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.
Beaten Arkansas derby favorite (gr. I) The Factor got a feel for the Churchill Downs racing surface on April 20 when he jogged a mile on his first day at the Louisville track.
The top five for Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen looks much different this week, Dialed In still sits on top. Presented by Pauls Mill Read Blog
The parade of longshots to win major Kentucky Derby trail prep races continued April 16 when Archarcharch came from off the pace to win the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park.
If he wins the Arkansas Derby, The Factor will be the one to beat at Churchill. Read Blog
The Factor has been installed as the solid 7-5 favorite in the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) as 13 3-year-olds were entered for the $1 million race April 16.
Will The Factor reign again? It is rebound time for Brethren? Will Elite Alex break through? Predict the Order
With less than a month remaining, the very real possibility exists that there will be no standout when Derby 137 goes to post. The only horse that can likely keep that from happening is The Factor.
Lots of movement, as we have a new No. 1 for the first time. Presented by Pauls Mill Read Blog
The Factor, now a favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) next month, "worked great" April 10 at Santa Anita, according to trainer Bob Baffert.
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Bolton bought The Factor for $250,000 at the 2010 Barretts May 2-year-old sale and brought in David Shimmon's Fog City Stable as his partner. Read Blog
The Factor, a flashy, front-running winner of the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) last month, has officially been confirmed for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) April 16 at Oaklawn Park.
There are several changes to Steve's Derby Dozen this week, including a very tight race for the final spot. Read Blog
The third and final pool of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager ended April 3 with unbeaten champion Uncle Mo favored to win the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Premier Pegasus, Jaycito, and Bench Points had strong works April 3 in preparation for the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 9.
A lively opening day of betting in the third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2011 Kentucky Derby Future Wager ended with unbeaten champion Uncle Mo as a narrow favorite.
Bob Baffert confirmed March 30 that he is leaning toward the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) for The Factor, but was still non-committal about what race his other Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contender, Jaycito, would point toward.
Astrology hangs on while a few other horses are shifted in the mix. Presented by Pauls Mill Read Blog
Steve and Lenny discuss the Rebel Stakes, Life At Ten, the Azeri Stakes, Blink Luck vs Havre de Grace and remember Cathy Roby. Watch Video
Avalyn Hunter delves into the Rebel Stakes winner's pedigree to see if he'll have enough stamina for the upcoming classics.
The Factor, Bandbox, and more horses from weekend racing. View Slideshow
The addition of The Factor and some juggling highlight this week's Dozen. Read Blog
The Factor, who banked $180,000 for his gate-to-wire triumph in the $300,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park March 19, jumped into a tie for fifth position on the Kentucky Derby 137 Graded Stakes Earnings List.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert says Rebel Stakes (gr. II) winner The Factor being considered for both the Arkansas and Santa Anita Derbies.
Terry Wallace, the voice of Arkansas horse racing since 1975, was honored March 19 with the Arkansas Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association's Man of the Year Award for 2011.
Can he stretch that speed for 1 1/4 miles? Read More
Add The Factor to this year's list of serious contenders on the Triple Crown trail. The brilliant colt, trained by Bob Baffert, proved his ability to get a route of ground with a crushing win in the Rebel Stakes March 19.
Consignors sent their 2-year-olds in sensible times for the March 18 under-tack preview of the March 21 Barretts selected 2-year-olds in training sale in Southern California.
Who will win the 2011 Rebel Stakes? Who will finish last? Will The Factor take them all the way? Is it time for Elite Alex or Sway Away to shine? Predict the Order
J P's Gusto tries to take down The Factor in crowded Rebel Stakes. Read Blog
The Factor ships in from California to take on a dozen rivals in a wide-open edition of the $300,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park.
Jason and James handicap the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn. Watch Video
A large field, led by California shipper The Factor and Southwest (gr. III) winner Archarcharch, is expected for the $300,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) March 19 at Oaklawn Park.
San Vicente winner The Factor worked a mile in 1:38 2/5 for the March 19 Rebel Stakes
The Factor will make his next start in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park March 19
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.
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.
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.
Odds-on The Factor showed his speedy reputation is no hype when he turned back a good group of 3-year-olds in winning the $150,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) by three-quarters of a length at Santa Anita Feb. 20
Our report on this weekend's stakes action will appear on Tuesday, but for now there are several allowance and maiden races from the past several weeks that should be touched on, based solely on observation. Read Blog
The Factor went postward as one of the most hyped two-year-old maidens of the year. A TrueNicks pedigree profile. Read Blog
Winchell Thoroughbreds' Tapizar will be the likely favorite in the 1 1/16-mile Sham Stakes (gr. III) based off his dominating 10 1/2-length maiden victory in November at Churchill.
Two weeks after breaking his maiden in track record time, the speedy 3-year-old zipped through five furlongs on Santa Anita's dirt track Jan. 9 in :58 flat under former jockey Joe Steiner.
Baffert is loaded with top 2-year-olds, including impressive maiden winner The Factor... Read Blog
Canadian-based trainer Robertino Diodoro has always wanted to win a race at Santa Anita. On opening day, Dec. 26, he not only won his first race there, he won the very first race on Santa Anita's new dirt surface.
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