Nyquist records final work at Keeneland, busy Kentucky Derby worktab at Churchill Downs
Kentucky Derby favorite Nyquist recorded his final workout for next Saturday's Run for the Roses, breezing a mile in 1:41 at Keeneland Friday afternoon.
Todd Pletcher's duo of Outwork and Destin were among a baker's dozen of Kentucky Derby workers at Churchill Downs Friday.
Land Over Sea, a top contender following a facile win in the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2), was one of six runners to post works Friday in advance of the Kentucky Oaks (G1).
The Maryland Jockey Club announced Friday that Team Pharoah -- the connections of last year's Triple Crown winner American Pharoah -- will receive the Preakness Special Award of Merit at the May 19 Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico.
Olorda led all the way in Friday's Bewitch (G3), capturing the closing-day feature at Keeneland. Winner of the March 5 The Very One (G3) at Gulfstream, Olorda captured her second straight long-distance turf affair.
Vance Hanson handicaps Saturday's English 2,000 Guineas (G1) at Newmarket, tabbing a potential upset candidate versus the mighty Air Force Blue.
Rachel's Valentina breezes, large contingent of Derby horses expected to work Friday
Rachel's Valentina received her final tune-up for the Kentucky Oaks (G1) on Thursday, breezing five furlongs in :47.80 at Churchill Downs.
With rain expected Friday evening, a slew of Kentucky Derby works are slated for Friday at Churchill Downs. Todd Pletcher's Destin and Outwork are among the scheduled workers along with Arkansas Derby runner-up Suddenbreakingnews, Mohaymen, Majesto, Mo Tom, Whitmore and Discreetness.
Nyquist took it easy on Thursday, jogging twice around the Keeneland training track before his final Kentucky Derby workout on Friday.
James Scully offers a final profile of this year's Kentucky Derby runners in his penultimate Kentucky Derby Report.
Trainer Wesley Ward has nominated a quartet of juveniles for the August 7 Phoenix (G1) at the Curragh, the first Group 1 race for 2-year-olds in Europe this year.
Dick Powell notes in his Handicapping Insights how the lucrative purses for early-season juvenile races in New York are not paying dividends for NYRA.
Lani works three furlongs; Toews on Ice heads William Walker
UAE Derby (G2) winner Lani breezed three furlongs Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs with regular rider Yutaka Take aboard. Based in Japan, the Kentucky-bred Tapit colt will make his first U.S. start in the Kentucky Derby (G1).
The second running of the $100,000 William Walker highlights the opening night card at Churchill Downs. Multiple stakes victor Toews on Ice heads a group of five 3-year-olds at six furlongs.
Vance Hanson highlights five Kentucky Derbies where the talent ran deep on the TwinSpires Blog and James Scully takes a look at this year's contenders, with a comparison to the last 12 Kentucky Derby winners, in the 2016 Kentucky Derby Brisnet.com Speed Rating Report.
Ed DeRosa explains why Gun Runner's Brisnet.com Speed rating for the Louisiana Derby (G2) has been lowered to a 100.
Winner of the Maker's 46 Mile (G1) over males in her 2016 bow, Miss Temple City will train up to the June 15 Duke of Cambridge (G2) at Royal Ascot.
John Mucciolo reviews the final week in the Aqueduct Notebook before Belmont Park opens on Friday.
Mor Spirit works fast five-eighths at Churchill
Grade 1 winner and Santa Anita Derby (G1) runner-up Mor Spirit breezed five furlongs in :59.80 over the fast main track at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning ahead of the Kentucky Derby (G1).
You can view the Bob Baffert trainee's work, and others from the past week, at our Kentucky Derby Workout Videos blog.
Churchill Downs has released an early list of Derby Week stakes probables, while Kentucky Downs has announced another big boost in stakes and overnight purses for its five-day, all-turf meet in September.
Genorosidade invades from California and finds herself back in against fellow fillies and mares for Friday's $150,000 Bewitch (G3), the closing day feature of Keeneland's Spring Meet.
John Mucciolo recaps last week's Southern California action in his weekly Los Alamitos Notebook.
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