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Churchill Downs Backside Consensus: It's Animal KIngdom

CHURCHILL CONSENSUS HAS ANIMAL KINGDOM RULING IN MARYLAND – A lot of trainers on the Churchill Downs backstretch got a good look at Animal Kingdom in the week he was here prior to winning the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on May 7.

Ready's Rocket Set for Bid to Make History

READY’S ROCKET READY TO MAKE HISTORY -- History is made on the first Saturday of every May at Churchill Downs. On this third Saturday in May, Ready’s Rocket will look to make his own history.

Brass Hat Nears Return at 10

BRASS HAT PREPARES FOR CAMPAIGN AT AGE 10 – With more than $2 million in his career bankroll and at the age of 10, one would think Brass Hat would be ready to kick back at the farm and enjoy the easy life.

            One would think wrong.

Preakness Hopes Midnight Interlude, Astrology Work; Nehro Still On Fence

ASTROLOGY/NEHRO – The two possible Preakness contenders in the Churchill Downs barn of trainer Steve Asmussen turned in easy half-mile works over a sloppy and sealed track on Monday morning.

Dance City Sharp in Preakness Work; Nehro, Astrology Could Work Monday

The Estate of Edward P Evans’ Dance City, working in company with Gulfstream Park allowance winner Escort, breezed five furlongs Sunday over a track labeled as “good” in 1:00.20 with exercise rider Fernando Espinoza up.

Preakness Hope Sway Away Works Six Furlongs, Dance City Set for Sunday Move

Batman Stable, Philip Lebherz, Cindy Olsen, Janet Sharp and Glen Wallace et al’s Sway Away completed his major training for a run in next Saturday’s Preakness with a six-furlong work in 1:13.60 over a fast track early Saturday morning at Churchill Downs.

Sway Away To Prep for Preakness in Saturday Work

SWAY AWAY SCHEDULED TO WORK FOR PREAKNESS ON SATURDAY --Batman Stable, Philip Lebherz, Cindy Olsen, Janet Sharp and Glen Wallace et al’s Sway Away jogged a mile before the renovation break Friday morning under exercise rider Keith Davis as he continued preparation for next Saturday’s $1 million Preakness (Grade I) at Pimlico.

Routine Day for Preakness Hopefuls; On-Track Tribute to Michael Baze Set for Friday

DOWNS-BASED PREAKNESS HOPEFULS HAVE ROUTINE MORNING –The five horses stabled at Churchill Downs that are deemed as probable starters for the May 21 Preakness (Grade I) at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course had routine gallops Thursday morning at Churchill Downs.

Barn Notes for May 10: The Factor Works Five Furlongs

THE FACTOR WORKS FIVE FURLONGS IN 1:00 UNDER BRIDGMOHAN – Fog City Stable and George Bolton’s The Factor, working for the second time since undergoing a throat procedure known as a myectomy following a seven-place finish in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (Grade 1), worked five furlongs before the renovation break in 1:00 over a fast track.

Kentucky Jockey Club Winner Santiva, Golden Rod Heroine Kathmanblu Well After 'Stars of Tomorrow' Triumphs

KENTUCKY JOCKEY CLUB WINNER SANTIVA FLORIDA-BOUND MONDAY – Things were quiet at the Eddie Kenneally barn on Sunday morning and assistant Brendan Walsh reported all was well with Kentucky Jockey Club (GII) winner Santiva.