Sunday, May 06 2012


Great Attack Late to Win Twin Spires Turf Sprint


LOUISVILLE, KY (Saturday, May 5, 2012) – Houyhnhnm Stable’s Great Attack surged past favored Bridgetown in deep stretch to win the 18th running of the $150,350 Twin Spires Turf Sprint Presented by GE Appliances (Grade III) by a three-quarters of a length, the first of six stakes on the Kentucky Derby Day card.

Trained by Wesley Ward and ridden by Joel Rosario, Great Attack had finished fourth in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (GII) here in his lone previous try over the Matt Winn Turf Course.





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Friday, May 04 2012


Kentucky Derby 138 Barn Notes (5.3.2012)


ALPHA – Godolphin Stable’s Bernardini colt Alpha, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, went to the track Thursday morning for what is a routine piece of exercise under rider Rob Massey.
“We did the same thing we have been doing, back up to the sixteenth pole and gallop about a mile and three-eighths,” McLaughlin said. “He’s doing great, continues to train well and ate up well. Everything is going great.”





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Thursday, May 03 2012


Kentucky Derby 138 Barn Notes (5.2.2012)


ALPHA – Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin confirmed that Godolphin Stable’s Alpha will be ridden by jockey Rajiv Maragh in the Kentucky Derby. Maragh was aboard for the Bernardini colt’s sharp work (:59.40 for five furlongs) at Belmont Park on Saturday.

McLaughlin said that Alpha schooled in the gate before galloping about 1 ½ miles Wednesday morning. Alpha acted up in the gate before the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) at Churchill Downs in November, but has been fine in each of his three starts in 2012.





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Kentucky Oaks 138 Barn Noes 5.2.2012)


AMIE’S DINI – Co-owner Mike Walker said the Fantasy Stakes (GII) runner-up Amie’s Dini had an easy jog this morning after the renovation break and will school in the paddock during Thursday’s program at Churchill Downs. The $3,000 sales purchase drew post 13 of 14 for the Oaks.

“We would have loved to have been somewhere four through 10,” Walker said. “But she breaks so good it’s not an issue with a long run into the first turn. I really didn’t want to be in gates one through three and fear being shuffled back to the rear if you don’t break. But she’s out-broken the field in just about every race she’s run in seven starts so far, so don’t be surprised if you hear her name called first.”





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Bodemeister, Union Rags Vie for Favoritism in Balanced Field for Saturday’s 138th Kentucky Derby


LOUISVILLE, KY (Wednesday, May 2, 2012) – Zayat Stables LLC and Southern Equine Stables’ Bodemeister, the smashing 9 ½-length winner of the Arkansas Derby (Grade I) in his most recent start, and Chadds Ford Stable’s Union Rags, winner of the Champagne (GI) and two other graded stakes, head an overflow field of 21 entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 138th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI).

With 20 starters, the purse for the Kentucky Derby will be $2,219,600 with $1,459,600 going to the winner. The Kentucky Derby will be carried by NBC Sports with a three-hour telecast from 4-7 p.m. (all times Eastern).





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Kentucky Derby 138 Undercard Stakes Advance (5.2.2012)


LOUISVILLE, KY (Wednesday, May 2, 2012) – Defending Grade I Derby Day winners from 2011, Get Stormy and Sassy Image, plus the 1-2 finishers from last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (GI), Musical Romance and Switch, top the list of marquee names that will be featured Saturday in races leading up to the 138th running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI).

Saturday’s 13-race program begins at 10:30 a.m. (all times Eastern) with the Kentucky Derby going as the 11th race of the day with a 6:24 p.m. post time. Prior to the Kentucky Derby, five graded stakes will be contested.





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Wednesday, May 02 2012


Kentucky Derby 138 Barn Notes (5.1.2012)


ALPHA – Godolphin Stable’s Alpha visited the track at Churchill Downs for the first time this year on Tuesday morning when he galloped approximately 1 3/8 miles under exercise rider Rob Massey.

The Wood Memorial runner-up trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, was one of the later arrivals for the 138th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I). He stayed at McLaughlin’s home base at Belmont Park until Monday afternoon, when he was flown to Louisville. The colt arrived at Churchill Downs at 6:15 p.m.





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MARK VALESKI DECLARES FROM DERBY 138


LOUISVILLE, KY (Tuesday, May 1, 2012) – Brereton C. Jones’ homebred Mark Valeski has been withdrawn from consideration for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, opening the door for Bluegrass Hall LLC’s Optimizer to make the field, which is limited to 20 starters.

Trainer Larry Jones said that while Mark Valeski is in fine health, Monday’s five-furlong workout in 1:00.20 did not convince him the Louisiana Derby (Grade II) and Risen Star (Gr. II) runner-up was ready to face this year’s especially talented Kentucky Derby field.





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Monday, May 09 2011


KENTUCKY DERBY 137 BARN NOTES Sunday, May 8, 2011


ANIMAL KINGDOM – Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) was reported by trainer H. Graham Motion to be doing well on the morning after his 2 3/4-length triumph.

Barry Irwin, Team Valor’s founder and CEO, said a bid for the $1 million Preakness (GI), the second jewel of the Triple Crown, was likely – but not yet definite.





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Sunday, May 08 2011


RECORD CROWD OF 164,858 LOOKS ON AS ANIMAL KINGDOM RALLIES TO WIN 137th KENTUCKY DERBY


LOUISVILLE, KY (Saturday, May 7, 2011) – Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom, ridden by John Velazquez, ran past Nehro in mid-stretch and pulled away to a 2 ¾-length victory to win the 137th running of the $2,171,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) before a record crowd of 164,858 on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.

The previous attendance record for a Kentucky Derby was established in 1974 when 163,628 were on hand for Cannonade’s victory in the 100th Run for the Roses.





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Derby 137 Winner’s Press Conference Transcript


THE MODERATOR: Thank you for joining us. We have the connections of the Kentucky Derby winner, Team Valor International's Animal Kingdom. We have the winning connections including the chief executive officer of Team Valor International and the founder of that organization, that's Barry Irwin. Just to his right is Graham Motion, now a Kentucky Derby winning trainer, and after a incredible turn of events in the last 24 hours, John Velazquez is a Kentucky Derby winning jockey and our connections are here to celebrate with us.
You truly have an international organization. You came excruciatingly close to winning this race in 1997, and just give us what's running through your mind right now accomplishing this goal.



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KENTUCKY DERBY 137 LOSING JOCKEY QUOTES


COREY NAKATANI (Nehro, second) – “Overall the trip was pretty darn good. We were in a predicament where I didn't think the pace scenario was as fast as what I needed to be able to get him into a high cruising speed.
“I've got to thank (trainer) Steve (Asmussen) and (assistant) Scott Blasi. They got this horse here and it's a pretty tough campaign just getting here, to have enough graded earnings. For him to run this big in this race is impressive."





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