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Triple Crown Insider - 02/09/2011

Triple Crown Insider - 02/09/2011

Triple Crown Insider tracks the top 3-year-olds, rating the 20 best contenders in the weeks leading up to Kentucky Derby 137. Presented by Taylor Made Stallions Watch Video

Past Derby Winners: Smarty Jones

Past Derby Winners: Smarty Jones

Smarty Jones overcame huge odds to win the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Quickly recovering from a fractured skull he sustained during a gate schooling session as a 2-year-old, Smarty became one of two Pennsylvania-breds to capture the Derby, after which he won the Preakness by a record margin of 11 ½ lengths. He is also known as the first unbeaten Derby winner since Seattle Slew 1977. After being retired at the end of 2004 due to chronic bruising, he was acquired for stud duty by Three Chimneys. His first crops of foals are now running at tracks across the country.Read Esther Marr's blog Visiting with Past Kentucky Derby Winners.

Galt House Named Official Derby Hotel

The Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Ky., has signed a three-year sponsorship agreement with Churchill Downs to be named the official host hotel of the track, the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), and the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), it was announced in an Oct. 30 release.

Sunny Day, Horses Ready for Belmont

Sunny Day, Horses Ready for Belmont

We tend to always knock weathermen, but they have been spot on with their predictions for Belmont week. The day before the final leg of the Triple Crown, as predicted, was as miserable as it gets, but race day itself, again as prognosticators said it would, dawned bright and beautiful.

Mine That Bird Jogs, Rachel Alexandra Walks

Mine That Bird Jogs, Rachel Alexandra Walks

After two days off and a 9 1/2-hour van ride from Baltimore, Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Mine That Bird returned to the track at Churchill Downs for a light jog Tuesday, May 19. Meanwhile, Rachel Alexandra walked under Asmussen's shedrow on her second day back at Churchill.

Rachel Alexandra Heavy Early Betting Choice

Rachel Alexandra Heavy Early Betting Choice

How much did the addition of the filly Rachel Alexandra mean to the dynamics of the May 16 Preakness Stakes (gr. I)? According to the patrons at Pimlico Race Course the day before the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, it meant everything.

Ludt on Top of the World with Friesan Fire

Ludt on Top of the World with Friesan Fire

Tom Ludt was sitting on top of the world. It was the morning of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), and after I Want Revenge was scratched, Friesan Fire became the new favorite in the classic. Ludt is the general manager of Tom Simon's Vinery, which owns Friesan Fire in partnership with Rick Porter's Fox Hill Stable.

Past Derby Winners: Big Brown

Past Derby Winners: Big Brown

Big Brown, who is standing his first season at Three Chimneys, was last year’s Triple Crown hopeful, as he won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Going off in the Derby as the 2-1 favorite, he became the first horse since 1929 to win the race from the 20th gate. Though he fell short in the Belmont Stakes, and had to be retired due to a back foot injury, he still closed out his career with the title of champion 3-year-old male. Read Esther Marr's blog Visiting with Past Kentucky Derby Winners.

Past Derby Winners: Street Sense

Past Derby Winners: Street Sense

Street Sense, who was named champion 2-year-old colt after capturing the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, became the first winner of that race to also take the Kentucky Derby. He was also the first champion 2-year-old colt to win the Derby since Spectacular Bid in 1979. Street Sense went on to win that year’s Travers Stakes and finished fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. His breeding rights were purchased by the Maktoum family’s Darley operation and he is now standing at Darley’s Jonabell Farm near Lexington. His first foals were born this year.Read Esther Marr's blog Visiting with Past Kentucky Derby Winners.

Past Derby Winners: Giacomo

Past Derby Winners: Giacomo

To say 2005 Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo was a surprise winner of the Kentucky Derby would be an understatement since he generated a $102.60 win pay-off at odds of 50-1, the second largest ever in Derby history. He also gave veteran jockey Mike Smith his first Derby win in 12 tries, and made owners Jerry and Ann Moss and trainer John Shirreffs’ first Kentucky Derby start a winning one. He now stands at Adena Farm in Paris, Ky.Read Esther Marr's blog Visiting with Past Kentucky Derby Winners.

D. Wayne Lukas Interview

D. Wayne Lukas Interview

Lenny Shulman interviews four-time Kentucky Derby winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who will saddle Flying Private in this year's Kentucky Derby.

Past Derby Winners: Funny Cide

Past Derby Winners: Funny Cide

2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide is perhaps best known as being one of only eight geldings to win the Derby. Read Esther Marr's blog Visiting with Past Kentucky Derby Winners.

Larry Jones Interview

Larry Jones Interview

Lenny Shulman speaks with Larry Jones, trainer of Kentucky Derby contender Friesan Fire. Jones talks about his colt's training pattern leading up to the Derby and also having the pedigree to get the Derby distance.

Past Derby Winners: Fusaichi Pegasus

Past Derby Winners: Fusaichi Pegasus

2000 Kentucky Derby Winner Fusaichi Pegasus was the first favorite to win the race since Spectacular Bid in 1979. Today, he stands at Ashford Stud. Read Esther Marr's blog Visiting with Past Kentucky Derby Winners.

Past Derby Winners: Grindstone

Past Derby Winners: Grindstone

One of the closest Kentucky Derby finishes came in 1996, when Grindstone nipped Cavonnier at the wire. Grindstone today stands at the Young family's Overbrook Farm. Read Esther Marr's blog Visiting with Past Kentucky Derby Winners.

Past Derby Winners: Thunder Gulch

Past Derby Winners: Thunder Gulch

This is the first in a series of visits with past winners of the Kentucky Derby.  1995 Derby and Belmont Stakes winner Thunder Gulch is standing stud at Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky. Read Esther Marr's blog Visiting with Past Kentucky Derby Winners.

Derby Contender Workouts

No prominent 3-year-old races this weekend, but plenty of action on the worktab. Triple Crown Talk blog, with host Jason Shandler, looks at this week's works for Derby contenders.

NetJets Completes TC Sponsorship

NetJets made a presentation the day prior to the Belmont (gr. I), culminating a sponsorship in all three Triple Crown races in which various charities benefited.

Saint Liam's Former Owner Seeks Upset

Saint Liam's Former Owner Seeks Upset

William K. (Bill) Warren Jr., has a unique perspective of this year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I). He knows what it's like to have a top horse trained by Rick Dutrow. Not only that, but to have a top horse trained by Dutrow that has foot problems.

Big Brown Arrives; Ran Down in Preakness

Big Brown Arrives; Ran Down in Preakness

Big Brown arrived in style at Belmont Park May 19. With a police escort in front and a UPS truck behind, a Brook Ledge van delivered the winner of the first two legs of the Triple Crown to a loading ramp near Barn 2 at 2:25 p.m.

Big Brown Narrow Choice in Betting

Just like the morning line suggested, bettors in the advance wagering have installed Big Brown as the favorite for Saturday's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

Commentary: Because of a Horse

By Steve Haskin - With Thoroughbred racing in the United States going through perhaps the roughest time in its history, it is reassuring to know that the passion people around the world have for the sport and for the horse still is as strong as ever.

Commentary: Woe(Whoa?) is Fairmount

By - Kathy Kranz - Last year I was privileged -- yes, privileged -- to witness Lawyer Ron winning the inaugural St. Louis Derby. But the 2006 running was the one and only, the first and last, the alpha and the omega St. Louis Derby.

NYRA Unveils 2008 Stakes Schedule

NYRA Unveils 2008 Stakes Schedule

The New York Racing Association released its 2008 stakes schedule Dec. 12, following approval by NYRA's board of trustees at its monthly meeting. The New York State Racing and Wagering Board still must give its approval, a standard procedure.

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