Triple Crown

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  • <a href="http://www.exclusivelyequine.com/ee.asp?PI=P25-1004"target="_blank;">Runaway Wood Memorial winner Bellamy Road is favorite in final pool.</a>

    Bellamy Road Made 3-1 Favorite for Roses

    On the strength of his 17 1/2-length victory in Saturday's Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct, Kinsman Stable's Bellamy Road emerged from a record-smashing third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2005 Kentucky Derby Future Wager as a strong 3-1 favorite to win the famed "Run for the Roses" on May 7.

  • Consolidator hopes to return to the scene of last fall's Lane's End Breeders' Futurity win with a victory in Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.

    Consolidator Sharp, Ready for Blue Grass

    Robert and Beverly Lewis' Consolidator sparkled in a swift five furlong breeze Sunday at Churchill Downs that marked his final major prep for Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.

  • Rockport Harbor, foreground, with Stewart Elliott in the irons, works in company with Pilfer.

    Rockport Harbor Works; Heading to Lexington Stakes

    Fox Hill Farm's Rockport Harbor, who is still on target for the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), worked seven furlongs in 1:25 3/5 at Oaklawn Park Sunday, after which, trainer John Servis said the colt would pass the Arkansas Derby (gr. II) and point instead to the Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) a week later.

  • Buzzards Bay, left, beats General John B to win the Santa Anita Derby.

    Buzzards Bay Digs In, Wins Santa Anita Derby

    Trainer Jeff Mullins became the first trainer to win three consecutive editions of the Santa Anita Derby when his 30-1 outsider Buzzards Bay registered a gutty score by a half-length over 64-1 shot General John B Saturday.

  • <a href="http://www.exclusivelyequine.com/ee.asp?PI=P25-1004"target="_blank;">Jockey Javier Castellano reacts to winning the 81st running of the Wood Memorial aboard Bellamy Road, Saturday at Aqueduct.</a>

    Bellamy Road Turns in Stunning Wood Win

    George Steinbrenner's Bellamy Road became a serious contender for next month's Kentucky Derby (Gr. I) with a stunning 17 1/2-length victory over a half dozen overmatched rivals in Saturday's $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct.

  • Greeley's Galaxy Derby-Bound After Illinois Romp

    After the inexperienced Greeley's Galaxy made a laugher out of Saturday's $500,000 Illinois Derby (gr. II), it didn' take owner B. Wayne Hughes long to make a decision on whether he would spend $200,000 to supplement his chestnut colt to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • High Fly Sets Pace at Derby Future's Midpoint

    Live Oak Plantation's High Fly, whose recent victory in the Florida Derby (gr. I) was his fifth in six career races, emerged as the betting favorite on Friday as Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager ("KDFW") reached the midpoint.

  • A Wood victory would move Bellamy Road up on the graded earnings list.

    It's Now or Never for Eight Wood Starters

    It's now or never for the eight starters entered in Saturday's $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I). If any hope to make it to the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), they must deliver the goods in the Wood, especially with only two of the participants – Bellamy Road and Survivalist – on the top 20 list of graded earnings.

  • Chattahoochee War (3) wins the Transylvania Stakes with Guillaume Tell (center) and Rey de Cafe (rail) putting him to the supreme test on opening day at Keeneland.

    Chattahoochee War Wins Transylvania Battle

    Amerman Racing Stables' Chattahoochee War won the Central Bank Transylvania Stakes (gr. IIIT) on Keeneland's opening day, but he had to battle hard to do it. The 3-year-old son of War Chant rallied to nip Guillaume Tell by a nose at the wire, then had to wait for the stewards to disallow an objection to secure the victory.

  • Cat Shaker On the Prowl to Arkansas Derby

    Cat Shaker, upset winner of the Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park on the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) undercard March 26 is headed toward next Saturday's Arkansas Derby (gr. II), according to owner Bill Callis.

  • Andromeda's Hero Works Toward Arkansas Derby

    Robert LaPenta's Andromeda's Hero, prepping for a possible start in the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park, worked five furlongs at Keeneland Friday morning.

  • Derby Travel Plans Set for Blues and Royals

    Officials with Dubai-based Godolphin have notified Churchill Downs that Blues and Royals, winner of the $2 million UAE Derby (UAE-II), would arrive in Kentucky on April 25 for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Steve Haskin's Analysis of Derby Future Wager Pool 3

    This is a bad week for the Future Wager if you like anyone in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), Wood Memorial (gr. I), or Illinois Derby (gr. II). The only way you can get a decent price in those races is if you happen to like a horse who gets beat and feel he might move forward off it.

  • Vicarage Headed for Derby Trial

    Dogwood Stable's Vicarage, who most recently finished seventh in the Florida Derby (gr. I), has been vanned to Lexington and will be pointed toward the April 30 Derby Trial Stakes on opening day at Churchill Downs.

  • Consolidator looks like the real thing.

    Pedigree Profile: Consolidator

    Take a popular husband and wife who have already known the thrill of owning two Kentucky Derby-Preakness (both gr. I) winners and the agony of two close Belmont (gr. I) defeats. Add one of the most colorful and controversial trainers of modern times, and throw in the hottest commercial sire living. Add a French connection with an international flair, and what do you have?

  • Rockport Harbor, left, accompanied by trainer John Servis on pony, at Oaklawn Park Wednesday.

    'Rocky 50-50 for Arkansas Derby; Lexington Stakes More Likely

    Rick Porter, owner of Rockport Harbor, said that although the colt is doing much better after suffering his third setback of the year, he is 50-50 at best to make the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. II), and that the April 23 Lexington Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland appears to be the more likely spot at this time."

  • Nine Entered in Illinois Derby

    With few standouts to emerge on the Kentucky Derby trail, a field of nine will be headed to Saturday's $500,000 Illinois Derby (gr. II) Hawthorne Park to see if they are the next to jump up and make a splash in the 3-year-old division.

  • Sweet Catomine's Owner: Derby or Nothing

    Marty Wygod, owner of Sweet Catomine, said Tuesday on a national teleconference that if his filly does not run in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), she most likely will not ship to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). Sweet Catomine is scheduled to face colts this weekend in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).

  • Afleet Alex's Owner Accepts Borislow's Challenge

    Cash is King Stable managing partner Chuck Zacney, co-owner of Afleet Alex, announced Tuesday he has accepted Dan Borislow's $50,000 challenge matching Borislow's Wild Desert against Afleet Alex and Rockport Harbor in a horse-against-horse showdown in the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. II).

  • High Fly Favorite for Final Pool of Derby Future Wager

    High Fly and Sun King, trained by two-time Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winning trainer Nick Zito, and juvenile filly champion Sweet Catomine are listed among the favorites in a wide open third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2005 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which opens its April 7-10 run Thursday.

  • Charlotte Weber, right, and Eric Hamelback, left, owner and general manager, respectively, of Live Oak Stud, with Florida Derby winner High Fly.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: 'Z Troop' Marches On

    Nick Zito's Run For the Roses Regiment continued its assault on Churchill Downs this past weekend, as High Fly and Noble Causeway finished one-two in the $1-million Florida Derby (gr. I) on April 2, giving Zito five top Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contenders for five different owners.

  • P Val to Ride Wild Desert in Ark. Derby; Owner to Offer Challenge

    Patrick Valenzuela has been named to ride Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) runner-up Wild Desert in the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. II), majority owner Dan Borislow said Monday. If Wild Desert runs well enough at Oaklawn to merit a trip to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Valenzuela will remain aboard.

  • 'Rocky Has Blood Clot; Nominated to Lexington Stakes

    Trainer John Servis made a phone call Monday morning, a phone call he didn't really want to make. Servis called the Keeneland racing office to nominate Rockport Harbor to the $325,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) scheduled for April 23 at the Lexington, Ky. track.

  • Sun King Has First Work at Churchill Downs

    Tracy Farmer's Sun King, winner of both his starts this year including the Tampa Bay Derby, breezed an easy five furlongs in 1:02 4/5 at Churchill Downs Monday in preparation for the April 16 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I).

  • Sweet Catomine gets in final work before Santa Anita Derby.

    Sweet Catomine Works Smoothly for SA Derby

    Champion Sweet Catomine was put through her final prep before she faces the boys for the first time in Saturday's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), topping a Southen California work tab that included several of her rivals.

  • Lukas Pair Records Sharp Churchill Drills

    Consolidator, Going Wild and Bellamy Road – all considered to be major contenders for the $2 million Kentucky Derby (gr. I) – turned in sharp workouts on Sunday at Churchill Downs in preparation for their final preps for the 131st renewal of the "Run for the Roses" on May 7.

  • High Fly, with Jerry Bailey, wins Florida Derby.

    High Fly Ends Zito's Florida Derby Drought

    Blanked with his 16 previous starters, trainer Nick Zito finally won the Florida Derby (gr. I) when his heavily favored High Fly rolled to a confident victory for Jerry Bailey Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

  • While Rockport Harbor has had another setback, Greater Good worked Saturday at Oaklawn Park.

    Rockport Harbor's Work Canceled Due to Unknown Ailment

    Murphy's Law continues to plague Fox Hill Farm's Rockport Harbor, who now has come down with an undetermined ailment, forcing trainer John Servis to cancel his scheduled work Saturday and putting his status for the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. II) in question.

  • Sore Shins Sideline Shamardal

    Shamardal, Godolphin Racing's chief Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hope before his disappointing run in the UAE Derby (UAE-II) at Nad Al Sheba on March 26, is almost certain to miss the American classic May 7 due to sore shins.

  • Dettori to Ride Wilko in Santa Anita Derby

    Frankie Dettori, who rode Wilko to a 28-1 upset in the 2004 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Lone Star Park, will fly in from Europe and be aboard the colt once more in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) on April 9.

  • High Limit Working Toward Blue Grass; Rush Bay Works

    Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel said that Mary and Gary West's High Limit, winner of the Louisiana Derby (grade II), was doing well on the day after his first work at Churchill Downs and would make his next start in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland on April 16.

  • Did sealed track play into Flower Alley's hand in Lane's End Stakes?

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Visibility Zero

    The Twin Spires are out there somewhere. We should see them once the fog lifts. The crystal clear path that once was the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trail is no more. No matter how we analyze, theorize, or just plain romanticize, we all meet this time every year at the same crossroads, with no idea in which direction we're heading.

  • Field of Eight Set for WinStar Derby

    A field of eight, highlighted by the first three finishers in the Borderland Derby and stakes winner Sort it Out, will take the gate for Saturday's $500,000 WinStar Derby, going 1 1/8 miles at Sunland Park.

  • Florida Derby Field Remains in Flux

    A March 28 teleconference sponsored by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association was designed to profile entrants in the April 2 Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park, but it looks as though the prospective field will undergo some changes. Instead, the media event focused largely on equine health.

  • Injury Sidelines Uncle Denny

    Stan Fulton's grade III winner Uncle Denny has been withdrawn from the Triple Crown trail after suffering a bone chip to his right front ankle, trainer Rafael Becerra revealed Sunday.

  • Wannawinemall Works Toward Santa Anita Derby

    El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) runner-up Wannawinemall, set to make his next start in the April 9 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), worked six furlongs in 1:12 4/5 under trainer Kristin Mulhall at Santa Anita Sunday morning.

  • Flower Alley, with jockey Jorge Chavez up, leads Wild Desert (3) and Magna Graduate (2) to the finish line to win the Lane's End Stakes, Saturday at Turfway Park.

    Pletcher's Flower Alley Blooms in Lane's End

    One race after watching his Proud Accolade flop as the heavy favorite in the Rushaway, trainer Todd Pletcher's inexperienced Flower Alley surprised his rivals in the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds Saturday at muddy Turfway Park.

  • Cat Shaker Screeches to Rushaway Win

    Bill Callis' Cat Shaker, sent off at odds of 38-1, ran down the loose pacesetter Daddy Joe in the $100,000 Rushaway for 3-year-olds at muddy Turfway Park Saturday as 2-5 favorite Proud Accolade failed to fire.

  • Blues and Royals wins the UAE Derby during the Dubai World Cup.

    Godolphin's Second Fiddle Wins UAE Derby

    Godolphin's second string Blues and Royals turned the UAE Derby (UAE-II) into a procession under Kerrin McEvoy in a race run at a furious gallop Saturday at Nad Al Sheba.

  • Kentucky Derby Trail: The Week That Was-Part 2

    With the next Kentucky Derby Trail column not until Wednesday, March 30, when the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) and UAE Derby (UAE-I) will be discussed belatedly, this seems like a good time to offer some lingering thoughts, facts, and observations left over from last weekend.

  • Owner Confirms Don't Get Mad for Santa Anita Derby

    B. Wayne Hughes said Thursday morning that Don't Get Mad will run in the grade I Santa Anita Derby April 9 rather than the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. II), for which the son of <a href="http://www.stallionregister.com/sr_sire_page.asp?refno=4055684&origin=BHonline&result=1" target="_blank">Stephen Got Even</a> was also being considered.

  • Proud Accolade Figures to Rushaway

    Padua Stables' Proud Accolade, winner of the seven-furlong Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) earlier this year, seeks to get back on track after overcoming an illness in Saturday's $100,000 Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park. The 1 1/16-mile race is part of Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) day at the northern Kentucky track.