Keyword: Kentucky Derby

  • Bob and John, Point Determined Turn in Sharp Works

    Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Bob and John and Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) runner-up Point Determined both worked five furlongs in a bullet :59 1/5 at Santa Anita Tuesday as they begin their serious training for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • UAE Derby winner Discreet Cat will miss the Kentucky Derby.

    Godolphin's Discreet Cat to Miss Kentucky Derby

    Godolphin Racing announced Tuesday that UAE Derby (UAE-II) winner Discreet Cat will miss the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and will be pointed toward major races during the second half of the U.S. racing year.

  • Keyed Entry Derby decision expected after Churchill work.

    Keyed Entry to Point for Kentucky Derby

    Keyed Entry, who finished third in the Wood Memorial (gr. I), will ship to Churchill Downs Monday, and if he trains to the satisfaction of trainer Todd Pletcher, will be pointed for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Stevens to Join Louisville Thoroughbred Club Derby Party

    The Louisville Thoroughbred Club invites all Kentucky Derby (gr. I) fans to gather at the Kentucky Derby Museum April 28 to raise a glass with three-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey Gary Stevens and several of the Thoroughbred industry's top racing analysts as they toast America's greatest race and dice out the odds and chances of all the 132nd Derby contenders.

  • Trainer Dan Hendricks was all smiles after his Derby favorite Brother Derek won the Santa Anita Derby.

    Trainer Dan Hendricks Wednesday's Guest on Talkin' Horses

    Racing fans will have an opportunity to join trainer Dan Hendricks as he discusses his career as a trainer and the road to this year's Kentucky Derby when he appears as the special guest live online for the Wednesday, April 12th edition of bloodhorse.com's "Talkin' Horses" beginning at Noon ET (9:00 a.m. PT).

  • First Samurai Tunes Up for Blue Grass

    With owners Bruce Lunsford and Lansdon Robbins III looking on, Kentucky Derby (Grade I) contender First Samurai completed his major preparation for Saturday's $750,000-added Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) with a strong half-mile workout on Monday at Churchill Downs.

  • Kentucky Derby Contenders Graded Earnings, Updated April 12, 2006

    The Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is restricted to 20 starters. If more than 20 horses are entered, total earnings in graded stakes determine the priority of starters. Link to an updated list of contenders by graded earnings, complete through racing of April 9.

  • Hutcheson Stakes winner Keyed Entry tops field for Wood Memorial.

    Keyed Entry Heads Solid Wood Memorial Field

    Keyed Entry, who was beaten just a neck in the Gotham Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct three weeks ago, could be the slight favorite among the nine entered today for Saturday's Wood Memorial (gr. I) at the same track.

  • Westwood One Presents Exclusive Triple Crown Broadcast

    Westwood One will present exclusive radio coverage of the Triple Crown, with coverage beginning with the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) live from Churchill Downs May 6th and continuing with the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 20th from Pimlico Race Course and the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 10 from Belmont Park.

  • Barbaro made reservations for May 6 with impressive Florida win.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Five Weeks or Bust

    Fresh is best. Those are the words Barbaro's trainer Michael Matz is living by. Whether he's right or wrong, you have to admire him for going against history and public opinion and sticking to his guns, much like another former equestrian rider, Tim Ritchey, did last with his unorthodox training of Afleet Alex.

  • Barbaro comes into the Florida Derby with an eight-week layoff that followed this Holy Bull victory.

    Haskin's Weekend Preview: Barbaro at the Gate

    With many of the leading 3-year-olds in Florida skipping town because of what most horsemen feel is the unfavorable scheduling of the Florida Derby (gr. I), Gulfstream's premiere event drew a wide variety of horses, most of them non-stakes winners. The headliner will be the undefeated Barbaro, winner of all four of his starts.

  • Kentucky Derby Museum Features Day Exhibit

    The Kentucky Derby Museum announced the April 17 opening of its exhibit, "What a Difference a Day Makes," which features a retrospective look at the life and career of Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, who retired last year. The exhibit will run through July 8.

  • Haskin on Discreet Cat: "impressive power and fluidity of stride."

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Dubai Do or Don't?

    Perhaps it is time to stop poring over every bit of minutia concerning this year's Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and just go with the flow. If you don't, your brain will be fried by the time the Twin Spires come into view and the scent of roses is in the air.

  • Triple Crown Sponsorship Unlikely This Year

    Although they haven't completely closed the door on getting a deal put together, officials at Triple Crown Productions say it is unlikely there will be a joint sponsor this year for the three races.

  • Fracture Knocks Corinthian Off Triple Crown Trail

    Centennial Farms' Corinthian, who was disqualified from first and placed third in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II), has been taken off the Triple Crown trail after suffering a hairline fracture of the left hind ankle.

  • Haskin: Lawyer Ron "by far the star of the day" with Rebel Stakes win.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Rebel Rouser

    This year's road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) has only a few more doors left to pass through. But the scene so far at each one has resembled a slapstick comedy routine where everyone tries to go through a door at the same time, and no one gets through.

  • Downey Profile Analysis: A Contrarian View of the Rebel Stakes

    The Kentucky Derby picture may start looking somewhat muddled at some point, but so far this year, the Road to the Derby has been pretty clear-cut. Favorites won the San Rafael (gr. II), Holy Bull (gr. III), Sham (gr. III), San Vicente (gr. II), Whirlaway, Sam F. Davis, Southwest, Santa Catalina (gr. II), and the California Derby. The gravitational pull is so hard, a disqualification placed the favorite first in the Fountain of Youth (gr. II). The issue this weekend is whether we view the trend as our friend in the Rebel Stakes (gr. III). We'll take the contrarian view, if things develop as we think they will.

  • Trainer Todd Pletcher has major Derby hopes in two preps Saturday.

    Pletcher Sends Out

    Todd Pletcher, whose bench is stronger than most other trainers' first string, sends out the first team on Saturday, when he'll saddle Bluegrass Cat in the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) and Keyed Entry in the Gotham Stakes (gr. III).

  • Lawyer Ron faces next test in Oaklawn's Rebel Stakes.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Change is in the Air

    If you're tired of the same old cast of characters that have been playing the major roles so far, you're going to love next weekend's mixed bag of stakes races. After Saturday, many questions will be answered, and don't be surprised to see some new, exciting faces take center stage on the Triple Crown trail.

  • Private Vow, winning the Futurity at Belmont, has an affinity for Churchill Downs but that may not matter in the Kentucky Derby.

    Downey Profile Analysis: 'Horse for the Course' Doesn't Work in Derby

    At TheDowneyProfile.com, we utilize 13 factors more common to Kentucky Derby winners than non-winners, based on our 33-year study, in order to create an objective, weighted-factor predictor of Kentucky Derby success. One factor that we do not use is the "horse for the course" handicapping angle, the one that looks to horses that have run well at Churchill Downs.

  • Discreet Cat, shown breaking his maiden at Saratago, won again Thursday night in Dubai.

    Discreet Cat Victorious in UAE Derby Prep

    As expected, Godolphin's new recruit Discreet Cat ran out the facile winner of a mile conditions race on the Nad Al Sheba dirt Thursday night to secure his berth in the UAE Derby (UAE-II) in just over two weeks time.

  • Brother Derek moves to head of class with Santa Catalina win.

    Brother Derek, Field Top Picks in Derby Wager

    Santa Catalina (gr. II) winner Brother Derek shot to favoritism at 10-1 among individual horses as Pool 2 of the 2006 Kentucky Derby Future Wager closed on Sunday. But the field entry of all 3-year-olds not listed in the pool was a solid overall choice of bettors at odds of 3-1.

  • Unbeatens Barbaro (left) and Strong Contender holding ground in future pool.

    Derby Wager Action Picks Up on Barbaro, 'Contender

    The mutuel field remained the favored betting interest at the midway point of Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, but unbeatens Barbaro and Strong Contender gained solid support as well Friday.

  • Field Stands Alone as New Derby Pool Opens

    Racing fans made "all others" the favorite on the opening day of the second pool of Churchill Downs' 2006 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, but had trouble deciding on which of the individual horses deserved backing.

  • First Samurai, winning last year's Hopeful Stakes.

    Steve Haskin's Weekend Preview: Samurai's Sword Will Prove Deadly

    First Samurai finally gets his opportunity to show what he can do going two turns when he heads a field of nine in the $300,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II), one of four 3-year-old stakes to be run on Saturday. The other big-name horse in action is Brother Derek, who will be a heavy favorite in the Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II).

  • Derby Post Selection Telecast Open to Public at Fourth Street Live!

    Racing fans and Derby Week visitors will get a close-up look at the nationally televised post position selection for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands(gr. I) as the "post draw" will be held this year in downtown Louisville's Fourth Street Live!

  • Jockey Club's 2006 Online Fact Book Available

    Declines in national purses and handle coupled with continued strength in the auction sales markets and in regional breeding markets highlight statistics contained in the Jockey Club's 2006 Online Fact Book, which was released today on the organization's website.

  • Giacomo Ready for Big 'Cap

    Trainer John Shirreffs said Giacomo will be ready when the gates spring open Saturday for the $1-million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I). The Big 'Cap will be the second start of the year for the 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner who began his 4-year-old season with a third-place effort in the Feb. 4 Strub Stakes (gr. II).

  • Gulf Allowance Brings Out High Cotton, Strong Contender

    High Cotton and Strong Contender, 3-year-olds with Triple Crown potential and high profile connections, make their first start of the year at Gulfstream Park in Wednesday's one-mile allowance feature.

  • Point Determined Wins One for Lewises

    The 3-year-old colt Point Determined, whose prominent owner, Bob Lewis, died earlier in the day, gave an indication of his value as a $750,000 investment with a victory in the feature race at Golden Gate Fields Friday.

  • Help Wanted: Starter at Churchill Downs

    Churchill Downs is searching for someone to fill the post of official starter, a position that includes the duties of sending the horses off in each year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Bluegrass Cat, tops field for the Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.

    Steve Haskin's Weekend Preview: Davis Cup Runneth Over

    What has happened to the Sam F. Davis Stakes? Saturday's race has drawn a field that in the past would have been considered a super field for the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III), for which the Davis has been an obscure prep. Perhaps the presence of so many accomplished horses can be attributed to Gulfstream Park's configuration.

  • Whirlaway Stakes winner Achilles of Troy will continue on the road to the Kentucky Derby in Florida.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Lurking in the Wings

    It is mid-February, and although the 3-year-olds look to be a solid bunch, there are few standouts. With question marks surrounding some of the leading contenders and the top spots up for grabs, it's time to check out the second wave, which includes several horses whose bandwagons are ready to take on passengers.

  • Too Much Bling notches another Derby Trail win.

    Too Much Bling Dazzling San Vicente Winner

    The flashy Too Much Bling may not have the sort of stamina needed for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), but the gray colt showed plenty of quality in winning the San Vicente (gr. II) at seven furlongs Sunday at Santa Anita Park.

  • Eight-Show Derby Prep Package On ABC, ESPN

    "Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby," an eight-show series on ABC and the ESPN networks that provides comprehensive coverage of the key Triple Crown prep races, returns on March 18, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Feb. 8.