American Dubai put in his final major work April 2 in preparation for the April 9 running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) by working five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 after the renovation break at Keeneland.
Under regular rider Luis Quinonez, the Mineshaft gelding went a half-mile in :48 4/5 April 1 at Oaklawn Park, his first work back since a troubled fifth in the March 19 Rebel Stakes (gr. II).
Owner Reddam is more than willing to play catch-us-if-you-can with Mohaymen now and leave the future to the future. "...There is no guarantee we're going to make the Kentucky Derby," he said.
Unbridled was a star as a runner and a sire. While those mattered incredibly to his connections, trainer Nafzger's lingering memories center around the Derby race call he gave owner Mrs. Genter, and Unbridled's gentle nature.
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"If they peak that race before, it will be hard for them, even with five weeks, to come back and give their best effort," trainer John Servis said of Nyquist and Mohaymen.
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Steve is optimistic on the upside of Shagaf and places him on this week's Derby Dozen. read blog
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra discuss the epic showdown of undefeated Nyquist and Mohaymen in the Florida Derby. watch video
John Oxley's Airoforce, who turned in an uncharacteristically dull effort in the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) last time out, seeks to rebound in the $500,000 Spiral Stakes (gr. III) April 2 at Turfway Park.
Follow along with America's Best Racing for a compelling behind-the-scenes look as GMB Racing Manager Greg Bensel experiences the 2016 Louisiana Derby (gr. II). Watch Video
Five weeks before they chase the penultimate prize in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), the stakes are huge for both star 3-year-olds as they tower over the rest of their Florida Derby competition.
The fourth and final 2016 Kentucky Derby Future Wager this weekend times up well with the Florida Derby (gr. I) showdown of unbeatens in Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen and Reddam Racing's 2-year-old champion Nyquist.
Trainers Kiaran McLaughlin and Doug O'Neill on March 29 offered their views on Mohaymen and Nyquist, both of whom are undefeated, as they prepare for their first matchup in the $1 million Florida Derby April 2.
With the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) fast approaching, New York's off-track betting corporations and Churchill Downs Inc. have resumed negotiations to end a bitter dispute over simulcast fees.
Comments from trainer Mikio Matsunaga after Lani's victory in the UAE Derby (UAE-II). Courtesy Dubai Racing Club Watch Video
Kentucky-bred Lani is headed back to his roots while representing Japan after earning his way into the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a March 26 UAE Derby (UAE-II) score.
Cupid flutters into Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen this week. Where does he land? Read to find out! read blog
We have a unique opportunity to examine both the completely opposite pedigree patterns and remarkably similar biomechanical structures of three leading classics candidates.
The chestnut colt blazed a rare trail for a Pennsylvania-bred, becoming only the second to win the Kentucky Derby, and each victory on the road to the Derby greatly increased his popularity and fan following.
This week we take a closer look at Destin, winner of the $350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby on March 12 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Laminitis claims Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Vicar's in Trouble, winner of the 2014 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) and Super Derby (gr. II). The son of Into Mischief was put down March 11.
After sharing my Kentucky Derby memories I figured I might as well keep going and complete the Triple Crown read blog
From 12 to 2, read why Destin makes a move in this week's Derby Dozen. read blog
Thirteen are probable for Oaklawn race, including Hopeful (gr. I) winner Ralis and Southwest (gr. III) victor Suddenbreakingnews.
Grade I winner Brody's Cause is scheduled to make his 3-year-old season debut Saturday, March 12 in the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II).
Tom LaMarra and Ellis Starr preview the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) featuring Star Hill, Rafting, Destin, Brody's Cause, and Economic Model. Watch Video
In following Peyton Manning's speech, Steve look backs and remembers all the things that he is going to miss about covering the Derby. read blog
The outbreak of equine herpesvirus that temporarily closed Sunland Park was pronounced officially over March 9 after all facilities at the New Mexico track were cleared from quarantine.
The Maryland farm produced a string of great champions, from Gallant Fox to Omaha and Nashua.
Pre-Derby clash between Mohaymen, Nyquist a step back in time read blog
The penultimate of four pools in the 2016 Kentucky Derby Future Wager begins at noon (all times Eastern) Friday.
Suddenbreakingnews suddenly moves up in Steve's Derby Dozen after a sharp work. read blog
Gary Barber's Whatawonderflworld, who thus far has shown an affinity for turf and synthetic surfaces, is among a full field of 3-year-olds entered for the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes March 12 at Turfway Park.
A daughter of Caro out of All Rainbows, Winning Colors had been purchased as a yearling for $575,000, with leading trainer D. Wayne Lukas buying her on behalf of his client Eugene Klein.
Claire Novak, Tom LaMarra, and Ellis Starr handicap the Gotham Stakes which is a Kentucky Derby prep race worth 50 points. Sponsored by Equibase watch video
Claire Novak, Tom LaMarra, and Ellis Starr handicap the Gotham Stakes which is a Kentucky Derby prep race worth 50 points. Sponsored by Equibase
Mohaymen runs away with the Fountain of Youth and more inside the March 5, 2016 Blood-Horse magazine!
The Triple Crown grind goes against Jason Servis' preference for giving his horses ample recovery time, and even though he's running the Withers (gr. III) winner in the Gotham, a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) run is no sure thing.
Destin becomes Steve Haskin's new dark horse for the Kentucky Derby. Read to find out why! read blog
Field taking shape for Kentucky Derby prep March 5 race at Aqueduct.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park. read blog
Claire Novak, Tom LaMarra,and Ellis Starr preview the Fountain of Youth Stakes, which is a Kentucky Derby prep race. Sponsored by Equibase watch video
Claire Novak, Tom LaMarra, and Ellis Starr preview the Fountain of Youth Stakes, which is a Kentucky Derby prep race. Sponsored by Equibase Download Equibase Past Performances for the Fountain of Youth Stakes.
Churchill Downs Inc. has reported record net revenues and record adjusted earnings for 2015, and its racing-related operations contributed to the record year.
The promising 3-year-old colt Cherry Wine will miss the Feb. 27 Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes because of a fever that spiked Feb.23, trainer Dale Romans said.
Gary Stevens said he didn't know grade I winner Mor Spirit was wearing earplugs when he jumped in to work him on the fly Feb. 23. After failing to get a response on the turn, he eased the Bob Baffert trained-runner.
Online wagering provider Xpressbet has signed on as the title sponsor of Gulfstream Park's preeminent races for 3-year-olds, the Florida Derby (gr. I) and Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II).
How did the Risen Star results impact the Derby Dozen? Did winner Gun Runner crack the top 12? read blog
Churchill Downs Feb. 22 announced a multi-year agreement with Fanatics to exclusively operate online and on-site retail for Kentucky Derby (gr. 1) weekend beginning this year.
How have the weekend's Kentucky Derby prep races changed Steve's Derby Dozen this week? Read the 'Suddenbreakingnews' to find out. read blog
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