Fast Work Provides Relief for Girvin’s Connections

As owner Brad Grady relayed Girvin‘s :59 3/5 time for his five-furlong breeze April 29 at Keeneland, gathered friends and family let out a relieved cheer. Louisiana Derby (G2) winner Girvin, the top points earner on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, has forced trainer Joe Sharp into some last-minute adjustments after developing a […]

O’Neill Confident After Irap’s Mile Work

As Doug O’Neill watched Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) winner Irap breeze on the main track at Keeneland April 28, the trainer seemed confident and relaxed. He chatted on the phone with owner J. Paul Reddam while the Tiznow   colt completed his mile work in 1:44 1/5 under Julien Leparoux, polishing off final serious preparations […]

Classic Empire a Pro in Four-Furlong Move

The smile that came across Mark Casse‘s face under the cool darkness April 28 was one part enjoyment, one part pure relief. It wasn’t that the Canadian Hall of Fame trainer didn’t think John Oxley’s champion Classic Empire was going to be anything but on the muscle for his final move in preparation for the most important […]

Clocker: Always Dreaming settles down a bit

CHURCHILL DOWNS Weather: Rainy Fast Temp. 61 LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Rain prior to and during training hours at Churchill Downs on Thursday did little to disrupt the plans of the prospective Kentucky Derby and Oaks starters on the grounds, save for Miss Sky Warrior, who got her scheduled half-mile breeze in about 90 minutes earlier […]