Triple Crown

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

  • Bond Holder

    No Tampa Bay Derby for Bond Holder

    Bond Holder, a leading early contender for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will not make an expected start in the March 8 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) and his next race is undetermined.

  • Tapiture Gets Back to Work at Oaklawn Park

    Southwest Stakes (gr. III) winner Tapiture got back to serious work the morning of March 2 at Oaklawn Park as he prepares to make his next stop along the Triple Crown trail in the $600,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II).

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    Zito Finds Right Spot for Swale Surprise

    Making his initial start for trainer Nick Zito, Spot collared weakening No Nay Never in the drive and bounded away to a 2 1/2-length win in the $200,000 Swale Stakes (gr. II) March 1 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Solitary Ranger is in control in the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway Park.

    Solitary Ranger Takes Charge to Win Battaglia

    Susan Moulton's Solitary Ranger controlled the pace and romped clear in the stretch to score easily over favored stablemate Poker Player in the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes March 1 at Turfway Park.

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    Cairo Prince Works Bullet at Palm Meadows

    A sharp Cairo Prince continued his preparations for the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) by breezing a bullet five furlongs March 1 at Palm Meadows, the Gulfstream Park satellite training facility.

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    Quarter Crack Knocks Havana Out of Swale

    Foxwoods Champagne Stakes (gr. I) winner Havana, 9-5 program favorite for the $200,000 Swale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park March 1, was scratched the morning of the race due to a quarter crack in his right front foot,

  • That Handicapping Show: Gotham Stakes

    Claire Novak and Frank Angst handicap the talented field of the Gotham Stakes. A Kentucky Derby points race with serious contenders, it includes a rematch of Uncle Sigh and Samraat.

  • Supporting Cast May Overshadow Stars

    Samraat, Uncle Sigh, and Havana are among the box-office stars entered to race in this week's Gotham Stakes (gr. III) and Swale Stakes (gr. II). But could they be overshadowed by the supporting cast?

  • Downey: New York Big Two Back in Gotham

    Two horses have dominated the New York scene this winter, and now they look to validate their form against new blood in the Gotham Stakes.

  • Intense Holiday

    Podcast: Jack Wolf and Intense Holiday

    Ron Mitchell talks with Jack Wolf of Starlight Racing about Starlight's Kentucky Derby contender Intense Holiday. Jack also discusses Harlan's Holiday and the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.

  • Bond Holder

    Stranded Bond Holder Headed for Tampa Derby

    Problems started on a flight from California to New Orleans for the Feb. 22 Risen Star Stakes, when Bond Holder was slightly injured after being severely jarred by turbulence. The incident took a severe mental toll.

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    Wildcat Red Claws Out Fountain of Youth Win

    Though relatively early on the Derby trail, it's unlikely there will be another two-way duel as good as the one in the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (gr. II), won by Wildcat Red over General a Rod Feb. 22 at Gulfstream.

  • Intense Holiday

    Intense Holiday Lived to be Rising Star

    If you can imagine those parental feelings of pride a breeder gets watching their foals develop into tough, finely chiseled athletes, try to take it one step farther when a foal narrowly escapes death.

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    Samraat, Uncle Sigh to Meet Again in Gotham

    Four weeks after a memorable stretch drive in which Samraat just held off Uncle Sigh in the Withers Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack, those two rivals will hook up again in the Gotham Stakes (gr. II) March 1.

  • One for the Roses: Bayern

    Even with his inexperience and the possible curse of Apollo, Steve Haskin gives the case for Bayern to appear in the Kentucky Derby.

  • Vinceremos

    Pletcher Nominates 18 for Tampa Bay Derby

    Vinceremos and Harpoon, the 1-2 finishers in the Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III), are among 18 Todd Pletcher-trained 3-year-olds nominated for the $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) March 8 at Tampa Bay Downs

  • Fountain of Youth Stakes

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    Florida Derby Likely to Rematch Top FOY Foes

    Wildcat Red and General a Rod, the one-two finishers in the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, will likely take their nascent rivalry to the next level in the $1 million Florida Derby.

  • Vicar's In Trouble

    Vicar's in Trouble in Tough for Risen Star

    Vicar's in Trouble, dominant 6 3/4-length hero of the Jan. 18 LeComte Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, drew a tough outside post in an overflow field entered for the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 22.

  • Top Billing

    Top Billing Headlines Fountain of Youth

    With Cairo Prince and Honor Code sitting out the next leg of the Florida sophomore series on the road to the Kentucky Derby, the Feb. 22 Fountain of Youth attracted a strong 13-horse field led by Top Billing.

  • Emmett Park Moves into Risen Star Field

    Gore Range Stable's Emmett Park has joined the Risen Star Stakes Presented by Lamarque Ford (gr. II) field at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots as he drew in off the also-eligible list following the scratch of Bond Holder.

  • Downey Profile: What Gets FOY Top Billing?

    The Fountain of Youth Stakes is comprised almost entirely of early-pace and stalking types, with a couple of closers looking to narrow the gap late. Let's try to sort them out.

  • And They're Off: President's Day 2014

    Honest Stableboy makes an appearance with Steve Haskin and Lenny Shulman. Steve and Lenny discuss current events, the Southwest Stakes, Kentucky Derby contenders Tapiture, Strong Mandate, Tamarando, and Kobe's Back.

  • Bond Holder

    Bond Holder Out of Risen Star With Injury

    Reddam Racing's Bond Holder, winner of the FrontRunner Stakes (gr. I), has been scratched out of the Feb. 22 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) after suffering an injury en route to Fair Grounds Race Course.

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    Garoffalo Dreaming Big With Wildcat Red

    This year, Venezuelan-born trainer Jose Garoffalo and owner Salvatore Delfino have ventured into exciting new territory--the Triple Crown trail with Fountain of Youth (gr. II) contender Wildcat Red.

  • Pimlico Meet to Feature 25 Stakes Races

    The Maryland Racing Commission approved the 2014 Pimlico Race Course spring stakes schedule at its monthly meeting Feb. 18. The headline event of the 10-week meeting is the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) on May 17.

  • One for the Roses: General a Rod

    General a Rod defeated Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III) winner Wildcat Red by a head in the Gulfstream Park Derby, as they meet again in the Fountain of Youth Stakes.