Seven starts into his career, Mr Speaker is now a graded stakes winner on two surfaces as the dark bay colt angled off the rail and kicked like the 2-1 race favorite he was to take the Lexington Stakes by 4 lengths before a crowd of 34,933.
Cairo Prince, winner of the Grade II Holy Bull Stakes in January, is being sent to Lexington's Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and will miss the Kentucky Derby because of an injured left front ankle, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Saturday.
After initially expressing a desire to bypass the Kentucky Derby with Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes winner Dance With Fate, his connections gave into the lure of potentially making history by announcing Friday their plans to point the colt toward the first leg of the Triple Crown.
The man best known as the rider for 2004 Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones continued his quest to become the leading rider at this spring's Keeneland meet Friday as Stewart Elliott guided 8-1 shot Sisterly Love to an upset victory in the Grade III, $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes over the Polytrack.
For the connections of Mine That Bird, the scene at Keeneland on Friday had to be strangely reminiscent of the atmosphere at Churchill Downs five years ago, when the little-known gelding got the cold shoulder from Thoroughbred racing. The horse had the last laugh, winning the 2009 Kentucky Derby in a stunning upset. Now director Jim Wilson and the cast of 50 to 1 are backing their own longshot.
Several prominent Thoroughbred owners and trainers have voluntarily pledged to make available to the public veterinary records of their horses competing in graded stakes races in the United States and Canada, The Jockey Club announced Thursday.
In 2009, Mine That Bird was just about the most unlikely of Kentucky Derby winners. Now his story is on the big screen in 50 to 1, a long shot of a movie.
Constitution, winner of last month's $1 million Florida Derby, will miss the Kentucky Derby and the rest of the 2014 Triple Crown season after X-rays showed a hairline fracture in his front right cannon bone Monday.
Woodford Reserve will guarantee a rosy 140th Kentucky Derby for 89 people who buy this year's special mint julep cups.
Dance With Fate made a late charge to pass Pablo del Monte and favorite Bobby's Kitten to capture the Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday at Keeneland.
Expect the unexpected. For better or worse, that has become the tagline in recent times for the Grade I, $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes. Not only has a favorite not prevailed since Peace Rules in 2003 but five of the last seven winners have gone off at odds of 8-to-1 or greater, including three that cashed at double-digits.
Breaking down the field for Saturday's $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland
Multiple graded stakes winner Tapiture was installed as the 9-5 morning-line favorite Wednesday for Saturday's $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park.
The positive indicators in favor of Bobby's Kitten were enough for oddsmaker Mike Battaglia to deem Ramsey's homebred the 3-1 morning-line favorite for Keeneland's signature Kentucky Derby prep, the Grade I, $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday.
Saturday's Grade I Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park and Grade I Wood Memorial at Aqueduct have gathered the best contenders on their respective coasts, with California Chrome and Candy Boy facing off in the former and potential freak Social Inclusion heading the 11-horse Wood Memorial lineup.
Invoking the equine Apollo refers to a so-called curse in Thoroughbred racing: No horse has won the Kentucky Derby without a start as a 2-year-old since Apollo did so in 1882.
Starlight Racing's Intense Holiday is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday's Grade II, $1 million Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds and will break from post No. 1 in a field of 10.