Shadwell Stable's multiple grade II-winning son of Tapit soared through a five-furlong breeze in 1:01 Friday morning over the main track at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream Park's satellite training facility in Palm Beach County.
The chestnut colt blazed a rare trail for a Pennsylvania-bred, becoming only the second to win the Kentucky Derby, and each victory on the road to the Derby greatly increased his popularity and fan following.
This week we take a closer look at Destin, winner of the $350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby on March 12 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Laminitis claims Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Vicar's in Trouble, winner of the 2014 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) and Super Derby (gr. II). The son of Into Mischief was put down March 11.
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) featuring Madtap, Suddenbreakingnews, Whitmore, and Discreetness. Includes a special promotion just for THS viewers. Sponsored by Equibase. Watch Video
Jacks or Better Farm's homebred 3-year-old colt Fellowship, who has a pair of third-place finishes in grade II stakes this year, hopes to improve on that in the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2.
Though the Sunland Park Derby has been canceled, a full field of 12 is lined up to contest its replacement, the $415,000 Sunland Park Festival of Racing Stakes March 20 at the New Mexico track.
The 2015 Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I), in which American Pharoah became a Triple Crown winner, has been chosen as a finalist for Sports Event of the Year by Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal.
After sharing my Kentucky Derby memories I figured I might as well keep going and complete the Triple Crown read blog
From 12 to 2, read why Destin makes a move in this week's Derby Dozen. read blog
Destin and Danzing Candy, respective winners of classics preps on the East Coast and West Coast March 12, made the top five in this week's National Thoroughbred Racing Association top 3-year-old poll released March 14.
The "all others" wagering interest closed as the 5-1 second favorite.
Beverly Anderson and Edward Seltzer's homebred Surgical Strike appears headed to the Spiral Stakes (gr. III) after a come-from-behind victory in the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes March 12 at Turfway Park.
Filly wins Caesar's Wish by four lengths, could be Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) contender; colt takes Private Terms at 18-1, may target Federico Tesio and hopefully Preakness (gr. I).
Unraced until November of last year, Danzing Candy emphatically announced his arrival on the Triple Crown trail with a gate-to-wire, two-length score over favored Mor Spirit in the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II).
Twin Creeks Racing Stables' Destin delivered a second straight stakes win at Tampa Bay Downs March 12, this time landing the track's top classic prep race: the $350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby Stakes (gr. II).
Thirteen are probable for Oaklawn race, including Hopeful (gr. I) winner Ralis and Southwest (gr. III) victor Suddenbreakingnews.
Brody's Cause and Destin, both graded stakes-winning sons of Giant's Causeway, head a field of 10 for the March 12 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II).
Shadwell Stable's undefeated 3-year-old Mohaymen breezed a half-mile March 11 at Palm Meadows in preparation for his next start in the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2 at Gulfstream Park.
Grade I winner Brody's Cause is scheduled to make his 3-year-old season debut Saturday, March 12 in the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II).
Tom LaMarra and Ellis Starr preview the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) featuring Star Hill, Rafting, Destin, Brody's Cause, and Economic Model. Watch Video
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) at Tampa Bay Downs. read blog
After an easy half-mile breeze in his first timed workout since his score in the San Vicente (gr. II) Feb. 15, Reddam Racing's Nyquist got back to his standard two-turn workout assignment March 10 at Santa Anita Park.
With undefeated Nyquist bypassing the Southern California Triple Crown preps in favor of the Florida Derby (gr. I), an opportunity has presented itself for some talented but still unproven locals in the San Felipe (gr. II).
In following Peyton Manning's speech, Steve look backs and remembers all the things that he is going to miss about covering the Derby. read blog
Trainer Doug O'Neill confirmed March 9 that undefeated champion Nyquist is scheduled to arrive at Gulfstream Park March 28 for a highly anticipated clash with undefeated multiple grade II winner Mohaymen in the Florida Derby.
The outbreak of equine herpesvirus that temporarily closed Sunland Park was pronounced officially over March 9 after all facilities at the New Mexico track were cleared from quarantine.
The Maryland farm produced a string of great champions, from Gallant Fox to Omaha and Nashua.
Pre-Derby clash between Mohaymen, Nyquist a step back in time read blog
The penultimate of four pools in the 2016 Kentucky Derby Future Wager begins at noon (all times Eastern) Friday.
Mohaymen, California Chrome top week one of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association polls for 2016.
Suddenbreakingnews suddenly moves up in Steve's Derby Dozen after a sharp work. read blog
Today Kiaran McLaughlin has such outstanding horses as grade I winner Frosted, who is gearing up for a Dubai World Cup Run (UAE-I), and top 3-year-old Mohaymen, who runs in Saturday's Fountain of Youth (gr. II).
Gary Barber's Whatawonderflworld, who thus far has shown an affinity for turf and synthetic surfaces, is among a full field of 3-year-olds entered for the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes March 12 at Turfway Park.
Trainer said Bernardini colt gained plenty of experience in stakes debut.
Burning Sands Stables' homebred Awesome Gent, who sat just off two dueling leaders for almost a half-mile, took over in the stretch and pulled away to win the $125,000 Jimmy Winkfield Stakes for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct.
Sunland Park has effectively canceled this year's editions of the Sunland Derby (gr. III) and the Sunland Park Oaks, both significant points races for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Stable has more than one undefeated 3-year-old securely on the Triple Crown trail.
The Rebel Stakes (gr. II) contenders led the March 5 worktab at Oaklawn Park.
A week ahead of Southern California's next Triple Crown prep race, the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II), three of the top contenders were on the track at the same time March 5 at Santa Anita Park.
A daughter of Caro out of All Rainbows, Winning Colors had been purchased as a yearling for $575,000, with leading trainer D. Wayne Lukas buying her on behalf of his client Eugene Klein.
Trainer Doug O'Neill moved up Nyquist's workout, his first since his victory in the Feb. 15 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II), to March 3 anticipating and hopefully avoiding a pair of storms expected to hit Southern California.
Claire Novak, Tom LaMarra, and Ellis Starr handicap the Gotham Stakes which is a Kentucky Derby prep race worth 50 points. Sponsored by Equibase watch video
Some 3-year-olds who have shown potential will take aim at a breakthrough victory in the Gotham Stakes March 5 at Aqueduct Racetrack but the promise of those 3-year-olds will be tested by Sunny Ridge.
The Triple Crown grind goes against Jason Servis' preference for giving his horses ample recovery time, and even though he's running the Withers (gr. III) winner in the Gotham, a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) run is no sure thing.
Destin becomes Steve Haskin's new dark horse for the Kentucky Derby. Read to find out why! read blog
Bob Baffert wouldn't indicate whether Malibu Sunset was on the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) trail after his easy 1 1/2-length allowance/optional claiming win Feb. 28 at Santa Anita Park.
A little added competition seemed to do the trick for Mor Spirit Feb. 28 at Santa Anita Park in his first timed workout since jockey Gary Stevens had to abort a drill Feb. 23.
Gulfstream Park established a record total handle for Fountain of Youth day with $24.113 million wagered on the Feb. 27 card, highlighted by undefeated Mohaymen's victory.
Field taking shape for Kentucky Derby prep March 5 race at Aqueduct.
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