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Final preparations are underway for the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands. Scroll down to see how your Derby favorite is training up to the big race!
Jockey Joe Talamo got his Kentucky Derby Week activity off to a good start Wednesday afternoon as he drove Sugar Baby Love (GER) past Happiness Is in deep stretch to win the $46,406 Grinstead Gallop over the Matt Winn Turf Course at Churchill Downs by a half-length.
Matthew Garretson’s Einstein (BRZ), a versatile major stakes winner on grass, dirt and synthetic surfaces, will attempt to become the first repeat winner of the $500,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Grade I) on Saturday in one of the main appetizers on the Kentucky Derby 135 card at Churchill Downs.
David Lanzman, IEAH Stables & Puglisi Racing’s I Want Revenge, a dazzling winner of Aqueduct’s Wood Memorial (Grade I) and Gotham (GIII) since his move from synthetic racetracks to traditional dirt, was installed as a solid 3-1 favorite when he faces 19 rivals in Saturday’s 135th renewal of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!
Follow your favorite contenders for the 135th running of the Kentucky Oaks with Churchill Downs!
BE FAIR / STONE LEGACY / TWEETER – All three D. Wayne Lukas-trained fillies galloped at Churchill Downs on Wednesday morning in preparation for a meeting with likely odds-on favorite Rachel Alexandra in Friday’s Kentucky Oaks.
The following quotes and comments were collected by the Churchill Downs Notes Team following the draw for post positions for the 135th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), to be run on Saturday, May 2.
Here is the field for the 135th running of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), in post position order with trainer, jockey, and morning-line odds.
Churchill Downs is providing daily updates on your favorite contenders for the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands. Get the latest information below!
ADVICE / DUNKIRK / JOIN IN THE DANCE – It now appears trainer Todd Pletcher will start three horses in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby 135 – Advice, Dunkirk and Join in the Dance.
Eclipse Champion Zenyatta Makes Kentucky Debut In Louisville Distaff To Highlight Kentucky Oaks Undercard
Mr and Mrs Jerome Moss’ Zenyatta, the undefeated 5-year-old who earned a 2008 Eclipse Award as the nation’s top older filly or mare was one of three finalists for “Horse of the Year” honors, will face seven challengers Friday in the 24th running of the $350,000-added Louisville Distaff (Grade II) on Kentucky Oaks Day at Churchill Downs.
L and M Partners' brilliant Rachel Alexandra, who closed 2008 with a dominating victory in the Golden Rod (Grade II) beneath the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs, will put a four-race win streak on the line Friday when she faces seven rivals in the 135th running of the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) at the legendary Louisville track.