Keyword: Dick Downey

  • Derby Graded Earnings List Inflates

    After Saturday's graded stakes, Rousing Sermon is number 20 on the Kentucky Derby graded stakes earnings list with $270,000. He's ahead of Mark Valeski, El Padrino, Reveron and a host of others.

  • Pletcher's Derby Madness Number One Seeds

    Tuesday in a national conference call, trainer Todd Pletcher was asked to name the figurative four number one seeds on the Kentucky Derby Trail, and he didn't hesitate with his answer.

  • Updated Kentucky Derby Graded Earnings Chart

    There were a lot of changes to the Kentucky Derby graded earnings chart over the weekend. Number 20 on the list now has $188,000, with several major preps left.

  • Derby Earnings List Update: Late Nominees

    Our Kentucky Derby earnings chart now includes five horse late-nominated to the Triple Crown with graded earnings within the range set out on the chart -- and two of them are in the top 20.

  • Palm Beach: How Great Is Dullahan?

    Paddy O'Prado won the grade III Palm Beach Stakes in 2010, but last year Joes Blazing Aaron came away with the win. He went on to finish sixth in the grade I Toyota Blue Grass and has lost seven straight races.

  • Creative Cause the Pick in San Felipe

    You could say that no race so far this year will weed out so many potentially serious Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders as the grade II San Felipe -- but that's not necessarily the case.

  • Discreet Dancer's Challenges in FOY

    The grade II Fountain of Youth could come down to whether one of the three top-rated horses reacts well to a touch of the whip.

  • Unbridled's Note Looks Tough in Southwest

    The first division of the grade III Southwest Stakes looks like the stronger of the two, so we may have to work that much harder to find the winner. Let's get right down to it for both divisions.

  • Downey Profile: Might Take Some Swagger

    The grade III Withers Stakes adds spice to the dead-of-winter Triple Crown Trail in New York. In the spirit of things, Dick Downey looks for a horse to upset Alpha.

  • Problem-Solving: Can Hansen Lose Holy Bull?

    Will this year's compact field yield an established favorite or an improving horse in the winner's circle when the Holy Bull Stakes is run Jan. 29 at Gulfstream Park?

  • Comprehensive Kentucky Derby Workout Report

    This report takes a look at recent workouts of every horse probable or possible to make the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands field at this point. It summarizes last-race information and workouts since then.

  • Comprehensive Kentucky Derby Workout Report

    This report takes a look at recent workouts of every horse probable or possible to make the Kentucky Derby field at this point. It summarizes last-race information and workouts since then.

  • New: Kentucky Derby Graded Earnings List

    With nearly all of the prep races for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) completed, here are the rankings by earnings in graded stakes races that will be used to determine the 20 starters in the classic.

  • Dick's Picks: Blue Grass Is One Tough Race

    The evolution of the Grade I Toyota Blue Grass has resulted in quite a few turf horses coming this year, something that surely wasn't expected back when Keeneland switched from dirt to Polytrack.

  • Kentucky Derby Graded Earnings Chart

    Updated list of contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), ranked by graded earnings and with connections' information.

  • Derby Trail: Where They're Going Next

    We'll start by identifying a few horses that qualify for the Kentucky Derby but that may or may not compete in the race, and then we'll get into the probables and possibles for the upcoming prep races.

  • Will Uncle Mo Be Upset? Not Likely

    If you watched the final game of the NCAA tournament, you have a feel for the makeup of the Grade I Wood Memorial field, except for one horse.

  • Derby Trail: Where They're Going Next

    With only four weekends left before the Kentucky Derby, there are still dozens of horses in competition for a spot in the starting gate at Churchill Downs. Here's a rundown of next-start plans for 70 individual horses.

  • To Honor and Serve is Choice in Florida Derby

    Sometimes you have to go out on a limb, and I guess today is just one of those days. But I can't help myself, I think To Honor and Serve will win the grade I Florida Derby.

  • Derby Contenders: Where They're Going Next

    While we're well down the road to the Kentucky Derby, we still have a few little races to run--most of them grade I's at a mile and an eighth. Here's a summary of where 56 contenders are going next.

  • What Will Spiral Toward the Derby?

    The Grade II Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes could set up with a traditional handicapping scenario: Early contested speed followed by stalkers with a chance to win. On paper anyway, this is a tough race.

  • Downey: Can Mucho Macho Man Be Beaten?

    There's reason to believe Mucho Macho Man could be beaten in the Grade II Louisiana Derby, but there's also reason to think he'll run well.

  • Next-Race Plans: Where They're Going Next

    It's hard to believe that when this Saturday comes and goes, only six weeks will remain to the Kentucky Derby. Time flies when you're having fun. So here we go--where will the contenders and pretenders be running next.

  • Downey Profile: Many Factors Sway Rebel Pick

    The grade II Rebel Stakes is, frankly, a difficult race to predict. But that doesn't mean we won't try. Let's start out with some numbers. If you didn't like numbers, you wouldn't be reading this in the first place.

  • Dick's Picks: Jump on Board in Gotham?

    It's refreshing and unusual to hear an owner flat-out say in so many words that "we are here to win this race, and I'll be disappointed if we don't," but that's pretty much what Mike Repole said about the Gotham Stakes.

  • Derby Trail: Where They're Going Next

    It feels like halftime in the 2011 Road to the Kentucky Derby. After last weekend, we culled numerous horses from our lists at The Downey Profile. Here are next-race plans--or lack of plans--for 65 horses still on our lists.

  • Fountain of Youth: It's Upside vs. Experience

    The field for the Grade II Fountain of Youth Stakes could be divided into two camps, with four of the entries having a fair amount of starts under their belts and four having limited experience and thus more upside potential.

  • The Contenders: Where They're Going Next

    The first races on the Road to the Roses contest are this weekend. With that in mind, we bring you the current status and/or plans--or lack of plans--of 80 horses maintained on our lists.

  • Downey Profile: Parity in Risen Star Vexing

    In 2010, only two horses shipped over from South Florida to compete in the grade II Risen Star Stakes, producing the winner, but this year there are five such shippers comprising half the field.

  • Downey Profile: Holy Bull Has Mucho to Offer

    The field for the grade III Holy Bull Stakes on Sunday is solid enough top to bottom that all nine entries are on the lists we maintain at The Downey Profile. And why not, with $400,000 on the line?

  • Downey: Dixiana A Tough Nut to Crack

    This large field could produce some surprises, but then again, how surprised could we be at anything that happens when there are six horses with morning lines between 4-1 and 8-1?

  • Downey: A Play Against Wood Memorial Chalk

    Any horse moving on to the Kentucky Derby from the Grade I Wood Memorial will be deprived of competing against a large field on Saturday. Aside from that, this could turn into a rider's race and odd things could happen.

  • Downey: Lane's End Winner in the Shadows?

    Connemara is the early favorite in the grade II Lane's End Stakes, so let's try to beat him with a concise analysis. This is a tough race to handicap, so I will go with value lurking in the shadows.

  • Downey: At Fair Grounds, It's All Greek to Me

    The early pace will definitively shape the Louisiana Derby, and so we should know after about a half-mile if the closers have a chance to win. Will there be enough early lick for that to happen?

  • Downey: Advantage to Lookin At Lucky in Rebel

    The pace scenario in the grade II Rebel is neatly arranged. From seven entries, we have one with early speed, one that lags back, and five that can be expected to press or stalk. The stalker that finishes best should win.