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 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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Justify, Californians Arrive At Churchill; Contenders Make Paddock Schooling Plans

Winchell Thoroughbreds and Willis Horton Racing’s Combatant completed his major preparation for Kentucky Derby 144 (Grade I) by working a half-mile in :49.60 on a brisk Monday morning at Churchill Downs. Fourth in the Arkansas Derby (GI) in his most recent start, Combatant was partnered in the work by Angel Garcia for trainer Steve Asmussen. By day’s end, the entire cast for the Kentucky […]

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Final Derby Media Poll: Justify On Top, Bolt d’Oro Moves Up To Second

While the challenge of handicapping the Kentucky Derby includes projecting a winner at the extended 10-furlong distance, Jon White, Santa Anita Park’s odds maker, is just as concerned with who will be out front with an eighth of a mile to go. “The way I see it, Justify is the most likely winner,” said White, […]

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Triple Crown News Minute Presented By Equine Equipment: Landing In Louisville

Kentucky Derby week has arrived and today some of the top contenders will land in Louisville from across the country and overseas. This morning’s activity at Churchill Downs wrapped up the final breezes for Saturday’s race. Plus, how’s the weather looking? Scott Jagow reports from Louisville in today’s Triple Crown News Minute.

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Monday Activity: Combatant Goes An Easy Half Mile; Justify, Mendelssohn Set To Arrive

Winchell Thoroughbreds and Willis Horton Racing’s Combatant, most recently fourth behind unbeaten Magnum Moon in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby, worked an easy half-mile in :49.60 for trainer Steve Asmussen at Churchill Downs Monday morning. Combatant, 19th of the top 20 3-year-olds on the Kentucky Derby points leaderboard that are expected to be entered on Tuesday […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Shopping For A Kentucky Derby Winner

Fifteen of the top 20 horses on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard prior to entry time were purchased at sales of yearlings or 2-year-olds in training. It’s an expensive group, their aggregate purchase price totaling $8,837,000, an average of $589,133 and a median of $300,000. The Keeneland September Yearling Sale led the way, with 13 graduates […]

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