As expected, the "all others" wagering interest was the heavy 6-5 favorite after the first day of betting in the first Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool was completed Feb. 8.
Churchill Downs remains bullish on its new points qualifying system for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) but acknowledges there could be "tweaks" for the next Triple Crown cycle.
While there are no scoring races for the Kentucky Derby this weekend, there are several races of interest scheduled for Saturday that include 33 Triple Crown nominees. Here's a survey of them.
Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin examine up and coming 3YO performances, the Kentucky Derby points system, Los Alamitos, and Honestableboy! Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. watch video
Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia made "All Others" the strong choice over Shanghai Bobby and Violence in the first pool of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which opens a three-day run Feb. 8.
The good news is Churchill recognizes changes will be made. read blog
With a weekend of brilliant performances, Steve already adds and subtracts from his list. Take a look to see who is new and where others have shifted to. watch video
Evan Hammonds recaps weekend races with a focus on performances by Flashback, Revolutionary, Verrazano, and more! watch video
Revolutionary, who had an eventful trip en route to victory in the $200,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 2 at Aqueduct Racetrack, and runner-up Escapefromreality both could return in Wood Memorial (gr. I).
Verrazano stamped himself as an exciting prospect for this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a spectacular 16 1/4-length victory in the fifth race at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 2.
A sortable list of all 369 horses nominated to the 2013 Triple Crown. View List
- By Claire Novak
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and if that's the case it is easy to imagine that the heart of Texas Bling is biggest of all 3-year-olds competing on the early trail to the Kentucky Derby. read blog
Pete Denk and Claire Novak handicap the Withers Stakes and take a brief look at the Robert B. Lewis Stakes. watch video
WinStar Farm has announced the return of its very popular Fantasy Derby contest. Fantasy Derby 2013 is free for racing fans, easy to play, and offers the very best in possible prizes.
The grade II UAE Derby has drawn 27 nominations from the United States, comprising about a quarter of the 105 names submitted for the race. Bob Baffert and Ken McPeek lead the trainer list.
Evan Hammonds recaps the Holy Bull Stakes as well as a few other stellar performances from the weekend. What did you think of the Holy Bull Stakes? watch video
Itsmyluckyday and Shanghai Bobby, the first two finishers in the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 26 at Gulfstream Park, are likely headed for a rematch in the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I).
After rewriting the Olympic record books for swimming, Michael Phelps and his longtime coach may have the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) in their sights with a 3-year-old colt named Cerro.
Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk discuss the tough field in the Holy Bull Stakes. Can Shanghai Bobby survive the other talented 3-year-olds? watch video
A field of 10, some of them with the look of real contenders, will decide whether Shanghai Bobby will be be upended coming off his 2-year-old championship in the Grade III Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
The deadline for early Triple Crown nominations is Jan. 26 at 11:59 p.m. (all times Eastern). Each nomination must be accompanied by a fee of $600.
While there is an educated guess out there that 40 points may be the over-and-under to make the Kentucky Derby starting gate, there is reason to believe it will take fewer points than that.
The annual runnings of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), and the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) top an impressive schedule at Churchill.
Willis Horton's Will Take Charge notched his first stakes victory Jan. 21 when he got the best of eight other 3-year-olds in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park.
Both jockey Calvin Borel and his longtime agent Jerry Hissam are recovering--one from injury and one from illness--as the three-time Kentucky Derby winner sits one away from 5,000 career victories.
Churchill Downs will open its new multipurpose, on-track simulcast venue The Parlay Jan. 16.
Oaklawn Park has canceled live race cards for Jan. 12 and 13 due to unsafe track conditions caused by heavy rains in Hot Springs, Ark.
Not everything on the Derby trail is what it seems. read blog
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak and Pete Denk handicap the Pasco Stakes, for 3-year-olds, at Tampa Bay Downs. watch video
Win 5,000 will have to wait. Veteran reinsman Calvin Borel has sustained a minor wrist fracture that will keep him on the sidelines for about 18 days.
New Year's Day has come and gone and that means the race for the Kentucky Derby has begun. Some are ready to become immersed in it, while others aren't quite ready to smell the roses and taste the mint juleps this early. read blog
Look back at the year of I'll Have Another's Triple Crown bid. view slideshow
NBC Sports has won the Media Eclipse Award for Television -- Live Racing Programming for its broadcast of the 2012 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
This will be the first of six (monthly) editions of my top 20 contenders for the 2013 Kentucky Derby. read blog
Tom and Pete look at the performance of 2-year-olds in 2012 and discuss who holds promise for a shot at the Triple Crown. watch video
Citrus Kid, making his first start since September of 2011, held off 3-year-old El Padrino in a comeback race for both Dec. 19 at Gulfstream Park.
Revisit the racing career of the Shack Attack. view slideshow
Victories by Overanalyze and Uncaptured in group II stakes Nov. 24 propelled the 2-year-olds into the numbers four and five positions, respectively, in the standings on the "Road to the Kentucky Derby."
Jason and Tom give their picks for the 138th Kentucky Derby. Watch Video
The Louisville track is introducing a new seating and Section 110 hospitality venue for the 2013 Derby and the Oaks that offers the historic track's first stadium-type seating.
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots will continue a 114-year tradition with live racing Thanksgiving Day as the 84-day 2012-13 meet will open with a 10-race holiday card Nov. 22.
At Churchill Downs, Edwards will oversee the development and implementation of marketing, branding, and social media strategies for Churchill Downs' live racing meets.
Animal Kingdom, winner of the 2011 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), returned to Keeneland Oct. 22 from his home base at Fair Hill, Md., to continue preparations for a Nov. 3 run at the Breeders' Cup Mile.
Animal Kingdom is expected to return in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 3, Team Valor International announced Oct. 2.
Steeler scored a clear win Sept. 29 in the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket, becoming the first graded or group winner for Darley's freshman sire Raven's Pass.
The final day of Newmarket's Cambridgeshire Festival Sept. 29 is anchored by a pair of group I races and a group II event that kick-starts a new points-based system to determine the field for the 2013 Kentucky Derby.
The revamped "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series kicks off Sept. 29 with points awarded to the top four finishers in the Juddmonte Royal Lodge (Eng-II) at Newmarket and the FrontRunner Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.
The decision to revise the qualifying process for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) was a track decision and was not submitted to the Churchill Downs, Inc. board for approval, president Kevin Flanery said.
- By Steve Haskin
A full-length motion picture titled "Wild Ride" about the improbable story of Mine That Bird is scheduled to be released in 2013. This is one person's behind-the-scenes look at the Mine That Bird story. read blog
Churchill Downs has released the official logos for the 2013 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and has begun selling merchandise featuring the new logos.
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