Daddy Long Legs, winner of the UAE Derby (UAE-II) in his only start this year, had his final piece of work at Ballydoyle, Sunday, April 29, and will be flown to Kentucky on May 1.
The Kentucky Derby trail and short memories go hand in hand. Remember when Mark Valeski was the next up-and-coming star, grabbing everyone's attention with his gutsy nose defeat to El Padrino in the Risen Star? read blog
Santa Anita Derby one-two-finishers arrived in good shape at Churchill Downs April 28.
Chadds Ford Stable's Union Rags turned in a sharp half-mile work April 28 and galloped out so strongly the clockers gave him a five-furlong work in :59 4/5. Jockey Julien Leparoux was aboard the son of Dixie Union.
Pat Byrne, trainer of Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Take Charge Indy, will donate 10% of his winnings from the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) to the horse rescue organization Second Stride.
Ballydoyle trainer will send UAE Derby winner Daddy Long Legs to the Kentucky Derby.
I'll Have Another has been automatically placed on the vet's list in California after undergoing extracorporeal shock wave therapy on his back, which tightened up after his latest work.
If any of Gemologist's opponents in the Kentucky Derby look into his eye and sees Tiznow in there, they're in big trouble. read blog
Julien Leparoux has put the Fla Derby behind him and is looking ahead with Union Rags
Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen is pretty much set, compare who you have with his picks! watch video
Brereton Jones' Mark Valeski, runner-up in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) and Risen Star Stakes (gr. II), drilled five furlongs in :59 3/5 at Churchill Downs April 23 for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Daddy Nose Best and Sabercat, both trained by Steve Asmussen, turned in solid works April 23 for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Lenny and Steve discuss TailGate, Bodemeister, Dullahan, and the Derby picture. watch video
Jerry Crawford, head of Donegal Racing, is excited about Dullahan's chances in Ky.
Where do Bodemeister, Dullahan and Hansen fit in the Derby Dozen puzzle this week? read blog
Four of our highly touted horses, Holy Candy, Dullahan, Optimizer, and Sabercat, are running this weekend. read blog
This year's Kentucky Derby contenders are so evenly matched, there is a good possibility the winner will be determined by who gets the best trip and/or the best ride. read blog
Dr. Kendall Hansen, majority owner of his namesake, Hansen, is getting pumped for the April 14 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) and is already experiencing symptoms of Derby fever.
Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen is now firming into a nice batch of accomplished 3-year-olds. See who has made the list watch video
Holy Candy has that intriguing unknown factor, and it has to be noted that he's already won at Santa Anita. read blog
Lenny and Steve discuss A.P. Indy, Dubai, and counter-attack the New York Times. watch video
Jockey Ramon Dominguez said during a national teleconference April 3 that he is progressing nicely after suffering a separated collarbone March 18 and is on schedule to ride Godolphin's Alpha in the Wood Memorial (gr. I).
San Felipe winner will not wear blinkers in the April 7 Santa Anita Derby.
One of the best story-lines is the love affair between Tami Bobo and Take Charge Indy. read blog
Zayat Stables' Bodemeister turned in a sensational work for the April 14 Arkansas Derby (gr. I), drilling six furlongs in a bullet 1:10 2/5 at Santa Anita Park under jockey Rafael Bejarano.
Many horses move up in Steve's Dozen this week, see who is now knocking on the door! watch video
Marathon is marred by fatal breakdown and two other injuries in rescheduled race.
Godolphin captures the first of eight Dubai World Cup card stakes with African Story.
- By Steve Haskin
Going strictly by the numbers, Windsurfer would appear to have little or no shot to win the Louisiana Derby. But sometimes, numbers do lie, which is why racing has a steady stream of longshot winners. read blog
Michael Matz has put the past behind him and is only focusing on getting Union Rags through the Florida Derby and on to the Kentucky Derby, but the trainer is still clearly bothered by the Eclipse Award voting.
- By Steve Haskin
Rosie Napravnik is one race away from hearing the strains of "My Old Kentucky Home" raining down on her again as she parades to the post in the Kentucky Derby. read blog
Do Daddy Nose Best and Went the Day Well both enter Steve's Derby Dozen for this week? Read to find out! watch video
There's something special about defending your home turf against an army of formidable invaders, and Isn't He Clever and trainer Henry Dominguez will get that chance in the $800,000 Sunland Derby (gr. III) March 25.
- By Steve Haskin
No one can claim the Alpha Adventures have been boring, and he hasn't even gone anywhere. read blog
Graham Motion is back on the Derby trail with recent maiden winner Went the Day Well, who will race next in the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. II) March 24.
- By Steve Haskin
Excerpted from the pages of the March 17, 2012 The Blood-Horse magazine, senior correspondent Steve Haskin tells how Riva Ridge put a struggling racing stable back on firm footing, and gave young owner Penny Chenery... Download Feature
Haskin's Derby Dozen shifts with Gemologist, Optimizer and Secret Circle this week. watch video
Undefeated colt likely will have his final Kentucky Derby prep at Aqueduct
Zayat Stables colt will make his second career start in grade II race at Hawthorne.
- By Steve Haskin
Steve discusses the Delaware Park ties of Union Rags and Mark Valeski. read blog
Creative Cause, Dullahan and Bodemeister shift this week's Derby Dozen. watch video
Bob Baffert-trained colt will be sidelined indefinitely with a hind end issue.
Steve discusses the fear of losing on the Derby trail. read blog
Hansen and Empire Way shift Steve's Derby Dozen this week watch video
Sham (gr. III) winner is off the Derby trail after suffering a condylar fracture at Hollywood Park March 5. The colt was being pointed to the March 10 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II).
Fox Hill Farms' reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace continued her string of sharp works with a six-furlong drill in 1:11 2/5 at Fair Grounds March 5 in preparation for her 2012 debut in the New Orleans Ladies March 17.
Kaleem Shah's Fed Biz and Arnold Zetcher's Liaison each worked a sharp six furlongs at Santa Anita Feb. 29 for trainer Bob Baffert in preparation for the March 10 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II).
News Pending burst on the scene with his surprising second-place finish in the Fountain of Youth Stakes at odds of 27-1. But who exactly is this horse? read blog
Godolphin's Consortium will miss the March 3 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) and is off the Derby trail after suffering a chip in his right front ankle, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said.
Let's Go Stable's El Padrino, winner of the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II), will make his next start in either the Florida Derby (gr. I) March 31 or Louisiana Derby (gr. II) April 1, according to co-owner Kevin Scatuorchio.
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