Happy retirement to Dortmund, son of Big Brown. Always imposing, a titan of the track in size and personality. A pleasure to watch race.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah received a hero’s welcome in his return to the Churchill Downs paddock. A crowd of about 30,000 gathered at Downs After Dark on June 13, 2015, all in hopes of catching a glimpse of horse racing’s star.
The only thing missing from the parade and paddock show? A rendition of “Enter Sandman” as he walked through the tunnel to cheers of “Phar-oah! Phar-oah!”
TwinSpires on YouTube is a great resource for videos of Kentucky Derby contenders working and galloping in the mornings at Churchill Downs.
Here’s a few key videos. If you’re on YouTube, hit the “subscribe” button under “twinspires” and you’ll get the videos directly into your feed.
American Pharoah on a sloppy track April 19 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4qHJ3gS9aw
International Star’s work on April 18 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnvnLMj95yA
Bolo is headed to the Kentucky Derby; here’s video of his work from Friday, April 17 at Santa Anita.
Several jockey assignments for the Kentucky Derby were announced Sunday:
Calvin Borel will ride El Kabeir
Rafael Bejarano will ride Bolo
Ramon Vazquez will be aboard Mr. Z