Keyword: Kentucky Derby Trail

  • Dunkirk's (second from left) big move in the Florida Derby is one of Haskin's most memorable moments from the Ky. Derby prep season.

    Ky. Derby Trail: Memorable Moments

    We're getting close to judgment day -- finding that single horse or betting angle or most attractive overlay possibilities. Until the horses can be observed in the flesh starting next week, here are some of the most memorable moments on this year's Derby trail in one person's opinion that will help in finding potential overlays.

  • General Quarters <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS701527%2Fphoto%2Fbloodhorse%3A7999988%2F%3Fo%3D1">Order This Photo</a>

    Ky. Derby Trail: It's Miller's Time, Too

    Like all quarters, General Quarters is a two-sided coin. So far, it's only come up heads, with the face of Tom McCarthy and his Cinderella story receiving all the press. But a flip of the coin to the tails side will reveal the faded and forgotten face of Mark Miller.

  • Old Fashioned (right) attempts to turn the tables against Rebel Stakes winner Win Willy in the Arkansas Derby.

    Ky. Derby Trail: Old Fashioned Blunder

    Starting from the first Derby Dozen, I had Old Fashioned ranked No. 1 for five consecutive weeks, despite many people insisting he hadn't beaten anyone and would not stay the mile and a quarter. Prior to the Rebel, my comment on Derby Dozen concluded with, "Don't expect any fireworks until the Arkansas Derby."

  • Santa Anita Derby winner Pioneerof the Nile heads the west coast contingent for the Kentucky Derby. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS637785%2Fphoto%2F7980443%2F%3Fo%3D1">Order This Photo</a>

    Ky. Derby Trail: Coast Clash Looms Big

    It's not quite the Sunshine Millions, but this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) is looking like a regional battle between California- and Florida-based horses, who at this point appear on their way to occupying the top four favorite roles in the Run for the Roses.

  • The Santa Anita Derby should set Chocolate Candy up perfectly for the Kentucky Derby.

    Ky. Derby Trail: The Key Word is Prep

    Saturday's big three Kentucky Derby preps should be pretty formful, with one or two standouts in each race. But, there's a lot more to these races than who is going to win. While they are all prestigious events, let's not forget the fact that they are indeed preps.

  • Quality Road <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS659324%2Fphoto%2F7958411%2F%3Fo%3D0">Order This Photo</a>

    Ky. Derby Trail: Quality Performances

    There are three ways of looking at the Florida Derby (gr. I): the best horse won, the best horse finished second, and both horses ran sensational races and established themselves as major Kentucky Derby contenders. The consensus would have to be number three.

  • Dunkirk needs to finish first or second in the Florida Derby to have any chance of making it into the Kentucky Derby.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D7783562%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Ky. Derby Trail: Rabbit Punch

    On several occasions over the past few years, Todd Pletcher has reached into his hat to pull out a rabbit, and in most cases the trick didn't go quite as planned. Despite some bad hare days, Pletcher has decided to try his luck at prestidigitation once again in Saturday's Florida Derby (gr. I).

  • The gray colts Take the Points (left) and The Pamplemousse enter the stretch in the Sham Stakes. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS612719%2Fphoto%2F7833326%2F%3Fo%3D5">Order This Photo</a>

    Ky. Derby Trail: Simple Twists of Fate

    Lost in the overwhelming spectacle of the Kentucky Derby and the arduous road leading to Churchill Downs are the little-known ironies and twists of fate that get played out behind the scenes.

  • Win Willy pulled off a huge upset in the March 14 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

    Ky. Derby Trail: Louisville Shuffle

    As often happens on the Kentucky Derby trail, they fell like proverbial bowling pins last weekend, although two of the bigger names reinforced their strong position. Not all the vanquished will be taken off the trail, as some deserve another chance after racing on less than desirable surfaces, but they have put themselves in a desperate situation.

  • Free Country will try to stamp his Ky. Derby ticket in the March 14 Louisiana Derby.

    Ky. Derby Trail: Second Wave Lands

    It is the second week in March, the second Future Wager is upon us, and that means the Kentucky Derby contenders are pretty well established...or are they? That's what we'll find out this weekend.

  • I Want Revenge, an easy winner of the Gotham Stakes <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS631826%2Fphoto%2F7863922%2F%3Fo%3D1">Order This Photo</a>

    Ky. Derby Trail: The Total Package

    March means many things to owners and trainers of horses on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trail. There's the nail-biting, the sleepless nights, and the early morning phone calls that every owner dreads. And for many it sadly means the end of the road.

  • I Want Revenge in the stretch of the CashCall Futurity

    Ky. Derby Trail: Revenge is Sweet

    I Want Revenge is a horse on a mission. The son of Stephen Got Even has traveled across the country to get a head start on his compatriots back home to see how he handles the dirt in the Gotham Stakes.

  • Quality Road took the Fountain of Youth by 4 1/4 lengths.

    Ky. Derby Trail: Road to the Roses

    The last Saturday in November is NYRA's farewell to grade I and grade II racing, with the running of the Cigar Mile (gr. I) and the grade II Remsen and Demoiselle Stakes for 2-year-olds. But last year, there was a buzz in the air that had nothing to do with any of those three races.

  • Dunkirk wins a Gulfstream Park allowance race on Feb. 19. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS633475%2Fphoto%2F7783562%2F%3Fo%3D0">Order This Photo</a>

    Ky. Derby Trail: Dunkirk Evacuation?

    Because of the lack of 3-year-old races this week, we're going into full detail on Dunkirk's race. Another reason we're giving it a good deal of space is the big buzz it created. The question is, was it warranted?

  • Old Fashioned (red silks) duels with Silver City as they enter the stretch in the Feb. 16 Southwest Stakes.

    Ky. Derby Trail: Southwest & Middle East

    Although there was nothing over the weekend to knock your proverbial socks off, there were a few races that could steer you toward a horse or two as potential Derby material. With the Southwest Stakes having just been run, we'll briefly discuss the race and go over it in more detail next week.

  • Taqarub won the Jimmy Winkfield Stakes at Aqueduct Jan. 19.

    Ky. Derby Trail: The Challenge is On

    So, 23 "elite" 3-year-olds have been chosen to make up the first Kentucky Derby Future Wager field. Well, several of those who didn't make the cut are up in arms over the selections and are offering a challenge to the so-called leading Derby contenders.

  • Pioneerof the Nile took the Robert B. Lewis Stakes Feb. 7.

    Ky. Derby Trail: Nile Flowing Fast

    It was an excellent weekend on the old trail, with some first-class performances, not only by the winners, but several of the losers as well. The latest Top 15 follows the column.

  • I Want Revenge was a close second in the CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park last December.

    Ky. Derby Trail: Mid-Week Melange

    Because the Top 30 list took up a great deal of Monday's column, we'll go double duty this week and catch up on some updates and ramblings and look at the Risen Star Stakes.

  • Capt. Candyman Can, winner of the Jan. 30 Hutcheson at Gulfstream Park <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D7601245%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Ky. Derby Trail: Florida Follies

    Either tracks like Gulfstream and Oaklawn are getting noticeably slower or the horses are. From all indications, it is the tracks, which is fine if they keep horses sounder. (See end of text for first official Top 30)

  • Old Fashioned looks to be the fastest and most talented 3-year-old at this point.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6898323%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Ky. Derby Trail: Sneak Preview

    The first Derby Dozen comes out next week, but we'll get a jump on it with a more comprehensive look before this weekend's stakes. Then we'll make any adjustments based on the results. So, this is more of a speculative list, with a great deal riding on the Hutcheson and Holy Bull Stakes.

  • Break Water Edison won the one-mile Nashua at Aqueduct.

    Ky. Derby Trail: Flashback to Greatness

    What do the following horses have in common? Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Spectacular Bid, Affirmed, Alydar, Damascus, Buckpasser, Easy Goer, Riva Ridge, Holy Bull, Spend a Buck, and Swale?

  • The Pamplemousse won the San Rafael Jan. 17 at Santa Anita. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D7456880%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Ky. Derby Trail: Girl Talk

    Before we get to this past week's races, including Monday's Smarty Jones Stakes, there is a pedigree pattern developing this year that you don't normally see to this degree.

  • The Ken McPeek trained Danger to Society

    Ky. Derby Trail: Let the Lists Begin

    With the first Derby Dozen list scheduled for early February, this is a good time to make up a Top 10 list of horses who haven't accomplished enough just yet to make the official list, but who have a good chance of making it in the near future.

  • Stately Character, winner of the Foolish Pleasure Stakes at Calder

    Ky. Derby Trail: Thursday Thrills

    Two rocket ships will be launched at Gulfstream Park on Thursday, and don't be surprised if a few of the passengers wind up landing in Louisville on the first Saturday in May.

  • Break Water Edison is among the top choices on Haskin's early Derby 2009 list of horses to watch.

    Ky. Derby Trail: The Future is Now

    Yes, it is early to start thinking about Kentucky Derby future bets, but this is the time of year when you can find the megabombs if you're willing to put your money on a wing and a prayer.

  • Colonel John during his April 27 work at Churchill Downs.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: California Comets

    With each day, more and more questions are being answered. We now know Colonel John at least can work like the dickens on dirt; we know that Proud Spell will run in the Oaks, letting Bob Black Jack in the Derby; we know that Smooth Air is feeling fine again; and we know that Gayego is looking and training awesome.