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.
Owners and trainers wishing make their 3-year-olds eligible for the 2014 Triple Crown series have until March 22 to add their horses to the roster of late nominations for the trio of American classics.
The Road to the Kentucky Derby Showdown features 2 races this weekend, the Spiral Stakes and the Sunland Derby. read blog
A California-bred eye-catcher with flashy white markings, but in his case, handsome is as handsome does.
California Chrome is headed for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 5, trainer Art Sherman confirmed from his headquarters at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra take a look at the talented field in the Spiral Stakes, a Kentucky Derby prep race. watch video
Escaping Oaklawn Park, stakes-winning Tanzanite Cat faces a pair of tough entrants from both Bob Baffert and Todd Pletcher as part of a deep field for the $800,000 Sunland Derby (gr. III) March 23 in New Mexico.
As the buildup continues for the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) March 29, Honors Stable's Wildcat Red is acting like he can't wait. Trainer Jose Garoffalo said the colt is full of himself.
The decision to put Poker Player into the Spiral Stakes lends confidence in the motivations of his connections.
Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin talk about the Rebel, including Tapiture's trip, look at the Spiral and the Sunland Derby, discuss the Hall of Fame nominees, and talk to Bob Baffert about Hoppertunity, Bayern, and more. Watch Video
Jockey Stewart Elliott, winner of the 2004 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) aboard Smarty Jones, is moving his tack to Kentucky, he confirmed March 19.
A couple of years ago, I wrote the back story of Mine That Bird's amazing Triple Crown journey. Now, with the motion picture "50-1" having its premiere in Albuquerque, N.M. Wednesday, March 19, I have added to it read blog
El Camino Real Derby winner heads East for the first time to contest Spiral Stakes.
Steve Haskin enlightens us on who Social Inclusion is and why he could be a Kentucky Derby threat. Steve digs into the strategy of several horses who have had very few lifetime starts and attempting the Kentucky Derby.
Recent San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) winner California Chrome could be entered for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) next month, but firm plans for the colt's next race were still undetermined as of March 16.
The first four finishers of the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) March 15 came out of the race none the worse in spite of the roughly-run final furlong, and three of them are definitely pointed for a return in the Arkansas Derby.
Every morning D. Wayne Lukas sends the first set out over the Arkansas oval, their hooves sinking softly in the freshly harrowed ground. On March 14, he supervised Rebel contender Strong Mandate and champion Will Take Charge.
Dick Downey, an attorney and founder of the "Downey Profile" that is a regular feature at Bloodhorse.com, has been appointed by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear as a Warren (Bowling Green) Circuit Family Court Judge.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES
Gala Award does not have a pedigree that one would normally associate with a turf specialist, and his connections are now considering races such as the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.
Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer confirmed March 13 that 2-year-old champion male Shared Belief will not contest the Blue Grass Stakes in one month and is off the Kentucky Derby trail.
The morning after Social Inclusion's record-setting allowance victory at Gulfstream Park March 12, owner Ron Sanchez said his unbeaten Pioneerof the Nile colt is on a path for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Conditions could be ripe for Strong Mandate to turn the tables on Tapiture in the Rebel Stakes.
Homebred Tapiture looks to continue his journey to the Kentucky Derby when he takes on two he beat in the Southwest Stakes along with California invaders, among others, in the March 15 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn.
Remsen Stakes winner Honor Code was defeated by Social Inclusion March 12 at Gulfstream Park as the speedster drew away to a 10-length victory in track record fashion.
"He was just getting better... He matured and had filled out nicely. He was more rounded and he was more settled."--trainer John Servis on Smarty Jones at the time of his Rebel Stakes win.
Steve Haskin discusses the Kentucky Derby path of Honor Code. Honor Code has not started this year due to set backs, but is entered in a race on Wednesday.
Southwest Stakes winner breezes easy half mile for the March 15 Rebel Stakes.
Evan Hammonds recaps the historical Santa Anita Handicap, San Felipe Stakes, Gulfstream Park Handicap, and the Tampa Bay Derby. watch video
St. Elias Stable and West Point Thoroughbreds' Ring Weekend sprang a 14-1 upset of the $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) March 8 at Tampa Bay Downs, well clear of Vinceremos in an impressively speedy gate-to-wire score.
Top Billing will miss the Florida Derby and is off the Triple Crown trail with a cannon bone injury. Stablemate Honor Code, who makes his season debut March 12 at Gulfstream, could now be a candidate for Florida's big event.
Remsen Stakes (gr. II) winner Honor Code makes his highly anticipated 3-year-old debut in a 1 1/16-mile allowance event at Gulfstream Park March 12 rather than shipping to Oaklawn for the Rebel (gr. II).
If you're the type who thinks that racing needs its stars to keep racing to increase interest, then this is the Saturday for you! read blog
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How far Wildcat Red will go is anyone's guess, but he has already gone farther than many people thought he might and shown fine gameness while doing so.
Bayern, an impressive 15-length allowance winner last time out for trainer Bob Baffert, will miss the March 8 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park due to a bruised quarter.
Claire Novak and Frank Angst handicap the highly anticipated Santa Anita Handicap and the Kentucky Derby contenders in the San Felipe Stakes. watch video
Twenty-two of the top 25 point earners on the Road to the Kentucky Derby leader board are among the 191 3-year-olds nominated to the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) that will be run April 12 at Keeneland Racecourse.
Reddam Racing's FrontRunner Stakes (gr. I) winner Bond Holder has been taken to an Ocala clinic for 24-hour monitoring, trainer Doug O'Neill said March 6.
Art Sherman still has a soft spot for a horse with personality, another reason he loves California Chrome. "I like a people's horse, and that's what he is--he likes people," the trainer said.
When you compare their most-recent-race performances and speed figures, the field in the Tampa Bay Derby could not be more competitive on paper.
Mine That Bird, winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will return to greet fans at the Kentucky Derby Museum this spring.
Although Bond Holder will not make an expected start in the Tampa Bay Derby due to a lingering foot abscess, trainer Doug O'Neill said the colt could still make the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby.
Trainer Doug O'Neill talks with Ron Mitchell about Reddam Racing's Bond Holder.
It was 25 years ago this spring. There hadn't been a sweep of the Triple Crown in what then seemed to be an interminable 11 years. read blog
If you listened closely enough at Gulfstream Park after the $150,000 Palm Beach Stakes (gr. III) March 1, you could almost hear the cheers from California, and perhaps beyond, as Gala Award entered the winner's circle.
Listen to Steve Haskin state the case for the rivalry of Samraat and Uncle Sigh.
Evan Hammonds recaps the Swale Stakes, Palm Beach Stakes, and of course the Gotham Stakes. watch video
Undefeated Samraat edged Uncle Sigh March 1 at Aqueduct Racetrack to secure a $500,000 Gotham Stakes (gr. II) victory by a neck; pacesetter In Trouble hung tough another neck back for third.
Darley has purchased a majority interest in current Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Cairo Prince. The son of Pioneerof the Nile will race in the blue silks of Godolphin Racing.
The beauty of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager is that it allows bettors to put their money where their mouths are (assuming the price is right). read blog
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