A start in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland is the first choice for Classic Empire's final Derby prep, but the race's downgraded status has prompted his connections to put other options back into the discussion.
Addition of world's richest race makes upcoming Championship Meet even more important.
Sticksstatelydude has raced at seven different racetracks and in four different states, but does his best in one--the Empire State.
New York-based freshman sire Soaring Empire picked up his first winner Oct. 1 when D'yer Mak'er drew off in the stretch of the 11th race at Belmont Park, a one-mile maiden special weight test for New York-bred 2-year-olds.
Three Rules won the $500,000 In Reality division of the Florida Sire Stakes Oct. 1 at Gulfstream Park to complete a three-race sweep of the series' open division for 2-year-olds.
The $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) will be celebrated April 1 at Gulfstream Park, highlighting a record stakes schedule announced Thursday for the 2016-2017 Championship Meet.
Rise of Empire Maker and his sons and grandsons is good for Cherokee Run as a broodmare sire.
With steady rain falling, the under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale began May 17, with two juveniles sharing the top eighth of a mile workout time of :10 and four equaling the best quarter-mile time of :21 3/5.
Trainer Ben Jones helped reroute the Derby trail from South Florida to Churchill Downs' winner's circle
Nyquist, who has kept to an easy training schedule since arriving at Keeneland April 3, is expected to turn in his first work since winning the April 2 Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) April 15 around 7 a.m. EDT.
Reddam Racing's Nyquist had another quiet morning at Keeneland April 13, with his first work since a victory in the April 2 Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) for trainer Doug O'Neill coming up soon.
Nyquist, the undefeated champion who is favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), jogged twice around the main track at Keenelanmd Racecourse the morning of April 9.
The bay colt Nyquist, who looks like a sleek sports car in a world of SUVs, seems to go best when he's carrying a chip in the only place you'd want a horse to have one -- on his shoulder. read blog
Gulfstream Park reported record total pari-mutuel handle of $807 million for its 85-day Championship meet that concluded April 3. Average daily handle was $9.49 million.
Colt bounced out of Florida Derby fourth, will ship to Louisville next week.
Champion Nyquist is doing well after his impressive victory in the Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2 at Gulfstream Park. The day after he arrived at Keeneland, where he will train up to the Kentucky Derby.
Gulfstream Park reported record total pari-mutuel handle of $32.09 million for its 14-race Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) program April 2.
Nyquist pushed his perfect record to seven-for-seven with a clear victory in the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2 at Gulfstream Park, while his previously undefeated rival Mohaymen finished fourth.
The Stronach Group founder and honorary chairman Frank Stronach April 1 said that mid-April could offer a time slot for his proposed world's richest race, a $12 million event for older horses.
Owner Reddam is more than willing to play catch-us-if-you-can with Mohaymen now and leave the future to the future. "...There is no guarantee we're going to make the Kentucky Derby," he said.
Horse Racing Radio Network's inaugural "Saturdays at Gulfstream" series concludes this weekend with exclusive live coverage of the Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I).
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park. read blog
"If they peak that race before, it will be hard for them, even with five weeks, to come back and give their best effort," trainer John Servis said of Nyquist and Mohaymen.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra discuss the epic showdown of undefeated Nyquist and Mohaymen in the Florida Derby. watch video
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra discuss the epic showdown of undefeated Nyquist and Mohaymen in the Florida Derby. Presented by Equibase. Download Equibase Past Performances for the Florida Derby.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Best Actor||Jason Servis||
|First Dude||Bob Baffert||
|Game On Dude||Bob Baffert||
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|Pleasant Prince||Bruce R. Brown||
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|Rule||Todd A. Pletcher||
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