Sunday, May 03 2015
KENTUCKY DERBY’S TOP THREE HAVE PREAKNESS ON RADAR
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, May 3, 2015) – To set the stage for his press conference Sunday morning to reflect on this fourth victory, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert brought the star of the 141st Kentucky Derby -- American Pharoah -- out of the barn to pose for the cameras.
Bribing him with carrots, Baffert led the Zayat Stables colt to different parts of the circle of media and fans for photos and admiration. Several people reached out and petted the colt’s nose. After about 10 minutes of show, Baffert sent American Pharoah back to his stall and moved into the tell part of the program.
KENTUCKY DERBY JOCKEY QUOTES
Victor Espinoza, jockey of American Pharoah, winner – “I feel like the luckiest Mexican on Earth. He has been a special horse since the first time I rode him. He has a lot of talent and is an unbelievable horse. Turning for home I started riding a little harder. At the eighth pole, I just couldn’t put that other horse (Firing Line) away, but he got it done.”
KENTUCKY DERBY TRAINER QUOTES
Bob Baffert, trainer of American Pharoah, winner/Dortmund, third – “We were ready to rumble. Since their last works I was hearing how good they were and I was hoping it would come true. I felt very confident going in.”
Belmont Park Notes: Sunday, May 3
• Tonalist earns career-best 111 Beyer for G3 Westchester win; on target for G1 Met Mile
• Frosted exits Derby fourth-place finish in fine fettle Belmont could be next
• Fields taking shape for Saturday stakes
Friday, May 01 2015
Breaking: Scratch #7 El Kabeir from Kentucky Derby
Trainer John Terranova has notified Kentucky Horse Racing Commission stewards that #7 El Kabeir has been scratched from Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. Post position No. 1 will be left open (no horse) and all others will slide down with no gaps. Program numbers do not change.
Kentucky Derby 141 Update - 5/1
NO DEFECTIONS AT SCRATCH TIME FOR KENTUCKY DERBY 141;
EL KABEIR MISSES MORNING GALLOP
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, May 1, 2015) – Scratch time for the 141st Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) passed at 9 a.m. Friday with no further defections from Saturday’s field thus leaving Charles Fipke’s Tale of Verve on the outside looking in.
However, Zayat Stables’ El Kabeir’s status for Saturday’s race became clouded Friday morning when he took “a few cautious steps” that caused the cancellation of a morning gallop at Churchill Downs.
Wednesday, April 29 2015
Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw Quotes
KENTUCKY DERBY 141 POST POSITION DRAW QUOTES
Ocho Ocho Ocho (Post position 1, morning line 50-1) – Jim Cassidy (trainer) – “It is what it is. It’s a tough spot but what are you going to do? My plan, to be honest with you, is still to take hold and sit in the second flight. I’ve got to think Carpe Diem and a couple of those others are going to go but I don’t want to go with them, or sit behind. That’s what I’m going to talk to Elvis [Trujillo] about.”
Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks 141 Update - 4/29
FROSTED, UPSTART MAKE FIRST APPEARANCES AT CHURCHILL DOWNS FOR DERBY 141
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, April 29, 2015) – Godolphin Racing’s Wood Memorial (GI) winner Frosted and Ralph Evans’ ultra-consistent Upstart made their initial morning training appearances at Churchill Downs Wednesday. The two colts had arrived from South Florida Tuesday afternoon for Saturday’s 141st running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI).
Tuesday, April 28 2015
Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks 141 Update
MUBTAAHIJ GETS FIRST RUN OVER CHURCHILL DOWNS OVAL;
LONGINES KENTUCKY OAKS DRAWS FIELD OF 15
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, April 28, 2015) – UAE (GII) winner Mubtaahij (IRE) got his first sample of the racing surface at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning, a day after arriving from Arlington. Mubtaahij jogged once around and then cantered another lap under Lisa Moncrieff.
With the Tuesday afternoon arrivals of Upstart and Frosted from South Florida and Frammento from Keeneland, all expected participants in Saturday’s $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and those hoping to get in the race were on the grounds of the historic track.
Monday, April 27 2015
Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks 141 Update
EL KABEIR, CARPE DIEM, INTERNATIONAL STAR ARRIVE FOR DERBY 141;
LUMINANCE, MAYBELLENE LIKELY OUT OF OAKS CONSIDERATION
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, April 27, 2015) – Zayat Stables’ El Kabeir and WinStar Farm and Stonestreet Stables’ Carpe Diem arrived at Churchill Downs early this morning for Saturday’s $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI). Arriving shortly after 10 o’clock from the nearby Trackside training center was Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s International Star, who took up residence in Barn 27.
Sunday, April 26 2015
Record Single-Day Rainbow 6 Handle Generates Multiple $14,592 Payoffs
$5.6 Million Bet into $1.4 Million Carryover
Sunday Super Hi 5 Carryover $20,365.16
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Gulfstream Park's mandatory payout of its 20-cent Rainbow 6 resulted in a total pool of $7.125 million Saturday, producing multiple-winning tickets each returning $14,504.92.
Saturday, April 25 2015
Upstart, Frosted Conduct Final Pre-Derby Breezes at Palm Meadows
Triple Crown Contenders Each Breeze 5-furlongs in South Florida
Upstart Records Bullet in 59.95 seconds; Frosted Clocks in at 1:01.10
BOYNTON BEACH, FL – Triple Crown contenders Upstart and Frosted took the track just after 8:00 a.m. Saturday at Gulfstream’s satellite training facility Palm Meadows to record their final pre-Kentucky Derby (G1) breezes.