Evan Hammonds is the Executive Editor for The Blood-Horse.
Articles by Evan Hammonds
May 04, 2013
Orb stormed to the lead in the stretch of a sloppy Churchill Downs strip to win the 2013 Kentucky Derby. Read More
August 21, 2012
The colt was diagnosed with a peripheral nerve injury that caused atrophy in his left infraspinatus muscle. Read More
May 05, 2012
I'll Have Another ran past a freewheeling Bodemeister in deep stretch to win the May 5 race by 1 1/2 lengths. Read More
May 03, 2012
Post time for the Derby is 6:24 p.m. EDT. NBC will offer three hours of Derby coverage from 4-7 p.m. Read More
May 07, 2011
Team Valor International's homebred Animal Kingdom came from off the pace and roared down the stretch to win the 137th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands May 7 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Second in the classic race was Nehro with Mucho Read More
May 06, 2011
John Fort's Peachtree Stable's Plum Pretty fought off a late charge by St. John's River to win the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (the first jewel in the Filly Triple Crown) to win by a neck. Zazu rallied for third in the 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-old fillies Read More
May 05, 2011
Robert LaPenta's Dialed In, winner of the Florida Derby got a favorable draw in post 8 and was made the morning line favorite for the 2011 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands which will be run May 7 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
April 25, 2010
Eskendereya, the anticipated favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, will not run in the May 1 classic due to a slight filling in his left front leg. Read More
April 18, 2010
Tiz Chrome, a 3-year-old Bob Baffert-trained colt, broke down during a workout at Churchill Downs April 18 and had to be euthanized. Exercise rider Dana Barnes was aboard the son of Tiznow. She was not injured in the mishap.
Ac Read More
April 12, 2010
Odysseus, who finished last under Rajiv Maragh as the 5-1 co-third choice in the April 10 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, has a bone chip in his left front knee according to owner Satish Sanan.
"It's a bit unusual, it's rare t Read More
January 19, 2010
In one of the most highly anticipated announcements in Thoroughbred racing history, Rachel Alexandra was named 2009 Horse of the Year at the Eclipse Awards Jan. 18 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
The announcement was made just before 10:30 Read More
October 15, 2009
Hill 'n' Dale Farms announced Oct. 13 that champion and leading Thoroughbred sire Theatrical has been pensioned from stud duty.
The 27-year-old son of Nureyev, out of the Sassafras mare Tree of Knowledge, was bred in Ireland by Bert and Read More
April 29, 2009
Win Willy, fourth-place finisher in the Arkansas Derby, was declared out of the Kentucky Derby by trainer Mac Robertson on the morning of April 29, hours before entries were to be taken for the May 2 race at Churchill Downs.
Robertson said Read More
April 28, 2009
Fans entering Gate 1 at Churchill Downs may have their breath taken away when they arrive for the races Kentucky Derby week following the unveiling of life-sized statue of Barbaro April 26. The event drew a "Friends of Barbaro" crowd of about 50 Read More
April 27, 2009
Quality Road, who figured to be among the top choices for Saturday's Kentucky Derby will not start in the Run for the Roses, it was confirmed Monday morning by Chris Baker, farm manager of Edward Evans' Spring Hill Farm.
"There was some Read More
November 01, 2008
Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm announced their 2009 stud fees Oct. 31, and the latest stallion to their line-up, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown, will command a fee of $65,000 for his first year at stud.
Big Brown, a son of Read More
October 18, 2008
Reprized, a full brother to 1989 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) winner and sire Prized, was euthanized Oct. 16 at Bill and Debra's Backlinie's D&B Farm near Morrison, Fla.
"It's a tough loss," said Bill Backlinie. "He was D&B Farm .. Read More
June 04, 2008
Triple Crown contender Big Brown was installed the 2-5 morning line favorite and drew the rail in the June 7 Belmont Stakes. The post position draw took place in the Garden Terrace on the fourth floor clubhouse of Belmont Park.
The Kentucky Read More
May 19, 2008
With his huge Preakness Stakes win in his rear-view mirror, Big Brown left Baltimore Monday morning right at 10 a.m. to head to New York and his date with destiny in the June 7 Belmont Stakes.
Big Brown was the last horse remaining in the Read More
May 17, 2008
In a performance that was more like a coronation than a Thoroughbred horse race, Big Brown crushed his 11 rivals in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course Saturday afternoon by 5 1/4 lengths. The son of Boundary, who two weeks ago won the Read More
May 15, 2008
Big Brown, winner of the Kentucky Derby and 1-2 morning line favorite for the Preakness Stakes May 17, will not run past his 3-year-old campaign, it was announced May 14. Speaking at a post-post position draw press conference for the second jewe Read More
August 11, 2007
Coolmore Stud’s talented stallion Hennessy reportedly died of apparent heart failure Aug. 9 at Haras La Mission in Argentina. The 14-year-old son of Storm Cat out of Island Kitty, by Hawaii, had shuttled to Argentina for the Southern Hemisphere Read More
May 31, 2007
The streets of New York will be a little less crowded next weekend because Street Sense will not be running in the June 9 Belmont Stakes but instead will be pointed toward the Travers at Saratoga and a fall campaign. The announcement was made by Read More
September 16, 2006
You've heard the names: Cushion Track, Polytrack, Tapeta, StaLok. They are the trademark names of the major players in racing's latest frontier: the new North American market to replace dirt tracks with synthetic ones.
Pardon the pun, but o Read More
October 28, 2005
Louis Pomes, who worked tirelessly to find and lead abandoned horses to safety in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, was named the 2005 winner of the White Horse Award Thursday afternoon at Belmont Park. The award was bestowed upon Pomes during the Read More