Thursday, May 02 2013
Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks Update - Wednesday, May 1, 2013
KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2013
NOTE – Through various sources, the Churchill Downs Communications Team has confirmed the following 21 horses have entered the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (in order of preference): Orb, Verrazano, Goldencents, Java’s War, Overanalyze, Revolutionary, Lines of Battle, Vyjack, Will Take Charge, Itsmyluckyday, Black Onyx, Palace Malice, Normandy Invasion, Frac Daddy, Mylute, Oxbow, Falling Sky, Charming Kitten, Golden Soul, Giant Finish and Fear the Kitten.
CHURCHILL DOWNS’ ‘DERBYME’ SOCIAL MEDIA APP
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, May 1, 2013) - The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands is set for Saturday, May 4, but you won't have to be at Churchill Downs Racetrack to enjoy the unmatched, sizzle and excitement of the Derby celebration.
KENTUCKY DERBY 139 POST POSITION DRAW QUOTES
BLACK ONYX (Post position 1, morning line 50-1) – Kelly Breen (trainer) – “Saturday we hope to make it the winningest post position in Kentucky Derby history. We know Oxbow isn’t the best of breakers; it’s not a bad horse to be next to. We’re going to make the best of what we can. We’re going to go back and look at all the different things, different scenarios, and we’ll put all those different things in to Joe’s head and he’s going to go out there and ride his race anyway.”
What did you think of the 50-1 morning line?
“I don’t want to say what I think about it on record but let’s just say I’m like Rodney Dangerfield – I get no respect, you know?”
Jockey Joe Bravo: “My whole life I’ve dreamed about being number one and I got number one today!”
AWESOME BELLE RETURNS FOR MAIRZY DOATES
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (May 1, 2013) – Jacks or Better Farm, Inc.’s Awesome Belle, a Florida Stallion Stakes winner in 2011 that captured four stakes at Calder during her 2012 campaign, returns to her south Florida home after a three-race winter stopover in Tampa to start in Saturday’s $55,000 Mairzy Doates, run over 1 1/16 miles of turf.
050213-Barn Notes: Wednesday, May 1, 2013
All you have to do is take a gander at the pictures on the grandstand walls to see that champions converge at Arlington International Racecourse. Elite equines, remarkable riders and talented trainers have consistently made their presence known on the first-rate main track and world-renowned turf course for decades, and this will no doubt occur in perpetuity when the season commences in less than 48 hours.
Fort Marcy, Beaugay Top Derby Day Card at Belmont Park
ELMONT, N.Y. – Multiple New York-bred champion Hessonite makes her 2013 debut and tries for her first graded stakes win Saturday when she faces seven other turf fillies and mares in the Grade 3, $150,000 Beaugay at Belmont Park, one of two graded turf stakes on the Kentucky Derby day card.
Wednesday, May 01 2013
GIANT FINISH LATE DERBY ADDITION LEAPFROGGING FEAR THE KITTEN
Carving Also Under Consideration
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, April 30, 2013) – Sunrise Stable and partners’ Giant Finish, who in his most recent start finished third in the Spiral Stakes (Grade III) at Turfway Park on March 23 earning 10 points toward Kentucky Derby eligibility, will be entered in Saturday’s 139th Kentucky Derby at the wishes of his ownership group.
Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks Update - Tuesday, April 30, 2013
KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013
BLACK ONYX (No. 11) – Sterling Racing’s Black Onyx galloped 1 ¾ miles under exercise rider Aurelio Gomez during the Derby and Oaks training session.
“It was a little bit longer gallop, a little bit stronger at the end,” trainer Kelly Breen said. “He came out of it looking dynamite.”
DREAMING OF JULIA, CHAMPION BEHOLDER HEADLINE KENTUCKY OAKS
DREAMING OF JULIA, CHAMPION BEHOLDER HEADLINE STAR-STUDDED FIELD OF 11 FOR FRIDAY’S LONGINES KENTUCKY OAKS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, April 30, 2013) – The top 3-year-old fillies from all corners of the country, headed by Dreaming of Julia, the 21 ¾-length winner of the Gulfstream Park Oaks (GII), and Eclipse Award winner Beholder passed the entry box Tuesday morning for Friday’s 139th running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I).
Barn Notes: Tuesday April 30, 2013
THIRD CHANCE A CHARM IN THE BREEDING SHED
Illinois racing loves to keep its champions as much as it loves to crown them. In the case of local star mare Third Chance, the second best thing to keeping her on the track racing for the fans is to have her at an Illinois farm producing future stars.
Monday, April 29 2013
Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks Update - Monday, April 29, 2013
KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2013
BLACK ONYX (No. 11) – Sterling Racing’s Black Onyx jogged one mile under exercise rider Aurelio Gomez during the Derby and Oaks session. The Rock Hard Ten colt is officially dark bay or brown but appears black. His coat and overall striking appearance has made him a favorite with fans, especially photographers, who gather to admire the Spiral Stakes (Grade III) winner as he grazes behind Barn 41 each morning.
Barn Notes: Monday April 29, 2013
BLOCK STACKED AND READY TO BUILD ON SOLID 2012
Chris Block, one of the most decorated and respected trainers in Illinois, is rallying his equine troops for his annual assault on Arlington International Racecourse. A Prairie State native and 2012’s runner-up in the trainer standings, Block is poised to commence what could be an exceptionally rewarding meet.