Derby favorite I Want Revenge was out on Thursday morning.
It was another busy morning Thursday at Churchill Downs, but this time we were not as lucky with the weather, although the temperature was fine. It was cloudy at dawn but no rain until the track was closed for the break at 8am, when it started to drizzle. The rain continued to pick up as the morning went on and by 9am it was raining fairly steady and getting harder. Around noon it started to slack off and we might get through the rest of the afternoon without more rain.
Here are photos 12 of the Kentucky Derby horses, including 6 new ones I didn't see before, plus 2 new Oaks fillies with comments on what they did. Click the small photo to see a larger verson.
Advice schooled in the paddock during the 6th race on Thursday afternoon along with his stablemate Dunkirk. Trainer Todd Pletcher took them through the whole routine, even saddling them. Earlier in the day, he galloped 1 3/8 miles but he wasn't wearing his named saddle cloth.
Chocolate Candy stood in the starting gate and then galloped 1 3/8 miles under exercise rider Lindsey Molina before the break.
Dunkirk schooled in the paddock during the 6th race on Thursday afternoon along with his stablemate Advice. Trainer Todd Pletcher took them through the whole routine, even saddling them. Earlier in the day, he galloped 1 3/8 miles but he wasn't wearing his named saddle cloth.
Friesan Fire came out after the rennovation break for a gallop with his trainer Larry Jones aboard.
General Quarters galloped 1 1/2 miles under exercise rider Julie Sheets early this morning as usual.
I Want Revenge came out before the break and jogged in the mile chute for a while, then made an easy lap around the track. Later in the day he schooled in the paddock.
Join in the Dance schooled in the paddock just before noon with several other Todd Pletcher trainees. He probably needed it as he was a bit wild and jumpy. Pletcher saddled him in the training stall then he walked around the paddock several times. Earlier in the day, he galloped 1 3/8 miles but he wasn't wearing his named saddle cloth.
Rachel Alexandra came out after the break and took a couple of laps, looking quite frisky.
Triple Crown quick links:
Oxbow upsets in the Preakness - Oxbow led the entire way in the Preakness Stakes (G1) on Saturday at Pimlico with Itsmyluckyday second and Mylute third. Heavy favorite Orb made a mild move to finish fourth. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Preakness undercard stakes results - There were 7 other stakes on the card, highlighted by the Dixie Stakes (G2) won by Skyring and the Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes (G3) won by Summer Applause. Get the results, charts, and photos for 6 of the races here.
Fiftyshadesofhay wins the Black-Eyed Susan - Fiftyshadesofhay just got up to win the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) on Friday at Pimlico by a neck over Marathon Lady with favorite Emollient 6th. On the undercard, Last Gunfighter won the Pimlico Special (G3). Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Analyzing the Preakness Stakes Contenders for 2013 - My annual analysis using popular angles and statistical trends to see who best matches the profile of a Preakness winner. The big surprise is that Kentucky Derby winner Orb is not in the top group!
Orb wins the Kentucky Derby - Orb was far back early but took the lead in the stretch and drew off to win the Kentucky Derby (G1) by 2 1/2 lengths over longshot Golden Soul and Revolutionary. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
More Kentucky Derby Photos - More photos from the day including more of Orb, the trophy, the roses, Martina McBride, and lots of mud.
Kentucky Derby undercard stakes results - There were 5 other stakes on Derby day including the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1) won by 2012 Horse of the Year Wise Dan and the Humana Distaff Stakes (G1) won by Aubby K. Get the results, charts, and photos for all 5 races here.
Princess of Sylmar upsets in the Kentucky Oaks - She rallied from far back to win the Kentucky Oaks by a half length over Beholder and Unlimited Budget, while favorite Dreaming of Julia was fourth. Get the results, chart, and photos here.
Kentucky Oaks undercard stakes results - There were 5 other stakes on Oaks day including the La Troienne Stakes (G2) won by Authenticity and the Alysheba Stakes (G3) won by Take Charge Indy. Get the results, charts, and photos for all 5 races here.
Kentucky Oaks Entries - A field of 11 fillies will go, with Gulfstream Oaks winner Dreaming of Julia favorite at 3-1 from post 8. Get the post positions, odds, and free past performances here.
Top Kentucky Derby Contenders - my list of the top horses headed to the Derby with profiles for each with photos, stats, and link to more info like past performances and pedigree.
Analyzing the top 2013 Kentucky Derby contenders - My annual analysis of the top contenders to try and select a winner by matching each to the profile of a Kentucky Derby winner using many of the more popular angles and statistical trends. This year there were is a 3-way tie for the top spot: Goldencents, Normandy Invasion, and Overanalyze.
2013 Kentucky Derby And Oaks Security - New enhanced stricter rules will be enforced this year. Be sure to read the rules as many have changed and more things are banned. There will still be magnetic wand searches of all patrons and many things are no longer allowed. Check here to make sure you don't bring anything they will confiscate.
Review: Triple Crown Handicapper 2013 - by Jim Mazur. Includes lots of stats for all 3 races and explains how to use a system of statistically derived negative angles to eliminate the "bad" picks.
Review: Kentucky Derby Greatest Moments - Commemorative DVD from Churchill Downs with video from 27 different runnings along with interviews, photos, and historical info. Definitely recommended for any racing fan!
Review: Churchill Downs - America's Most Historic Racetrack by Kimberly Gatto. An entertaining and informative account of the history of the track and it's most famous race, the Kentucky Derby, with lots of photos. Definitely recommended.