Don't be surprised if two of the participants, who could go off as the two top choices, begin gaping at each other as two childhood playmates might do meeting years later. read blog
D. Wayne Lukas has put together a formidable team of jockeys to ride his three starters in the Preakness Stakes, with Gary Stevens to remain aboard Oxbow, Mike Smith on Will Take Charge, and Julien Leparoux on Titletown Five.
The day finally had arrived. Everything had gone perfectly for Orb and trainer Shug McGaughey. read blog
The time finally has come to make something resembling selections. read blog
Now that the post positions have been drawn, Steve comments on the pace scenario. Plus Funny Cide and Mine That Bird. read blog
Lenny and Steve at Churchill Downs discuss who is in the Derby, Todd Pletcher's five, talk to D. Wayne Lukas about Oxbow and Will Take Charge, and make their picks. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. Watch Video
The four unknowingly helped inspire the name of Kentucky Derby contender Normandy Invasion, along with the other thousands of brave soldiers who participated in the historic events of June 6, 1944. read blog
Each year, there is at least one horse you take an instant liking to. read blog
The final Derby Dozen for 2013, are there any surprises? read blog
If this year's Derby has you confused now, you'll really be tested if the projected forecast for rain on Saturday holds true. read blog
- By Steve Haskin
Steve Haskin presents the news of the day, including works by Orb, Oxbow, and Will Take Charge, and a weather report. Watch Video
It didn't take the eagle eye of Bob Baffert long to zero in on Orb, who has flourished since arriving at Churchill Downs. read blog
Steve Haskin brings you the calm after the storm of workouts with works and new arrivals Goldencents and Itsmyluckyday on the track today. Steve also gives you the work tab for the rest of the week. watch video
Steve Haskin talks about all of the works today. Times and brief analysis on Normandy Invasion, Mylute, Black Onyx, Palace Malice, Overanalyze, Revolutionary, Charming Kitten, Verrazano, and more! watch video
A total of eight Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) horses had their final drills the morning of April 27, many of them moved back a day due to the impending rain expected later today and tomorrow. read blog
What better way to kick off live Kentucky Derby coverage than with a photo gallery of some of the major players and some early observations. read blog
Steve Haskin reshuffles his deck of 12 and reminds us how to handicap the old fashioned way this week on Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen. read blog
In the case of Palace Malice, it was a simple, but fateful, decision by Burl McBride, the trainer of the colt's dam, Palace Rumor, that has led the son of Curlin to Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby. read blog
Kelly was recognized as one of the great trainers of his era. He was cherished as a friend and worshiped as a father and husband, but to everyone fortunate to have known him, he was one of the good guys.
Pick Six Racing's Vyjack, who has been recovering from a lung infection detected after a third-place finish in the Wood Memorial (gr. I), returned to the work tab April 19.
Freeman began training in the 1950's and had many top horses such as Bukhar, Gala Performance, Hodges Bay, Cold Comfort, Show Off, and Understudy. But his best horse by far was Mrs. Whitney Stone's Hall of Fame filly Shuvee.
Mike Pegram's Govenor Charlie, record-breaking winner of the Sunland Derby (gr. III), is scheduled to be shipped to Churchill Downs April 18 after a brief visit to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky.
Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin review the importance of race times, discuss Java's War in the Blue Grass Stakes, review performances of Spicer Cub and Incognito, and present a top 5 list! Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. watch video
Hall of Fame rider Gary Stevens, who was aboard Oxbowin his fifth-place finish in the recent Arkansas Derby (gr. I), will ride him in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer D. Wayne Lukas said.
The Blue Grass Stakes and Arkansas Derby have made an impact on Steve Haskin's Kentucky Derby Dozen this week. read blog
David Wilkenfeld's Vyjack, who came out of his first career defeat in the Wood Memorial (gr. I) with a lung infection, has been having regular treatments in a hyperbaric chamber at Fair Hill Equine Therapy Center.
War Academy has been installed as the 2-1 favorite in a field of 10 3-year-olds entered for the 77th running of the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) April 13 at Oaklawn Park.
Just as a reminder to those who have now dismissed Verrazano as a potential Kentucky Derby winner, take note of past Derbys. read blog
- By Steve Haskin
David Nunn and Formal Gold rekindle memories. read blog
Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen is shuffled in a major way this week. There are new horses on it, and one is from 'left field'! read blog
Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) runner-up has small chip in his right knee and will be sent to Rood and Riddle April 10 to have the chip removed, trainer Bob Baffert said April 7.
- By Steve Haskin
Dirt, grass, Polytrack, Tapeta, it doesn't matter. He has excelled on all of them. read blog
Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) winner Verrazano was assigned post 8 as the 4-5 favorite on the morning line for the $1 million Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) to be run April 6 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Animal Kingdom's Dubai World Cup, Orb, Revolutionary, Dreaming of Julia, and more. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. Watch Video
Hear the Ghost could be the prey instead of the hunter after his San Felipe victory.
The Florida Derby and Louisiana Derby have led to big changes in Steve's Derby Dozen, plus Lines of Battle arrives! read blog
While many of the leading 3-year-olds were competing in the warm, sunny climes of Florida and Louisiana, a silent assassin was laying low up in the chilly confines of Belmont Park. read blog
If America is going to finally crack the Tapeta blockade that has prevented it from having a single horse finish in the money in the three Dubai World Cups run at Meydan, this will be the year.
Breeders' Cup Turf and Arlington Million winner looks to add another rich purse in the $5 million Dubai Duty Free Sponsored by Duty Free (UAE-I) March 30 at Meydan.
Cot Campbell is hoping to get enough points in the Louisiana Derby to make it to Churchill
What they have in common is they all carry the John Nerud influence in their pedigree, mainly through the descendents of Fappiano and Dr. Fager and continuing through Unbridled and Quiet American. read blog
Both colts will be among the favorites for the Santa Anita and Florida Derbys.
Steve Haskin has some shuffling in his Kentucky Derby Dozen this week. Read to see if Black Onyx or Govenor Charlie make an appearance! watch video
- By Steve Haskin
Just seeing the name Broad Brush brought back a flood of memories, evoking images of one of the toughest racehorses I've ever been around, and in many ways the most remarkable. read blog
Steve Haskin and Lenny Shulman talk about the Kentucky Derby trail. Including the recent Rebel Stakes, new maiden winners, drugs, and more! Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. watch video
Shakin It Up and Govenor Charlie looking for valuable 50 points in 1 1/8-mile test.
Tampa Bay Derby runner-up will remain in the U.S. and point for the Kentucky Derby.
U.S. horses slump in the Dubai World Cup since surface change. read blog
A few changes in Steve Haskin's Kentucky Derby Dozen this week, and Steve comments on a few horses off the radar in his video. watch video
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