‘Different Level Of Intensity’: O’Brien Talks Disappointing Derby 144 With Mendelssohn

After Mendelssohn annihilated the field in the UAE Derby, he was made second choice in the 20-horse field for the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. Super-trainer Aidan O’Brien and his top jockey Ryan Moore both made the trip to Louisville for Saturday’s race, skipping out on the 2,000 Guineas in order to do so […]

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Weekend Lineup: Talk Derby To Me

The Run for the Roses is just around the corner! Kicking off the graded stakes action this weekend is a big Friday card at Churchill Downs, highlighted by the Longines Kentucky Oaks. Monomoy Girl and Midnight Bisou are the two top choices in the 3-year-old fillies’ division at this point in the season, and will […]

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Derby Notes: O’Brien Confident Mendelssohn ‘Can Compete,’ Colt Coming In ‘Fresh’

On a warm and breezy Friday morning at Churchill Downs all entrants for Saturday’s 144th running of the $2,192,000 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) stretched their legs. Twenty of the 21 entrants were on the fast track in the 5:45-6 a.m. training window reserved for Kentucky Derby and Oaks horses. Mendelssohn came out at 6:50 a.m. (all times Eastern) […]

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TCI: Kentucky Derby 144 Picks

The time has come. Jon and Joel take you through Kentucky Derby 144 from gate to wire, giving hard opinions, observations and analysis on all of the top contenders in one of the deepest Derby fields in recent history. What are the keys to this year’s Run for the Roses, and which colt is poised […]

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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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