Wednesday, May 01 2013


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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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).





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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.





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Saturday, April 27 2013


FORTY TALES HOLDS OFF CAPO BASTONE TO WIN OPENING-NIGHT DERBY TRIAL


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, April 27, 2013) - Perretti Racing Stable's Forty Tales held off Capo Bastone by a diminishing neck to win the 89th running of the $201,425 Derby Trial before a crowd of 21,038 on "Opening Night" Presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Forty Tales was the fourth of five winners on the night for jockey Joel Rosario.





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Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks Update


KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2013

BLACK ONYX (No. 12) – Trainer Kelly Breen supervised the half-mile work by Sterling Racing’s Black Onyx at 7:30 Saturday morning then headed back to New York to saddle a horse in a stakes at Belmont Park later in the day.





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Friday, April 26 2013


Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks Update


KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013

BLACK ONYX (No. 12) – Sterling Racing’s Black Onyx had an uneventful morning on the track, galloping 1 ½ miles after the Friday morning renovation break under exercise rider Aurelio Gomez.
Gomez said trainer Kelly Breen was traveling to Louisville on Friday and is scheduled to supervise a breeze planned for Saturday morning.
Black Onyx has won both of his starts -- including the Spiral (GIII) -- since being moved into Breen’s care this year.





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Thursday, April 25 2013


Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks Update


KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2013

BLACK ONYX – Sterling Racing’s Black Onyx (No. 12) galloped 1 ½ miles over a track labeled as “good” on a clear, crisp Thursday morning at Churchill Downs. Regular exercise rider Aurelio Gomez was aboard Black Onyx for the exercise that took place after the renovation break and during the time reserved for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks horses.





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PLETCHER DUO TOP FIELD OF NINE FOR SATURDAY NIGHT’S DERBY TRIAL


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, April 24, 2013) – The Todd Pletcher-trained duo of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Capo Bastone and Perretti Racing Stable’s Forty Tales top a field of nine horses entered today for Saturday night’s 89th running of the $175,000-added Derby Trial (GIII).





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Tuesday, April 23 2013


SUPER NINETY NINE, DEN’S LEGACY DECLARED FROM KENTUCKY DERBY


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, April 23, 2013) – Trainer Bob Baffert told the Churchill Downs communications team Tuesday afternoon that Super Ninety Nine (No. 18) and Den’s Legacy (No. 20) were no longer under consideration for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 4.





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Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks Update


KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013

BLACK ONYX – Sterling Racing’s Black Onyx (No. 12) jogged after the morning renovation break during the time reserved for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders. Aurelio Gomez was aboard Black Onyx, who comes into Derby 139 off a victory in the Spiral (Grade III) in his stakes debut.





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Saturday, April 20 2013


Kentucky Derby & Oaks Update


PLETCHER QUARTET WORKS TOWARD OAKS
‘CINDERELLA STORY’ ROSE TO GOLD BREEZES
BLACK ONYX HAS STRONG GALLOP

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, April 20, 2013) – It was a busy Saturday morning at the Todd Pletcher barn at Churchill Downs as Dreaming of Julia (ranked No. 4 on the “Road to the Kentucky Oaks” Leaderboard), Unlimited Budget (No. 3), Silsita (No. 10) and Princess of Sylmar (No. 7) all worked for the two-time Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) winning trainer.





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Thursday, April 18 2013


CHURCHILL DOWNS STRENGTHENS SECURITY POLICIES


EXPANDS SCREENINGS FOR 2013 KENTUCKY DERBY AND KENTUCKY OAKS

Request to Fans: ‘If You See Something, Say Something’

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, April 18, 2013) – Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) will strengthen security and hospitality policies and expand screenings for patrons, employees and vendors who will enter the track for the 139th runnings of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 4, and the Kentucky Oaks (GI) on Friday, May 3.





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