Triple Crown

News, stories, video, blogs, results, previews for the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont Stakes

  • Evan Hammonds goes to the Preakness - and takes you along for the ride!

    Saturday Morning Line at Pimlico

    At the hospitality tent at the stakes barn, they're getting ready for the Preakness celebration party. Gold streamers are going up at one end as they set up the bar. At the other end, there is a huge, three-tiered cake.

  • Haskin: Will Bernardini be the one?

    Steve Haskin's Preakness Analysis: Can Barbaro Get 'Berned?'

    Trying to analyze this year's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) based on observations and training is not easy when you basically see only one horse train. With seven of the nine horses entered still not even on the grounds as of this writing, there is an odd precedent being set this year.

  • Evan Hammonds reports from Pimlico - updates throughout the day.

    Friday Morning Line at Pimlico

    The blue and white Brook Ledge van pulled up to a receiving area near the stakes barn at Pimlico at 2:35 p.m. Elvis has entered the building.

  • Strong Contender

    Strong Contender May Fly in Peter Pan

    While the country's best 3-year-olds battle at Pimlico Saturday for the Preakness (gr. I), a group of talented sophomores will line up in the $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park.

  • Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro tunes up for Saturday's run at the second jewel in the Crown.

    Barbaro Works Quarter-Mile Thursday in Final Preakness Prep

    Barbaro, installed as the even-money morning-line favorite for Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I), galloped strongly and "blew out" a quarter of a mile in an unofficial :24 1/5 Thursday at Fair Hill Training Center in his final prep for the classic at Pimlico Racecourse.

  • Evan Hammonds reports from Pimlico - updates throughout the day.

    Thursday Morning Line at Pimlico

    In the day's fifth race, Armed Brat, a 3-year-old running under an $8,000 tag, breaks his maiden in gritty fashion while between horses. The winning jockey is 18-year-old Kyle Kaenel.

  • Barbaro relaxes between starts at his home base in upstate Maryland.

    Barbaro Happy to be Back Home

    It is obvious watching Barbaro the past two mornings that the winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) is enjoying the tranquil life at Fair Hill Training Center, as he prepares for Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I). The son of Dynaformer appears more relaxed than he was at Churchill Downs, especially coming off the track after training.

  • HRTV Providing On-Site Preakness Week Coverage

    A quartet of HorseRacing TV experts and reporters will be at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore to bring fans coverage of the 131st running of the $1 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 20.

  • HRTV host Jeff Siegel

    Jeff Siegel Wednesday's Guest on Talkin' Horses

    Join Jeff Siegel, the "dean of California handicappers" and co-founder of "Handicapper's Report," as he shares his timely insight and helpful handicapping tips on the next edition of bloodhorse.com "Talkin' Horses."

  • Chicagoan Wins Kentucky Derby 'Super Challenge'

    Ronald H. Rodriguez of Chicago defeated 125,211 fellow handicappers to claim a $10,000 prize by selecting the winning Kentucky Derby 132 superfecta in the $1 million Kentucky Derby "Super" Challenge, a free contest sponsored by Churchill Downs Incorporated.

  • Ah Day May Chase a Piece of Preakness Pie

    King Leatherbury worked Tesio Stakes winner Ah Day five furlongs in 59 seconds at rainy Laurel Park Saturday morning, and the legendary trainer is considering supplementing the Malibu Moon gelding to next Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Preakness Notes: Friday, May 12

    Upbeat reports continue to filter into Pimlico from training centers where Preakness (gr. I) hopefuls ready for next Saturday's middle jewel of racing's Triple Crown. Horses begin to arrive at Old Hilltop on Tuesday afternoon.

  • Steve Haskin's Preakness Report: Now or Never For Barbaro's Foes

    Following the massacre at Churchill Downs on May 6, the initial reaction was that Barbaro's opponents in the Preakness (gr. I) have as much chance of victory as Don Quixote had battling windmills. But, although Barbaro should once again be a formidable foe, there is no reason to quiver and hide from the fiend of Fair Hill.

  • Arkansas Derby winner Lawyer Ron will miss Preakness.

    Lawyer Ron to Miss Preakness; To Have Chip Removed

    Lawyer Ron is scheduled to have a small chip removed from his right, hind ankle May 12 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. The surgery, to be performed by Dr. Larry Bramlage, will force the son of Langfuhr to miss the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico May 20.

  • Sharp Humor Sidelined With Knee Fracture

    Purdedel and WinStar Stable's Sharp Humor has been diagnosed with a small fracture of the left knee which will knock him off the Triple Crown trail.

  • Can Barbaro duplicate his Derby win in the Preakness and Belmont Stakes?

    Steve Haskin's Derby Analysis: The Crown Awaits

    Back in January, before Barbaro had ever run on the dirt, Michael Matz was asked if he knew where the name Barbaro came from. He called to assistant trainer Peter Brette: "Hey, Peter, what does the name Barbaro mean?" Brette didn't hesitate with his answer: "Kentucky Derby winner."

  • Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, with trainer Michael Matz.

    Barbaro Back at Fair Hill; Preakness Field is Work in Progress

    Barbaro, winner of Saturday's Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), arrived safely at his home at the Fair Hill Training Facility in Northeast Maryland after vanning from Churchill Downs. The list of challengers for the Michael Matz trainee in the $1 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course on May 20 remains a work in progress.

  • Derby National TV Rating Flat for Race Segment

    NBC Sports reported an 8.4 national rating and a 20 share for the race portion (5:45-6:45 p.m. EDT) of its May 6 Kentucky Derby telecast. The rating is slightly down from last year's 9.0/22 national rating for the race portion of the telecast.

  • Derby-winning trainer Michael Matz makes his way to the winner's circle.

    Matz Savors Win as Others Plan Ahead

    As trainer Michael Matz savored Saturday's impressive victory by Lael Stables' Barbaro in the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainers of the horses that finished behind the son of Dynaformer reflected Sunday morning on what went wrong and what lies ahead.

  • Wagering on Derby Soars to Record $118M

    Wagering on Saturday's 132nd Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs shattered several records, including a North American mark for total betting on a single race, as an on-track crowd of 157,536 saw Lael Stable's unbeaten Barbaro dominate the "Run for the Roses."

  • First Saturday in May is big day on two continents for Barbaro owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson.

    Derby Winning Pedigree: Barbaro

    Prior to Barbaro, the closest any Roberto-line horse had come to winning an American Triple Crown race was in 1988, when Roberto's son Brian's Time - like Barbaro, a winner of the Florida Derby (gr. I) - ran second to Risen Star in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and third behind Risen Star and Kingpost in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Barbaro becomes sixth unbeaten Derby winner.

    Undefeated Barbaro Conquers All in Derby

    No horse had won the Kentucky Derby with a five-week or longer layoff since Needles 50 years ago. But Barbaro showed how special he is by remaining undefeated and winning the 132nd running of the race by a wide margin.

  • Going Over the Financials With Jane Bryant Quinn

    <i>Newsweek</i> magazine's long-running financial columnist Jane Bryant Quinn has been a fan of Thoroughbred racing for some time. The author of the new book "Smart and Simple Financial Strategies for Busy People," Quinn shared her thoughts on handicapping, the Kentucky Derby, and Secretariat's 31-length Belmont Stakes victory recently with Evan Hammonds of <i>The Blood-Horse</i>.

  • Barbaro and trainer Michael Matz currently favored to win tomorrow&#39;s Kentucky Derby.

    Early Derby Favorite Barbaro at 5-1

    With nearly $400,000 in the pool, admittedly a small amount compared to what will eventually be wagered to win on the Derby, the favorite is only 6-1.