After training Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming early Thursday morning, trainer Todd Pletcher told the crowd at the annual Alibi Breakfast that his colt is ready for Saturday’s 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course.
The New York Racing Association has announced Kendrick Carmouche as the 2017 recipient of the Mike Venezia Memorial Award, the prestigious honor awarded to jockeys who exemplify extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship.
Five Quarter Horse jockeys have been nominated for the 2017 Sam Thompson Memorial Jockey Award, which honors riders whose lives and character positively impact the Quarter Horse racing industry, both on and off the racetrack.
With a brief display of rambunctious behavior early Monday morning Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming showed trainer Todd Pletcher that he hasn’t lost the edge that helped propel him to victory on May 6 at Churchill Downs.
By Churchill Downs Publicity on 05/15/2017 8:06 AM
Jockey Miguel Mena displayed outstanding horsemanship and courage during Saturday’s eighth race at Churchill Downs while helped aid loose rival Marine Pilot on the far turn of the 1 1/8-mile turf race.
Trainer Todd Pletcher gave a very positive review of Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming after the colt galloped once around Pimlico Race Course Thursday morning in preparation for the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1).
By Paulick Report/Heather Pettinger on 05/11/2017 9:39 AM
It is worn down, stretched a bit thin in places, and bears the subtle scars of 40 years of use. Some of its stitching is frayed, but the smooth, well-oiled grain of the leather suggests there is more than meets the eye.
All eyes were on the 143rd Kentucky Derby last weekend as the most exciting two minutes in sports were capped off with a win by Always Dreaming and John Velazquez, who was named Jockey of the Week for May 1-7, 2017.
John Oxley’s Classic Empire, the unanimous Eclipse Award selection as champion 2-year-old of 2016 and a three-time Grade I winner, has been established as the 4-1 morning-line favorite in a field of 20 3-year-olds and two also-eligibles entered for Saturday’s 143rd running of the $2,395,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I).
By Tom Pedulla/America's Best Racing on 04/27/2017 12:51 PM
Tom Pedulla is interviewing prominent racing personalities for America’s Best Racing as they travel the Road to the Kentucky Derby. The opening leg of the Triple Crown will be run on May 6 at Churchill Downs.
Racing fans will decide which of five outstanding jockeys will be the recipient of the 22nd Mike Venezia Memorial Award, to be presented by The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) in a special ceremony at Belmont Park on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29.
After a recent victory, Wilmer Garcia stopped long enough on his walk back to the jockeys’ room to pose for pictures with fans, then playfully flexed a biceps muscle to demonstrate his hidden strength.