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Departing Preps for Preakness with Easy Half-Mile Work

With trainer Al Stall Jr. and jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. watching from the grandstand, Illinois Derby (Grade III) winner Departing worked a half-mile in :50.40 over a fast track at Churchill Downs on Sunday morning.

Mylute Confirmed for Preakness

GoldMark Farm and Whisper Hill Farm’s Mylute, the fifth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), is a go for the Preakness.

Preakness Decision on Mylute Scheduled for Saturday

GoldMark Farm and Whisper Hill Farm’s Mylute galloped 1 ½ miles under Maurice Sanchez shortly after the track opened for training Friday morning. A decision on the Preakness status of the fifth-place Kentucky Derby finisher will be made tomorrow morning.

Departing Puts Hernandez on Road to the Preakness

Seven weeks after capping off his 27th birthday with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) on Fort Larned, jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. was on a roll at Fair Grounds with four victories from eight mounts.

Flint Hopes to Be Back for Kentucky Oaks with Seaneen Girl

Seaneen Girl’s upset victory in Saturday’s Golden Rod (Grade II) at Churchill Downs had trainer Bernie Flint thinking about the First Friday in May on Sunday morning.

Guys Reward Seeks Firecracker - River City Double

Michael Bruder’s Guys Reward, a two-time stakes winner on the Matt Winn Turf Course, will seek his sixth win on the grass at Churchill Downs in Sunday’s $100,000-added River City Handicap (Grade III).

Boisterous Ships in for Sunday's Grade III River City Handicap

Phipps Stable’s Boisterous completed the Knickerbocker (Grade III)–Red Smith Handicap (GII) double for the second straight year at the beginning of the month, but rather than get a break following the Red Smith like last year, trainer Shug McGaughey shipped the 5-year-old son of Distorted Humor to Louisville from New York on Tuesday for Sunday’

Frac Daddy, Java's War Head Big Saturday for McPeek Barn

Saturday’s “Stars of Tomorrow II” program will be a busy day for trainer Ken McPeek, who has 14 2-year-olds entered on the card, including Frac Daddy and Java’s War in the Grade II, $150,000-added Kentucky Jockey Club.

Shackleford to Conclude Career in Grade I Clark Handicap

Shackleford, a multiple Grade I winner of more than $2.8 million, will seek to add one more feather to his cap before retiring to stud when he makes his final career start in Friday’s 138th running of the $400,000-added Clark Handicap (GI).

Shackleford Breezes Four Furlongs, Still Possible for Clark

Mike Lauffer, Bill Cubbedge and Phillips Racing Partnership’s Shackleford breezed a half-mile on the fast main track at Churchill Downs on Saturday in :47.40 in his first workout since finishing seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (GI).