Keyword: Road to the Kentucky Derby

  • Gronkowski, with Amer Abdulaziz (left), after winning the Road to the Kentucky Derby Conditions Stakes at Kempton

    Gronkowski Staying Home for Burradon Stakes

    Trainer Jeremy Noseda has changed course on his plans for Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) contender Gronkowski, who will not be shipped to the U.S. for a prep race but instead will start in the Burradon March 30 at Newcastle.

  • Enticed cruises home in the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack

    Enticed Rebounds With Convincing Gotham Score

    If there was doubt about Enticed after the Holy Bull (G2), it was surely erased March 10, when he surged to a convincing 2 3/4-length win over longshot Old Time Revival in the one-mile Gotham (G3) at Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • Free Drop Billy gallops March 2 at Gulfstream Park

    Free Drop Billy Rerouted to Gotham

    Albaugh Family Stables' Free Drop Billy will be entered in the $300,000 Gotham Stakes (G3) March 10 at Aqueduct Racetrack, after he was scratched March 3 from the Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park.

  • Avery Island wins the Withers Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack

    Avery Island Soars in Withers

    Avery Island kicked off his 3-year-old campaign in sharp fashion Feb. 3 when he notched a two-length victory for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin over grade 1 winner Firenze Fire in the $250,000 Withers Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • Catholic Boy training before his fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Del Mar

    Catholic Boy Works at Tampa Bay Downs

    Trainer Jonathan Thomas shipped the homebred son of More Than Ready to the oval in Oldsmar, Fla. to breeze Jan. 27 in preparation for his 3-year-old debut in the Feb. 10 Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3).

  • Firenze Fire wins the Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack

    Firenze Fire Grinds Out Jerome Stakes Victory

    It took 12 days longer and a bigger effort than originally expected, but Firenze Fire's weather-delayed 3-year-old season started on a winning note on the first full day of racing at Aqueduct Racetrack in two weeks.

  • Larry Jones has a trio of 3-year-olds primed for the first Road to the Kentucky Derby qualifier in Louisiana

    Jones Primes Trio for Lecomte Stakes

    Trainer Larry Jones can't help but speak blessings of his three contenders for the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (G3) coming up Jan. 13 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, the first of the Louisiana oval's three prep races Road To The Kentucky Derby.

  • Racing at Turfway Park resumes Nov. 29 with upgrades to the stakes schedule and adjustments to Spiral Stakes Day

    Turfway Moves Spiral Day, Updates Stakes Schedule

    The Northern Kentucky track has moved the Spiral Stakes (G3) to March 17, seven weeks before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1). It is also bringing the Kentucky Cup Classic, last run in 2011, to the Spiral Stakes undercard.

  • Gunnevera works five furlongs 1:01 4/5 over the main track at Gulfstream Park West

    Gunnevera Leads Busy Sophomore Work Slate

    Peacock Racing Stables' multiple graded stakes winner Gunnevera put in his final breeze March 25 for the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) April 1 at Gulfstream Park, leading a coast-to-coast slate of sophomore works.

  • Mastery wins the San Felipe under Hall of Famer Mike Smith

    Mastery Recovering After Successful Surgery

    Everett Dobson's Mastery, the grade 1 winner who was pulled up March 11 after his impressive San Felipe Stakes (G2) score, has returned to Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert's barn following successful surgery to repair a condylar fracture.

  • Uncontested blazes a bullet five furlongs in :58 4/5

    Rebel Prospects Turn in Oaklawn Works

    It was a busy morning March 10 at Oaklawn Park for 3-year-olds pointing toward the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2), with top local prospects Petrov, Silver Dust, and Uncontested all posting impressive works.

  • J Boys Echo comes home strong to win the Gotham

    J Boys Echo Blitzes to Gotham Score

    Trainer Dale Romans has been persistent in his pursuit of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), and his chance at this year's edition just snapped into focus thanks to Albaugh Family Stable's J Boys Echo.

  • Trainer Mark Hennig in 1995 at Churchill Downs

    Derby Hopeful Beasley Brings Back Memories

    In the days to come, Beasley's connections hope he'll take them full circle to a certain racetrack on a certain Saturday in May—where 24 years ago, owner Lee Lewis and trainer Mark Hennig found themselves with their only Kentucky Derby (G1) starter.

  • Three Rules works with Luis Saez aboard

    Three Rules Fires Florida Bullet

    Three Rules worked five furlongs in :58.91 and Beasley worked four furlongs in :48.11, both firing the bullet for their respective distances Feb. 24 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Classic Empire

    Classic Empire Out of Fountain of Youth

    Juvenile champion Classic Empire will not start as expected in the Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) March 4 at Gulfstream Park, trainer Mark Casse said Feb. 19. 

  • Gunnevera, Three Rules Work in Florida

    Multiple graded stakes winner Gunnevera and Florida Sire Stakes victor Three Rules spent the final morning of their freshman seasons working Dec. 31 in Florida for scheduled 3-year-old debuts at Gulfstream Park Feb. 4.

  • Cupid will miss the Kentucky Derby

    Cupid Out of Derby; Mo Tom Gets In

    Cupid, who finished 10th in the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. I), won't compete in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), which means Mo Tom has secured a spot in the field for the May 7 first leg of the Triple Crown

  • Danzing Candy.

    Making the Grade: Danzing Candy

    This week we take a closer look at Danzing Candy, winner of the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes on March 12 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Nyquist wins the 2016 San Vicente Stakes.

    Making the Grade: Nyquist

    This week we take a closer look at Nyquist, the 2015 Sentient Jet Breeders' Juvenile (gr. I) victor and winner of the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) on Feb. 15 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Undefeated Nyquist (left) and Mohaymen set for showdown.

    Post Positions Set for Florida Derby Showdown

    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.

  • Polar River wins the 2016 UAE 1000 Guineas Trial.

    'River' Ready to Roll in UAE Derby

    Polar River, who has yet to taste defeat in four career outings with a combined victory margin of 32 lengths, appears to be the standout runner in the March 26 UAE Derby (UAE-II).

  • Gun Runner wins the 2016 Risen Star Stakes.

    LA Derby: Gun Runner Faces Greenpointcrusader

    Risen Star (gr. II) winner Gun Runner will take on grade I winner Greenpointcrusader, who last finished second to Mohaymen in the Holy Bull (gr. II), when the two go postward in the March 26 Louisiana Derby (gr. II).

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    Mohaymen Dominates Fountain of Youth

    Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen dominated the $400,000 Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 27, his fifth straight victory for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.

  • Owners Pledge Earnings to Equine Research

    Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced owners John Oxley, Heaven Trees, and Speedway Stables have pledged earnings to the "Share the Wins" program from potential graded stakes wins on the Kentucky Derby trail.

  • Airoforce has successfully transferred his form to dirt.

    Airoforce, Mo Tom Top Risen Star

    Airoforce invades New Orleans to take on the local contingency (led by G M B Racing's Mo Tom) in the $400,000 Veterans Ford Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 20 at Fair Grounds.

  • Mor Spirit wins the Robert B. Lewis Stakes.

    Making the Grade: Mor Spirit

    This week we take a closer look at Mor Spirit, winner of the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) on Feb. 6 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Mohaymen in the Gulfstream Park winner's circle Jan. 30, 2016.

    Making the Grade: Mohaymen

    This week we take a closer look at Mohaymen, winner of the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) on Jan. 30 at Gulfstream Park.