Emily Shields
Bird Song, winner of the Grade 2 Alysheba Stakes in 2017, has been retired.
Bird Song, a two-time graded winner has been retired after exiting the Sept. 23 Kelso at Belmont Park, with a minor injury.Full Story >>
March 25, 2015
I still like Dortmund to win the Kentucky Derby, but I can make a case for 10 other contenders to be part of the superfecta.
May 05, 2014
In almost every respect but one, California Chrome’s victory in the Kentucky Derby was satisfying and heartwarming, a triumph for the little guy that fans and the media always relish.
May 01, 2014
Saturday's Kentucky Derby will have a clear-cut favorite in California Chrome, the winner of four straight stakes by a total of 24 1/4 lengths. In my opinion, it’s basically a two-horse race between California Chrome and Wicked Strong.
California Chrome has come to mean more than he ever should. Think he’s carrying only 126 pounds and Victor Espinoza on Saturday against Wicked Strong, Danza, Tapiture, and Candy Boy? Think again.
April 30, 2014
The book on Gary Stevens is that he tends to like every horse he’s ever ridden, describing some of them as champions in the making while others brush perilously close to being nothing less than the second coming of Man o’ War.
April 24, 2014
If it is late April, it is the time of year when rank longshots and abject no-hopers come out of the woodwork to clutter the Kentucky Derby field with their unreasonable dreams.
Track information and stakes schedule for the 2014 Churchill Downs Spring Meet, which begins Saturday, April 26th, highlighted by the first jewel of the Triple Crown: The Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 3rd.
April 09, 2014
California Chrome just made my Kentucky Derby superfecta play much less complicated.
May 05, 2013
Orb’s stretch-running victory in the 139th Kentucky Derby was not only trainer Shug McGaughey’s first success in the race, but also a vindication of a philosophy that today seems almost quaint.
April 29, 2013
Doug O’Neill, perhaps maligned by the media last year when he won the Kentucky Derby with I'll Have Another, is back at Churchill Downs this week with another prime Derby contender, Goldencents.