Triple Crown

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

  • Trainer Tim Ritchey walks Afleet Alex around a field after arriving at Pimlico Race Course Wednesday.

    Giacomo Hits Track; Alex Arrives at Pimlico

    After three days of mild exercise in the barn, Jerry and Ann Moss' Giacomo, the surprise winner of the 131st Kentucky Derby (gr. I), returned to the Churchill Downs track Wednesday for the first time since his stunning victory.

  • Jockey Mike Smith aboard Derby winner Giacomo.

    Smith Discusses Derby During Online Chat

    Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winning rider Mike Smith had to ride a masterful race to get Giacomo to the wire first but the jockey said today the journey was almost exactly as he planned.

  • Preakness Field Continues to Grow

    The field for the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) continues to grow, as one horse was reported to be on his way to Baltimore, a second became a surprise supplement to the race, and trainer Nick Zito gave some indication as to which of his horses may still be in play.

  • Pleased Mullins Says Buzzards Bay to Skip Preakness

    Trainer Jeff Mullins, back at his Santa Anita stable where he'll prepare Buzzards Bay for a probable start in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 11, said he took pleasure in seeing how well the much-criticized California contingent did against the best the East Coast had to offer in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Afleet Alex, here finishing third in the Derby, ships to Pimlico today.

    Afleet Alex to Arrive First for Preakness

    Trainer Tim Ritchey confirmed Wednesday that Afleet Alex will be the first Preakness (gr. I) shipper to arrive at the Pimlico stakes barn. The third place finisher in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) is to get on a van Wednesday morning at Churchill and is expected at Old Hilltop in the late afternoon.

  • Bellamy Road breezing at Churchill Downs during Derby week.

    Bellamy Road Pops Splint

    Bellamy Road, who finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) as the 5-2 favorite, popped a splint Tuesday morning in his left front leg and will miss at least 30 days of training.

  • Derby-winning jockey Mike Smith will participate in an online chat for

    Jockey Smith to Answer Questions in Blood-Horse Online Chat

    Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who rode Giacomo to a 50-1 upset victory in Saturday's 131st Kentucky Derby (gr. I), will join The Blood-Horse's senior correspondent Steve Haskin for a special edition of's "Talkin' Horses" Wednesday at noon (ET; 9 a.m PT).

  • Giacomo, background, passes Closing Argument en route to winning the Kentucky Derby.

    Shockomo: Steve Haskin's Kentucky Derby Story

    Mike Smith stood by himself in front of the detention barn on the Churchill Downs backstretch. The May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) was still a week and a half away, and the mass influx of media was not due for several days. Smith, who had been riding regularly at Keeneland, gazed out at the track, watching the morning activities.

  • Advertisement worn by jockey Jeremy Rose on Afleet Alex was not approved by the Kentucky Racing Authority.

    Ky. Racing Authority Reviewing Jockey Ads in Derby

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority is reviewing the wearing of advertising by some jockeys in the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) that wasn't approved by the regulatory agency or Churchill Downs. Included is jockey Jeremy Rose, who finished third aboard Afleet Alex.

  • Firefighter's Lost Derby Superfecta Ticket Found at Turf Paradise

    Matching Giacomo's unbelievable victory in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) at 50-1 was Christopher Hertzog's loss of his $864,253 Derby Superfecta ticket Saturday and then having it found 24 hours later at Turf Paradise racetrack in Phoenix, Arizona.

  • Surprise Derby winner will continue quest for the Crown.

    Giacomo to Rest, Then Ship for Preakness

    Trainer John Shirreffs said he'll give Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo a few days to walk and rest at Churchill Downs before being shipped to Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) on May 21.

  • NBC Releases Derby Broadcast Overnight Ratings

    NBC Sports' broadcast of Giacomo's surprise win at the 131st running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) notched an 8.2 overnight rating and 19 share, slightly down from an 8.3 rating in 2001, 2003, and 2004.

  • Top Three in Derby All Expected for Preakness

    Giacomo, the second biggest upset winner in the 131-year history of the Kentucky Derby, runner-up Closing Argument and third place finisher Afleet Alex could all start in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 21 although winning trainer John Shirreffs hasn't committed his son of <a href="" target="_blank">Holy Bull</a>.

  • Giacomo Victory Scores Classic Win for Plaudit Sire Line

    Horse of the Year in 1994, Holy Bull had one glaring hole in his resume that year, the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), in which he struggled over a muddy track to finish an ignominious 12th of 14 behind winner Go for Gin. Saturday, that defeat was avenged when his son Giacomo charged from far off the pace to win the Kentucky Derby by half a length over a dead-game Closing Argument.

  • Bellamy Road is favorite.

    Bellamy Road 5-2 in Advance Wagering

    The crowd at Churchill Downs has settled on Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Bellamy Road as the favorite for this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Sunrise at Churchill Downs

    All's Quiet as Sun Rises Over Downs

    As a bright morning sun broke through the darkness, all was quiet on the backside of Churchill Downs Saturday. And on the heels of a record crowd for Friday's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), track officials were expecting another banner day for Saturday's Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • High Fly is Haskin&#39;s value horse in Saturday&#39;s Derby field.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Analysis

    My latest rankings have Afleet Alex number one, followed by Bellamy Road and Bandini. But, let's face it, we're talking the three favorites, and anyone can come up with the same three horses. There are question marks surrounding most of the horses in what looks to be as strong and deep a Derby field as we've had in a long while.

  • Warren Stute, trains Greeley&#39;s Galaxy.

    Stute Returns With Horse That Has a Chance

    In 1967, Churchill Downs, like the rest of the nation, was a different place. Growing tension surrounding the Vietnam War, and race riots that bespoke social division and strife, had the Louisville track looking like something its founders couldn't ever have envisioned.

  • Mark Guidry will ride Buzzards Bay in Derby 131.

    Jockey Guidry Takes Long Way Home

    Jockey Mark Guidry took the overland route to get back to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Forget about going seven-wide on the final turn, Guidry went about 2,000 miles out of his way to find the mount that would bring him back to Louisville the first Saturday in May.

  • Steve Haskin's Derby Report: High Anxiety

    High Limit blew out a half-mile this morning, and his trainer Bobby Frankel, nearly blew out the colt's rider. There's nothing like a little drama to spice up a slow Wednesday morning on the backstretch, and Frankel provided today's entertainment by coming oh so close to switching riders at the last minute.

  • Amy Mullins

    Mullins Team Back With Buzzards Bay

    In spite of some adversity this year, rags-to-riches Jeff and Amy Mullins, who start their fourth longshot in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) Saturday in Buzzards Bay, hope they will some day be remembered with other great husband-wife Derby teams.

  • Post positions for Kentucky Derby 131.

    Bellamy Road the 5-2 Choice in Kentucky Derby

    Middle to outside places were in vogue Wednesday when the connections of 20 starters selected post positions for Saturday's $2-million Kentucky Derby (gr. I), for which Bellamy Road was installed as the 5-2 favorite.

  • Trainers Trade Barn for Night Out

    Nearly 500 guests crowded into the Hyatt Regency Ballroom in Louisville Tuesday night to celebrate this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contenders, and honor the trainers who have propelled them to their spots in Saturday's Run for the Roses.

  • Young Sires All the Rage in This Year's Derby

    Few things create more excitement for a stallion than having a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contender from the first crop of foals. If you doubt it, look at the last three sires who sired a Derby winner from their first crop.

  • High Limit, breezing at Churchill Downs Wednesday.

    Frankel Reconsidering Jockey Mount

    A disgruntled Bobby Frankel told reporters Wednesday morning he may reconsider Ramon Dominguez as the jockey for High Limit's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) run Saturday. Frankel said after reading a quote from the rider in a Louisville <i>Courier-Journal</i>, it seemed the jockey may lack confidence in High Limit to go forward Saturday.

  • Greeley&#39;s Galaxy, working at Churchill Downs Wednesday.

    High Limit, Greeley's Galaxy Complete Derby Preparations

    Two contenders for Saturday's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Illinois Derby (gr. II) winner Greeley's Galaxy and Louisiana Derby (gr. II) victor High Limit, went through their final paces following the track maintenance break at Churchill Downs Wednesday.

  • Jockey John McKee, will be among the youngest riders in this year&#39;s Kentucky Derby.

    Jockey Mounts Explored: Stevens Seeking Fourth Derby Win

    Jockey Gary Stevens will be the only rider attempting his fourth Kentucky Derby (gr. I) victory this year as he takes the mount on Florida Derby (gr. I) runner-up Noble Causeway, trained by Nick Zito. If Stevens succeeds he will join the rank of Hall of Fame jockey Bill Shoemaker who had four victories from a record 26 Derby mounts.

  • Afleet Alex hopes to follow Arkansas Derby win with a victory in Saturday&#39;s Kentucky Derby.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Afleet Beat Goes On

    There isn't much more to say about Afleet Alex that hasn't been said before. Well, come to think of it, maybe there is. Alex was the star of the morning, being the only worker. He also was the center of attention at an informal auction to benefit cancer research.

  • Kentucky Derby 131 Notes - Tuesday, May 3

    Cash is King Stable's Afleet Alex completed his major preparation for the 131st Kentucky Derby by working a half-mile in :48.40 under Derby rider Jeremy Rose this morning.

  • NBC Inks 5-Year Deal for Derby, Preakness

    Continuing a relationship that began in 2001, NBC Sports has reached an agreement with Churchill Downs Inc. and Magna Entertainment/Maryland Jockey Club to telecast the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes an additional five years, from 2006 to 2010.

  • For Zito, Multi-Tasking Is A Blessing

    "Come on six! Stay up three! Get out of there 12! Where's the four? Who's that?" These may sound like the common shouts of an overzealous, exotics-playing railbird, but on Saturday, it just might be something you hear from as esteemed a place as the Churchill Downs box of New York-born trainer Nick Zito.

  • Jerry Bailey is high on High Fly.

    Bailey High on High Fly

    Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey said he is excited about his mount on Florida Derby (gr. I) winner High Fly for what could be the rider's last trip in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) May 7.

  • Trainer Tim Ritchey, right, and horse owner B. Wayne Hughes, left, after auction of Northern Afleet season.

    B. Wayne Hughes Goes To $37,000 for Good Cause

    A chilly Tuesday morning on the Churchill Downs backstretch brought out the warmth in the heart of B. Wayne Hughes. The owner of possible dual Kentucky Derby (gr. I) entrants Greeley's Galaxy and Don't Get Mad matched Afleet Alex's majority owner/partner Charles Zacney bid for bid, landing a 2006 no guarantee season right to Afleet Alex's sire Northern Afleet--all in the name of charity.

  • Afleet Alex, in his final Kentucky Derby workout Tuesday.

    Afleet Alex Looks Good in Final Derby Prep

    Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winner Afleet Alex was the only contender for Saturday's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) to put in his final workout Tuesday, and the son of Northern Afleet again showed his fitness by breezing a half-mile in :48 2/5 at Churchill Downs.

  • Flower Alley, a May 7, 2002, foal.

    Birthday Boys: Dates of Birth Vary for Derby Contenders

    All horses foaled in the Northern Hemisphere have the universal birth date of Jan. 1 as their official age of racing, but not all of this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contenders are actually 3-year-olds as of yet. Who's the oldest? Who's the youngest? Whose birth date is actually Derby day, May 7?

  • Derby Forecast Calls for Beautiful Weather

    Trainers of some Kentucky Derby (gr. I) horses were altering plans this past weekend, juggling work schedules to avoid the rain. If the National Weather Service is correct, no one should have to worry come Derby day.

  • Bandini appears ready for his run for the roses.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Bandini in the Dark

    There were three Kentucky Derby (gr. I) works Monday morning, but the biggest revelation came a little after 6 o'clock when Bandini strolled onto the track, the day after working five furlongs in 1:00 4/5. Although he was only out for a jog, it was enough to convince me that the colt is sitting on another huge effort on Saturday.