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Age a Non-Issue for Veteran Derby Jockey Jon Court

Thu, 2019-05-02 00:12
When Jon Court swings his leg over Long Range Toddy and heads out for the post parade in the May 4 Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), the 58-year-old will make history as the oldest jockey to ever start in the Run for the Roses.

Harvey Wallbanger Potent Threat in Oaklawn Invitational

Thu, 2019-05-02 00:12
A 1 1/8-mile test for 3-year-olds, the first running of the Oaklawn Invitational offers an added bonus tied to the Triple Crown as the winner will receive a guaranteed spot in the Preakness (G1), provided the horse is nominated to the Triple Crown.

Vekoma Brings Weaver Back Home for Kentucky Derby

Thu, 2019-05-02 00:12
Louisville native George Weaver was bitten by the horse racing bug at an early age. Coming up May 4, Weaver will top off his homecoming by taking his shot with Vekoma in the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1). 

French Classic Winner Precieuse to Race on Derby Day

Thu, 2019-05-02 00:12
Precieuse, who secured her first United States win when opening the season with a victory in the Honey Fox Stakes (G3T) at Gulfstream Park, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in the $400,000 Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Stakes (G2T).

Monmouth Park Earns NTRA Safety Re-accreditation

Thu, 2019-05-02 00:12
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Monmouth Park has earned re-accreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance. 

NBC Sports Schedules Derby Betting Show

Thu, 2019-05-02 00:12
NBC Sports will present its first-ever Kentucky Derby Day betting show - NBC Sports Bet: Derby Special - this Saturday, May 4 live at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSports.com/Bet and the NBC Sports app.

Colonial Downs Joins NTRA

Thu, 2019-05-02 00:12
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that Colonial Downs, located in New Kent County, east of Richmond, Va., has joined the organization. 

Charity Au-Dela Des Pistes to Partner With France Galop

Thu, 2019-05-02 00:12
The charity Au-Dela Des Pistes has become a partner with France Galop, the governing body of Thoroughbred racing in France, to work together on its mission to promote and encourage the retraining of racehorses.


The Big Beast Gets First Winner From First Starter

Thu, 2019-05-02 00:12
Christina Jelm and Mike Puhich's Ms Headley scored on debut May 1 at Churchill Downs, giving her sire, The Big Beast, his first winner from his first starter.

Restless Rider Seconds Away from Oaks Favoritism

Thu, 2019-05-02 00:12
Restless Rider, 3-4-0 in seven starts, has dropped her last two starts in photo finishes, making her a few inches away from being the favorite for the May 3 Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1).

Weather, Cancellations Added Hurdles for CA Trainers

Thu, 2019-05-02 00:12
The record rain that arrived in Southern California this winter, along with the equine safety issues that followed at Santa Anita Park, forced trainers on the Triple Crown trail to make adjustments to plans.

Derby/Oaks Notes: Master Fencer Works Five Furlongs

Thu, 2019-05-02 00:12
Katsumi and Yasuyo Yoshizawa's Master Fencer (JPN) worked five furlongs in 1:05.20 under jockey Julien Leparoux over a fast track on a warm Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs.

Calyx Remains Unbeaten With Scorching Comeback at Ascot

Thu, 2019-05-02 00:12
Calyx looked a sprinter through and through when he quickened on demand and blitzed a decent field by more than four lengths in the May 1 Merriebelle Stable Commonwealth Cup Trial Stakes (G3), which is registered as the Pavilion Stakes.

Churchill Downs Adds Rooftop Seating, Padded Seats

Thu, 2019-05-02 00:12
From the bottom floors to the rooftop of Churchill Downs, people attending this year's Kentucky Oaks and Derby Weekend will notice the latest upgrades at the iconic facility.

Equine Safety Paramount During Derby Week

Thu, 2019-05-02 00:12
Churchill Downs is investing in a new equine medical center on the backstretch and taking a lead nationally on advocating for reforms to race-day medication practices.

Pletcher Takes Unorthodox Approach to Derby 145

Thu, 2019-05-02 00:12
Trainer Todd Pletcher, seeking his third victory in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), took an unorthodox approach to the May 4 classic, shipping his two contenders to Churchill Downs at the last possible moment.

Advertising Campaign Launched to Reform Horse Racing

Wed, 2019-05-01 12:13
The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity (CHRI) has launched a major digital advertising campaign to raise awareness of the need for the reforms embodied in the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2019.

American Turf New Challenge for Avie's Flatter

Wed, 2019-05-01 12:13
Ivan Dalos homebred Avie's Flatter is on a quest for his fourth consecutive stakes win in the $400,000 American Turf Stakes presented by Ram Trucks (G2T) May 4 at Churchill Downs. 

Roadster Drives Speedway Stable to Kentucky Derby

Wed, 2019-05-01 12:13
Speedway Stable figured to buy a son of Quality Road and name him Roadster, perfectly fitting for a fast-lane move toward the Kentucky Derby checkered flag May 4.

Marley's Freedom, Spiced Perfection Top Humana Distaff

Wed, 2019-05-01 12:13
Two grade 1-winning West Coast fillies headline the $500,000 Humana Distaff Stakes (G1) May 4. Marley's Freedom and Spiced Perfection meet for the first time in the seven-furlong test for older fillies and mares.

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