El Padrino, the highly-touted 3-year-old from the barn of Todd Pletcher, proved he was worthy of the hype Feb. 25 at Fair Grounds when he outdueled Mark Valeski by a nose to win the $300,000 Risen Star (gr. II).
Neck 'n Neck, reluctant to rally between horses in the Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) three weeks earlier, will get blinkers for the $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 26 at Gulfstream Park.
The $400,000 Gotham (gr. III) at Aqueduct March 3 will likely feature more than a dozen 3-year-olds, headed by 2011 juvenile champion Hansen.
BloodHorse.com has released a special digital report, "2012 Triple Crown Preview" that is available for download at www.BloodHorse.com/TCPreview.
After Thunder Moccasin's visually impressive win in the Hutcheson Stakes, Starlight Racing's tentative plan is not roses in May but one-turn sprint races -- at least for now.
The grade II Fountain of Youth could come down to whether one of the three top-rated horses reacts well to a touch of the whip.
The high-anticipated 3-year-old race pits the current Derby favorite, Union Rags, against two undefeated and top-class horses from the barn of leading trainer Todd Pletcher, Algorithms and Discreet Dancer.
Tom and Jason handicap the Fountain of Youth and Risen Star Stakes. watch story
Motor City, a 3-year-old son of Street Sense and winner of last fall's Iroquois Stakes (gr. II), worked five furlongs in 1:01.88 at Palm Meadows Training Center Feb. 23. The bullet at the trip was recorded by Dialed In.
Horse Racing Radio Network will be on site at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla., to provide exclusive live coverage of five graded stakes over the Feb. 25-26 weekend.
When one sees a six-furlong work in 1:16 and a mile work in 1:43, the last trainer that comes to mind is Bob Baffert. But those were the respective works Feb. 22 for the Baffert-trained Derby hopefuls Fed Biz and Liaison.
Isn't He Clever, returning to New Mexico after a fourth-place finish in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita earlier this month, heads a field of seven entered for Sunland Park's $150,000 Borderland Derby.
Through Feb. 22, the following is the current earnings for the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) to be run on May 5 at Churchill Downs.
When Starlight Racing needs to replenish its stable of runners, its buying team heads to the yearling auctions. The venture's efforts at the sales are paying off handsomely this year with several promising 3-year-olds.
Steve Asmussen has a trio of intriguing Derby prospects read blog
There's a good chance we'll have a clear-cut favorite for the Kentucky Derby after the Feb. 26 clash between the undefeated Holy Bull winner Algorithms and Champagne winner Union Rags.
A few horses move up in Steve's Dozen this week and a lot of new insight in Steve's notes for last week and horses knocking on the door. watch video
Drill, who defeated American Act by a nose in the Feb. 19 San Vincente Stakes (gr. II), was a high-energy horse with a lot of potential even as a yearling.
Pimlico Race Course, which opened Oct. 25, 1870, and is the second-oldest track in the country, has a new logo as its 2012 live racing season approaches.
A game Secret Circle outdueled Scatman in the stretch to win the second division of the $250,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III), giving trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Rafael Bejarano a sweep of the President's Day features.
Castaway, the least experienced of two Bob Baffert trainees shipped to Oaklawn Park for the two divisions of the Southwest Stakes (gr. III), rolled to a convincing 3 3/4-length triumph in the first division.
Lenny Shulman recaps the San Vicente and El Camino Real Derby from the weekend. Lenny highlights horses such as Creative Cause and Drill. watch video
TwinSpires.com, Churchill Downs Incorporated's advanced deposit wagering network, has launched the "Triple Crown Showdown" contest for its customers during the Triple Crown season.
Todd Pletcher's powerful duo of Algorithms and Discreet Dancer turned in their final works for the Feb. 26 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II), breezing a half-mile and five-eighths, respectively, at Palm Meadows Feb. 20.
El Padrino, who showed himself to be a Triple Crown contender with a sharp allowance win at Gulfstream Park Jan. 29, heads a field of 11 entered for the $300,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) at Fair Grounds Feb. 25.
Rebounding from four consecutive disappointing efforts, Drill won the $150,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) by a desperate nose over a determined American Act Feb. 19 at Santa Anita. Creative Cause finished third at 1-2 odds.
Haskin's Derby Trail: Godolphin has changed its strategy and has its best chance to win the roses read blog
Union Rags signaled his readiness for next Sunday's Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park when he breezed four furlongs in :48 4/5 Sunday at Palm Meadows Training Center.
Daddy Nose Best, getting a great ground-saving trip from Julien Leparoux, won an all-out duel with Lucky Chappy to capture the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) by a nostril at Golden Gate Fields Feb. 18.
The first division of the grade III Southwest Stakes looks like the stronger of the two, so we may have to work that much harder to find the winner. Let's get right down to it for both divisions.
With 21 3-year-old entrants for the Southwest Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 20, Oaklawn Park has split the race into two divisions worth $250,000 apiece.
Fasig-Tipton, North American's oldest Thoroughbred auction firm, will once again sponsor the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (gr. II) Feb. 26, Gulfstream Park announced.
Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) winner Battle Hardened returned to the worktab Feb. 17 at Palm Meadows Training Center with an easy half-mile breeze in :49 4/5.
A final decision will be made at entry time as to whether or not the race will be split into two divisions, each carrying a $250,000 purse and the grade III status. Entries for the race will be drawn Feb. 18.
West Coast star Creative Cause will take his first step toward a possible start in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) when he heads a field of six in the $150,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita.
My Adonis to take on Hansen again in Gotham Stakes. read blog
A look at his form makes it slightly surprising that I'll Have Another was underestimated in the Robert B. Lewis, and a glance at his pedigree marks him as a colt who could be expected to improve with time and distance.
Hansen, last year's champion 2-year-old male, sits atop the official graded stakes earnings list that will likely determine the participants for this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, seeking his sixth El Camino Real Derby victory, sends out morning line choice Russian Greek and stakes-winning filly Lady of Fifty as part of a 10-horse field.
Churchill Downs will partner with Moet and Chandon, BLUE04, and SandRidge Energy for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 5.
Thunder Moccasin didn't command huge prices in the auction ring, but he always was physically impressive.
Churchill Downs has launched its "Road to the Roses" Kentucky Derby Fantasy Challenge that permits players to manage a stable of horses, trainers, and jockeys leading up to the first classic at Churchill Downs.
Steve Haskin adds Fed Biz and Bodemeister from the Bob Baffert camp to his Derby Dozen. Steve also increases his guests knocking at the door. watch video
One day after losing his regular rider for his 2012 debut in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II), Union Rags was out on the track at Palm Meadows for a five-furlong breeze in 1:03.08 Feb. 13.
Julien Leparoux, a two-time champion jockey in the United States, and Alan Garcia, who won the 2008 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), will both be at Golden Gate Fields Feb. 18 to compete in the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III).
Bettors were pretty sure they didn't see this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner among the 23 individual choices in pool 1 of the 2012 Derby future wager, making the mutuel field the 3-2 choice.
Jockey Garrett Gomez, on the mend from a broken heel sustained last month, said he wants to be back in time to ride Sham Stakes (gr. III) winner Out of Bounds in the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) March 10.
Preparing for his 3-year-old debut in the San Vicente Stakes (gr. II), early Triple Crown contender Creative Cause drilled six furlongs in a bullet 1:11 3/5 at Hollywood Park Feb. 12.
Bettors continued their strong support for both the "All Others" option and Champagne Stakes (gr. I) winner Union Rags (#23) at the close of wagering Feb. 11.
Starlight Racing's Thunder Moccasin followed up his impressive maiden win with an even more stirring performance, as he demolished a short field to take the $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 11 at Gulfstream Park.
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