Triple Crown

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

  • Smarty Jones, with owner Patricia Chapman.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Along Came Jones

    The moment of truth is at hand, as several Kentucky Derby (gr. I) scenarios are played out over the next couple of days. At Churchill Downs, the biggest activity Friday morning was trying to dodge the rain. But the miserable weather was brightened momentarily by the presence of the unbeaten Smarty Jones.

  • Smarty Jones, on the track at Churchill Downs Friday morning.

    Servis: 'I Wish the Race Were Tomorrow'

    After Arkansas Derby (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones returned from a gallop over the sloppy Churchill Downs track Friday morning, trainer John Servis said "he is doing fantastic. I wish the race were tomorrow."

  • Action This Day, finishing workout in front of Halfbridled.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Juvenile Champ Back in Action

    Trainer Dick Mandella was looking for a big work from Action This Day Thursday morning to convince him last year's champion 2-year-old could rebound from two poor efforts. After the colt's six-furlong work in company with 2-year-old filly champ Halfbridled, Mandella had his answer.

  • Pennsylvania Racing Commission chairman F. Eugene Dixon, left, presents Stewart Elliott with the Proclamation that Saturday, May 1, 2004 is Smarty Jones Day at both Philadelphia Park and Penn National.

    'Smarty Jones Day' Set for May 1 in Keystone State

    It's not everyday a horse based in the Keystone state earns national recognition. So given the accomplishments of Smarty Jones, the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission has taken steps to honor the undefeated 3-year-old colt who is pointing to the May 1 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Rock Hard Ten Vs. 5 in Derby Trial

    Rock Hard Ten, the hard-luck 3-year-old on the outside looking in on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), drew post six in a six-horse field for Saturday's Derby Trial Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.

  • Preachinatthebar, will not be pointed toward the Kentucky Derby.

    Preachinatthebar Out of Kentucky Derby

    After watching Mike Pegram's Preachinatthebar work five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 Thursday morning, trainer Bob Baffert said the son of Silver Charm will not run in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Carly Silver

    Teen Tracks: Distance No Problem for Friends Lake

    Some stallions still remain who are an influence for stamina in the breeding program. A.P. Indy is one of these sires. His son, Friends Lake, is a major Derby contender this year, and can tackle the 1 1/4 mile distance with ease.

  • Florida Derby winner Friends Lake a Wednesday arrival at Churchill

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: An Early Bird Special; Friends Lake Arrives

    With scattered showers and predictions of heavy rains in the afternoon, what little activity there was on the track this morning came early. In addition to the arrival of Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Friends Lake at 9:40, there was a mini buzz about the possible addition of the top-class filly Ashado to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) field.

  • Imperialism, shown winning the San Vicente, exercised over the main track at Churchill Downs Tuesday.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Master and Commander

    All eyes were on Wood Memorial (gr. I) runner-up Master David, who was the only Kentucky Derby (gr. I) worker at Churchill Downs this morning, and the pocket-sized chestnut brought a smile to trainer Bobby Frankel's face when he worked five furlongs in 1:01 2/5, which was exactly what Frankel was looking for.

  • Jockey Stewart Elliott races into the spotlight aboard Derby star Smarty Jones.

    Strike Up the Band for Stewart Elliott

    Despite his local success, [Stewart] Elliott hasn't exactly been a household name outside of Philadelphia. Yet he is going to ride the most consistent horse in Kentucky Derby 130, the six-for-six Smarty Jones, who will attempt to become the first undefeated Kentucky Derby winner since Seattle Slew in 1977.

  • TVG Airs Derby Special April 30

    TVG will present a live one-hour Kentucky Derby Preview Show from Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY, April 30, the night before the 130th Run for the Roses.

  • The Cliff's Edge continued to show his affinity for Churchill Downs in Monday's workout.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: The Search Begins

    Live from Churchill Downs, it's the countdown to the 130th Run for the Roses, which can best be described as Derby Daze. If you thought it was an adventure finding Nemo, good luck trying to find this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner. After three months of confusion, the final leg of the journey starts today.

  • The Cliff's Edge, in fast workout at Churchill Downs Monday.

    The Cliff's Edge Sizzles at Churchill

    Although the final time might have been a little faster than he would have preferred, trainer Nick Zito was pleased with Monday's workout by The Cliff's Edge as the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) winner continued to prepare for the May 1 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Pollard's Vision Breezes at Keeneland

    Edgewood Farm's Pollard's Vision, impressive winner of the Illinois Derby (gr. II), breezed after the track renovation Sunday morning at Keeneland, with trainer Todd Pletcher supervising from the grandstand.

  • Game Trieste's Honor Wins California Derby

    Making his first stakes appearance, Cobra Farm's Trieste's Honor battled favored Capitano for the entire stretch run before getting up by a neck in the $100,000 California Derby for 3-year-olds at Bay Meadows Saturday.

  • Native Dancer

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  • Water Cannon Blasts Home to Win Tesio

    Jockey Ryan Fogelsonger and Water Cannon caught frontrunning filly Pawyne Princess just yards from the wire to win the $100,000 Federico Tesio Stakes Saturday at Pimlico.

  • Jerry Bailey guides Quintons Gold Rush to the win in the Coolmore Lexington Stakes, Saturday at Keeneland.

    Quintons Gold Rush Sparkles in Lexington

    Quintons Gold Rush paved his way into the 2004 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), turning in an impressive performance in Saturday's $325,000 Coolmore Lexington (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Keeneland.

  • Kentucky Derby Trainers Dinner Slated for April 27

    The annual Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trainers dinner will be held Tuesday, April 27, at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Louisville. The event features cocktails, dinner, presentations, and the infamous one-on-one interviews with the trainers of 2004 Derby contenders.