"This horse has got the mind for a Derby horse," Gary Contessa remarked. "He'll walk into that stadium and there'll be 150,000 people there...and he'll be like 'Yeah, this is cool...whatever.' "
Is he or isn't he? That is the question everyone is asking on the subject of Social Inclusion being one of those so-called freaks that only come along on rare occasions.
Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) winner Ring Weekend will make his final prep for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands when the gelded son of Tapit goes to post in the $250,000 Calder Derby at Calder Casino & Race Course.
Steve Haskin brings Constitution into his Kentucky Derby Dozen this week, but read to see who falls off the list! read blog
Network will provide live on-site coverage of all three Triple Crown races this spring and the Breeders' Cup later this year.
Steve Haskin discusses his intrigue with Ride On Curlin this week.
A full gate of 14 runners is looking like a strong possibility for the 90th running of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) Saturday, April 12 at Keeneland.
Steve Asmussen-trained colt will be the likely favorite in 1 1/8-mile test at Oaklawn
Evan Hammonds comments on the efforts of Vicar's in Trouble and Constitution. watch video
Trainer Todd Pletcher was mulling his Kentucky plans for Constitution the day after the undefeated colt's courageous victory in $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park March 29.
Ride On Curlin, third in both the Southwest (gr. III) and Rebel (gr. II) stakes at Oaklawn Park, worked five furlongs over the track March 30 and remains on target for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I).
For only the third time in the 16-year history of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager's final pool, bettors were unable to decide on an individual horse, instead making the Mutuel Field the top choice.
Gulfstream Park set an all-time Florida Derby day handle record March 29 when $26.8 million was wagered on the live program highlighted by the 63rd edition of the grade I event sponsored by Besilu Stables.
If horseplayers had a question of which runner to bet in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park March 29, the one Javier Castellano was named on seemed as sure a shot as any.
Vicar's in Trouble led every step of the way, turning back the challenge of favored Intense Holiday to post a comfortable win in the $1 million Louisiana Derby (gr. II)at Fair Grounds March 29.
California Chrome and Candy Boy, the two favorites for the upcoming $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), both turned in final major drills March 29 for their highly anticipated meeting.
Toast of New York is the toast of Dubai and his connections will consider the possibility of trying to become the toast of Kentucky after posting the easiest of victories in the $2 million UAE Derby (UAE-II).
Schoolofhardrocks, fourth-place finisher in the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II), worked six furlongs on Santa Anita's main track the morning of March 28 in 1:12 4/5 in preparation for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).
Calvin Borel, three-time winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has been named to ride Conquest Titanin the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park April 12.
Grindstone was an unheralded colt who never grabbed the public's attention. He served notice, however, that 3-year-olds capable of a strong run down the longest stretch in the nation should not be disregarded.
TwinSpires.com has signed on as title sponsor of the $1 million Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) in a two-year partnership agreement, the New York Racing Association announced March 28.
Santa Anita Park officials have announced they will provide round-the-clock surveillance of all horses entered in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) beginning 72 hours before the April 5 race.
Commissioner, headed for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I), is among three horses multiple Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher plans to send to to Oaklawn Park for the last day of the Racing Festival of the South.
Claire Novak and Frank Angst analyze two Kentucky Derby prep races this weekend. Watch to see Claire and Frank predict how the Florida Derby and Louisiana Derby fields will unfold. watch video
Horse Racing Radio Network returns to Gulfstream Park March 29 and will provide 5 1/2 hours of exclusive live radio coverage beginning with the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) at noon EDT.
General a Rod looks formidable in the Florida Derby, given his track record, post position and trainer confidence.
When the calendar pages turn to March, and the days slowly count down to the final Saturday of the month, the annual anticipation for one of the greatest days in horse racing begins to build. read blog
A historical look at the UAE Derby (UAE-II). view infographic
Kiaran McLaughlin knew he was taking a risk when he decided to bypass the Feb. 22 Fountain of Youth with Holy Bull winner Cairo Prince; now the colt has little margin for error on the road to the Kentucky Derby.
Intense Holiday has drawn the rail post position as the 2-1 morning line favorite for the $1 million Louisiana Derby (gr. II) March 29 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
The New York State Gaming Commission and The New York Racing Association March 26 announced enhanced security measures for horses competing in the April 5 Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
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NBCSN will cover four elite Thoroughbred prep races over the next two weekends leading into NBC Sports Group's exclusive coverage of the Triple Crown races, it was announced March 26.
Trainer Jamie Osborne talks about his charge, Toast of New York, a Kentucky-bred son of Thewayyouare, who runs in the UAE Derby. Watch Video
Ralph Wilson Jr., who bred the spectacular winner of the 1991 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) Arazi, has died at age 95. Wilson also campaigned Jim French and West Coast Scout.
A historical look at the Louisiana Derby (gr. II). view infographic
A historical look at the Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I). view infographic
With three weekends of major prep races left before the Kentucky Derby, here's our survey of where dozens of contenders and pretenders are going next, listed in order of their Kentucky Derby points. Over 80 horses are listed.
"Paul Braverman said, 'Do you have any Derby horses this year?' and I said, 'Paul, this is our Derby horse.' " -- Kiaran McLaughlin on Cairo Prince.
The late nomination period for the classic races of the 2014 Triple Crown concluded late March 22 with 10 additional 3-year-old Thoroughbreds added to the roster of horses eligible to complete in this year's classic series.
Did the Sunland Derby and Spiral Stakes shake Steve Haskin's Kentucky Derby Dozen this week? You may be surprised, read and find out! read blog
The fourth and final pool of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager will open March 27 with fast-rising West Coast star California Chrome as the narrow morning-line favorite over East Coast standout Cairo Prince.
Steve Haskin looks at the Florida Derby, examining Constitution and Cairo Prince.
Favored Chitu put away stablemate Midnight Hawk in the drive for the wire as trainer Bob Baffert accounted for the first two finishers in the $800,000 Sunland Derby (gr. III) March 23 in New Mexico.
Evan Hammonds recaps the exciting finish of the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park. watch video
Unbeaten Samraat breezed at Palm Meadows training center March 22 as he continues his preparations for the Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Remsen Stakes (gr. II) winner Honor Code will miss the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) after a slight tear in his right hind upper suspensory was detected morning the morning of March 23.
Charging hard down the center of the track at Turfway Park, We Miss Artie had his sights set on dueling leaders Coastline and Harry's Holiday. A jump past the wire and no one knew who got it.
California Chrome and Candy Boy, who figure to be the top two betting choices in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), had their penultimate workouts March 22 for the $1 million race on April 5.
After producing a bullet workout at Palm Meadows the morning of March 22, Spot was added to the list of probables for the upcoming $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park.
Cairo Prince, the probable favorite for the upcoming $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park, breezed an easy half-mile in :50.90 the morning of March 22 at Palm Meadows.
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