Friday, May 08 2015


Barn Notes: American Pharoah, Firing Line, Dortmund Resume Galloping


AMERICAN PHAROAH, FIRING LINE, DORTMUND RESUME GALLOPING

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, May 8, 2015) – Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) winner American Pharoah galloped a mile and three-sixteenths after the morning renovation break at Churchill Downs.

Also galloping after the break were the 2-3 finishers from the Derby, Firing Line and Dortmund.





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PREAKNESS NEWS & NOTES - May 7


Baffert Likes What He Sees in American Pharoah, Dortmund
Lukas-Trained Mr. Z ‘Probable’ for Middle Jewel
Stewart ‘Thinking’ about Preakness for Tale of Verve
Grand Bili Possible New Shooter for Preakness

BALTIMORE – Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said Thursday that he expects both
Kentucky Derby (G1) winner American Pharoah and third-place finisher Dortmund to be starters in the Preakness Stakes (G1) on May 16 at Pimlico Race Course.





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Wednesday, May 06 2015


Black-Eyed Susan Day Stakes Draw 277 Nominations


Preakness Eve Card Offers Eight Stakes Worth $1.18 Million
Maryland-Based Stars Ben’s Cat, Page McKenney, Talk Show Man Among Nominees

BALTIMORE – A total of 277 horses were nominated for eight stakes worth $1.18 million that highlight a spectacular Black-Eyed Susan Day program Friday at Pimlico Race Course.





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PREAKNESS NEWS & NOTES - May 6


Divining Rod Confirmed for May 16 Preakness Stakes
Pletcher Quartet Under Preakness Consideration
American Pharoah, Dortmund Walk Shedrow
Firing Line Returns to Track for Morning Jog

BALTIMORE – Trainer Arnaud Delacour confirmed Wednesday that Lael Stable’s Divining Rod is on course to run in the 140th Preakness Stakes on May 16.





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Sunday, May 03 2015


KENTUCKY DERBY’S TOP THREE HAVE PREAKNESS ON RADAR


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, May 3, 2015) – To set the stage for his press conference Sunday morning to reflect on this fourth victory, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert brought the star of the 141st Kentucky Derby -- American Pharoah -- out of the barn to pose for the cameras.

Bribing him with carrots, Baffert led the Zayat Stables colt to different parts of the circle of media and fans for photos and admiration. Several people reached out and petted the colt’s nose. After about 10 minutes of show, Baffert sent American Pharoah back to his stall and moved into the tell part of the program.





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KENTUCKY DERBY JOCKEY QUOTES


Victor Espinoza, jockey of American Pharoah, winner – “I feel like the luckiest Mexican on Earth. He has been a special horse since the first time I rode him. He has a lot of talent and is an unbelievable horse. Turning for home I started riding a little harder. At the eighth pole, I just couldn’t put that other horse (Firing Line) away, but he got it done.”





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KENTUCKY DERBY TRAINER QUOTES


Bob Baffert, trainer of American Pharoah, winner/Dortmund, third – “We were ready to rumble. Since their last works I was hearing how good they were and I was hoping it would come true. I felt very confident going in.”





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Belmont Park Notes: Sunday, May 3


• Tonalist earns career-best 111 Beyer for G3 Westchester win; on target for G1 Met Mile
• Frosted exits Derby fourth-place finish in fine fettle Belmont could be next
• Fields taking shape for Saturday stakes





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Friday, May 01 2015


Breaking: Scratch #7 El Kabeir from Kentucky Derby


Trainer John Terranova has notified Kentucky Horse Racing Commission stewards that #7 El Kabeir has been scratched from Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. Post position No. 1 will be left open (no horse) and all others will slide down with no gaps. Program numbers do not change.



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Kentucky Derby 141 Update - 5/1


NO DEFECTIONS AT SCRATCH TIME FOR KENTUCKY DERBY 141;
EL KABEIR MISSES MORNING GALLOP

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, May 1, 2015) – Scratch time for the 141st Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) passed at 9 a.m. Friday with no further defections from Saturday’s field thus leaving Charles Fipke’s Tale of Verve on the outside looking in.

However, Zayat Stables’ El Kabeir’s status for Saturday’s race became clouded Friday morning when he took “a few cautious steps” that caused the cancellation of a morning gallop at Churchill Downs.





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Wednesday, April 29 2015


Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw Quotes


KENTUCKY DERBY 141 POST POSITION DRAW QUOTES

Ocho Ocho Ocho (Post position 1, morning line 50-1) – Jim Cassidy (trainer) – “It is what it is. It’s a tough spot but what are you going to do? My plan, to be honest with you, is still to take hold and sit in the second flight. I’ve got to think Carpe Diem and a couple of those others are going to go but I don’t want to go with them, or sit behind. That’s what I’m going to talk to Elvis [Trujillo] about.”





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Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks 141 Update - 4/29


FROSTED, UPSTART MAKE FIRST APPEARANCES AT CHURCHILL DOWNS FOR DERBY 141

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, April 29, 2015) – Godolphin Racing’s Wood Memorial (GI) winner Frosted and Ralph Evans’ ultra-consistent Upstart made their initial morning training appearances at Churchill Downs Wednesday. The two colts had arrived from South Florida Tuesday afternoon for Saturday’s 141st running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI).





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