Thursday, May 08 2014


KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER CALIFORNIA CHROME GALLOPS


LOUISVILLE, KY (Thursday, May 8, 2014) – Steve Coburn and Perry Martin’s Kentucky Derby (Grade I) hero California Chrome galloped 1 ½ miles with Willie Delgado aboard shortly before 7 o’clock Thursday morning at Churchill Downs.

California Chrome stood in the gap leading to the track for about five minutes and did not move a muscle as photographers recorded the scene and horses went to and from the track. After the exercise, California Chrome walked quietly back to Barn 20.





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Seven sophomores set to soar in Peter Pan


ELMONT, N.Y. - With an eye towards the 146th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, seven 3-year-olds will line up in the starting gate on Saturday for the Grade 2, $200,000 Peter Pan, Belmont Park's traditional prep race for the June 7 "Test of the Champion."





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Wednesday, May 07 2014


Preakness News-May 7 Notes


CALIFORNIA CHROME ON TRACK FOR PREAKNESS STAKES

Social Inclusion Boards Pimlico-Bound Van; Pimentel Has Preakness Mount on Kid Cruz

BALTIMORE, 05-07-14---California Chrome, the early favorite for the 139th Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, returned to the racetrack during training hours at Churchill Downs Wednesday morning.





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Preakness News-May 6 Notes


RIA ANTONIA ADDED TO LIST OF CANDIDATES FOR 139TH PREAKNESS STAKES

Kentucky Derby Winner California Chrome Returns to Track Wednesday; Kid Cruz Set for Weekend Work; Social Inclusion on Schedule for Thursday Morning Arrival

BALTIMORE , 05-06-14---Ria Antonia, the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) winner, was added to the list of candidates for the 139th running of the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1) Tuesday morning.





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Sunday, May 04 2014


KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE


CALIFORNIA CHROME (1st) – The chestnut colt California Chrome carved his name in the history books Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs, earning himself the right to sleep in until 6 o’clock Sunday morning at his Barn 20 new Kentucky home.

“He’s fine,” reported the newest oldest trainer (77) to win a Kentucky Derby, Art Sherman, to an early bird gathering of media types Sunday at the barn. “He left just a handful of grain in his tub last night, but that’s all. His appetite was good. He got a little tired, but not too bad. Victor (jockey Victor Espinoza) told me yesterday that he did get a bit tired on him at the end; that he eased him a bit that last 70 yards. He said he didn’t ask him for too much thinking about saving something for the next one, for the Preakness.”





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Friday, May 02 2014


Trainer Quotes: Longines Kentucky Oaks


TRAINER QUOTES FROM THE 140TH RUNNING OF THE GRADE I LONGINES KENTUCKY OAKS

Steve Asmussen, trainer of Untapable, winner – What makes her special?
"How fast she is."

"On this stage under the circumstances...the filly in the gates, the paddock, how congested it is, how many people are here, this doesn't get any bigger."





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Jockey Quotes: Longines Kentucky Oaks


JOCKEY QUOTES FROM THE 140TH RUNNING OF THE GRADE I LONGINES KENTUCKY OAKS

Rosie Napravnik, jockey of Untapable, winner – “I wasn't worried about the post like some people were. We got into a great position. She runs her best when she can get into a great stride and she relaxes so nicely. She has grown up and she is maturing. She is magnificent.





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Stakes Recap & Quotes: Grade I Longines Kentucky Oaks


FAVORED UNTAPABLE ROMPS IN 140TH RUNNING OF GRADE I LONGINES KENTUCKY OAKS IN FRONT OF 113,071

LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, May 2, 2014) – Winchell Thoroughbreds, LLC’s Untapable cruised to a 4 ½-length victory over My Miss Sophia to win the 140th running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks for 3-year-old fillies before a crowd of 113,071. The attendance was the third largest in Oaks history.





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Updated Kentucky Derby Morning Line After Scratch of Hoppertunity


Program# . PostPos - Horse - Jockey - Mike Battaglia’s Morning Line Odds
1. 1. Vicar’s In Trouble Rosie Napravnik 20-1
2. 2. Harry’s Holiday Corey Lanerie 50-1
3. 3. Uncle Sigh Irad Ortiz Jr. 30-1
4. 4. Danza Joe Bravo 8-1
5. 5. California Chrome Victor Espinoza 5-2
6. 6. Samraat Jose Ortiz 15-1
7. 7. We Miss Artie Javier Castellano 50-1
8. 8. General a Rod Joel Rosario 15-1
9. 9. Vinceremos Joe Rocco Jr. 30-1
10. 10. Wildcat Red Luis Saez 15-1
11. SCR Hoppertunity Mike Smith SCRATCHED
12. 11. Dance With Fate Corey Nakatani 20-1
13. 12. Chitu Martin Garcia 20-1
14. 13. Medal Count Robby Albarado 20-1
15. 14. Tapiture Ricardo Santana Jr. 12-1
16. 15. Intense Holiday John Velazquez 8-1
17. 16. Commanding Curve Shaun Bridgmohan 50-1
18. 17. Candy Boy Gary Stevens 15-1
19. 18. Ride On Curlin Calvin Borel 15-1
20. 19. Wicked Strong Rajiv Maragh 6-1
21. 20. Pablo Del Monte Jeffrey Sanchez 50-1




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Wednesday, April 30 2014


CALIFORNIA CHROME OWNS FAVORITE’S ROLE AT 5-2 FOR 140TH KENTUCKY DERBY


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, April 30, 2014) – Steven Coburn and Perry Martin’s California Chrome, winner of four consecutive races by a combined 24 ¼ lengths, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s 140th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) at Churchill Downs.





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Tuesday, April 29 2014


Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks Update: Tuesday, April 29


KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE

CALIFORNIA CHROME (No. 1) – Trainer Art Sherman, coming on strong despite running on very little sleep, and California Chrome, coming on strong, too, despite not being allowed to do much running, made the Churchill Downs scene Tuesday morning and proved big hits.

Both trainer and horse had jetted in from their Southern California headquarters Monday and both were ready to get on about the business of showing what the likely Kentucky Derby favorite does five days in front of America’s foremost horse race. Wearing a simple green saddle cloth (his Derby cloth was back in the shop for some repairs) and with regular exercise rider Willy Delgado aboard, the chestnut colt started trackside from Barn 20 at approximately 6:45 a.m. with Art’s son and assistant – Alan Sherman – guiding him on a shank through traffic and the five-furlong gap.





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UNTAPABLE BRINGS FAVORITE’S ROLE TO KENTUCKY OAKS


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, April 29, 2014) – Winchell Thoroughbreds’ homebred Untapable, who has won her two starts in 2014 by a combined 17 ¼ lengths, has been installed as the 4-5 morning-line favorite in a field of 13 3-year-old fillies for Friday’s 140th running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I).





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