Triple Crown

Kentucky Derby 138 Barn Notes: Monday, April 23

ASMUSSEN BREEZES TRIO OF DERBY CONTENDERS MONDAY MARK VALESKI WORKS FIVE FURLONGS IN :59.60 IN COMPANY OPTIMIZER BREEZES HALF-MILE IN :48.60 BODEMEISTER – Zayat Stables LLC’s Bodemeister galloped 1 ½ miles under exercise rider George Alvarez after the morning renovation break. The Arkansas Derby (Grade I) winner is scheduled to work Tuesday morning with trainer […]

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HRRN to broadcast Triple Crown

Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, KY, announced Monday they have reached an agreement with all three Triple Crown racetracks for HRRN to provide the national radio broadcast of the 2012 Triple Crown for the second consecutive year.  Having reached an agreement with Churchill Downs Incorporated, HRRN will […]

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Mary J. Blige to sing national anthem at Kentucky Derby 138

Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling recording artist Mary J. Blige will sing the National Anthem prior to the 138th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 5 at Churchill Downs. A native of New York City, Blige, who has been dubbed the “Queen of Hip Hop Soul,” will […]

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Churchill Downs/KY Derby news & notes

Edited Churchill Downs Barn Notes for April 22 BODEMEISTER – Zayat Stables’ smashing Arkansas Derby (Grade I) winner Bodemeister galloped 1 3/8 miles after the morning renovation break with exercise rider George Alvarez up.Trainer Bob Baffert, seeking his fourth Kentucky Derby victory, is scheduled to arrive in Louisville on Monday night on the heels of […]

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Isn’t He Clever transferred to Asmussen, Derby under consideration

Churchill Downs Press Release: Isn’t He Clever, winner of the Borderland Derby and eighth in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (Grade I) in his most recent start, has been transferred to trainer Steve Amussen, according to owner J. Kirk Robison, and a start in the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) is […]

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Rousing Sermon works 7 furlongs at Hollywood

Larry and Marianne Williams’ Rousing Sermon worked seven furlongs in 1:27.20 at Hollywood Park Saturday morning. The move was part of the colt’s preparation for a run in the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). “He finished up really well,” trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said afterwards. “He did it real easily and […]

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Done Talking breezes in preparation for Derby

Maryland Jockey Club Press Release: Illinois Derby (G3) winner Done Talking breezed four furlongs at Laurel Park Saturday morning in his penultimate work before the $2 million Kentucky Derby (G1) two weeks from today. The Hamilton Smith trainee stopped the clock in 49.60 seconds and galloped out in 1:02.60 with regular rider Sheldon Russell aboard. “I wanted […]

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Reveron to miss KY Derby with condylar fissure

Calder Race Course Press Release: Stipa Racing Stable, Inc.’s Reveron has been withdrawn from Kentucky Derby consideration after a left fore condylar fissure was detected following a one-mile workout in 1:46 over a sloppy track at Calder Casino & Race Course Saturday morning. “The horse worked great this morning,” trainer Agustin Bezara stated through an interpreter. […]

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Hovdey: Trying to make sense of KY Derby preps

The prep races leading up to the 138th Kentucky Derby (gr. I) for the most part wrap up with Saturday’s running of the Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland and the Jerome Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct. So far this spring, 30 graded races have been run. They have been won by 26 different […]

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Gemologist, El Padrino work for Derby at Palm Meadows

With weather forecasters calling for rain all weekend in Florida, Todd Pletcher decided to work his two Derby contenders two days earlier than planned. Gemologist, in his first work since winning the Wood Memorial, breezed five-eighths in company with Overdriven. His time for the move was 1:00.84. El Padrino, who had worked just five days […]

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