kentucky derby

Sharp ‘Confident’ In Decision To Change Up Girvin’s Work Schedule

Trainer Joe Sharp opened the proverbial can of worms on Monday this week, cancelling a planned workout at Keeneland for his Kentucky Derby contender Girvin. Concern was immediately raised that the son of Tale of Ekati was not in top form, but Sharp, who will be saddling his first Derby runner, countered that assumption on […]

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Gunnevera Pleases Trainer With First Gallop Over Churchill Surface

Peacock Racing Stables’ Gunnevera, a three-time graded stakes winner and a millionaire in his young career, took his first steps on the main track at Churchill Downs on Tuesday morning with exercise rider Victor Farrel aboard. On hand to supervise the morning activity over a fast track was trainer Antonio Sano and Solomon Del-Valle, part […]

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Tirico Taking The Reins As Host On NBC’s Racing Coverage As Hammond Takes Reduced Role

Mike Tirico will take over the hosting duties on NBC’s horse racing coverage as Tom Hammond begins to scale back his broadcasting duties. According the Associated Press, Tirico will make his Triple Crown debut next week at the Kentucky Derby. Last fall he worked his first racing assignment when he joined Hammond and the rest of the NBC team […]

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Pitter-Patter Of Little Feet: Hall Of Famer Borel ‘Over The Moon’ About Being First-Time Father

Jockey Calvin Borel has certainly accomplished many things in his career – three Kentucky Derby victories; Breeders’ Cup, Preakness Stakes, and Kentucky Oaks wins; and he’s in the Hall of Fame. Even with all of those achievements and accolades, there is one thing Borel is the most proud of – this fall he will become a […]

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Geroux Named To Ride Sunland Derby Winner Hence In Run For The Roses

Trainer Steve Asmussen has named jockey Florent Geroux as the rider for Kentucky Derby candidate Hence on the first Saturday in May, according to drf.com. The Calumet Farm-owned and bred son of Street Boss was a two-length winner of the G3 Sunland Derby in his most recent outing. Monday morning, Hence worked in company with […]

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Churchill Downs: Busy Monday Morning As Host Of KY Derby Contenders Turn In Works

Whitham Thoroughbreds’ McCracken turned in his penultimate workout for Kentucky Derby 143 by working five furlongs in 1:00.60 in company on a sunny Monday morning at Churchill Downs. Also working toward the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) on May 6 was a quartet of hopefuls from trainer Steve Asmussen: Hence (five […]

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Updated: Albarado’s Broken Ankle To Keep Him Out Of Kentucky Derby

Veteran jockey Robby Albarado, who was named to ride J Boys Echo in the Kentucky Derby on May 6, suffered a fractured ankle during an incident in Sunday’s eighth race at Keeneland. Albarado’s mount, Chiltern Street, threw him over his shoulders when the Wesley Ward trainee stumbled out of the starting gates, and the replay […]

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Espinoza Believes Gormley Has A Chance In ‘Wide Open’ Run For The Roses

Gormley will attempt to become the 11th Santa Anita winner to capture the Kentucky Derby when the son of Malibu Moon trained by John Shirreffs runs in the first leg of the Triple Crown Classic May 6 at Churchill Downs. Aboard the bay colt owned by Jerry and Ann Moss will be Hall of Fame […]

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J Boys Echo Puts In ‘Really Solid Work’ At Churchill Sunday

Albaugh Family Stable’s J Boys Echo breezed a half-mile in :49.20 Sunday at Churchill Downs in preparation for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 6. J Boys Echo, with regular exercise rider Tammy Fox aboard, was clocked in splits of :12, :24.40 and :37 before galloping out […]

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Battalion Runner, Cloud Computing Work Over Belmont Training Track Saturday

Kentucky Derby candidate Battalion Runner put in his penultimate breeze before the Run for the Roses on Saturday, working a half-mile in company timed in 49.11 seconds over the Belmont training track, according to drf.com. The sophomore son of Unbridled’s Song galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.43, and six furlongs in 1:16.25. His work had […]

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