Shackleford impressed observers at Churchill Downs the morning of April 30 when the son of Forestry sizzled five furlongs in a bullet :58 4/5 in his final preparations for the Kentucky Derby.
Jason, Evan, and Tim give an overview of Derby 137. Watch Video
The Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) is starting to become a little bit clearer; at least, as far as which horses will be in the starting gate on May 7 at Churchill Downs.
A few changes in the Derby Dozen this week with a new number one! Read Blog
Shackleford on Saturday reinforced trainer Dale Romans' belief that his colt is a strong contender to win the Kentucky Derby when he turned in a strong five-furlong work over a sloppy Churchill track April 23.
Sunland Park Derby (gr. III) winner Twice the Appeal breezed six furlongs over a fast track at Churchill Downs in 1:17 1/5 on April 22 as he prepped for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
History has shown that stretch leaders have a great chance to win the Derby. Read Blog
Stay Thirsty and Shackleford arrived at Churchill Downs with hopes of running in next month's Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
No, not seats; tickets to the starting gate. Spaces are filling at a rapid rate and there aren't many left for all the horses scheduled to run over the next two weekends. Read Blog
There are several changes to Steve's Derby Dozen this week, including a very tight race for the final spot. Read Blog
Dialed In, who banked $600,000 for his last-to-first victory in the April 2 Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park, jumped from No. 17 to No. 2 on the Kentucky Derby 137 Graded Stakes Earnings List.
Although Dialed In established himself as one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby with his win in the Florida Derby, trainer Nick Zito said there are no plans to send the son of Mineshaft to Kentucky anytime soon.
Relentless Dialed In came from last on a speed-favoring Gulfstream Park main track to get up in the final couple of strides over 68-1 outsider Shackleford by a head in the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) April 3.
Who will win the 2011 Florida Derby? Is it Soldat's race? Can Flashpoint carry that speed? Predict the Order
Dazzling Hutcheson winner Flashpoint and four of the top Kentucky Derby contenders are among a field of eight that was drawn for the 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby.
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.
The Fountain of Youth is where the real Triple Crown trail begins. From this point forward, everything starts to get serious. Read Blog
Who will win the 2011 Fountain of Youth? Who will complete the exacta? Who will come up empty? Now is your chance to see how your picks stack up against the rest of the BloodHorse.com community. Predict the Order
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.
Gourmet Dinner worked a strong half-mile in :47 3/5 Feb. 16 at Gulfstream Park for trainer Steve Standridge in preparation for the $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) on Feb. 26.
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Over the past decade or so, racing has seen a new breed of owner enter the sport, many with a corporate philosophy. Read Blog
Ridden by Jesus Castanon, Shackleford took over from pacesetter El Grayling nearing the quarter-pole and bounded home for a 2 1/4-length victory in a key first-level allowance race for 3-year-olds Feb. 5 at Gulfstream.
Just because there are no 3-year-old dirt stakes at Gulfstream this weekend doesn't mean there are no races with Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) implications.
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