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Thursday, April 24 2014


Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks Update: Thursday, April 24


CALIFORNIA CHROME (No. 1) - Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's California Chrome is scheduled to work Saturday at Los Alamitos.

Trained by Art Sherman, California Chrome is scheduled to ship to Louisville on Monday and be ridden in Kentucky Derby 140 by Victor Espinoza.





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Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks Update: Wednesday, April 23


VICAR'S IN TROUBLE (No. 2)/GENERAL A ROD (No. 15)/HARRY'S HOLIDAY (No. 20) - J. Armando Rodriguez's General a Rod recorded his first official work at Churchill Downs in preparation for Kentucky Derby 140, covering five furlongs in 1:03.40 with splits of :13, :26.20, 39 and out six furlongs in 1:17.60 with exercise rider Joel Barrientos up for trainer Mike Maker.





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Tuesday, April 22 2014


Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks Update: Monday, April 21


VICAR'S IN TROUBLE (No. 2) / GENERAL A ROD (No. 15) / HARRY'S HOLIDAY (No. 20) - Trainer Mike Maker reported Monday morning that his trio of Kentucky Derby possibilities "were doing just fine" at the nearby Trackside Training Center.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Vicar's in Trouble galloped at Trackside Monday morning and is scheduled to breeze at Churchill Downs this Saturday along with Harry's Holiday, who is owned by Skychai Racing, Terry Raymond and Jana Wagner.

J. Armando Rodriguez's General a Rod also galloped at Trackside Monday and is scheduled to work at Churchill Downs most likely on Wednesday.





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Friday, April 04 2014


Kentucky Derby Championship Series Weekly Update


SANTA ANITA DERBY, WOOD MEMORIAL STAR ON ‘ROAD TO KENTUCKY DERBY’

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, April 4, 2014) – California-bred titan California Chrome will attempt to cement his status as the early favorite for the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands with a strong performance in Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Derby.





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Sunday, May 05 2013


KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2013


ORB (First) – Trainer Shug McGaughey reflected on his Hall of Fame career Sunday morning at Churchill Downs after checking on Kentucky Derby winner Orb at Barn 43. Pleased with the energy level displayed by the 2 ½-length victor of Saturday’s classic, the Kentucky native thought of all the people along the way who had helped him find his way to the Churchill Downs winner’s circle.




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Saturday, May 04 2013


ORB WINS 139TH KENTUCKY DERBY BEFORE 151,616 AT CHURCHILL DOWNS


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 4, 2013) – Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable’s Orb rallied from far off the pace to take command in mid-stretch en route to a 2 ½-length victory over longshot Golden Soul to win the 139th running of the $2,174,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) before a crowd of 151,616 on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.





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Friday, May 03 2013


Kentucky Derby 139 Update - Friday, May 3, 2013


BLACK ONYX – At 11:30 a.m., Spiral (Grade III) winner Black Onyx was scratched from the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI).
Stewards have decided that the No. 1 slot will be left open in the Kentucky Derby starting gate and the remaining 19 horses in the Derby field will start from the post positions they drew in Wednesday’s post draw.
Trainer Kelly Breen will address the media at an afternoon press conference in The Parlay Media Center.





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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.





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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.





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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!”





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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.





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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.”





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