Latest 2015 Kentucky Derby News: Calvin Borel, Jocktails, Live Training Stream
Latest 2015 Kentucky Derby News: Calvin Borel, Jocktails, Live Training Stream– As we close in of the last two weeks of training for America’s best thoroughbred horses, all eyes are on Churchill Downs and Louisville, Kentucky. Justin Zayat reported to the Courier-Journal that jockey Calvin Borel will take the mount on El Kabeir in the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby, the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund released details on an excited event during Derby week, and the Churchill Downs live stream is keeping faraway fans in the loop with a live video stream of Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks horses training on the track. One Lucky Dane has sadly been removed from the Kentucky Derby starting gate due to injury and Upstart has recovered from his fever and is back to training.
Kentucky Derby 2015 Contender News
American Pharoah: The Zayat Stables colt American Pharoah galloped in the rain under Jorge Alvarez over sloppy footing during the training window for Kentucky Oaks and Derby horses on Sunday, April 19, 2015. The colt looked alert and eager on the Churchill Downs track despite the rain.
Danzig Moon: Assistant trainer Norman Casse said John C. Oxley’s Danzig Moon came out of Saturday’s swift five-furlong work in :58 in good shape. “Everthing’s perfect,” said Casse, the son of trainer Mark Casse who oversees his father’s stable at Churchill Downs. The younger Casse said his father would be at Churchill Downs on Saturday for a four-furlong work that would be the final pre-Derby training move by the son of Malibu Moon.
International Star: Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s International Star, winner of the Louisiana Derby (GII) and the points leader on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” Leaderboard, came out of his Saturday work at Churchill Downs well, according to trainer Mike Maker. The son of 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus breezed five furlongs in 1:01.80 under jockey Miguel Mena. International Star returned to Maker’s base at Trackside training center after the work, but will return to Churchill Downs this week and will remain at the track through his Kentucky Derby run. Maker said Saturday that the colt would return to Churchill Downs on Monday or Tuesday, but said Sunday that the plan had changed and the four-mile journey from Trackside had been pushed back to later in the week.
Far Right: Robert V. LaPenta and Harry T. Rosenblum’s Arkansas Derby runner-up Far Right galloped 1 7/8 miles over sloppy footing during Sunday’s training session for Derby and Oaks horses. Trainer Ron Moquett said the winner of the Southwest (GIII) and Smarty Jones at Oaklawn Park would work on Saturday or Sunday.
War Story: Loooch Racing Stables and Glenn K. Ellis’ War Story galloped early Sunday over a fast track at Churchill Downs. Trainer Tom Amoss said the Risen Star (GII) runner-up is scheduled to work on Wednesday.
Mr. Z: Four-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Zayat Stables’ Mr. Z, third in the Arkansas Derby, would work on Wednesday or Thursday. The Malibu Moon colt galloped over a sloppy track during Sunday’s training window for Derby and Oaks runners.
Tencendur: Stall manager Steve Hargrave reports Philip S. Birsh’s Wood Memorial runner-up Tencendur, trained by George Weaver, is expected to arrive Monday after a van ride from New York.
Bold Conquest: On the Churchill Downs track for trainer Steve Asmussen was Ackerley Brothers Farm’s Bold Conquest, a Kentucky Derby candidate who galloped during the 15-minute training window for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders on a track rated sloppy from rains that started shortly after the Churchill Downs track opened for training. Asmussen said Bold Conquest, runner-up in the Iroquois (GIII) at Churchill Downs and third in the Rebel (GII) at Oaklawn Park, would work Monday. He said Monday’s weather would determine whether the son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin would work shortly after the track opens for training at 6 a.m. or during the training period for Oaks and Derby horses.
Firing Line: Sunland Derby winner Firing Line worked five furlongs in company for Simon Callaghan in 1:00.40 under Gary Stevens with owner Arnold Zetcher on hand. Stablemate Footstepsinbronze was timed in 1:01. “I got him in a tick faster than that,” Callaghan said of Firing Line, “but it’s just what we were looking for. He sat off the lead horse, joined it, and galloped out really strong. “Gary was really, really happy. He’ll probably have one more breeze here next Saturday, and leave for Kentucky April 26.”
Ocho Ocho Ocho: Delta Jackpot winner Ocho Ocho Ocho, third in the Blue Grass Stakes on April 4, will run in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Jim Cassidy said. He said the mount on Ocho Ocho Ocho was still open.
Dortmund: Dortmund, who worked in company with Game On At Midnite, who was clocked in 1:00.80. Dortmund’s time was the fastest of 59 at the distance, the average time of which was 1:00.66. “It was a nice move,” Baffert said of Dortmund. “He was really happy out there. The track was in great shape today. He’s happy. There’s no regression.” Baffert said he plans to leave Tuesday for Kentucky to see Arkansas Derby winner American Pharoah, the Kentucky Derby favorite. “He’ll breeze once there,” Baffert said, “but it won’t be on Tuesday. He looks good so far. He hasn’t regressed, either.”
Materiality & Stanford: Alto Racing’s Materiality, who captured the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park on March 28, tuned up for a scheduled start in the Kentucky Derby (G1) on May 2 with a sharp five-furlong breeze at Palm Beach Downs Saturday. The undefeated Todd Pletcher-trained colt worked in company with Louisiana Derby (G2) runner-up Stanford. The stablemates were both timed in 1:00.52 for their final Triple Crown tune-ups at Palm Beach Downs before shipping to Kentucky Tuesday. “It was a super work,” Pletcher said. “I’m very happy with him.” Daily Racing Form’s Mike Welsch, who clocked the important workout, reported that Materiality galloped out six furlongs impressively in 1:13.91.
Carpe Diem: With regular rider John Velazquez aboard, Toyota Blue Grass (G1) winner Carpe Diem worked a half-mile on his own in :48 over a fast track Saturday morning at Keeneland. Owned by WinStar Farm and Stonestreet Stables and trained by Todd Pletcher, Carpe Diem came on the track at 10:15after the track had been closed to all horses. He was accompanied by a lead pony before easing away en route to producing fractions of :12, :24, :36, :48, out five furlongs in 1:00.40 and six furlongs in 1:13.80. “I got him in :48 flat,” Pletcher said. “He galloped out almost to the half-mile pole and Johnny had a hard time pulling him up, which is a good sign. He is a fit horse.”
Itsaknockout: Itsaknockout: Pletcher-trained Itsaknockout, the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (G2) winner through the disqualification of Upstart and the fourth-place finisher in the Florida Derby, breezed a half-mile in 48.17 seconds while working in company with Competitive Edge, his undefeated stablemate.
El Kabeir: Calvin Borel, who has already won the Kentucky Derby three times, was officially announced the jockey for 2015 Kentucky Derby contender El Kabeir. Justin Zayat of Zayat Stables confirmed the news with the Courier-Journal on Sunday.
Upstart: As a Kentucky Derby contender, Upstart is back in serious training after spiking a fever last Saturday, causing him to miss a scheduled workout. However, a week later, the dark bay ridgling returned to the workout tab, breezing a bullet going four furlongs in :47.20 on Friday April 17, 2015. (Read Full Story)
Save The Date
The Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund brings jockeys together to serve up “Jocktails” on Thursday, April 29, 2015 from 7:00pm-10:00 at the Ice House in downtown Louisville located at 217 E. Main Street. Tickets are available online now and won’t last. Only 100 tickets are available to the public!
Team Lady and The Track and Fashion at the Races invites you to a casual Meet & Greet at the Galt House Hotel on Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 pm located at Al J’s Conservatory. The 30-ft aquarium bar with sweeping views of downtown Louisville is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail and celebrate the 141st Running of the Kentucky Derby while becoming acquainted with like-minded horse racing friends.
Kentucky Derby Fan Video Montage
Lady and The Track is collecting videos once again for the 2015 Kentucky Derby Fan Video Montage. If you’d like to join in on the fun simply email a short video clip to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, location, favorite Kentucky Derby horse, and how you’ll play your ticket in your video. All videos must be less than ten seconds long and must be filmed “sideways” by holding your phone horizontally while filming. All video submissions must be emailed in before 12:00 pm ET on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.
Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks Live Workout Stream
A live video stream of morning workouts at Churchill Downs is available every morning from 8:00am-9:00am ET. Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders take to the track for training between 8:30am-8:45am and wear specially designed saddle towels embroidered with their names. Kentucky Derby contenders wear a brightly colored greenish-yellow towel while Kentucky Oaks contenders wear pink. The live stream is an excellent way to get to know your 2015 Kentucky Derby contenders a little better even if you’re clear across the country.
Kentucky Derby 2015 Possible Contenders & Odds
International Star 16-1
Carpe Diem 6-1
American Pharoah 2-1
El Kabeir 25-1
Far Right 33-1
Firing Line 14-1
Danzig Moon 33-1
War Story 45-1
Mr. Z 50-1
Ocho Ocho Ocho 25-1
Keen Ice 50-1
Bold Conquest 70-1
*Odds courtesy of Bovada
Kentucky Derby 2015 Post Draw
The post position draw for the Kentucky Oaks is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, 2015. The post draw for the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby is set for Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 5:30 pm ET at Churchill Downs. The traditional pill pull will be televised on NBCSN.
Kentucky Derby 2015 Post Time
The 141st running of the Kentucky Derby is set to take place at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Gates open early at 8:00 am ET with post time for the first race at 10:30 am ET. Post time for the Kentucky Oaks is approximately 5:45 pm ET on Friday May 1, 2015. Post time for the Kentucky Derby is approximately 6:24 pm ET. Visit KentuckyDerby.com for official information.
Kentucky Derby 2015 TV Schedule
The Kentucky Derby will be aired on NBC on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 4:00-7:00 pm ET. A Kentucky Derby post show will begin at 7:00 pm ET on NBCSN.
Kentucky Derby Events Schedule
Kentucky Oaks May 1, 2015
8:00 am Gates Open
10:30 am Race 1
11:00 am Race 2
11:30 am Race 3
12:05 pm Race 4
12:43 pm Race 5 La Troienne (GI)
1:26 pm Race 6 Twin Spires Turf Sprint (GIII)
2:08 pm Race 7
2:15 pm Longines Fashion Contest (Pink Carpet located near Gate 10)
3:02 pm Race 8 Eight Belles (GIII)
4:02 pm Race 9 Edgewood (GIII)
4:52 pm Race 10 Alysheba (GII)
Survivors Parade presented by Kroger
5:49 pm Race 11 Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI)
6:21pm Race 12
Kentucky Derby May 2, 2015
8:00 am Gates Open
10:30 am Race 1
11:01 am Race 2
11:31 am Race 3
12:04 pm Race 4
12:38 pm Race 5 Pat Day Mile (GIII)
1:19 pm Race 6 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (GII)
2:08 pm Race 7 Humana Distaff (GI)
2:59 pm Race 8 American Turf (GII)
3:43 pm Race 9 Churchill Downs Stakes (GII)
4:44 pm Race 10 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (GI)
6:24 pm Race 11 Kentucky Derby (GI)
7:20 pm Race 12
7:50 pm Race 13