Tom Pedulla

  • Frank Stronach at the podium and Stronach Group executive board member Tim Ritvo

    Stronach Still Seeking New Heights for Racing

    Anyone who doubts Frank Stronach's ability to think big needs only to gaze at the 473-ton steel and bronze statue of Pegasus, the winged stallion of Greek mythology, that captivates visitors as they enter Gulfstream Park.

  • Unified's Connections Eye King's Bishop

    Trainer Jimmy Jerkens has seen enough in the morning and in the afternoon to feel sure that Unified is a 3-year-old with considerable ability. He is less certain about how best to tap into that talent.

  • Lady's Secret

    Legends: Lady's Secret, the Iron Lady

    Lady's Secret, an eventual Horse of the Year and Hall of Fame inductee, strung together multiple stakes wins at the highest level. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas described her as an overachiever that "you never got to the bottom of."

  • Trainer Doug O'Neill

    O'Neill: Strategy So Far Has Been Successful

    Trainer Doug O'Neill, in his first of two diaries as told to Tom Pedulla for America's Best Racing, said the plan for Nyquist has succeeded so far, and now it comes down to the post-position draw for the Preakness Stakes.

  • Rachel's Valentina - Churchill Downs, May 4, 2016

    Rachel's Valentina: Born to Win Oaks?

    Todd Pletcher doesn't hesitate to put Rachel's Valentina in the company of his trio of previous Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winners as she's set to contend Friday's race. A full field of 14 will go postward after champion Songbird's defection due to fever.

  • Victor Espinoza and American Pharoah

    Espinoza Back for More in Kentucky Derby

    "It's going to be hard," Espinoza said of tackling the Run for the Roses on Whitmore. "But you never know. As long as I have a horse in the race, I always think I can win the Kentucky Derby."

  • Shagaf

    Shadwell's Shagaf Gets Chance at Spotlight

    A week after Mohaymen finished fourth in his final Kentucky Derby prep, Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Stable will have another potential star 3-year-old race when Shagaf tries the Wood Memorial April 9.

  • Nyquist dominates the Florida Derby.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2016/i-rHw9mjw">Order This Photo</a>

    Nyquist Trounces Mohaymen in Florida Derby

    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.

  • Owner J. Paul Reddam.

    Reddam Lives in the Moment With Nyquist

    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.

  • Undefeated Nyquist (left) and Mohaymen set for showdown.

    Post Positions Set for Florida Derby Showdown

    Five weeks before they chase the penultimate prize in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), the stakes are huge for both star 3-year-olds as they tower over the rest of their Florida Derby competition.

  • Sunny Ridge wins the 2016 Withers Stakes.

    Gotham No Sure Derby Path for Sunny Ridge

    The Triple Crown grind goes against Jason Servis' preference for giving his horses ample recovery time, and even though he's running the Withers (gr. III) winner in the Gotham, a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) run is no sure thing.

  • Mohaymen takes Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2016/i-DZBQ6KW">Order This Photo</a>

    Mohaymen Dominates Fountain of Youth

    Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen dominated the $400,000 Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 27, his fifth straight victory for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.

  • Legends: Rachel Alexandra, Filly for the Ages

    Jockey Calvin Borel said the key to their success together was to allow Rachel Alexandra to be the boss. She knew she could handle fractions that often seemed impossibly fast. His biggest job was to stay out of the way.