Thursday, April 28 2011
JORDIN SPARKS TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM AT KENTUCKY DERBY 137
LOUISVILLE, KY (Thursday, April 28, 2011) – Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling recording artist Jordin Sparks will sing the national anthem prior to the 137th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on Saturday, May 7 at Churchill Downs.
Sparks, a 21-year-old native of Phoenix, Ariz., will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” around 5:10 p.m. ET following the running of the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (GI). The performance will be carried live on NBC Sports’ coverage of Kentucky Derby 137 which airs 4-7 p.m. ET.
Wednesday, April 27 2011
SWALE WINNER TRAVELIN MAN HEADS FIELD OF NINE FOR $200,000 THE CLIFF’S EDGE DERBY TRIAL
LOUISVILLE, KY (Wednesday, April 27, 2011) – E. Paul Robsham Stables’ Travelin Man, winner of the Swale Stakes (GII) in his most recent start, tops a field of nine 3-year-olds entered for the 87th running of the one-mile $200,000-added The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial (GIII) on Saturday’s “Opening Night” program of Churchill Downs’ 137th Spring Meet.
First post time for Saturday night’s 11-race program that kicks off the 39-day Spring Meet is 6 p.m. (all times EDT), with the Derby Trial going as the eighth race on the card with a 9:39 p.m. post time. The Derby Trial will be televised live on Louisville’s WAVE-3 TV from 9-10 p.m.
KENTUCKY DERBY 137 BARN NOTES Wednesday, April 27, 2011
ANIMAL KINGDOM – Barry Irwin, chief executive officer of Team Valor International, notified Churchill Downs officials that Animal Kingdom, the 2 ¾-length winner of the Vinery Racing Spiral (GIII) at Turfway Park on March 26, would train at Keeneland on Thursday morning and then van to Churchill Downs that afternoon.
Trained by Graham Motion and to be ridden by Robby Albarado, Animal Kingdom is scheduled to breeze six furlongs on Saturday in company with Meistersinger according to Irwin.
SPECIAL KENTUCKY OAKS ONLY TICKETS PUT ON SALE
LOUISVILLE, KY (Wednesday, April 27, 2011) – Thanks to a special partnership among three groups associated with the “Ladies First” theme of Kentucky Oaks Day, a select number of one-day only tickets for Friday, May 6 in Section 125 were put on sale for $74 on Wednesday afternoon. The tickets are available exclusively online on a first-come, first-serve basis at http://www.churchilldowns.com/oaksonly
There is a purchase limit of six seats per person while supplies last. Minimal ticket processing charges will apply.
Kentucky Derby and Oaks 137 Barn Notes for Tuesday, April 26 2011
ANTHONY’S CROSS – With Tuesday’s defections of The Factor and J P’s Gusto from Kentucky Derby 137, trainer Eoin Harty booked a flight from California to Louisville on Tuesday, May 3 for A D K Racing’s Anthony’s Cross in hopes that his colt might find a way into the field for Kentucky Derby 137.
The son of Indian Charlie, fifth in the Santa Anita Derby (GI) and the winner of the Robert B. Lewis (GII) at Santa Anita, now ranks 21st on the list of graded stakes earnings that determines the ultimate field for the big race on the first Saturday in May. Anthony’s Cross has $183,000 in graded earnings and two victories in seven career starts.
Tuesday, April 26 2011
KENTUCKY DERBY 137 FLASH NOTES (Tues., April 26)
THE FACTOR – Trainer Bob Baffert said Tuesday morning that he was “leaning against” running George Bolton and Fog City Stable’s The Factor the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I). But Bolton made it official in late morning: The Factor will not run in Derby 137.
“It’s too much too quick,” Botlon said via telephone. “We don’t want to run a horse that isn’t right. He’s basically miler pedigree that is good enough to go further.
Sunday, April 24 2011
Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks 137 Barn Notes for Sunday, April 24
ARCHARCHARCH – Robert Yagos’ Arkansas Derby (GI) winner Archarcharch walked the shedrow at Barn 40 under tack on a rainy Sunday morning.
Archarcharch, who made his racing debut here last fall with a troubled second-place finish going seven furlongs, is trained by Jinks Fires and will be ridden in Kentucky Derby 137 by regular pilot Jon Court. It will mark the first Kentucky Derby start for Fires and Court.
Kentucky Derby and Oaks 137 News: Derby Hope Shackleford Sharp in Work, Romans Crosses Fingers
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, April 23, 2011) – A strong five-furlong work over a sloppy Churchill Downs track by Michael Lauffer and W.D. Cubbedge’s Shackleford on Saturday reinforced trainer Dale Romans’ belief that his colt is a strong contender to win the 137th running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 7.
All Romans has to do is find a way to get the 3-year-old son of Forestry into the Derby 137 starting gate.
Saturday, April 23 2011
KENTUCKY DERBY HOPE TWICE THE APPEAL WORKS AT CHURCHILL
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, April 22, 2011) – Trainer Jeff Bonde wasted little time in getting a serious training move at Churchill Downs into Edward Brown Jr., Victor Flores and Henry Hernandez’s Kentucky Derby 137 (Grade I) contender and Sunland Park Derby (GIII) winner Twice the Appeal.
The 3-year-old son of Successful Appeal arrived at Churchill Downs on a flight from California on Tuesday, but made a quick turnaround to beat heavy rain forecast for the region over the weekend and breezed six furlongs over a fast track in 1:17.20 on Friday morning. Fractional times for Twice the Appeal were :13.40 for the opening furlong, :51 for the half-mile and five furlongs in 1:03.60. He covered his final quarter mile in :26.20.
NOMINATION ROSTERS FOR KENTUCKY DERBY AND OAKS WEEK STAKES EVENTS PROMISE STRONG, COMPETITIVE FIELDS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, April 22, 2011) – The names of more than 1,000 horses are listed on the rosters of nominees to 13 stakes events scheduled at Churchill Downs during Kentucky Derby and Oaks Week and the large numbers of nominees offer the promise of strong and competitive fields for those races
The 1,002 horses on those nomination lists include previously released nomination rosters for the 137th runnings of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I); the Kentucky Oaks (GI), which this year carries a record purse of $1 million; and the 25th running of the $500,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (GI). The Kentucky Derby attracted 377 nominations, including 13 3-year-olds made eligible during its late nomination period. The nomination roster for the Kentucky Oaks includes 120 3-year-old fillies and 85 older grass stars were nominated to the Silver Anniversary running of the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic.
Wednesday, April 20 2011
Kentucky Derby 137 News: The Factor Gets Feel For Churchill Downs’ Track
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, April 20, 2011) – George Bolton and Fog City’s Stable’s The Factor, who loomed as a possible favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) until his seventh-place finish in last week’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (GI), got a feel for the Churchill Downs racing surface on Wednesday when he jogged a mile on his first day at the historic Louisville track.
The Bob Baffert-trained winner of Santa Anita’s San Vicente (GII) arrived at the home of the Kentucky Derby Monday afternoon following a plane flight from Hot Springs, Ark. to Lexington and a subsequent van ride to Churchill Downs.
Derby 137 - Pletcher Looks On as Uncle Mo Gallops at Churchill Downs
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, April 19, 2011) – The one-time heavy favorite for the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), Repole Stable’s Uncle Mo, was out for a gallop at Churchill Downs on Tuesday as the reigning 2-year-old champion started his first full day at Churchill Downs since he returned to the track on Monday.
Five-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher, who won his first Kentucky Derby last year with WinStar Farm’s homebred Super Saver, was on hand at Churchill Downs to watch Uncle Mo’s earning morning gallop under exercise rider Hector Ramos. He also watched E. Paul Robsham Stables’ R Heat Lightning, the likely favorite for the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), and Repole Stable’s other Kentucky Derby hope, Gotham winner Stay Thirsty, gallop over Churchill Downs’ historic one-mile oval.