Triple Crown

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  • Achilles of Troy Could Be Vulnerable Favorite in Whirlaway

    Achilles of Troy will be an overwhelming favorite in Saturday's $65,000 Whirlaway Stakes, but will he win the race? There are two indications that he might be vulnerable. Regardless of the outcome, the race doesn't have significant Kentucky Derby implications, since there are no graded earnings at stake.

  • Eight-Show Derby Prep Package On ABC, ESPN

    "Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby," an eight-show series on ABC and the ESPN networks that provides comprehensive coverage of the key Triple Crown prep races, returns on March 18, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Feb. 8.

  • Haskin on Bob and John: "getting close to the finished product."

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Seeing Through the Slop

    What could have been a revealing weekend at Gulfstream Park was instead a muddy mess that left us with just as many questions as we had going in. We also had to try and digest some huge performances by former claimers in lesser races and several defeats that may have outshone the victories.

  • Stevie Wonderboy faces 90-day layoff after Monday morning injury.

    Stevie Wonderboy Suffers Condylar Fracture

    Stevie Wonderboy, champion 2-year-old male and winner of the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), suffered a condylar fracture of the right front leg during a workout Monday morning and has been knocked off the Triple Crown trail, trainer Doug O'Neill said.

  • 'Rafael Winner Brother Derek in Easy Breeze

    San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) winner Brother Derek, preparing for a rematch with 2-year-old champion Stevie Wonderboy and new face Bob and John in the Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) on March 4, breezed four furlongs early Sunday morning in :49 2/5.

  • Todd Pletcher leads all trainers with 38 3YOs nominated to Triple Crown 2006.

    Triple Crown Nominations Up; Pletcher Has Record Number

    A new era is about to begin for Triple Crown Productions, with a first-time sponsor and new name for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), a new television contract, a significant increase in nominations from 2005, and a record number of nominations from trainer Todd Pletcher.

  • Barbaro and jockey Edgar Prado win the Holy Bull Stakes, Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

    Barbaro Breathes Fire in Winning Holy Bull

    The undefeated Barbaro showed himself to be one of the most exciting prospects for this year's Triple Crown series Saturday when he handled a sloppy strip to win the $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) in his first main track attempt at Gulfstream Park.

  • Keyed Entry (2), with John Velazquez up, upset favored First Samurai to win the Hutcheson Stakes, Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

    Keyed Entry Slams Door on First Samurai

    Making his stakes debut, Keyed Entry repelled the 3-5 favorite First Samurai in the stretch to post a determined win in the Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds on a sloppy Gulfstream Park main track Saturday.

  • <a href ="http://www.exclusivelyequine.com/ee.asp?PI=P14-1015" target="blank">First Samurai among those who hope the weekend will put them one step closer to the run for the roses.</a>

    Steve Haskin's Weekend Preview: Bullish Weekend on Tap

    This weekend's February feast of 3-year-old races promises to unveil several leading Triple Crown contenders, with a heavy emphasis, as usual, on Todd Pletcher, Bob Baffert, and Nick Zito. The focal points will be the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) and the return of First Samurai in the Hutcheson (gr. II).

  • Issue in the Sham Stakes: How Much Is Asked of Bob and John

    Saturday's 1 1/8-mile Sham Stakes at Santa Anita has taken on new importance since achieving grade III status for the first time this year. Despite that, the race doesn't fit into the plans of many California connections with stakes plans down the road. It's drawn only six entries, and two of those have emerged from the claiming ranks.

  • <a href ="http://www.exclusivelyequine.com/ee.asp?PI=P14-1015" target="blank">Champagne winner First Samurai makes his 2006 debut in the Hutcheson Stakes.</a>

    First Samurai, Barbaro Make Seasonal Debuts Saturday

    The first 2006 appearance of leading 3-year-old Florida Derby (gr. I) threat First Samurai in the $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) and seasonal debut of the promising 3-year-old Barbaro in the $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) are among the highlights on a stakes-filled card at Gulfstream Park Saturday..

  • The Pick Here is That 'The Barbarian' Conquers the Holy Bull

    Barbaro means "barbarian" in Portugese. When one does something superior, that is called "barbaro" as well. Each usage may well describe Barbaro when all is said and done, and he is our pick to win the grade III Holy Bull Stakes.

  • El Camino Real winner Cause to Believe should be a serious contender on the Derby trail.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Believe in the Cause

    Several of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) preps fell apart last weekend, and the Southern California invaders got hammered by the boys up North in the El Camino Real Derby (gr. III), but we did see an honest, classy colt in Cause to Believe, and there was plenty of other news on the Derby trail.

  • Field, at 3-1, Tops First Derby Future Pool

    Racing fans across North America made the field a solid favorite over individual stars First Samurai and Stevie Wonderboy in the first 2006 Kentucky Derby Future Wager as betting drew to a close on Sunday evening.

  • Champagne winner First Samurai to make '06 debut in Saturday stakes.

    Prado, 'Samurai Get Acquainted in Gate Work

    With co-owner Bruce Lunsford looking on from the new Gulfstream Park clubhouse, leading Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III) contender First Samurai breezed a half-mile from the starting gate Saturday morning with his new jockey Edgar Prado aboard.

  • Action Still Solid on 'All Others' in Derby Pool

    The "all others" wager remained a solid 6-5 favorite on Friday as betting in the four-day opening pool of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager reached its midway point.

  • There's Cause to Believe in the Pick for El Camino Real Derby

    The top headliners in Sunday's Grade III El Camino Real Derby at Bay Meadows are the two Southern California shippers, Eion Harty's A.P. WARRIOR and Bob Baffert's WANNA RUNNER. They're the morning line favorites at 8-5 and 2-1, respectively.

  • Kentucky Derby Trail: 10 to Watch

    It's hard to believe that betting in the first Kentucky Derby (gr. I) Future Wager pool is here already. We all are aware this is pretty much a riskier bet in January, considering most of the horses in the starting field will be grossly under-priced and many will not even make it to the race. With that said, here are 10 new faces to the Derby trail that bear watching.

  • Kentucky Derby Future Wager Off to a Strong Start

    The first of three pools in Churchill Downs' 2006 Kentucky Derby Future Wager got off to a rousing start Jan. 26 as a $10,000 bet was placed on "all others" during its first hour.

  • Look for Value and Bragging Rights in Kentucky Derby Future Wager

    Kentucky Derby Future Wager 1, open Thursday through Sunday, is a tough bet. One thing to consider in this wager is, as with any bet, value. To that end, the morning lines of Future Wager 1 individual entries were compared with betting lines offered on two internet betting outlets prior to the opening of the pool.

  • Stevie Wonderboy Tops Experimental

    Eclipse Award winner Stevie Wonderboy, winner of the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), received the high weight assignment of 126 pounds on the 2005 Experimental Free Handicap.

  • Churchill Downs Adds Horse Power to Kentucky Derby

    The owner of the 3-year-old Thoroughbred that wins the 2006 running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) May 6 at Churchill Downs will take home the largest share of the race's $2 million purse, but that victorious owner will also become the first in Derby history to be handed the keys to an International RXT truck.

  • 'All Others' Favored in Opening 2006 Derby Future Pool

    The 2006 edition of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager is set to open its four-day run Thursday, Jan. 26. The mutuel field, the wagering interest that includes all 3-year-olds other than the 23 individual betting interests in the pool, has been installed as a the 4-1 favorite.

  • First Samurai, winning last year's Champagne, is working toward a Hutcheson start.

    First Samurai Cranks It Up in Gulfstream Drill

    Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hopeful First Samurai blistered the Gulfstream Park main track Sunday morning, working seven furlongs in 1:23 2/5 for his imminent 3-year-old debut.

  • Bob and John Gets Back On Track for Baffert

    Bob and John, trainer Bob Baffert's most accomplished Triple Crown prospect, returned to the winner's circle Friday with a three-length victory in a $52,800 allowance event at Santa Anita while traveling 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.81.

  • Lawyer Ron, impressive in Risen Star victory.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Stevie Defeat No Big Deal

    Before we get to this week's races, any trainers out there happen to catch the Colts' surprising loss to the Steelers? Did the Colts look rusty, out of sync, a bit soft, not battle tough? Remember how they basically phoned it in the last few games, resting their stars? Well, it's possible that's what can happen when horses are rested too long before the Kentucky Derby.

  • Henny Hughes in Training With Millennium Stables

    Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) runner-up Henny Hughes has not yet joined Godolphin Stable, but is in training with Millennium Stables at Nad al Sheba under the ownership of Sheikh Mohammed's son Sheikh Rashid.

  • Will Brother Derek (right) and Stevie Wonderboy (far left) meet again at the top of the stretch in the Santa Catalina?

    Derek, Wonderboy to Meet Again in 'Catalina

    A day after Brother Derek squared his record with Stevie Wonderboy at one win apiece with a gate-to-wire victory in Saturday's San Rafael Stakes (gr. II), the 3-year-old colts were on course to meet once more in the Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita on March 4.

  • Brother Derek and Alex Solis, right, race ahead of Stevie Wonderboy and Garrett Gomez to win the San Rafael Stakes, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    Brother Derek Tops Chart in San Rafael

    In spite of his grade I victory in the Hollywood Futurity last month, Brother Derek has been ignored on the national scene, his trainer, Dan Hendricks feels. But after Saturday's impressive win over Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) champ Stevie Wonderboy under steady handling by Alex Solis in the $150,000 San Rafael (gr. II) at Santa Anita, that shouldn't be the case any longer.

  • Lawyer Ron, with John McKee up, wins the Risen Star on Stakes Saturday at the Fair Grounds meet at Harrah's Louisiana Downs.

    Risen Star an Open, Shut Case for Lawyer Ron

    James T. Hines Jr.'s homebred Lawyer Ron had the final word in Saturday's $268,000 Risen Star (gr. III) for 3-year-olds, romping to victory over six foes at the Fair Grounds meeting at Harrah's Louisiana Downs.

  • Slow Breeze for Hutcheson-Bound 'Samurai

    Leading Classics contender First Samurai breezed six furlongs in 1:14 at Gulfstream Park Saturday morning as he continues to work toward his expected season debut in the $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) at seven furlongs on Feb. 4.

  • Brother Derek, winning the Hollywood Futurity, seeks San Rafael.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Trail Stakes Preview: Winter Wonder

    It's not often we get to see the probable 2-year-old champ and early favorite for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) running in January. But not only is Stevie Wonderboy making his 3-year-old debut in Saturday's San Rafael Stakes (gr. II), he'll be facing another leading juvenile and major Derby contender in Brother Derek.

  • Derby Campaign Begins for Stevie Wonderboy

    Merv Griffin's Stevie Wonderboy, this year's early Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite, begins the Triple Crown trail Saturday when meeting Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) champion Brother Derek and four other 3-year-olds in Santa Anita's $150,000 San Rafael Stakes (gr. II).

  • Risen Star winner Ecton Park sired Silverbulletday favorite French Park.

    3-Year-Olds Take Stage at Fair Grounds Meet

    The lone chance for 3-year-olds on the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks trail to make a name at the Fair Grounds meet at Harrah's Louisiana Downs comes on Saturday.

  • Churchill Downs Launches Official Derby and Oaks Sites

    Churchill Downs Incorporated today launched the official 2006 Kentucky Derby Web site (www.kentuckyderby.com) and the official site for the 2006 Kentucky Oaks (www.kentuckyoaks.com). The redesigned sites offer unparalleled coverage of the Kentucky Derby and its sister race, the Kentucky Oaks, as well as the prep seasons leading up to the historic races. The 132nd "Run for the Roses" takes place on May 6, 2006, while the 132nd running of the Kentucky Oaks will be held on May 5, 2006.

  • Doctor Decherd, right, with Shaun Bridgmohan on board, duels Itsallboutthechase to the wire to win the Aventura Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: And Away We Go

    The journey on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) Trail officially began last weekend, and although none of the major stars were in action, there were enough solid performances – both gutsy and explosive -- to start the year off in a positive way.

  • Afleet Alex's success helped Alex's Lemonade stands.

    Special Eclipse Award to Afleet Alex's Owners

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Monday that Cash is King Racing Stable -- owner of dual classic winner Afleet Alex -- has been honored with the Special Eclipse Award. The Special Eclipse is presented to "honor outstanding individual achievements in, or contributions to, the sport of Thoroughbred racing."

  • Wonderboy to Prep in California; Derek Drills

    Trainer Doug O'Neill has mapped out a program that would keep Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Stevie Wonderboy in Southern California until the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) on May 6.

  • Doctor Decherd, right, with Shaun Bridgmohan on board, duels Itsallaboutthechase to the wire to win the Aventura Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

    Doctor Decherd Wins Nose Job in Aventura

    Doctor Decherd commenced a strong rally entering the lane to nip Itsallboutthechase by a nose in a head-bobbing stretch duel to capture Saturday's fifth running of the $125,000 Aventura Stakes, the opening leg of this year's Florida Derby (gr. I) series for 3-year-olds.

  • First Samurai's Breeze Tops Gulfstream Tab

    The highly regarded Kentucky Derby (gr. I) prospect First Samurai continues to work toward his much-anticipated 3-year-old debut, breezing five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 Saturday morning at Gulfstream Park.

  • Early Nomination Period for Triple Crown Begins

    Early nominations -- at $600 per horse -- for this year's Triple Crown series, which starts with the 132nd Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 6, are being accepted until Saturday, Jan. 21. The other two legs of the Triple Crown are the May 20 Preakness (gr. I) at Pimlico and the June 10 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.

  • Kentucky Derby Trail: On Your Mark, Get Set...

    It's time once again to officially embark on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trail. Now is as good a time as any to preview what's to come by listing the most accomplished and promising youngsters. Many of these names will be only that in a few months, but for now, this is how the classic division shapes up as we begin the road to the May 6 Derby.