Satire, a former racehorse bred by trainer Mike Harrington, is one of the key lead ponies in escorting trainer Doug O’Neill’s runners to and from the track each day. While the O’Neill operation already has one famous pony in multiple Grade I winner Lava Man – who earned more than $5.2 million in his career on the track – the gentle Satire is quietly garnering his own share of spotlight in his daily treks with the barn’s reigning rockstar.
A day after storms drenched Churchill Downs, Kentucky Derby horses Mor Spirit, Gun Runner and stablemate Creator enjoyed sunny skies and solid footing in their final workouts for racing's marquee event.
Trainer Dale Romans does not need a Kentucky Derby win to validate any part of his career. But when discussions arise as to who the best current trainer is that has yet to win a Kentucky Derby, Romans’ name usually crops up in the top five.
On a quiet Sunday morning where no Kentucky Derby contenders posted timed workouts, unbeaten champion Nyquist had the focus on him as he took his first spin around Churchill Downs after arriving in Louisville Saturday afternoon
Toews On Ice took command at the top of the stretch and went on to a two-length victory over Entertainer in the $100,000 William Walker for 3-year-olds on a rainy opening night of the spring meet at Churchill Downs on Saturday.
Grade I winner Exaggerator worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.60 Saturday at Churchill Downs while fellow Grade I winner Brody’s Cause turned in his final work in advance of the Kentucky Derby, going 5 furlongs in 1:00.20
Five years after being scratched from the 2011 Kentucky Derby, Uncle Mo is slated to have a remarkable three offspring of his in the 142nd Kentucky Derby on May 7 with unbeaten juvenile champion Nyquist, graded stakes winner Mo Tom and Grade I-winner Outwork.
Unlike Pharoah-phever a year ago, Nyquist-mania hasn't yet struck in the days leading to the Kentucky Derby. It might by next Saturday night if the undefeated colt ends up in the winner's circle at Churchill Downs.