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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Monday, April 28 2014


Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks Update: Monday, April 28


KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE

CALIFORNIA CHROME (No. 1) - As the rains pelted, the lightning flashed and the thunder roared at Churchill Downs Monday morning, likely Kentucky Derby favorite California Chrome and a dozen of his West Coast buddies went airborne from Ontario Airport near Los Angeles on a Tex Sutton charter shortly after 5 a.m. (Pacific Time). The flight landed in Louisville just after 11:30 a.m. local time and the horses arrived at the track at 12:45 p.m.





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Sunday, April 27 2014


Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks Update: Sunday, April 27


KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE

CALIFORNIA CHROME (No. 1) – Quiet and “cold” at the Art Sherman barn Sunday at Los Alamitos Race Course in Southern California – and both were just what a trainer would want heading into a role as the Kentucky Derby favorite.

The affable Sherman has met his equine soulmate in “Chrome,” the chestnut Cal-bred whose racetrack exploits have led him to the edge of racing immortality.





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Saturday, April 26 2014


KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – Saturday, April 26


CALIFORNIA CHROME (No. 1) – “Very good. Exactly what I needed for the horse. He doesn’t need much now. He’s ready. I just wanted to put some air into him. He’s happy and fresh. That’s the way I want to keep him for this race.”

Trainer Art Sherman had nothing but good things to say following a four-furlong drill by his likely Kentucky Derby favorite Saturday morning at his training headquarters at Los Alamitos Race Course in Southern California. The chestnut California-bred had completed an “easy” half mile in :48.20 with a gallop out in 1:01 under regular rider Victor Espinoza.





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KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – Friday, April 25


CALIFORNIA CHROME (No. 1) – Steven Coburn and Perry Martin’s California Chrome is scheduled to work Saturday morning at 7:30 (Pacific Time) 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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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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