March 14, 2013
The unbeaten Verrazano ran his record to 3-0 with a comfortable three-length win in the Tampa Bay Derby Saturday. Hear the Ghost won the San Felipe at Santa Anita on Saturday with Goldencents fourth. Verrazano was purchased for $250,000 at the 2011 Keeneland September yearling sale by Let's Go Stable, and is named for the bridge that links the New York boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island. After his second win, a share of the colt was sold to owner/breeder Coolmore. There's a lot to like about the son of More Than Ready, who earned 50 Derby qualifying points with the win and is all but assured a spot in the field for the 11/4-mile Derby.
April 9, 2013 |
ARCADIA, Calif. - Flashback has been taken off the Kentucky Derby trail because of a small chip in his right knee and will be sidelined at least two months. Flashback finished second to Goldencents in the Santa Anita Derby on Saturday. "Sorry to say Flashback off Derby trail," Trainer Bob Baffert said on his Twitter feed. "Removing small knee chip this week. Should be back in training in 60 days. " Baffert said the injury occurred during the race. The colt owned by Gary and Mary West will be sent this week to Lexington, Ky., to have the chip removed.
May 3, 2013 |
Download our bettors' guide and in-depth look at the Kentucky Derby here : LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The best way to understand a race is to envision how it will be run. I have decided that Goldencents is fast enough to clear Saturday's Kentucky Derby field in the first few hundred yards, set moderate fractions and be in front from start to finish. Whenever you can find a quality horse that possesses an attribute that is different from the other logical contenders, you have a live play.
May 1, 2013 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - When the Kentucky Derby was first run in 1875, black jockeys were dominating the sport, as they had done since horses first started racing in fields all over America before and after the Revolution. In that first Derby, 13 of the 15 horses were ridden by African-American jockeys. Exactly 15 of the first 28 Derbies were won by black jockeys, former slaves and sons of former slaves. Isaac Murphy was the first rider to win the Derby three times. Judging by his statistics, he may have been the greatest jockey who ever lived.
April 15, 2013 |
Overanalyze stormed down the home stretch to pull away and win the $1 million Arkansas Derby in Hot Springs by 41/4 lengths on Saturday. Overanalyze held off Frac Daddy and Carve to earn trainer Todd Pletcher his first win in the Kentucky Derby prep since back-to-back Arkansas Derbies in 2000 and '01. Prerace favorite War Academy pulled up on the back stretch but was able to walk off the Oaklawn Park track. The race's other favorite, Oxbow, never threatened. Blue Grass Stakes.
May 5, 1992
They ran the Kentucky Derby for the 118th time on Saturday and the people's choice and the pundits' "lock" struggled home 8th in a field of 18. Arazi, the French invader who had captured the imagination of people inside and outside of racing like no other horse since Secretariat, made a menacing move at the top of the Churchill Downs stretch but had nothing left when it counted. Arazi was the victim of too much hype, too little training and too big a burden. He was, after all, carrying the hopes of all those supporters in search of a hero.
March 16, 1991 |
The great coming-out party of the thoroughbred racing season for 3-year- olds is set for this afternoon, when the 40th Florida Derby will be run at Gulfstream Park. It will be like baseball's opening day. Like a country fair. Like the first prom. There's a flying circus here. A troupe of performing equestrian horses. Marching bands. Palm trees are shimmering in the sun. The rich and famous are out in black tie and pastels. A crowd of 28,000 to 30,000 is expected. This is but one of many prep races of the spring for the new major-league crop of sophomores, and it won't necessarily be the best.
October 30, 1988 |
We would like to know how to get tickets to see the Kentucky Derby. Are there any package deals for this event? Unless you're one of the privileged Kentucky Derby "insiders" - horsemen, supporters, stockholders, etc. - or one of the horses running in the race, probably the only way you'll get to see it is via a package deal. There just aren't enough seats to accommodate much of the general public. But it doesn't hurt to try. Send your request, as far in advance as possible, to Harriet Howard, Churchill Downs, 700 Central Ave., Louisville, Ky. 40208 (502-636-3541)
April 30, 2013 |
BOB BAFFERT won't be saddling a horse in Saturday's Kentucky Derby for the first time since 2008. The Hall of Fame trainer said yesterday that Govenor Charlie would not run. His other possibility, Code West, also won't compete in the Derby at Churchill Downs. Sunland Derby winner Govenor Charlie was 11th on the points leaderboard that determines the 20-horse field for the 1 1/4-mile race. Code West was ranked 21st. Baffert hasn't been on the Derby sidelines since 2007 and '08. He has won the race three times, but not since 2002.
May 2, 2012 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas got his wish. Optimizer will run in the Kentucky Derby. Lukas, a four-time Derby winner, was on the outside looking in until Tuesday. The top-20 Derby entrants based on graded stakes earnings are assured spots in the race. Optimizer was No. 21. Then came news that Mark Valeski was pulling out, opening the door for Optimizer to slide into the 20th and final slot. The addition of Optimizer means that nine of the 13 horses that ran at Churchill Downs in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile last fall will return for the Derby.