Follow along with America's Best Racing for a compelling behind-the-scenes look as GMB Racing Manager Greg Bensel experiences the 2016 Louisiana Derby (gr. II). Watch Video
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.
This week we take a closer look at Cupid, winner of the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) on March 19 at Oaklawn Park.
Reddam Racing's undefeated 2-year-old male champion Nyquist completed his cross-country trip late in the afternoon of March 29 and arrived at Gulfstream Park for the April 2 Florida Derby (gr. I).
The fourth and final 2016 Kentucky Derby Future Wager this weekend times up well with the Florida Derby (gr. I) showdown of unbeatens in Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen and Reddam Racing's 2-year-old champion Nyquist.
Trainers Kiaran McLaughlin and Doug O'Neill on March 29 offered their views on Mohaymen and Nyquist, both of whom are undefeated, as they prepare for their first matchup in the $1 million Florida Derby April 2.
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Larry and Cindy Jones' homebred colt Jensen isn't nominated to the Triple Crown, but he will attempt to follow in the footsteps of his broodmare sire, Hard Spun, in the April 2 Spiral Stakes (gr. III) at Turfway.
With the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) fast approaching, New York's off-track betting corporations and Churchill Downs Inc. have resumed negotiations to end a bitter dispute over simulcast fees.
Exaggerator is among the seven 3-year-olds listed as probable for the April 9 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), and trainer Keith Desormeaux believes the Curlin colt can improve on his third-place finish last time out.
- By Tom LaMarra
- Thoroughbred Racing, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, Triple Crown
Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm's Gun Runner, who captured the grade II Risen Star Stakes in his last start, was a commanding winner of the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (gr. II) March 26.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Southwest Region, Southeast Region, Midwest Region
Pennsylvania-bred Tisdale, owned by Harlow Stables, won an entry-level allowance race March 26 at Oaklawn Park and could resurface in a stakes, perhaps the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. I).
Danzing Candy, in the first timed workout since his breakout score in the March 12 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II), went five furlongs in :58 3/5 March 26 at Santa Anita Park.
Comments from trainer Mikio Matsunaga after Lani's victory in the UAE Derby (UAE-II). Courtesy Dubai Racing Club Watch Video
Kentucky-bred Lani is headed back to his roots while representing Japan after earning his way into the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a March 26 UAE Derby (UAE-II) score.
In his final timed workout in preparation for the April 2 Florida Derby (gr. I), trainer Doug O'Neill kept the distance the same for Reddam Racing's undefeated Nyquist, but added some company to spice things up March 25.
Romping maiden winner, late Triple Crown nominee, could run April 16 in grade I.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin will saddle Frosted in the March 26 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) and has live shots with Marking, Confrontation, and Lady Shipman in undercard stakes on the Saturday program.
Polar River, who has yet to taste defeat in four career outings with a combined victory margin of 32 lengths, appears to be the standout runner in the March 26 UAE Derby (UAE-II).
Michael Lund Peterson's Mor Spirit worked four furlongs March 24 in :47 4/5 at Santa Anita Park, and earned the "breezing" tag in preparation for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 9.
Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen on March 24 turned in his final work in preparation for the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2 at Gulfstream Park.
Tom LaMarra and Ellis Starr preview the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) featuring Greenpointcrusader, Dazzling Gem, Gun Runner, Mo Tom, and Forevamo. Includes a special promotion just for THS viewers. Sponsored by Equibase. Watch Video
The number of Triple Crown nominees grew to 377 after nine horses were made eligible for the three-race series during its late nomination phase that closed just before midnight EDT on March 21.
Risen Star (gr. II) winner Gun Runner will take on grade I winner Greenpointcrusader, who last finished second to Mohaymen in the Holy Bull (gr. II), when the two go postward in the March 26 Louisiana Derby (gr. II).
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds. read blog
Louisiana-based owners and a Louisiana-based trainer hope the home cooking works for their Mo Tom, who hopes to turn the tables on Gun Runner in the March 26 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds
Cupid flutters into Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen this week. Where does he land? Read to find out! read blog
Speedway Stable's Collected powered wire to wire and won the $415,000 Sunland Park Festival of Racing Stakes for 3-year-old males March 20 at Sunland Park.
For the sixth time in seven years, Bob Baffert sent out the winner of the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) when Cupid scored in the 1 1/16-mile race March 19 at Oaklawn Park.
In terms of track, distance, and post position, a familiar challenge awaits Suddenbreakingnews in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) March 19 at Oaklawn Park, but following up may be his biggest challenge.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park. read blog
Two of the three reigning Eclipse Award winners put in timed works March 18 at Santa Anita Park, and the third is nearing her first of the season.
Shadwell Stable's multiple grade II-winning son of Tapit soared through a five-furlong breeze in 1:01 Friday morning over the main track at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream Park's satellite training facility in Palm Beach County.
The chestnut colt blazed a rare trail for a Pennsylvania-bred, becoming only the second to win the Kentucky Derby, and each victory on the road to the Derby greatly increased his popularity and fan following.
This week we take a closer look at Destin, winner of the $350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby on March 12 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Laminitis claims Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Vicar's in Trouble, winner of the 2014 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) and Super Derby (gr. II). The son of Into Mischief was put down March 11.
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) featuring Madtap, Suddenbreakingnews, Whitmore, and Discreetness. Includes a special promotion just for THS viewers. Sponsored by Equibase. Watch Video
Jacks or Better Farm's homebred 3-year-old colt Fellowship, who has a pair of third-place finishes in grade II stakes this year, hopes to improve on that in the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2.
Though the Sunland Park Derby has been canceled, a full field of 12 is lined up to contest its replacement, the $415,000 Sunland Park Festival of Racing Stakes March 20 at the New Mexico track.
The 2015 Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I), in which American Pharoah became a Triple Crown winner, has been chosen as a finalist for Sports Event of the Year by Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal.
After sharing my Kentucky Derby memories I figured I might as well keep going and complete the Triple Crown read blog
From 12 to 2, read why Destin makes a move in this week's Derby Dozen. read blog
Destin and Danzing Candy, respective winners of classics preps on the East Coast and West Coast March 12, made the top five in this week's National Thoroughbred Racing Association top 3-year-old poll released March 14.
The "all others" wagering interest closed as the 5-1 second favorite.
Beverly Anderson and Edward Seltzer's homebred Surgical Strike appears headed to the Spiral Stakes (gr. III) after a come-from-behind victory in the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes March 12 at Turfway Park.
Filly wins Caesar's Wish by four lengths, could be Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) contender; colt takes Private Terms at 18-1, may target Federico Tesio and hopefully Preakness (gr. I).
Unraced until November of last year, Danzing Candy emphatically announced his arrival on the Triple Crown trail with a gate-to-wire, two-length score over favored Mor Spirit in the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II).
Twin Creeks Racing Stables' Destin delivered a second straight stakes win at Tampa Bay Downs March 12, this time landing the track's top classic prep race: the $350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby Stakes (gr. II).
Thirteen are probable for Oaklawn race, including Hopeful (gr. I) winner Ralis and Southwest (gr. III) victor Suddenbreakingnews.
Brody's Cause and Destin, both graded stakes-winning sons of Giant's Causeway, head a field of 10 for the March 12 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II).
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