Busy Work Tab at Churchill for Derby Horses

With rain in the forecast for the weekend, many trainers with contenders heading to the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) opted get in their final workouts Friday, April 29, at Churchill Downs.

Undefeated champion and expected Derby favorite Nyquist had his final breeze at Keeneland prior to the first race of the Friday closing

Derby contender bio: Mo Tom

Connections: Mo Tom is one of two Derby-bound colts, along with Tom’s Ready, campaigned by Gayle Benson and her husband, Tom, also owner of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans. Amoss has conditioned four previous Derby starters, most recently saddling 16th-place War Story last year. Mylute ran 5th in 2013.

Family ties: Coolmore Ashford’s Uncle Mo,

Lanerie officially retains Mo Tom for Derby

Churchill Downs’ leading jockey in eight straight meets will get a second chance at the Kentucky Derby.

Owner G.M.B. Racing announced Friday morning that Corey Lanerie has retained the mount on Mo Tom after lightning essentially struck twice on the Derby trail. In both Fair Grounds’ Risen Star and Louisiana Derby, Lanerie guided the late-kicking

Derby buzz builds for Majesto, Fellowship

For a moment, as Nyquist slid outward and Mohaymen slowed at the top of the stretch Saturday, Majesto looked as if he might slip by on the rail and score a major upset in the Grade I, $1 million Florida Derby. Then came a late bid from closing Fellowship, too.

The champion 2-year-old Nyquist ultimately hit another gear, going on to a 3 1/4-length

2016 Florida Derby Day

The highlight of the Gulfstream Park meeting is the $1 million Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1), a major prep for the Kentucky Derby. A field of 9 three-year-olds contested this 1 1/8 mile trip on Saturday afternoon with 100 “Kentucky Derby Championship Series” points to the winner, under cloudy skies (after earlier rains) and temperatures in the low 9