Odds-on Stay Thirsty made a successful 3-year-old debut, taking over from pacesetter The Fed Eased in mid-stretch and rolling to a 3 1/4-length victory in the $250,000 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) March 5 at Aqueduct.
Lousiana Derby-bound Mucho Macho Man breezed four furlongs in :48.50 at Gulfstream Park March 5.
Gem Stables' grad I winner J P's Gusto posted a good-looking breeze on a windy morning at Oaklawn Park March 5 as he prepares for the $300,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) March 19.
Twinspired, impressive winner of Turfway Park's WEBN Stakes one month ago, returns in the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes the night of March 5 against a field that includes California Derby victor Positive Response.
Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) winner Mucho Macho Man will be returning from his Gulfstream Park home base to run in the $1 million Louisiana Derby (gr. II) on March 26, trainer Kathy Ritvo confirmed March 3.
Stay Thirsty was installed the 9-5 favorite in the 1 1/16-mile Gotham Stakes, which drew a mostly unheralded field of nine.
It's refreshing and unusual to hear an owner flat-out say in so many words that "we are here to win this race, and I'll be disappointed if we don't," but that's pretty much what Mike Repole said about the Gotham Stakes.
Robert LaPenta said March 3 that Dialed in would probably go in the March 12 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) if a March 6 Gulfstream allowance race did not fill.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Soldat's bloodlines initially appear to indicate he could have problems with the Kentucky Derby's distance -- but he has close pedigree connections to good classic runners.
Many talented 3-year-olds, including champion Uncle Mo, and other graded stakes winners Soldat, The Factor, and Dialed In, are among the 162 nominees to Keeneland's Toyata Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) April 16.
Flashpoint will point for the Kentucky Derby but will not be taking the traditional route getting there said Peachtree Stable president John Fort, who also issued a challenge to the connections of The Factor and Gulfstream.
It feels like halftime in the 2011 Road to the Kentucky Derby. After last weekend, we culled numerous horses from our lists at The Downey Profile. Here are next-race plans--or lack of plans--for 65 horses still on our lists.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin confirmed March 1 that Darley Stable's promising 3-year-old colt Crossbow is off the Kentucky Derby trail due to a small bone chip discovered in his right front ankle.
The 40th running of the nine-furlong race will be held March 26 on Polytrack. Formerly known as the Lane's End Stakes, the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes was downgraded from grade II to grade III this year.
Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation March 1 announced its first fundraising initiative, an online/e-mail auction of five Kentucky Derby and Oaks ticket packages.
The Kentucky Derby 137 Graded Stakes Earnings List includes all 3-year-oldscolts, geldings and fillies who were made eligible for this year's Triple Crown at $600 per horse when the early nomination period closed Jan. 22.
It took only a week for the Derby picture to get muddled again, as To Honor and Serve's disappointing effort left a log jam at the top of the list. Read Blog
A winner on turf, dirt, and slop, Fountain of Youth (gr. II) winner Soldat has versatility on his side. Read Blog
Soldat, Uncle Mo, Little Mike and international racing! View Slideshow
The Florida Derby (gr. I) would be next for Soldat following the colt's dominating two-length win in the Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, his trainer said Feb. 27.
Uncle Mo, winner of the 2010 Gray Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), topped week one of the 2011 National Thoroughbred Racing Association 3-year-old poll, which covers racing performances through Feb. 27.
Soldat moves up to #3 and Gourmet Dinner is added to Top 12. Presented by Pauls Mill Read Blog
Two West Coast contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) sizzled in workouts at different tracks the morning of Feb. 28.
Trainer Ken McPeek, who saddled Rogue Romance to run third in the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 19, said that the colt would be returning to Fair Grounds to run back in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) next month.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Uncle Mo and his Derby-nominated stablemate Stay Thirsty were part of a busy morning for trainer Todd Pletcher Feb. 27 at Palm Meadows Training Center.
Beer Meister, at 40-1, rallied from last to win the $50,000 Turf Paradise Derby, upsetting the 7-10 favorite Indian Winter at the Phoenix, Ariz., track Feb. 26.
Steve Asmussen's latest bend on the Triple Crown trail took the two-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer back to New Mexico Feb. 26 where his maiden Fusa Code upset the field in the $100,000 Borderland Derby at Sunland Park.
J J's Lucky Train was put to the test by favored Bandbox and proved best by a neck in the $51,500 Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Park Feb. 26.
Soldat ran away from To Honor and Serve and held off Gourmet Dinner to win the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (gr. II) Feb. 26 at Gulfstream Park.
Flashpoint, shipping in from New York for Rick Dutrow Jr., stole the show in the $150,000 Hutcheson (gr. II), as he ran away from odds-on favorite Travelin Man to romp by 7 1/4 lengths Feb. 26 at Gulfstream Park.
Favored Arch Traveler won a key Gulfstream Park allowance race for 3-year-olds on the Fountain of Youth (gr. II) undercard Feb. 26, defeating second choice Nacho Business by three-quarters of a length.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said he might scratch Crossbow from the Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 26 at Gulfstream in favor of next week's Gotham (gr. III).
Lesser-known horses can take their first major steps towards Derby contention with a goood showing at Gulfstream Saturday.
Three Triple Crown-nominated hopefuls and a quartet of Maryland-based runners will face off in Laurel Park's $75,000 Miracle Wood Stakes Feb. 26.
It would be no surprise to see a couple of horses coming out of a Feb. 26 allowance race at Gulfstream to wind up in the Florida Derby (gr. I) next month.
Soldat has blossomed into a prominent candidate for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), especially if he can win the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (gr. II) Feb. 26 at Gulfstream.
The field for the Grade II Fountain of Youth Stakes could be divided into two camps, with four of the entries having a fair amount of starts under their belts and four having limited experience and thus more upside potential.
Crossbow will get a chance to put his sprinting ability to the test Feb. 26 when he faces a tough field in the $150,000 Hutcheson (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
To Honor and Serve will make his much-anticipated 3-year-old debut against a well-rounded field in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (gr. II) Feb. 26 at Gulfstream Park.
Two days after a rough running of the Southwest Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park on Presidents' Day, connections for the top four finishers are making tentative plans to join the next dance in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II).
Special Kid, a maiden winner in his most recent start at Santa Anita for trainer Doug O'Neill, is the 5-2 morning line choice in a field of 10 3-year-olds entered for the Borderland Derby Feb. 26 at Sunland Park.
Todd Pletcher said Feb. 23 there were a combination of factors that led him to choose the Timley Writer Stakes as the season's debut for star 3-year-old Uncle Mo.
Bob Baffert said Feb. 22 that he is leaning toward the $800,000 Sunland Derby (gr. III) on March 27 for The Factor's next start. The Rebel (gr. II) on March 19 is the second choice.
Mucho Macho Man moved into a tie for seventh position on the graded stakes earnings list that will help determine the field for $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 7 at Churchill Downs.
The connections of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Uncle Mo announced Feb. 22 his debut will be the $100,000 Timely Writer Stakes March 12 at Gulfstream Park.
NBC and its sister station Versus will air 25 hours of programming surrounding the 2011 Triple Crown, including live coverage on NBC of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes.
The first races on the Road to the Roses contest are this weekend. With that in mind, we bring you the current status and/or plans--or lack of plans--of 80 horses maintained on our lists.
Up popped Mucho Macho Man, Santiva, and Rogue Romance to boost last year's form by finishing 1,2,3 in Saturday's Risen Star Stakes (gr. II). Read Blog
Robert Yagos' Archarcharch finished first in a scramble in the grade III Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park Feb. 21 to earn his first graded-stakes victory and move forward on the Triple Crown trail.
Leo Azpurua Sr.'s 3-year-old Manicero, a winner of four consecutive starts, appears likely to try and run his streak to five this weekend in the $150,000, seven-furlong Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
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