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Kentucky Derby News Update for May 2

Blood-Horse | 20 hours ago
Claire Novak updates us from the backside of Churchill Downs on Mor Spirit with Gary Stevens aboard, Gun Runner, Creator, Cathryn Sophia, Carina Mia, Majesto, and Lani. Read More...

Romans hopeful Brody’s Cause has what it takes

DRF | 20 hours ago
Dale Romans is back with a Kentucky Derby starter for the sixth time in seven years, which is pretty much the way he likes it. And with Brody's Cause, winner of the Blue Grass Stakes in his last start, Romans believes he has his best shot ever. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 5/3 Analysis

DRF | 20 hours ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Tuesday Afternoon 5/3 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Suddenbreakingnews brings Von Hemel back to Kentucky Derby

DRF | 20 hours ago
Trainer Donnie Von Hemel's second Kentucky Derby starter will come Saturday. Suddenbreakingnews put himself in the gate following an Oaklawn season in which he won the Grade 3, $500,000 Southwest in February, finished a troubled fifth as the favorite in the Grade 2, $900,000 Rebel in March, and was second in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby. Read More...

Big Blue Kitten among three champions to run Saturday

DRF | 21 hours ago
It is not out of the ordinary for an Eclipse Award-winning horse or two to run on Kentucky Derby Day. But Saturday, three are expected, all in different races – with Nyquist going in the Kentucky Derby, Tepin in the Churchill Downs Distaff Turf Mile, and Big Blue Kitten in the Woodford Reserve. Read More...

Kumin Doubles His Fun With Two Derby Horses

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
In Thoroughbred ownership just four years, Sol Kumin went on a buying spree that landed him a pair of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) starters in Exaggerator and My Man Sam Read More...

Creator Turns in Final Kentucky Derby Breeze

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
With WinStar Farm owner Kenny Troutt looking on, Arkansas Derby (gr. I) winner Creator breezed four furlongs in :50 3/5 at Churchill Downs the morning of May 2 in his final workout for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Read More...

Take gets second shot at Derby

DRF | 21 hours ago
The globe-trotting Lani, who comes to the Kentucky Derby off a victory in the Group 2 U.A.E. Derby, will become just the second Japanese-based horse to start in the Run for the Roses. The first was Ski Captain, who finished 14th in the 1995 edition behind Thunder Gulch. In the irons that day was Yutaka Take, who has been aboard Lani in five of his six starts and will ride him in the Derby. Read More...

Gun Runner Wraps Up Major Pre-Derby Work

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner Gun Runner completed his major work before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with an easy half-mile breeze May 2 at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Single-day handle record set at Los Al spring meet

DRF | 21 hours ago
Los Alamitos completed its 12-day spring meeting Sunday with a single-day record for all-sources handle but a decline in average field size compared with its three meetings in 2015. Read More...

Derby colts offering redemption for Uncle Mo

DRF | 21 hours ago
Nyquist followed in young stallion Uncle Mo's hoofprints by becoming an unbeaten juvenile champion. Meanwhile, Outwork diverged from his sire's path to avenge one of the stallion's biggest career disappointments. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Kids share their perspective

DRF | 21 hours ago
The Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association has partnered with the children and grandchildren of Kentucky Derby trainers to launch the "Kentucky Derby Kids" campaign on social media. Read More...

Mor Spirit Move Pleases Baffert, Stevens

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
"I feel that he's in a position where he's going to run his race, and we'll see if he's good enough," Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said. Read More...

Freshman sire Coil gets first winner

DRF | 22 hours ago
Freshman sire Coil, by Point Given out of Eversmile, by Theatrical, sired his first winner from his first starter when his juvenile filly Recoiling won a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race for at Golden Gate on May 1. Read More...

Concord Fast, Dad meet in Riley Allison on closing day

DRF | 22 hours ago
Concord Fast will shake a sharp rival in Collected on Tuesday, when he runs in the $100,000 Riley Allison at Sunland Park in New Mexico. The one-mile race for 3-year-olds also drew Dad, a son of the undefeated millionaire mare Peppers Pride. Read More...

Monticello: Horses to watch from Apr. 25 – Apr. 26

DRF | 22 hours ago
Horses to watch from Monticello Raceway. Read More...

Trip Notes for April 30 – May 1: Miami Mile, San Francisco Mile

DRF | 22 hours ago
Trip Notes by Michael Hammersly for the Miami Mile and San Francisco Mile. Read More...

Great Stuff heads deep sprint allowance

DRF | 22 hours ago
The Montanos would just love to have a reunion photo taken after Great Stuff goes postward as a top contender in the seventh race on a rare Tuesday card at Churchill. Great Stuff, with Brian Hernandez Jr. to ride, will break from post 2 in the $54,000, six-furlong race, one of three allowances on a nine-race program. Read More...

Ward sends out formidable filly trio in Kentucky Juvenile

DRF | 22 hours ago
Trainer Wesley Ward not only has three of the nine babies in the $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile, the Thursday feature at Churchill Downs, but all three are fillies in a five-furlong race open to both genders. Read More...

Color early portion of Santa Anita meet green

DRF | 22 hours ago
Live racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday for a 40-day spring-summer meeting that by necessity will emphasize turf racing during the early weeks. Read More...

First Winner for Coil

Blood-Horse | 23 hours ago
Recoiling wins by 1 3/4 lengths at Golden Gate Fields in her first start. Read More...

Coil’s First Starter Wins in California

Blood-Horse | 23 hours ago
Freshman sire Coil got his first winner from his first starter at Golden Gate Fields May 1 when his daughter Recoiling won a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight event in near gate-to-wire fashion by 1 3/4 lengths. Read More...

Money Flows faces stakes-proven performers in one-mile feature

DRF | 23 hours ago
Several of the horses in Wednesday's $56,000 feature at Churchill Downs have been competitive in graded stakes. One of the morning-line favorites, Money Flows, has yet to compete at the stakes level – but is rapidly ascending Read More...

Zoccali: Inside the mind of a past morning line oddsmaker

DRF | 23 hours ago
Since leaving my position at The Meadowlands three months ago, I have been asked one question repeatedly by both friends and colleagues in the industry. Do you miss it? Of course, is my answer. Of the many functions I performed at The Big M, setting the morning line was actually what I enjoyed the most. It was like a bi-weekly crossword puzzle, entertaining, time-consuming (if done correctly) and challenging. Read More...

Pair of 3-year-olds just starting to bloom

DRF | 23 hours ago
The focus of the 3-year-old division this week is naturally on the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, but on Wednesday at Belmont Park there is a first-level allowance for 3-year-olds whose connections are hopeful of making an impact in stakes company later this year. Read More...

Free: Los Alamitos horses to watch for week of May 2

DRF | 23 hours ago
Brad Free's horses to watch at Los Alamitos for the week of May 2. Read More...

Hermann Named Golden Gate Announcer

Blood-Horse | 23 hours ago
Angela Hermann has been named the Golden Gate Fields track announcer for the remainder of the 2016 winter/spring meet. She will be the first full-time female track announcer in the United States. Read More...

Golden Gate Fields hires Angela Hermann as race-caller

DRF | 23 hours ago
Golden Gate Fields announced Sunday that it has hired the first full-time female race-caller in the U.S., Angela Hermann, to replace Michael Wrona, who has been hired as Santa Anita's announcer. Read More...

Gierkink: Woodbine horses to watch for week of May 2

DRF | 24 hours ago
Gierkink: Woodbine horses to watch for week of May 2 Read More...

TOBA May Member of the Month

Blood-Horse | 24 hours ago
Siena-bred runners have included grade II-placed Island Saint and Angela Renee. Read More...

My Mirage is the Morning Line Choice for Copper Top Futurity

Trial winners My Mirage and Blooming Heat are among the 10 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds entered back in Tuesday’s 4 1/2-furlong, $110,000-added Copper Top Futurity (R) at Sunland Park. Read More...

As Time Goes By: Clocking The Classics

In 1964 Northern Dancer won the Kentucky Derby in the then-record time of two minutes flat. Was that the single “most exciting two minutes” in Derby history? Vincent O'Brien and Robert Sangster... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Cheekaboo rallies to capture Campanile Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Patience paid off for jockey Juan Hernandez as he sat back early and angled wide for a clear trip in the lane as he guided Cheekaboo to victory in the $101,125 Campanile Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on Sunday. Read More...

Haskin: Viva Canonero…Again

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
With Venezuela once again invading the Kentucky Derby in the form of Grupo 7C Racing Stable, I thought this would be a good time to once again re-tell the remarkable story of Canonero Read More...

Gold Rush Dancer turns tables on Tough It Out in Silky Sullivan

DRF | 1 day ago
Gold Rush Dancer, who came to Northern California last fall after winning the Gottstein Futurity at Emerald Downs, won his first stakes since then in his return to Golden Gate Fields, capturing the $100,450 Silky Sullivan on Sunday. Read More...

California Chrome back home from Kentucky

DRF | 1 day ago
California Chrome, the 2014 Horse of the Year and the winner of the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 26, returned to trainer Art Sherman’s stable at Los Alamitos late Sunday afternoon after a flight from Kentucky. Read More...

Adventist ‘Ready’ if Derby Spot Opens Up

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Treadway Racing Stable's Adventist, who remains in the 22nd spot on the Road to the Kentucky Derby points list, remains "ready for anything," trainer Leah Gyarmati said May 1. Read More...

California Chrome Arrives at Los Alamitos

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
About six hours after he left Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Ky., May 1, California Chrome was back at Los Alamitos Race Course. Read More...

Mobile Bay delivers as favorite in Sunland Park Handicap

DRF | 2 days ago
Mobile Bay was prominent throughout for a 1 1/2- length win over Pain and Misery in the $150,000 Sunland Park Handicap on Sunday. Read More...

Nakatani considers retiring from riding

DRF | 2 days ago
Jockey Corey Nakatani may have ridden his last race. The veteran jockey, a former leading rider in Southern California, said on Sunday that he is contemplating retirement and is frustrated by a lack of opportunities to gain mounts in leading races in recent seasons. Read More...

Suddenbreakingnews to Have New Look in Derby

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Nearly a quarter of a century later, another Arkansas Derby runner-up is being equipped with a shadow roll in the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Jaramillo Named to Ride Majesto in Derby

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Majesto, the runner-up to champion Nyquist in the Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I), will be ridden by Emisael Jaramillo, the all-time leading rider in Venezuela, in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Read More...

Lady Shipman sharp returning from Dubai in License Fee

DRF | 2 days ago
Returning to the U.S. after a seventh-place finish against males in the Grade 1 Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan just five weeks ago, Lady Shipman easily dispatched of three female rivals in Sunday’s $100,000 License Fee Stakes at Belmont, cruising to a front-running 2 3/4-length victory. Read More...

Crumlin Spirit overtakes odds-on favorite in Lady Angela

DRF | 2 days ago
Crumlin Spirit wore down the 1-2 favorite, Caren, in the final furlong to take the $125,000 Lady Angela Stakes under David Moran at Woodbine on Sunday. Read More...

Lady Shipman Easy Winner in Belmont Return

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Ranlo Investments' Lady Shipman bounced back strongly from her trip to Dubai with an impressive victory in the License Fee Stakes May 1 at Belmont Park. Read More...

Rivers Run Deep breaks track record in Babst/Palacios repeat

DRF | 2 days ago
Rivers Run Deep, the dominant sprinter among Ohio-breds the past two seasons, broke the Belterra Park track record for six furlongs in winning the $75,000 Edward Babst/Albert Palacios Memorial Handicap for the second time. Read More...

Japan: Maurice extends winning streak to seven in Champions Mile

DRF | 2 days ago
Maurice, the Japanese Horse of the Year in 2015, scored his seventh consecutive victory in Sunday’s $1,804,867 Champions Mile on turf at Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong. Read More...

Ben’s Cat scores in 10-year-old debut

DRF | 2 days ago
He was eager and pulled a bit until he settled down on the far turn, raced at least five wide to the stretch, but then Ben's Cat dug in under his new rider, Trevor McCarthy, to reel in front-running Rapid Dan in the final sixteenth and win his 10-year-old debut by a neck in Sunday’s fourth race at Laurel Park. Read More...

Ben’s Cat Victorious in Return at Laurel

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The Jim Stable's Ben's Cat, who hadn't raced since late November on dirt, overcame a wide trip in a good grass allowance field May 1 at Laurel Park to win his 10-year-old debut. Read More...

Minding heads one-two-three sweep for O’Brien in English 1000 Guineas

DRF | 2 days ago
A day after the O’Brien-trained Air Force Blue bombed as the heavy favorite in the 2000 Guineas, O’Brien not only won the English 1000 Guineas with Minding, he swept the top three placings when Ballydoyle rallied for second in front of Alice Springs on Sunday. Read More...