Triple Crown

Romans hopes PDI #11 Shackleford makes Derby field

Shackleford’s strong workout Saturday over the Churchill Downs slop gave trainer Dale Romans even more confidence about the colt’s chances in Kentucky Derby 137.  Shackleford breezed five furlongs in 1:00 1/5, the fastest of nine at the distance. “I thought he worked as good as he could possibly work,” Romans said.  “Now we’ve just got […]

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Champion basketball coach: Lessons from the Derby

The Louisville Courier-Journal has launched a new series leading up to Kentucky Derby 137.  It features prominent Louisvillians and other notable horse racing fans discussing their love for the game.  Scott Davenport recently coached Louisville’s Bellarmine University to the Division II NCAA basketball championship: “Because if you live in Louisville and you’re around the Kentucky […]

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Coolmore Lexington: Derby Kitten goes last to first

Derby Kitten benefited from a solid early pace and rolled to victory over five rivals in the Grade 3, $200,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes at Keeneland Saturday. In last place rounding the far turn, Derby Kitten (9-1) angled outside at the top of the stretch under Julien Leparoux and tracked down the leaders to win by […]

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Adios Charlie re-rallies to take Jerome Stakes

Adios Charlie looked to be done in mid-stretch with Justin Phillip overtaking him, but he re-rallied to win the Grade 2, $150,000 Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct Saturday. With Rajiv Maragh on board, Adios Charlie came back at his rival in deep stretch to win by two lengths in 1:36.81 for the mile.  Astrology came on […]

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PDI #13 Animal Kingdom’s work doesn’t go as planned

Press Release The Saturday work at Keeneland for Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom in preparation for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) on May 7 “didn’t go as planned” in the eyes of trainer Graham Motion as the colt was clocked in 1:02.80 from the half-mile pole to the seven-eighths in […]

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Ritvo turns spotlight on organ donation

You wouldn’t know it to look at her, but trainer Kathy Ritvo received a heart transplant less than three years ago.  She was 39 at the time, suffering from a heart condition that killed her brother at age 38. Ritvo is using her time in the Kentucky Derby spotlight with Mucho Macho Man to draw […]

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Churchill: Derby workouts ramping up

Several Kentucky Derby contenders have arrived at Churchill Downs and are expected to work out over the surface in the coming days.  Sunland Park Derby winner Twice The Appeal breezed six furlongs Friday in 1:17 1/5.  Stay Thirsty was scheduled to work Sunday, while his stablemate, Uncle Mo, is expected to hit the track Tuesday.  […]

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Preakness ticket sales up 14 percent so far

The Maryland Jockey Club’s controversial marketing campaign for the Preakness might just be paying off.  Jockey Club President Tom Chukas said ticket sales for the Preakness are up about 14 percent compared to this time last year. A half-man, half-horse party animal named Kegasus is the centerpiece of the marketing push to attract young people […]

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Triple Crown Insider: Sorting out the Derby field

In this week’s edition of Triple Crown Insider, Jon Siegel and Joel Cunningham do their best to sort out who will be in the starting gate come May 7 at Churchill Downs and who has a realistic chance to be draped in roses after this year’s Kentucky Derby. Click below to watch.

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