March 20, 2012
Bob Baffert's Arkansas Shuttle keeps rolling, likely carrying a couple of his 3-year-old colts to the Kentucky Derby in less than seven weeks. The Hall of Fame trainer had another successful weekend at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., with Secret Circle winning the $500,000 Rebel Stakes by three-quarters of a length over fast-closing Optimizer on Saturday. The bay colt will return to California this week but is scheduled to be shuttled back for the $1 million Arkansas Derby on April 7 and shoot for an Oaklawn sweep.
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)
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.
May 6, 2013 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Now that Claude R. "Shug" McGaughey III has won the Kentucky Derby, it's time for the 62-year-old trainer to go after another race missing from his Hall of Fame resumé. Orb will follow up his win at Churchill Downs by running in the Preakness on May 18, giving the colt a shot at the Triple Crown. Orb arrived back at his home base in New York on Sunday, as did McGaughey and jockey Joel Rosario. The trainer was still absorbing what had happened a day earlier. The colt extended his winning streak to five races, splashing through the slop to win the Derby by 21/4 lengths, giving McGaughey and Rosario their first Derby wins.