com/pNQQPFpCcv— Michael Dempsey (@turfnsport) April 19, 2014 [...]
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 12:04 PM, Read at the source >
Brian’s Derby Preps: The Lexington
Via Brooklyn Backstretch
The road to the Kentucky Derby is nearly at an end, and with it our Kentucky Derby charity league.  John Perotti has taken a commanding lead, but remember that the points in our league go to the top 5 Derby finishers (300-120-60-30-15), leaving plenty of participants in striking distance. Brian Nadeau [...]
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 10:29 AM, Read at the source >
A Matter of Perception
Via Left at the Gate
Michele Obama has become the latest target of PETA.The video is a part of a push by PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk to cut eggs from next Monday’s annual Easter egg roll, which here: http://www.kentucky.com/2014/04/06/3181706/progress-on-race-reform-but-some.html#storylink=cpy [...]
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 9:52 AM, Read at the source >
The Weekend Is Here
Via Pull the Pocket
Good morning horse racing peeps.My email this morning from Racetrackandy (not sure when the man sleeps) said for the Derby, Churchill has: "A ban on laptop computers, cameras with detachable lenses, cameras with attached lenses measuring six inches or more, camcorders and tripods"Jessica tweets that she thinks that's to protect [...]
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 9:32 AM, Read at the source >
JOURNEY
Via Thoroughblog
PENDER HARBOUR and his buddy Luis Contreras get up to win at Woodbine on Friday: a $110,000 allowance race (because he is an Ontario sired runner). The champion runner was gaining his first win since late in 2012. Thank you NORM FILES for another great image. [...]
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 9:07 AM, Read at the source >
Getting Started
Via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2
Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Beholder returns on Sunday (DRF+ sub. req.): Mandella considers the Santa Lucia to be a prep for the $1 million Ogden Phipps Stakes at Belmont Park on June 7. With that in mind, Mandella said Beholder is not 100 percent ready for the Santa Lucia. “I don’t think she’s [...]
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 8:08 AM, Read at the source >