I'll Have Another, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will train up to the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) on gallops alone, trainer Doug O'Neill said during a national teleconference May 10.
So, after three second-place finishes in the Derby, each one more agonizing than the one before, Zayat may now turn his attention to the black-eyed susans, hoping they smell sweeter than the roses. read blog
Dressed in a white shirt and purple tie, the colors of his silks, Reddam appeared relaxed and confident, believing his colt, I'll Have another, was ready to prove to the world what he already knew read blog
Figuring it All Out...Not read blog
The time is getting near. No not the Derby, trying to finally decipher this intricate and confusing puzzle. read blog
It sure felt like summer as several Derby horses schooled this morning and afternoon. read blog
It's one day away from the dreaded draw, that simple tradition that can have even the most hardened racetracker shuddering in fear and apprehension. read blog
The works are done, and all that remains are the final gallops and observing how the horses are thriving during the final week read blog
Daddy Long Legs, winner of the UAE Derby (UAE-II) in his only start this year, had his final piece of work at Ballydoyle, Sunday, April 29, and will be flown to Kentucky on May 1.
The Kentucky Derby trail and short memories go hand in hand. Remember when Mark Valeski was the next up-and-coming star, grabbing everyone's attention with his gutsy nose defeat to El Padrino in the Risen Star? read blog
Santa Anita Derby one-two-finishers arrived in good shape at Churchill Downs April 28.
Chadds Ford Stable's Union Rags turned in a sharp half-mile work April 28 and galloped out so strongly the clockers gave him a five-furlong work in :59 4/5. Jockey Julien Leparoux was aboard the son of Dixie Union.
Pat Byrne, trainer of Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Take Charge Indy, will donate 10% of his winnings from the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) to the horse rescue organization Second Stride.
Ballydoyle trainer will send UAE Derby winner Daddy Long Legs to the Kentucky Derby.
I'll Have Another has been automatically placed on the vet's list in California after undergoing extracorporeal shock wave therapy on his back, which tightened up after his latest work.
If any of Gemologist's opponents in the Kentucky Derby look into his eye and sees Tiznow in there, they're in big trouble. read blog
Julien Leparoux has put the Fla Derby behind him and is looking ahead with Union Rags
Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen is pretty much set, compare who you have with his picks! watch video
Brereton Jones' Mark Valeski, runner-up in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) and Risen Star Stakes (gr. II), drilled five furlongs in :59 3/5 at Churchill Downs April 23 for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Daddy Nose Best and Sabercat, both trained by Steve Asmussen, turned in solid works April 23 for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Lenny and Steve discuss TailGate, Bodemeister, Dullahan, and the Derby picture. watch video
Jerry Crawford, head of Donegal Racing, is excited about Dullahan's chances in Ky.
Where do Bodemeister, Dullahan and Hansen fit in the Derby Dozen puzzle this week? read blog
Four of our highly touted horses, Holy Candy, Dullahan, Optimizer, and Sabercat, are running this weekend. read blog
This year's Kentucky Derby contenders are so evenly matched, there is a good possibility the winner will be determined by who gets the best trip and/or the best ride. read blog
Dr. Kendall Hansen, majority owner of his namesake, Hansen, is getting pumped for the April 14 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) and is already experiencing symptoms of Derby fever.
Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen is now firming into a nice batch of accomplished 3-year-olds. See who has made the list watch video
Holy Candy has that intriguing unknown factor, and it has to be noted that he's already won at Santa Anita. read blog
Lenny and Steve discuss A.P. Indy, Dubai, and counter-attack the New York Times. watch video
Jockey Ramon Dominguez said during a national teleconference April 3 that he is progressing nicely after suffering a separated collarbone March 18 and is on schedule to ride Godolphin's Alpha in the Wood Memorial (gr. I).
San Felipe winner will not wear blinkers in the April 7 Santa Anita Derby.
One of the best story-lines is the love affair between Tami Bobo and Take Charge Indy. read blog
Zayat Stables' Bodemeister turned in a sensational work for the April 14 Arkansas Derby (gr. I), drilling six furlongs in a bullet 1:10 2/5 at Santa Anita Park under jockey Rafael Bejarano.
Many horses move up in Steve's Dozen this week, see who is now knocking on the door! watch video
Marathon is marred by fatal breakdown and two other injuries in rescheduled race.
Godolphin captures the first of eight Dubai World Cup card stakes with African Story.
- By Steve Haskin
Going strictly by the numbers, Windsurfer would appear to have little or no shot to win the Louisiana Derby. But sometimes, numbers do lie, which is why racing has a steady stream of longshot winners. read blog
Michael Matz has put the past behind him and is only focusing on getting Union Rags through the Florida Derby and on to the Kentucky Derby, but the trainer is still clearly bothered by the Eclipse Award voting.
- By Steve Haskin
Rosie Napravnik is one race away from hearing the strains of "My Old Kentucky Home" raining down on her again as she parades to the post in the Kentucky Derby. read blog
Do Daddy Nose Best and Went the Day Well both enter Steve's Derby Dozen for this week? Read to find out! watch video
There's something special about defending your home turf against an army of formidable invaders, and Isn't He Clever and trainer Henry Dominguez will get that chance in the $800,000 Sunland Derby (gr. III) March 25.
- By Steve Haskin
No one can claim the Alpha Adventures have been boring, and he hasn't even gone anywhere. read blog
Graham Motion is back on the Derby trail with recent maiden winner Went the Day Well, who will race next in the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. II) March 24.
- By Steve Haskin
Excerpted from the pages of the March 17, 2012 The Blood-Horse magazine, senior correspondent Steve Haskin tells how Riva Ridge put a struggling racing stable back on firm footing, and gave young owner Penny Chenery... Download Feature
Haskin's Derby Dozen shifts with Gemologist, Optimizer and Secret Circle this week. watch video
Undefeated colt likely will have his final Kentucky Derby prep at Aqueduct
Zayat Stables colt will make his second career start in grade II race at Hawthorne.
- By Steve Haskin
Steve discusses the Delaware Park ties of Union Rags and Mark Valeski. read blog
Creative Cause, Dullahan and Bodemeister shift this week's Derby Dozen. watch video
Bob Baffert-trained colt will be sidelined indefinitely with a hind end issue.
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