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Good Friends Stable’s Private Zone put away longshot Nates Mineshaft at the eighth pole and drew off to post a 4 ¼-length victory and ruin the 2015 debut of Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) winner Bayern in the 81st running of the $500,000 Churchill Downs (GII) Presented by Twinspires.com for 4-year-olds and up.
Robert Masterson’s Tepin took the lead out of the gate and cruised to a 1 ½-length victory over defending race champion Coffee Clique to win the 30th running of the $300,000 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (GII) Presented by Longines for fillies and mares.
Bobby Flay’s Dame Dorothy outlasted Judy the Beauty and Moonlit Stroll after a stretch-long battle to win the 29th running of the $300,000 Humana Distaff (GI) for fillies and mares by a neck.
Gunpowder Farms’ Divisidero rocketed past the bulk of the field in the stretch to win the 24th running of the $250,000 American Turf (GII) Presented by Ram Trucks for 3-year-olds by three-quarters of a length over A Lot.
Trained by Buff Bradley and ridden by Rafael Hernandez, Divisidero covered the 1 1/16 miles on a firm Matt Winn Turf Course in 1:41.59.
Nancy Favreau, Kathy Psoinos and Michael Tabor’s undefeated Competitive Edge romped to a 4 ½-length victory in stakes record time to win the $200,000 Pat Day Mile (GIII) Presented by LG&E and KU for 3-year-olds, the first of seven graded stakes on Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs. The race was formerly known as the Derby Trial that dates to 1924.
Brereton Jones’ Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) winner Lovely Maria did not stick around Churchill Downs long to rest on her lilies as she and Grayson Farm’s I’m a Chatterbox, the Oaks’ third-place finisher vanned to Keeneland shortly after the Oaks that was viewed by a record crowd of 123,763.
Owner Ken Ramsey on the scratch of International Star from the Kentucky Derby: “The state vet got there this morning to check him out and did not like the way he jogged down the shedrow. Our blacksmith took the left-front shoe off and there was definitely some heat on the inside quarter of the left-front foot. Something’s brewing in there, probably an abscess. There’s nothing...
The Jones boys struck again in the Kentucky Oaks.
Owner-breeder Brereton Jones and trainer Larry Jones (no relation) combined to win their Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) when Lovely Maria charged to a 2 ¾-length victory over Shook Up to win the 141st running of the $1 million race for 3-year-old fillies before a record Oaks Day crowd of 123,763 on a mild, sunny afternoon....
Record Breaking 123,763 Fans Watch Lovely Maria Claim a Piece of History and Win the 141st Longines Kentucky Oaks
It was a record-breaking 141st running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) at Churchill Downs Racetrack which culminated as 123,763 fans, the highest attendance of all time, watched a memorable win by Lovely Maria. The prior attendance record was 116,046, set in 2010, during the 136th running of the Kentucky Oaks.
Larry Jones, trainer of Lovely Maria (winner)/I’m a Chatterbox (third) – “She did good. She sure did. Very similar going into the Keeneland race. She's a filly just doing good. She worked so well here. I knew she didn't have to carry her track with her. Chatterbox came closing. She came closing. She got squeezed back a little bit early, but she came closing. ... Third in...
Kerwin Clark, jockey of Lovely Maria, winner – “I’ve been riding for 40 years and I won my first Grade I last month at Keeneland (in the Ashland) with this horse. Then we won this race today. I am very blessed. Blessed to have this horse; to have (trainer) Larry Jones in my life and believing in me, and to have Mr. (Brereton) Jones believe in me and...
Robert Luttrell’s homebred Promise Me Silver kept her record perfect with an eighth straight victory in taking the 60th running of the $200,000 Eight Belles (GIII) Presented by Twinspires.com for 3-year-old fillies.
James Covello, AJ Suited Racing Stable and trainer Brian Lynch’s Power Alert (AUS) took the lead shortly after the start and then held off a late bid from Undrafted to win 21strunning of the $150,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint (GIII) Presented by Twinspires.com by three-quarters of a length.
Sumaya U.S. Stables’ Protonico, passed in the stretch by Noble Bird, battled back on the inside to post a head victory in the 12th running of the $400,000 Alysheba (GII) Presented by Big Fish Games.
Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez, Protonico covered the 1 1/16 miles on a fast main track in 1:42.34.
Bill Cubbedge’s Molly Morgan ducked inside of pace-setting Sweet Whiskey at the head of the stretch, spurted clear of the field and then held off late bids from favored Sheer Drama and Gold Medal Dancer to win the 30th running of the $300,000 La Troienne (GI) Presented by Twinspires.com by three-quarters of a length.
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Feathered, making her grass debut, took the lead out of the gate and repulsed a stretch bid from favored Quality Rocks to win the 30th running of the $150,000 Edgewood (GIII) Presented by Forcht Bank for 3-year-old fillies by two lengths.
Scratch time for the 141st Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) passed at 9 a.m. Friday with no further defections from Saturday’s field thus leaving Charles Fipke’s Tale of Verve on the outside looking in.
Expanded VIP Experience Enhances Access to Renowned Chefs, Exciting Cuisine that Represents ‘Road to the Kentucky Derby’ Destinations
The Official Kentucky Derby Event of Churchill Downs, the Sixth Annual Taste of Derby presented by Stella Artois, will take off in style on Thursday April 30, 2015...
Churchill Downs stewards were notified Thursday afternoon that Stonestreet Stables, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’sStanford would not run in Saturday’s $2,203,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI). His defection...
Ocho Ocho Ocho (Post position 1, morning line 50-1) – Jim Cassidy (trainer) – “It is what it is. It’s a tough spot but what are you going to do? My plan, to be honest with you, is still to take hold and sit in the second flight. I’ve got to think Carpe Diem and a couple of those others are going to go but I don’t want to go with them, or sit behind. That’s what I’m going...