Triple Crown

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  • Barbaro made reservations for May 6 with impressive Florida win.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Five Weeks or Bust

    Fresh is best. Those are the words Barbaro's trainer Michael Matz is living by. Whether he's right or wrong, you have to admire him for going against history and public opinion and sticking to his guns, much like another former equestrian rider, Tim Ritchey, did last with his unorthodox training of Afleet Alex.

  • Baffert's 'Runner Overwhelms WinStar Derby

    Odds-on choice Wanna Runner left the pacesetting Blaze It behind on the far turn on his way to demolishing an overmatched field by 4 3/4 lengths in the $600,000 WinStar Derby at Sunland Park in New Mexico Saturday.

  • Next month's Blue Grass holds world of Derby hopes for Strong Contender.

    'Contender's Derby Hopes Down to Bluegrass

    Thanks to what trainer John Ward terms "unfortunate circumstances," John Oxley's Strong Contender has but one pressure-packed race left for a potential trip to the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), and he'll need a top finish in the $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland April 15.

  • Indy Wildcat Takes Shot in Santa Anita Derby

    Borderland Derby winner Indy Wildcat could have returned to New Mexico's Sunland Park for Saturday's rich WinStar Derby, but trainer and part owner Paula Capestro chose instead to stay home for the April 8 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).

  • Bejarano to Ride Point Determined in Santa Anita Derby

    Rafael Bejarano, whose list of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) mounts grows each day, has been named by trainer Bob Baffert to ride Point Determined in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 8. Victor Espinoza, who was originally named to ride the colt, has a prior commitment that day aboard Balance in the Ashland Stakes (gr. I).

  • Barbaro comes into the Florida Derby with an eight-week layoff that followed this Holy Bull victory.

    Haskin's Weekend Preview: Barbaro at the Gate

    With many of the leading 3-year-olds in Florida skipping town because of what most horsemen feel is the unfavorable scheduling of the Florida Derby (gr. I), Gulfstream's premiere event drew a wide variety of horses, most of them non-stakes winners. The headliner will be the undefeated Barbaro, winner of all four of his starts.

  • Baffert Pair Stands Out in WinStar Derby

    The Bob Baffert-trained duo of Wanna Runner and Sky Diving, both disappointing in their most recent starts, lead a field of nine 3-year-olds entered for Saturday's $600,000 WinStar Derby at New Mexico's Sunland Park.

  • Unbeaten Barbaro heads strong Florida Derby field highlighted by partnerships showdown.

    Battle of the Syndicates in Florida Derby

    Cot Campbell pioneered the concept of Thoroughbred racing partnerships when he formed Dogwood Stable in 1969. The seed he planted has produced numerous other successful partnerships, including West Point Stable. On Saturday, Dogwood and West Point square off in the $1-million Florida Derby (gr. I).

  • Charming Image Under Consideration for Florida Derby

    It would probably be one of the biggest upsets in Gulfstream Park history, but Marc Wexler's 3-year-old Charming Image will be 'in it to win it' as the streaking claiming horse takes on some of the best of his generation in Saturday's $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I).

  • Barbaro & Flashy Bull Post Final Workouts for Florida Derby

    Lael Stable's undefeated 3-year-old Barbaro worked a half-mile in :48 Monday morning at Palm Meadows with regular exercise rider Peter Brett aboard in preparation for his engagement in Saturday's $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park.

  • Haskin on Discreet Cat: "impressive power and fluidity of stride."

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Dubai Do or Don't?

    Perhaps it is time to stop poring over every bit of minutia concerning this year's Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and just go with the flow. If you don't, your brain will be fried by the time the Twin Spires come into view and the scent of roses is in the air.

  • Derby hopeful Brother Derek, here winning the San Rafael Stakes, turned in a bullet work Sunday at Sant Anita.

    'Derek Posts Bullet Breeze for SA Derby

    Brother Derek, current favorite in the Kentucky Derby Future Book, breezed six furlongs Sunday morning under regular rider Alex Solis in a bullet 1:11 in preparation for the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) on April 8.

  • Our Peak, 73-1, Shocks Foes in Private Terms

    Twin Oaks Stable's Our Peak, a 73-1 longshot with leading rider Rosie Napravnik working the reins, nipped Ah Day by a neck to win the $85,000 Private Terms for 3-year-olds Saturday at Laurel Park.

  • Jockey Brice Blanc celebrates atop With a City as they cross the finish line first in the Lane's End Stakes, Saturday at Turfway Park.

    Newcomer With a City Now On Derby Map

    With a City, the longest price in the field of 12 at odds of 48-1, split horses in the stretch and came home strongest of all to record a 1 1/4-length win in the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Turfway Park Saturday.

  • High Cotton Untouchable in Rushaway Win

    Peachtree Stable's High Cotton, a disappointment in his comeback race last month for trainer Todd Pletcher, led all the way to defeat 11 rivals in the $100,000 Rushaway for 3-year-olds at Turfway Park Saturday.

  • Triple Crown Sponsorship Unlikely This Year

    Although they haven't completely closed the door on getting a deal put together, officials at Triple Crown Productions say it is unlikely there will be a joint sponsor this year for the three races.

  • High Cotton Brings Class Edge to Rushaway

    Todd Pletcher needs Peachtree Stable's High Cotton, likely favorite in the $100,000 Rushaway for 3-year-olds, to regain his juvenile form Saturday at Turfway Park on the Lane's End undercard.

  • Lane's End Stakes Wide Open Affair

    Saturday's $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II), which was being billed as the stakes debut of undefeated Strong Contender, now has turned into a 12-horse free-for-all with no big-name 3-year-olds.

  • Fracture Knocks Corinthian Off Triple Crown Trail

    Centennial Farms' Corinthian, who was disqualified from first and placed third in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II), has been taken off the Triple Crown trail after suffering a hairline fracture of the left hind ankle.

  • Polytrack a Plus for Strong Contender

    John Oxley's Strong Contender, one of what is shaping up to be a full field of contenders for the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park, has had plenty of experience with Polytrack and trainer John T. Ward Jr. figures that to be a plus for Saturday afternoon's race.

  • Haskin: Lawyer Ron "by far the star of the day" with Rebel Stakes win.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Rebel Rouser

    This year's road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) has only a few more doors left to pass through. But the scene so far at each one has resembled a slapstick comedy routine where everyone tries to go through a door at the same time, and no one gets through.

  • A.P. Warrior takes first race for new trainer with convincing San Felipe win.

    A.P. Warrior On Target for Shirreffs in 'Felipe

    Making his first start for last year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winning trainer John Shirreffs, overlooked A.P. Warrior came to life Saturday under jockey Corey Nakatani, turning back Point Determined late for a half-length victory in the $250,000 San Felipe (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita.

  • Lawyer Ron advances Derby argument with decisive Rebel win.

    Rebel an Open, Shut Case for Lawyer Ron

    The doubters are thinning out as the seasoned Triple Crown contender Lawyer Ron turned in an impressive victory in Saturday's $300,000 Rebel (gr. III) for 3-year-olds before 32,983 at Oaklawn Park, recording his fifth consecutive win.

  • Deputy Glitters Declaws 'Cat in Tampa Derby

    Joseph Lacombe Stable's homebred Deputy Glitters seized the lead coming off the far turn and finished full of determination for jockey Jose Lezcano to deal 2-5 favorite Bluegrass Cat a two-length defeat in Saturday's $250,000 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III).

  • Like Now hands Keyed Entry his first defeat in dramatic Gotham win.

    Like Wow! Pacesetter Steals Gotham at 36-1

    An expected speed duel never materialized in Saturday's $200,000 Gotham (gr. III) at Aqueduct, and John Dillon's 36-1 shot Like Now took full advantage, leading the field all the way to the wire while holding off the previously undefeated Keyed Entry by a neck in a long stretch duel.

  • Downey Profile Analysis: A Contrarian View of the Rebel Stakes

    The Kentucky Derby picture may start looking somewhat muddled at some point, but so far this year, the Road to the Derby has been pretty clear-cut. Favorites won the San Rafael (gr. II), Holy Bull (gr. III), Sham (gr. III), San Vicente (gr. II), Whirlaway, Sam F. Davis, Southwest, Santa Catalina (gr. II), and the California Derby. The gravitational pull is so hard, a disqualification placed the favorite first in the Fountain of Youth (gr. II). The issue this weekend is whether we view the trend as our friend in the Rebel Stakes (gr. III). We'll take the contrarian view, if things develop as we think they will.

  • Trainer Steve Asmussen schools Rebel entry Private Vow in the indoor paddock at Oaklawn Park.

    Haskin's Weekend Preview: It's Crunch Time!

    Never before have three grade III stakes and a grade II stakes come together on one afternoon to showcase so many major players on the Triple Crown trail. With the grade III Rebel, Gotham, and Tampa Bay Derby and grade II San Felipe drawing so many serious Derby horses, this surely will be a make or break weekend.

  • Lawyer Ron works at Oaklawn earlier in the week.

    Lawyer Ron Can Extend Win Streak in Rebel

    Lawyer Ron looks to run his winning streak to five as the likely choice in a 10-horse field for the Rebel Stakes (gr. III) Saturday at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. Private Vow, who won four of six races last year, makes his long-awaited 3-year-old debut.

  • <a href="http://tcm.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=32052">Hutcheson Stakes</a> winner Keyed Entry faces strong field in Gotham.

    Achilles of Troy, Keyed Entry Face Biggest Tests

    The $200,000 Gotham (gr. III), switched this year to a two-turn race on Aqueduct's inner track at 1 1/16 miles, has drawn a strong field of 11 Saturday, including top-notch 3-year-olds Achilles of Troy and Keyed Entry.

  • Strong Contender scored second straight victory in this late February Gulfstream allowance win.

    Strong Contender in Final Drill for Lane's End

    John Oxley's undefeated 3-year-old Strong Contender worked five furlongs in :59 4/5 at Gulfstream Park on Wednesday morning in his final major tune-up prior to his probable start in the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) March 25 at Turfway Park.

  • Retired jockey Jerry Bailey makes broadcast debut Saturday.

    Bailey to Make TV Debut Saturday on ESPN

    "Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby," an eight-show series on ABC and ESPN providing comprehensive coverage of key Triple Crown prep races, kicks off Saturday on ESPN with coverage of four races coast-to-coast.

  • Trainer Todd Pletcher has major Derby hopes in two preps Saturday.

    Pletcher Sends Out

    Todd Pletcher, whose bench is stronger than most other trainers' first string, sends out the first team on Saturday, when he'll saddle Bluegrass Cat in the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) and Keyed Entry in the Gotham Stakes (gr. III).

  • Lawyer Ron faces next test in Oaklawn's Rebel Stakes.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Change is in the Air

    If you're tired of the same old cast of characters that have been playing the major roles so far, you're going to love next weekend's mixed bag of stakes races. After Saturday, many questions will be answered, and don't be surprised to see some new, exciting faces take center stage on the Triple Crown trail.

  • Go Between (right) edges out Up an Octave (center) and Devil's Preacher to win the Palm Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

    Go Between Rides Rail to Palm Beach Victory

    Peter Vegso's homebred Go Between, guided through a hole along the rail by Edgar Prado, outlasted a determined Up an Octave to win a neck decision in the $100,000 Palm Beach Handicap (gr. IIIT) at 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-olds on the Gulfstream Park turf Sunday.

  • <a target="_blank" href="http://www.vassarphotography.com/">Cal Derby winner Cause to Believe headed to Illinois Derby.</a>

    Illinois Derby Next for Cause to Believe

    Following his impressive win in Saturday's $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate, Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contender Cause to Believe is likely to make a visit to Hawthorne for the $500,000 Illinois Derby (gr. II) on April 8.