Triple Crown

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

  • Jaramillo Named to Ride Majesto in Derby

    Majesto, the runner-up to champion Nyquist in the Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I), will be ridden by Emisael Jaramillo, the all-time leading rider in Venezuela, in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Nyquist trains at Keeneland April 22, 2016

    Nyquist Another Big Score for Dennis O'Neill

    When the auctioneer at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton March 2-year-olds in training sale at Gulfstream Park dropped the hammer on Hip 87 at $400,000, Dennis O'Neill was pleasantly surprised that he was the buyer of the colt named Nyquist.

  • Nyquist gets feel for Churchill surface May 1

    Nyquist Gets First Look at Churchill Downs

    Unbeaten champion Nyquist, the clear-cut early favorite for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), got his first tour of the main track at Churchill Downs May 1 after arriving from Keeneland April 30.

  • California Chrome

    Horse of the Year Contender California Chrome

    Catch up with 2014 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner California Chrome and learn about his new Kentucky home, Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky., where he'll retire to stud at the end of his racing career.

  • Uncle Lino wins the California Chrome Stakes April 30

    Uncle Lino Game in California Chrome Stakes

    Free from the likes of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) runners Exaggerator, Danzing Candy, and Mor Spirit, Uncle Lino broke through for his first stakes win April 30 in the inaugural $150,000 California Chrome Stakes at Los Alamitos.

  • Jockey Kent Desormeaux, left, and trainer Keith Desormeaux, right, celebrate after Exaggerator's victory in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I)

    A Derby Rookie's First Churchill Morning

    "I don't know if I'm still taking it in, it's still sinking in that we're here," Desormeaux said. "It is one of those subconscious goals that all trainers hope to achieve, but now that I'm here it's just a culmination of what we've put in."

  • Nyquist and trainer Doug O'Neill arrive at Churchill Downs April 30

    Nyquist Ships to Churchill Day After Work

    Trainer Doug O’Neill said Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist “looked good and sound” April 30, a day after his one-mile breeze at Keeneland in his final prep for the May 7 classic and his van trip to Churchill Downs.

  • Danzing Candy worked April 30 at San Luis Rey Downs

    Danzing Candy Logs Final Derby Breeze

    Danzing Candy on April 30 breezed through five furlongs in :59 4/5, with a gallop out to six furlongs in 1:13 2/5, in his final timed workout for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Brody's Cause, with Tammy Fox, works April 30 at Churchill

    Romans' Derby Pair Breezes at Churchill

    Although only one of his horses is currently among the 20 horses with sufficient points for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Dale Romans sent Brody’s Cause and Cherry Wine out for workouts the morning of April 30.

  • Churchill Downs

    KHRC, Churchill Outline Testing, Security

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and Churchill Downs have outlined protocol for medication, drug testing, security, and safety during Kentucky Derby week, including out-of-competition testing and the monitoring of horses.

  • Laoban has been training at Keeneland

    Laoban Works Toward Preakness ... or Derby

    Trainer Eric Guillot was pleased with the morning performance by McCormick Racing and Southern Equine Stable's Laoban April 29 at Keeneland, as the grade III-placed Uncle Mo colt breezed six furlongs in 1:12 on a fast track under jockey Paco Lopez.

  • Team American Pharoah, Justin Zayat, Victor Espinoza, Ahmed Zayat, and Bob Baffert

    Team Pharoah to Receive Preakness Merit Award

    The Maryland Jockey Club April 29 said it will honor Zayat Stables, trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Victor Espinoza—the connections of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah—with the Preakness Special Award of Merit May 19 at the Alibi Breakfast.

  • Nyquist works out at Keeneland with Mario Gutierrez aboard

    Nyquist Wraps up Serious Derby Preparations

    While he took slightly different approaches with the two horses, trainer Doug O'Neill is as pleased with Nyquist going into the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) as he was with I'll Have Another, who won the 2012 edition of the Louisville classic.

  • Trojan Nation works April 28 at Santa Anita Park.

    Maiden Trojan Nation Seeks Derby Upset

    There are ample longshots in every running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), but one scheduled to make his way into the gate at Churchill Downs May 7 is unique.

  • Nyquist jogs on the Keeneland training track April 28

    Nyquist Jogs in Advance of Final Derby Work

    Reddam Racing's Nyquist jogged on the synthetic training track at Keeneland the morning of April 28 and remains on schedule for his final work before the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Outwork winning the Wood Memorial

    Making the Grade: Outwork

    Making the Grade, which will run through the 2016 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), focuses on the winners or top performers of the big races, usually from the previous weekend, who could impact the next Triple Crown.

  • The 1987 Breeders' Cup was a battle of Kentucky Derby winners, with 1986 Derby winner Ferdinand prevailing by a nose over 1987 winner Alysheba.

    Legends: Whittingham's Derby Winner Ferdinand

    The 1986 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) win was the first for legendary trainer Charlie Whittingham, who believed in only bringing a horse to the race if he believed it was completely justified. Ferdinand rewarded that belief with a 2 1/4 length victory.

  • Lani works at Churchill Downs April 27

    Lani Works in Perplexing Fashion

    Yutaka Take, Japan's most famous jockey, even came in for the work aboard the UAE Derby (UAE-II) winner, but Lani refused to get into gear until after a quarter of what was supposed to be a five-eighths work.

  • Victor Espinoza and American Pharoah

    Espinoza Back for More in Kentucky Derby

    "It's going to be hard," Espinoza said of tackling the Run for the Roses on Whitmore. "But you never know. As long as I have a horse in the race, I always think I can win the Kentucky Derby."

  • Mor Spirit Sharp in Churchill Breeze

    Working in company with Jimbo Fallon, Mor Spirit was clocked in eighth-mile splits of :11 2/5, :22 2/5, :34 1/5, and :46, galloping out the six furlongs in 1:13 1/5 under Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens.

  • Legends: The Woman Who Saved Meadow Stable

    Her insistence to run the farm while her father's health failed instead of sell gave Meadow Stable the ride of a lifetime with Riva Ridge and his younger stablemate, Secretariat.

  • Destin wins Tampa Bay Derby

    Eclipse Acquires Minority Interest in Destin

    Twin Creeks Racing Stables April 26 said Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners has acquired a minority interest in Destin, the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) winner and expected starter in the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Gun Runner works at Churchill Downs April 25

    Asmussen Works His Derby, Oaks Hopefuls

    Trainer Steve Asmussen, to be inducted in racing's Hall of Fame in August, worked two colts and five fillies at Churchill Downs April 25 in preparation for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks (both gr. I).

  • Shagaf, My Man Sam Breeze Easy at Churchill

    Two very different workouts, but trainer Chad Brown was delighted with the training moves by his Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. 1) contenders My Man Sam and Shagaf April 24 at Churchill Downs.

  • Destin Works at Palm Beach Downs

    Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) winner Destin breezed at Palm Beach Downs April 23 in his final South Florida tune-up ahead of a scheduled start in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Brody's Cause works at Churchill Downs, April 23, 2016

    Brody's Cause, Fellowship Head Busy CD Tab

    Churchill Downs had its first special training session for 2016 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) horses April 23, with Fellowship, Brody's Cause, and Tom's Ready among those to work.

  • Danzing Candy Records San Luis Rey Move

    Back where he first learned to be a racehorse at San Luis Rey Training Center, Danzing Candy put in a surprisingly fast workout—at least to trainer Cliff Sise—in his first drill since his fourth-place finish the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).

  • Nyquist Smooth in Keeneland Breeze

    Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist wanted to go early, but quickly settled into a smooth stride in his second-to-last breeze April 23 at Keeneland before the Louisville classic.

  • Outwork (outside) in his Wood Memorial (gr. I) victory.

    Outwork Breezes at Belmont

    With Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez in the irons, Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Outwork had his penultimate breeze in preparation for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), covering a half-mile in :48 4/5 April 22 at Belmont Park.

  • Kauai King

    Maryland Hall of Fame Class Selected

    Dave's Friend was one of the best sprinters in the nation and Kauai King developed into a two-time classic winner, still holding the distinction of being the only Maryland-bred to win the Kentucky Derby.

  • Old Hilltop Award to Stroble, Rosenblatt

    Charles Stroble, director of news operations at WBAL-TV, and Richard Rosenblatt of the Associated Press have been named recipients of the 2016 Old Hilltop Award, to be given out Thursday, May 19 at the Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Pimlico Race Course in Maryland

    MRC Signs Off on State Study of Pimlico

    By the time a dozen or so horses hit the first turn at Pimlico Race Course in the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), the Maryland Stadium Authority study on the future of the historic track may also be nearing its first turn.