Triple Crown 2009

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Contest: Win a Backside Tour Derby Week

Contest: Win a Backside Tour Derby Week

Answer the trivia question correctly on the "And They're Off" video that premieres March 11 and you could win a morning at Churchill Downs Kentucky Derby week with hosts Steve Haskin and Lenny Shulman.

Ky. Derby Trail: The Total Package

Ky. Derby Trail: The Total Package

March means many things to owners and trainers of horses on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trail. There's the nail-biting, the sleepless nights, and the early morning phone calls that every owner dreads. And for many it sadly means the end of the road.

Pioneer, Old Fashioned Shine in Works

Pioneer, Old Fashioned Shine in Works

Leading West Coast Triple Crown contender Pioneerof the Nile worked five furlongs on Santa Anita's Pro-Ride March 8 in a bullet :58.80 under regular rider Garrett Gomez for the grade II San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles. At Oaklawn, Old Fashioned worked a bullet five furlongs in :59.

Triple Crown Talk Goes Live!

This Saturday, March 7th, BloodHorse.com will host its first ever live blog. Join host Jason Shandler for a live version of his Triple Crown Talk blog from noon to 1 p.m. EDT.

HRTV: Pursuit of the Crown March 6

HRTV: Pursuit of the Crown March 6

HRTV's weekly series analyzing the pursuit of the Triple Crown. This week's episode includes recaps of the Fountain of Youth and Sham, a focus on Stardom Bound - comparing her to Winning Colors, a look at the Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes, and a preview of the Gotham.

Al Khali Gives Pletcher Another Weapon

Al Khali Gives Pletcher Another Weapon

WinStar Farm's 3-year-old Al Khali rallied through the stretch for a three-quarter length victory under John Velazquez in a 1 1/8 mile allowance test March 6 at Gulfstream Park, moving him up in trainer Todd Pletcher's arsenal of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) candidates.

Many Questions to Be Answered in Gotham

Many Questions to Be Answered in Gotham

On paper, the $250,000 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) has turned out to be one of the most intriguing and highly-anticipated prep races of the season, as a number of promising 3-year-olds will attempt to answer questions about their ability to go on to the $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I), and possibly the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

Derby Hopefuls in Gulfstream Allowance

Lori and George Hall's Atomic Rain and Jayeff B Stable's Chef are prominent in a field of eight 3-year-olds entered in a 1 1/8-mile allowance feature at Gulfstream Park March 6, a race almost certain to yield a contender or two for the $750,000 Florida Derby (gr. I) to be run over the track and distance on March 28.

Graded Earnings List: Uncharted Terrain

Although they have significant graded earnings, there are several Kentucky Derby contenders who are flying well below the radar so far this year. Our graded earnings chart, posted for the first time today, reveals five horses in the top 24 that are in training but haven't raced yet in 2009, and four more in that group that finished fourth or worse in their most recent races. Of the top 44, there are 13 in these two categories.

Ky. Derby Trail: Road to the Roses

Ky. Derby Trail: Road to the Roses

The last Saturday in November is NYRA's farewell to grade I and grade II racing, with the running of the Cigar Mile (gr. I) and the grade II Remsen and Demoiselle Stakes for 2-year-olds. But last year, there was a buzz in the air that had nothing to do with any of those three races.

Midshipman Injured, Out of Triple Crown

Midshipman Injured, Out of Triple Crown

Last year's champion 2-year-old Midshipman will miss the Triple Crown after he sustained a minor soft tissue injury to his left fore leg during routine exercise at Godolphin's Al Quoz Stables in Dubai Feb. 28.

HRTV: Pursuit of the Crown Feb 27

HRTV: Pursuit of the Crown Feb 27

HRTV's weekly series analyzing the pursuit of the Triple Crown. This week's episode includes the News Update - featuring an update on Big Drama, previews of the Fountain of Youth and the Sham, and Siegel's Sleeper - Mr. Hot Stuff.

THS: Fountain of Youth (Video)

THS: Fountain of Youth (Video)

Tom and Evan analyze the Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (gr. II) at Gulfstream on February 28. The Wizard's Spotlight Play is Race 8 at Fair Grounds on Saturday.

Take the Points Already a Big Winner

Take the Points Already a Big Winner

Take the Points, who shipped to California Thursday for Saturday's $200,000 Sham Stakes (gr. III), is a gamble that has already paid off big-time for the colt's breeders Ramiro Salazar and his wife Denise Belcher of Phoenix Farm.

And They're Off: Mardi Gras (Video)

And They're Off: Mardi Gras (Video)

Hosted by Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin, "And They're Off" is a bi-monthly online video series sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. In this Mardi Gras edition, Lenny and Steve discuss Derby horses, including Dunkirk, Old Fashioned and Friesan Fire and older horses, including undefeated Rail Trip. Plus, the "And They're Off" Trivia contest announcement, and more.

Loaded Fountain of Youth Has it All

Loaded Fountain of Youth Has it All

A deep and talented field has been entered for the $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II),and when the dust finally settles on the Gulfstream Park oval Feb. 28, the still muddled Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) picture should become a little bit clearer.

Bet A Gray on Derby Day?

Bet A Gray on Derby Day? If you're a Kentucky Derby bettor who likes patterns that have nothing to do with performance or pedigree--in other words, you believe in the Derby gods--look for a gray to win the Kentucky Derby this year. There is a definite cycle at work, and it's been happening every four years.

Big Drama Back to Work

Big Drama Back to Work

Harold Queen's 3-year-old Florida homebred Big Drama breezed an easy half-mile in :50-flat Feb. 22 at Calder, his first workout since Jan. 18 as the colt's training schedule was interrupted by a bone bruise that required surgery after kicking himself in a shin in his stall.

Imperial Council to Run Next in Gotham

March means horses shuttling all over looking for graded earnings and moving forward on the Kentucky Derby trail. One of the more interesting 3-year-olds is Imperial Council, who will head up to New York for the $250,000 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) March 7, which promises to be a bang-up race.

HRTV: Pursuit of the Crown Feb 20

HRTV: Pursuit of the Crown Feb 20

HRTV's weekly series analyzing the pursuit of the Triple Crown. The debut episode includes a recap of last week's action, the Southwest, the San Vicente, the Sam F. Davis, and the UAE 2000 Guineas. Plus, Dunkirk's allowance win, Jeff Siegel's Top 10, and a look back at the 2008 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Ky. Derby Trail: Southwest & Middle East

Ky. Derby Trail: Southwest & Middle East

Although there was nothing over the weekend to knock your proverbial socks off, there were a few races that could steer you toward a horse or two as potential Derby material. With the Southwest Stakes having just been run, we'll briefly discuss the race and go over it in more detail next week.

Field Solid Favorite in Future Pool 1

Field Solid Favorite in Future Pool 1

The mutuel field, or "all others," was the solid 9-5 favorite among 24 wagering interests at the conclusion of betting in four-day pool. But Fox Hill Farm's Old Fashioned was a clear choice among the 23 individual horses in the Derby Future pool that ended on the eve of the colt's 3-year-old racing debut.

Imperial Council Debuts at Gulf Saturday

Few maiden winners have garnered the kind of respect Imperial Council has, and the Shug McGaughey-trained 3-year-old will attempt to justify his high regard as a potential Kentucky Derby horse when he makes his long-awaited debut in a 6 1/2-furlong allowance race at Gulfstream Park Saturday.

Field Pegged at 4-5 in Derby Future Bet

The mutuel field, or "all others" has been the favored wagering interest in every opening pool of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager since its introduction in 1999, and bettors showed little inclination to change that pattern on the first day of the 2009 action.

That Handicapping Show: El Camino Real

That Handicapping Show: El Camino Real

This week, Jason and Tom analyze the El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday, February 14. Also Brisnet's handicapping expert The Wizard's Spotlight Play is Race 3 at Fair Grounds on Saturday.

Break Water Edison Looking to Rebound

Break Water Edison Looking to Rebound

Trainer John Kimmel took the first steps toward helping Break Water Edison erase the memories of a disappointing Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) with a five-furlong breeze Feb. 12 at Gulfstream Park.

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