Mendelssohn

The Friday Show Presented By NYRA’s Loyalty Program: Who’s The Kentucky Derby Winner?

The 144th running of the Kentucky Derby will provide lasting memories to at least one group of people connected to the winner and maybe many more. All week, we’ve been asking connections and others to recall their favorite Derby memory to this point. In this edition of The Friday Show hosted by Scott Jagow and […]

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Derby Notes: Contenders Stick To The ‘Routine’ As Excitement Continues To Build

AUDIBLE/MAGNUM MOON/NOBLE INDY/VINO ROSSO – There were no missed beats at the Todd Pletcher barn Thursday morning. There rarely are for one of the nation’s best horsemen, even as things heat up two days in front of his four-pronged attack on the world’s foremost horse race – Kentucky Derby 144. Pletcher sent his quartet of stakes-winning colts to the track […]

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Triple Crown News Minute Presented By Equine Equipment: Eager Contenders

Finally all of the Kentucky Derby 144 contenders have gotten some paces around the Churchill Downs oval. Today, observers got their first look at overseas shipper Mendelssohn, who galloped with stablemates this morning. In this edition of the Triple Crown News Minute, Scott Jagow discusses the UAE Derby winner’s first appearance at the track and […]

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Mendelssohn Announces His Presence During First Training Session At Churchill Downs

The highly-anticipated appearance of UAE Derby winner Mendelssohn on Thursday morning was announced with his usual high-pitched whinnies as the colt stepped out onto the Churchill Downs surface for the first time. A half-brother to champion Beholder and to top young sire Into Mischief, Mendelssohn is well-known for his “talkative” nature during his morning exercise. […]

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‘Courageous,’ ‘Competitive’ Rayya Could Be First Kentucky Oaks Winner From UAE Races

UAE Oaks sponsored by Al Naboodah Construction Group (G2) winner Rayya will make her first start outside of Dubai on Friday in the US $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Considered the top Thoroughbred 3-year-old based in Dubai this winter, she won two of her four races, including the aforementioned 1900m Oaks […]

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Ruis: Suitcase Stuffed With Cash To Bet On Bolt d’Oro In Kentucky Derby

Ruis Racing LLC’s Bolt d’Oro schooled in the starting gate before galloping 1 ¼ miles under exercise rider Jose Velazquez at Churchill Downs Wednesday morning. The son of Medaglia d’Oro is schooled in the paddock during Wednesday’s first race. Bolt d’Oro is rated at 8-1 in the Kentucky Derby morning line in which undefeated Santa […]

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Fans Can Now Purchase Official Kentucky Derby Contender Merchandise

Churchill Downs today announced the Kentucky Derby Contenders Collection, a new line of officially licensed merchandise that showcases a majority of the contenders running in the 144th Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve. Fans will be able to purchase the merchandise on site at Churchill Downs during Derby week and at www.kentuckyderby.com starting on April 30. The […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Derby Countdown: In A Foreign Land

When Mendelssohn makes the walk over to the paddock on Saturday, his connections will hope he can overcome more than a grueling 1 ¼ miles and 19 opponents: the overseas-prepped runner will also be facing statistical improbability. Since 1940, 45 horses have prepared for the Derby abroad, with two winners and one second place finisher. […]

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Derby Notes: Favorite Justify ‘Acted Like A Pro’ In First Churchill Downs Gallop

China Horse Club International, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing and WinStar Farm’s undefeated Justify, who was made the 3-1 morning-line favorite for Kentucky Derby 144 after 21 horses were entered Tuesday morning, made his first appearance on the main track at Churchill Downs during the 7:30-7:45 training window for Derby and Kentucky Oaks horses. Justify arrived from his Southern California base Monday afternoon on a flight that also included stablemate Solomini as well […]

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Mendelssohn, O’Brien Stablemates ‘Settled In Great’ After Diverted Flight

The winners of the UAE Derby sponsored by the Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) and UAE Oaks sponsored by Al Naboodah Construction Group (G3) have arrived at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, for their respective tilts in the US $2 million Kentucky Derby (G1) and $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks on Saturday and Friday, respectively. […]

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