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We Miss Artie gets new shoes

DRF | 8 months ago
On Monday, upon more reflection, trainer Todd Pletcher said he still wasn’t happy with the way We Miss Artie worked on Sunday but did offer a few reasons why We Miss Artie wasn’t as sharp as he had hoped. Read More...

Lukas keeps watch on Medal Count

DRF | 8 months ago
There are a few story lines that trainer D. Wayne Lukas will be watching with interest as the Kentucky Derby approaches. Among them is Medal Count, set to make his third start in 30 days after winning the Transylvania Stakes on April 4 and finishing second in the Blue Grass Stakes on April 12. Read More...

Chitu re-shod with conventional shoe

DRF | 8 months ago
Chitu, who lost his special right front shoe Sunday during his final workout for the Kentucky Derby, was re-shod in a conventional shoe and will wear that for training the rest of the week as well as for the Derby itself Saturday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Kentucky Derby runner General a Rod sold

DRF | 8 months ago
Skychai Racing and Starlight Stables have purchased Kentucky Derby contender General a Rod from his previous owner, J. Armando Rodriguez, the new ownership group announced on Monday. Read More...

Violette has faith in Jose Ortiz

DRF | 8 months ago
At age 20, Jose Ortiz, the rider of Samraat, will be the youngest jockey in this year’s Kentucky Derby. Rick Violette, the trainer of Samraat, has as much confidence in Ortiz as if he was a 20-year veteran. Read More...

Twinspires.com customers can contribute to charity competition

DRF | 8 months ago
Twinspires.com, the account-wagering company owned by Churchill Downs Inc., will offer its customers a chance to contribute to the betting action of one of two teams that will play the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby cards for profit and charity. Read More...

Tapiture braves elements in final Kentucky Derby work

DRF | 8 months ago
Braving a morning deluge, with claps of thunder and flashes of lightning adding to the scene, Tapiture worked a half-mile in 50.16 seconds on a sloppy track Monday morning at Churchill Downs in his final drill for Saturday's Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Derby works: Intense Holiday stands out Sunday morning

DRF | 8 months ago
Seven prospective Kentucky Derby starters had a chance to strut their stuff during the special Oaks/Derby training session after the renovation break Sunday morning at Churchill Downs. One, Intense Holiday, flaunted his talents considerably more than the others during an impressive half-mile work in company with stablemate We Miss Artie. Read More...

Derby: California Chrome walks the day before shipping to Kentucky

DRF | 8 months ago
California Chrome had a quiet morning Sunday at Los Alamitos, less than a day before he is scheduled to be flown to Churchill Downs for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Intense Holiday pleases Pletcher

DRF | 8 months ago
Intense Holiday may have stamped himself as this year's Kentucky Derby buzz horse with a visually impressive workout over a dull Churchill Downs main track Read More...

Lost shoe is Chitu’s latest foot problem

DRF | 8 months ago
Chitu lost the shoe on his right front foot during his workout on Sunday morning at Churchill Downs, the latest chapter in his saga to overcome issues with that foot emanating from a fungus known as seedy toe. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Commanding Curve replaces ailing Ring Weekend

DRF | 8 months ago
Ring Weekend, who had been 14th on the points list, thanks to his Tampa Bay Derby victory, was declared from the Kentucky Derby on Sunday. That allowed Commanding Curve, who had been ranked 21st, to move into the maximum 20-horse field. Read More...

‘Big Board’ Wows Fans on Churchill’s Opening Night

The $12 million investment had its critics, but there’s little argument that Churchill Downs’ monstrous new video board is a stunner. For the nearly 25,000 fans on hand for the ‘Big... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

DQ knocks down Bayern in Derby Trial

DRF | 8 months ago
Bayern finished first Saturday night in the 90th running of the Grade 3, $176,700 Derby Trial at Churchill Downs, but the colt was quickly disqualified for herding Embellishing Bob, who dueled fiercely just outside the odds-on favorite for virtually the entire one-mile trip. Read More...

Chitu training in a special shoe as hoof problem heals

DRF | 8 months ago
Chitu is recovering from seedy toe, a rare but potential dangerous condition where a fungus gets into the inner hoof wall. Left untreated, it can cause significant problems. Baffert said Chitu had the condition when he arrived in his barn last fall, and it was addressed quickly by his staff. The fungus is gone, but until the damaged area of the hoof wall completely grows down, extra care is necessary. Read More...

Kentucky Derby workouts: Candy Boy looks good

DRF | 8 months ago
Candy Boy, the first of the Kentucky Derby workers to breeze on Saturday, was arguably the best of the lot by a very slim margin over Medal Count. Read More...

Derby: California Chrome looks strong in final West Coast work

DRF | 8 months ago
California Chrome was an eager colt at the start of a half-mile workout Saturday at Los Alamitos. Read More...

Kentucky Derby distance, pace suits Candy Boy

DRF | 8 months ago
Both the race shape and the pre-race preparation conspired against Candy Boy in his last start, the Santa Anita Derby, but both look to be far more in his favor for the next Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, the race for which Candy Boy had his final workout on Saturday morning at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Lanerie to ride Harry’s Holiday in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 8 months ago
Corey Lanerie was named the jockey of Harry’s Holiday Saturday morning by trainer Mike Maker, shortly the rider worked the colt five furlongs in 1:02.60. It will be Lanerie's first Derby mount. Read More...

Baffert’s decision makes Bayern one to beat in Derby Trial

DRF | 8 months ago
Trainer Bob Baffert said early Saturday he “definitely” will run Bayern, who figures as a heavy favorite, in tonight's Grade 3, $150,000 Derby Trial, which goes as the eighth of 10 races on a Downs After Dark card that starts at 6 p.m. Eastern. Read More...

Bayern to stay in Derby Trial, Kentucky Derby unlikely

DRF | 8 months ago
With the prospects of Bayern making the Kentucky Derby next Saturday growing increasingly doubtful, trainer Bob Baffert on Saturday morning said Bayern would run tonight at Churchill Downs in the Derby Trial. Read More...

Kentucky Derby workouts: Danza looks strong off Arkansas Derby win – 1398454409

DRF | 8 months ago
The prospect of heavy rain falling around the local area late Thursday night and into the morning fell well short of some dire early predictions, giving horsemen a “good” racetrack, though tighter than it has been, to train over Friday. Read More...

Kentucky Derby workouts: Danza looks strong off Arkansas Derby win

DRF | 8 months ago
The prospect of heavy rain falling around the local area late Thursday night and into the morning fell well short of some dire early predictions, giving horsemen a “good” racetrack, though tighter than it has been, to train over Friday. Read More...

Wood trio put in final serious Derby works

DRF | 8 months ago
The Belt Parkway was the conduit for the major activity Friday in preparation for the 140th Kentucky Derby. One had to navigate the eight-mile stretch of highway – during rush hour no less – a mile or so from Belmont Park to Aqueduct in order to see the three New York-based 3-year-olds put in their final serious workouts leading up to the Run for the Roses. Read More...

Top Wood finishers have final NY works for Derby

DRF | 8 months ago
Wicked Strong, Samraat, and Uncle Sigh – the first, second, and fifth finishers in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial – all put in their last major workouts Friday in New York for the $2 million Kentucky Derby on May 3 at Churchill Downs. Read More...

From donkeys to the Derby: Espinoza wears reminder of his humble start

DRF | 8 months ago
The donkeys. He would only ride the donkeys around his father’s goat farm because the horses were terrifying. But the donkeys, they were okay. Then one day, he remembers he was probably 7, he summoned enough courage to climb atop one of the farm ponies. Read More...

The other brother watches: Jose Espinoza deals with career-ending injury

DRF | 8 months ago
It has been eight months since Jose Espinoza was thrown from his mount, Heading to Toga, a few yards past the finish line on Alabama Day at Saratoga. Read More...

Derby workouts: Pletcher quartet on track; Oaks fillies in spotlight

DRF | 8 months ago
The fillies took center stage during the Oaks/Derby training session at Churchill Downs on Thursday, with the only four workouts during that period turned in by horses currently pointing to next Friday’s Kentucky Oaks. Read More...

Hovdey: Longshots looking for a Hollywood ending

DRF | 8 months ago
If it is late April, it is the time of year when rank longshots and abject no-hopers come out of the woodwork to clutter the Kentucky Derby field with their unreasonable dreams. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Major work days still to come

DRF | 8 months ago
With a slew of final prerace workouts still to come, all was quiet on the Kentucky Derby front Thursday at Churchill Downs, where overnight rain into Friday morning was expected to keep local activity light until Saturday. Read More...

California Chrome gets schooled at Los Alamitos

DRF | 8 months ago
California Chrome jogged and galloped nearly two miles and was schooled in the starting gate at Los Alamitos on Thursday. Read More...

Elliott returns to ride at Churchill 10 years after Derby win

DRF | 8 months ago
Stewart Elliott had no great expectations about coming back to Kentucky. He’d probably get to ride a few, enjoy the sights of springtime and the festive crowds, sign some memorabilia, and maybe even bask in the nostalgia of his career pinnacle. Read More...

Social Inclusion breezes for possible Derby bid

DRF | 8 months ago
Social Inclusion, currently 24th on the points list and running out of time in his quest to qualify for the Kentucky Derby field, worked three furlongs in 34.41 seconds and galloped out a half-mile in 47.63 Thursday morning at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Chitu to skip Derby Trial, go in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 8 months ago
Chitu was entered on Wednesday in the Derby Trial on Saturday night at Churchill Downs, but will scratch from that race, work Sunday at Churchill Downs, and be pointed to the Kentucky Derby on May 3, trainer Bob Baffert said Wednesday afternoon. Read More...

Kentucky Derby workouts: Hoppertunity likes track

DRF | 8 months ago
Two Kentucky Derby hopefuls worked after the renovation break, General a Rod, as expected, and Hoppertunity. Hoppertunity, runner-up behind California Chrome in the Santa Anita Derby, was easily the most impressive of the pair. Read More...

Jerardi: California Chrome looks best – by a lot

DRF | 8 months ago
If we just looked at that race the first Saturday in May as a horse race and not the Kentucky Derby, the 2014 outcome would appear rather obvious. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for April 23

DRF | 8 months ago
Maybe this should be “who’s lukewarm.” The newcomers – Vinceremos and Harry’s Holiday – are the two horses who ascended into the top 20 on points this week owing to a pair of defections. Read More...

Maker flying into Kentucky Derby under radar

DRF | 8 months ago
He’s got the winner of the Louisiana Derby, a colt who was both runner-up in the Fountain of Youth and a close third in the Florida Derby, and a longshot, yet Mike Maker might be the least-known big-time trainer in this year’s Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Kentucky Derby workouts: Hoppertunity, Danza among gallopers

DRF | 8 months ago
Four confirmed Kentucky Derby starters – Hoppertunity, Danza, Medal Count, and Ride On Curlin – turned in routine gallops over the fast track Tuesday. Read More...

Security Cameras in Derby Stalls Should Be a No-Brainer

A year ago, based on a suggestion from Craig Brogden of Machmer Hall, I wrote about security cameras that can record a horse’s activities 24 hours a day while he’s in his stall. Lots of horsemen are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Stewart finds himself on Kentucky Derby bubble again

DRF | 8 months ago
Trainer Dallas Stewart remains hopeful that Commanding Curve can get into the Kentucky Derby, and his anxiety is assuaged by having climbed a much higher hill a year ago with Golden Soul. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Hope remains for final spots

DRF | 8 months ago
With Cairo Prince and Midnight Hawk out of the Kentucky Derby, spots opened in the prospective field for Vinceremos and Harry’s Holiday, and more scoreboard watching will be done as horses begin to arrive at Churchill Downs for their final preps. Read More...

Bayern impresses in work with stablemate Chitu

DRF | 8 months ago
Bayern was clearly best over his Bob Baffert stablemate Chitu in a team workout during a relatively quiet Monday training session reserved for Kentucky Derby and Oaks horses at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Dynamic Impact, Midnight Hawk emerge strong from Illinois Derby

DRF | 8 months ago
Dynamic Impact and Midnight Hawk, separated by a nose at the finish in Saturday’s Illinois Derby, both emerged from the race in good order, their trainers said Sunday morning. It’s extremely unlikely either horse would run in the Kentucky Derby, and while Dynamic Impact is a possible runner in the Preakness Stakes, Midnight Hawk will be switched to shorter one-turn races for a late spring and summer campaign. Read More...

Dynamic Impact, Midnight Hawk emerge strong from Illinois Derby

DRF | 8 months ago
Dynamic Impact and Midnight Hawk, separated by a nose at the finish in Saturday’s Illinois Derby, both emerged from the race in good order, their trainers said Sunday morning. It’s extremely unlikely either horse would run in the Kentucky Derby, and while Dynamic Impact is a possible runner in the Preakness Stakes, Midnight Hawk will be switched to shorter one-turn races for a late spring and summer campaign. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: We Miss Artie, Intense Holiday put in final Florida works

DRF | 8 months ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher completed his final piece of important business in south Florida for the season when sending out two of his four potential Kentucky Derby starters, We Miss Artie and Intense Holiday, to work at his winter home, the Palm Meadows training center, Sunday morning. Read More...

Steve Davidowitz’s Lexington Stakes analysis

DRF | 8 months ago
With no horse in this field likely to benefit enough by the 10 Derby qualifying points to the winner, the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland had no bearing on the top 20 attempting to make the Kentucky Derby starting field. But it was an important race for Mr Speaker, Read More...

Mr Speaker scores as favorite in Lexington Stakes

DRF | 8 months ago
Professional discretion paid off Saturday for Shug McGaughey when the Hall of Fame trainer sent out Mr Speaker to win the 33rd running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland. Read More...

Wildcat Red has Kentucky Derby work pushed to Sunday

DRF | 8 months ago
For the second consecutive morning, trainer Jose Garoffalo was forced to postpone a scheduled work at Gulfstream Park for his Kentucky Derby hopeful Wildcat Red on Saturday due to heavy rains in south Florida. Read More...

Ankle injury puts Cairo Prince out of Kentucky Derby

DRF | 8 months ago
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin fretted for two weeks whether Cairo Prince would have enough points to make it into the Kentucky Derby field. One week after learning that Cairo Prince would indeed make it, McLaughlin had to withdraw the horse from consideration for the 140th Derby due to an injury to his left front ankle. Read More...