• Mr. Jordan DQ'd at 1-5 in the Tarpon Stakes; Royal Squeeze placed first.Posted 6 minutes ago
  • Dortmund worked 6F in 1:13.60 (12/22) at Santa AnitaPosted 32 minutes ago
  • Carpe Diem covers 4F in :48.60 (2/63) at Keeneland on SaturdayPosted 34 minutes ago
  • El Kabeir drills 4F in :46.81 (3/55) at Belmont on SaturdayPosted 36 minutes ago
  • Derby points leader International Star worked 4F in :50.80 (8/9) at Churchill TrainingPosted 39 minutes ago
  • Kitten's Point gets there late to win Keeneland's Bewitch.Posted 21 hours ago
  • Keen Ice is now in at #20 for the Kentucky Derby following the defection of Madefromlucky.Posted 1 day ago
  • Get Happy Mister rides the rails to victory in the San Simeon.Posted 5 days ago
  • El Kabeir breezed 5F in 1:00.18 (3/16) Sunday at BelmontPosted 5 days ago
  • Whiskey Ticket just holds off Conquest Curlinate in the Illinois Derby.Posted 6 days ago

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Prospect Park, who was taken off the Derby trail after suffering a brief illness following the Santa Anita Derby, had his first work since that race when he went a half-mile in 49.40 seconds Saturday morning at the San Luis Rey Downs training center. Prospect Park is expected to return to action later this meet at Santa Anita. According to DRF
Kentucky Derby Contenders- Then & Now.... http://www.americasbestracing.net/en/the-latest/news-stories/2015/4/26/kentucky-derby-contenders-then-and-now/
Eeek. Seriously ran squirrely today with first time blinkers. Inquiry- and I think Mr. Jordan will be DQ'd.
Mylute continued his odd work schedule with a 4f move in 47.66 (3/70) at none other than Belmont... email has been sent to connections to see if he was switched to the barn of Chad Brown. He has been working randomly since early February.
impressive colt!!! AP STILL IS MY CHOICE!
No horse running in the Derby has ever seen a 20 horse field and probably never will again in their racing lives.
Future 1000 Guineas winner.
I actually REALLY like Carpe Diem. I have liked him ever since his debut. I think he's got a shot but it does make me nervous that he was beaten soundly by Texas Red in the juvenile when AP toyed with Red like it was nothing. It just makes me feel that AP is head and heels that far above the rest but Carpe is my sentimental pick.
  • Ricky via Disqus · The BC was very fast pace and carpe encountered some traffic problems. He was however pulling away from most the field. The fractions will be the same if not faster for the Kentucky Derby this year. A closer won the BC, and it was 3/16 shorter. Yet pretty much all the favs in the derby are on the pace types. With very few strong closers in the field, I think it would unwise not to have carpe in your numbers, including to win. But some thing AP is the greatest think ever and no one else has a shoot. Truth is put his last race up against a few others in the field and it is not so impressive. Not saying AP is not good or even great. But he is sure far from a sure thing · 1 hour ago
What time is the post draw for the derby?
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · The Oaks will be drawn Tuesday. The Derby will be drawn Wednesday at 5:30 EDT- Traditional Double Blind draw for both. · 2 hours ago
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · The Derby will be drawn on NBCNS live · 2 hours ago
I saw a statement supposedly from DRF that Shared Belief will be pointed for the Pacific Classic at Del Mar. I haven't been able to get confirmation of this story. Has anybody else heard or seen anything about this?
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  • Sullivan · Melann, good to see you have not changed your ways. Where did you see anything of the sort about his not racing for the rest of the year? · 6 hours ago
  • myjumper21 · I take it that he will come back in the fall at the earliest. I wouldn't get my hopes up though! He probably won't be raced until next year. Maybe longer! With a gelding, you can take all the time in the world. http://sdhorserace.com/2015/04/23/update-shared-belief-back-at-golden-gate-fields/#more-19681 · 2 hours ago
Bayern, unraced since winning the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita last November, worked six furlongs from the gate in 1:10.80 on Saturday. Trainer Bob Baffert said he was so impressed with the workout, that he is now considering the $400,000 Alysheba Stakes at 1 1-16 miles at Churchill Downs on Friday as his 2015 debut instead of the original target - the $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes at seven furlongs on Saturday. Though undecided, Bayern's work indicates he is ready to roll next week at Churchill, according to DRF
Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund worked six furlongs in 1:13.60 in company at Santa Anita on Saturday in preparation for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2. Dortmund was ridden by jockey Martin Garcia and worked in company with stablemate Lady Bull, an unraced 3-year-old filly. Dortmund began about five lengths behind Lady Bull, with trainer Bob Baffert communicating to Garcia via walkie-talkie not to urge his mount early. Dortmund quickened between the quarter-pole and the eighth pole and ran to the finish line with minimal urging. "Beautiful," Baffert said as Dortmund ran under the line."He worked a little fast last time, so were hoping he'd relax," Baffert said after the workout. "He's getting very push-button." According to DRF
My circle thinks Dortmund will freak when the race fails to go his way in the early quarters. He's never seen a full field close to this size.
  • Johnsmith24 · Your "circle"...? Which horse has seen anything close to 20 horses? Dormund's been in two races with 12 horses and 1 race with 10 horses. He's seen plenty of horses. · 4 hours ago
This guy is really on the move. He was not over taxed in the Wood despite some expert's insights. His work this morning was also 2.2 seconds better than Include Betty a pretty nice Oaks filly. If this colt comes out of his work 100% he will be a great bet for all my exotics and a little WPS action. Franco is every it as good as Ortiz. And he won't move too early like Jose did in the Wood. I don't blame Jose, it looked like the horse was causing the action and Jose looked like he went along with it.
Tencendur had the morning 5F bullet at Churchill this morning. 1:00 flat according to Equibase. Not just a little better but 1.6 seconds better than Derby horse Keen Ice. This guy is peaking at the right moment. And he looks like a monster next to most horses.
She has been confirmed in foal to Tapit. Foal is due early March 2016.
Trainer Josie Carroll said this morning that Florida Derby third-place finisher Ami's Flatter will likely bypass next Saturday's Kentucky Derby in favor of the Grade 3 Marine Stakes here May 16 or the June 14 Plate Trial Stakes. Ami's Flatter, who breezed five-eighths here on the Polytrack in 1:02.60 yesterday, is the Winterbook favorite for the $1 million Queen's Plate on July 5. According to DRF
goodness, is this horse cursed or something? he always gets in injury when he finally gets a chance to show us what he's got.
  • travel_vic · My vet friends have always said that chronic and repetitively injured animals usually have a biomechanical fault in their stride. See the same thing in human athletes and have read many articles in sports medicine literature that backs up that assertion in humans. · 5 hours ago
Dortmund's looking great!
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