Triple Crown

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

  • The Derby Past vs. Present: No Contest

    Racing fans who were not around before the 1980s may find it difficult to appreciate just how much the dynamics of the Kentucky Derby have changed since then and how much more difficult the race is to win.

  • Sonneteer works at Churchill under jockey Corey Lanerie

    'Maturing' Sonneteer Fires Bullet for Derby

    Calumet Farm homebred Sonneteer is a compliant sort, so it was no surprise to assistant Julie Clark when Corey Lanerie, aboard May 1 for a four-furlong work, reminded the striking Midnight Lute colt to get down to business and Sonneteer responded.

  • Trainer Mike Johnson moves to Churchill when the Oaklawn Park meet is over in April

    Horseman Mike Johnson Knows a Good One in McCraken

    Since his high-water mark as a trainer, when Drogue scored a record-setting nine-length victory in the $100,000 Fifth Season Stakes for older horses in 2014, at Oaklawn Park, Mike Johnson has won only three races. But he's ridden some of the best.

  • Carl Nafzger with former assistant Ian Wilkes

    Wilkes Continues to Do Nafzger Proud

    As he took in Ian Wilkes' cool demeanor less than a week out from the first leg of the Triple Crown, it was hard to find anyone enjoying the ascent of multiple graded stakes winner McCraken more than Carl Nafzger himself.

  • Irish War Cry (outside) breezes with Providence Road

    Irish War Cry Solid in Final Pre-Derby Work

    Isabelle de Tomaso's homebred Irish War Cry put in his final work for the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) April 30 at Fair Hill Training Center near Elkton, Md., clocking six furlongs in 1:13 1/5 on trainer Graham Motion's watch.

  • Thunder Snow is led to the winner's enclosure after 
a head victory in the UAE Derby

    Thunder Snow Confirmed for Kentucky Derby

    Thunder Snow, winner of the March 25 UAE Derby Sponsored By The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) at Meydan Racecourse, has been confirmed to start in the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), Godolphin Racing announced April 29.

  • Churchill Downs Emphasizes Racing Safety, Integrity

    Churchill Downs on April 28 re-emphasized its annual enhanced security measures for horses competing in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) and ongoing safety and integrity measures included in its "Safety from Start to Finish" program.

  • Practical Joke breezes under Joel Rosario April 28 at Churchill Downs

    Blinkers Likely for Practical Joke in Kentucky Derby

    After trainer Chad Brown watched how Practical Joke breezed wearing blinkers April 28 at Churchill Downs, the Eclipse Award-winning trainer is leaning toward equipping the two-time grade 1 winner with a small cup pair for the Kentucky Derby.

  • Gunnevera works a relaxed pace ahead of the Derby at Churchill

    Sano Star Gunnevera Goes Easy Five Furlongs

    Blissfully unaware of the weight upon his stout shoulders, Gunnevera went about his final serious paces in advance of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), working an easy five furlongs in 1:03 3/5 at Churchill Downs April 28.

  • Classic Empire gallops April 27 at Churchill Downs.

    Derby, Oaks Notes from Churchill Downs, April 27

    Two-year-old champion Classic Empire and Florida Derby (Grade I) runner-up State of Honor could bring a lifelong dream to the Mark Casse barn in the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on Saturday, May 6. 

  • NBC Sports

    Dreyer to Join NBC Kentucky Derby Coverage.

    NBC News weather anchor and correspondent Dylan Dreyer will join NBC and NBCSN coverage of the 2017 Kentucky Derby as a lifestyle correspondent—her first assignment with NBC Sports Group.

  • Brian Hernandez Jr. aboard McCraken April 2 at Keeneland

    ABR Interview with Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr.

    Tom Pedulla is interviewing prominent racing personalities for America's Best Racing as they travel the Road to the Kentucky Derby. The opening leg of the Triple Crown will be run on May 6 at Churchill Downs.

  • Mike Tirico

    Tirico to Host NBC's Triple Crown Coverage

    Mike Tirico, who was recently named NBC's primetime Olympics host, will be taking the Triple Crown hosting reins from Tom Hammond, an award-winning member of NBC Sports' horse racing team for more than three decades.

  • Gunnevera April 25 at Churchill Downs

    Derby, Oaks Notes, from Churchill Downs, April 25

    Peacock Racing Stables' Gunnevera, a three-time graded stakes winner and a millionaire in his young career, took his first steps on the main track at Churchill Downs on Tuesday morning with exercise rider Victor Farrel aboard.

  • Classic Empire gallops April 24 at Churchill Downs

    Classic Empire Tops NTRA 3-Year-Old Poll

    With the prep races over, week 13 of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll, shows no significant changes after results were released April 24. 

  • McCraken works at Churchill Downs under Brian Hernandez Jr. April 24

    McCraken Finishes Strong in Five-Furlong Move

    Whether McCraken becomes the latest Derby winner to come out of Churchill's Barn 26 remains to be seen, but the bay colt put in five-furlong drill in 1:00 3/5 April 24 that was nearly as buzz worthy as Street Sense's final move before his triumph.

  • Robby Albarado

    Albarado Fractures Lower Leg, Off J Boys Echo in Derby

    Jockey Robby Albarado sustained a fracture of his lower left leg after falling at Keeneland April 23 and will be off mounts for three to four weeks, including Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) hopeful J Boys Echo, agent Ron Ebanks said. 

  • Twisted Tom wins the 2017 Federico Tesio Stakes

    Twisted Tom Takes Sloppy Tesio

    Cobra Farm's Twisted Tom pulled away in the stretch to win the $125,000 Federico Tesio Stakes by 2 1/4 lengths. Although the race is a "Win and You're In" for the Preakness Stakes (G1) the gelding is not Triple Crown nominated.