Keyword: The Cliff's Edge

  • Trainer Michael Dickinson, right, with current Derby favorite Tapit.

    Bettors Settle on Smarty Jones as Favorite

    The crowd at Churchill Downs has established Smarty Jones as the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite. In the advance wagering at 2:30 p.m.--with post time at 6:04--Smarty Jones is the 4-1 choice.

  • Carly Silver

    Teen Tracks: The Cliff's Edge Doesn't Fit His Stereotype

    When a horse wins a race at a particular distance, oftentimes the horse is labeled as a runner only suitable for that certain distance. Usually, this generalization is not justified; that horse can win at many other distances. The Cliff's Edge himself is a victim of this generalization.

  • Read the Footnotes, worked at Churchill Downs Monday for the first time.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Here and Gone in a Heartbeat

    They came one right after the other; first Lion Heart, then The Cliff's Edge, then Rock Hard Ten, then Read the Footnotes. Three of the faces were familiar, but the chestnut wearing the figure-8 and martingale was a stranger in town. Just when everyone had gotten used to seeing Lion Heart, poof, he was gone.

  • Workout Tab Busy as Derby Week Kicks Off

    The week leading up to Saturday's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) got off to good start Monday, with four definite starters and one horse that is still knocking on the door breezing over a fast track at Churchill Downs.

  • Florida Derby winner Friends Lake a Wednesday arrival at Churchill

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: An Early Bird Special; Friends Lake Arrives

    With scattered showers and predictions of heavy rains in the afternoon, what little activity there was on the track this morning came early. In addition to the arrival of Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Friends Lake at 9:40, there was a mini buzz about the possible addition of the top-class filly Ashado to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) field.

  • The Cliff's Edge continued to show his affinity for Churchill Downs in Monday's workout.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: The Search Begins

    Live from Churchill Downs, it's the countdown to the 130th Run for the Roses, which can best be described as Derby Daze. If you thought it was an adventure finding Nemo, good luck trying to find this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner. After three months of confusion, the final leg of the journey starts today.

  • The Cliff's Edge, in fast workout at Churchill Downs Monday.

    The Cliff's Edge Sizzles at Churchill

    Although the final time might have been a little faster than he would have preferred, trainer Nick Zito was pleased with Monday's workout by The Cliff's Edge as the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) winner continued to prepare for the May 1 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Kentucky Derby Trail: 20 Questions and Counting

    OK, so who's in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), and who's out? Who will be the favorite? Who really are the fast horses and who are the slow horses? Who's going to ride whom? Oh, yes, who's going to win? The answer to all these questions: Who knows?

  • Frankel/Zito Horses Arrive at Churchill Downs

    The Nick Zito-trained Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) winner The Cliff's Edge and Champagne (gr. I) winner Birdstone arrived Tuesday afternoon at Churchill Downs after a brief van ride from Keeneland.

  • The Cliff's Edge Tops List of Leading Derby Contenders by Graded Stakes Earnings

    Previous to Saturday's Arkansas Derby (gr. II), Smarty Jones had the distinction of being the best horse who might not get to participate in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Smarty Jones' $600,000 winners' purse in the Arkansas Derby moved him to fourth on the list of graded earnings for Derby contenders, meaning his chances of starting are all but assured.

  • Value Plus among the many gray hopefuls on Derby road.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Amazing Grays, How Sweet the Sound

    Never before has there been a long gray line of 3-year-olds like the one that is heading for Churchill Downs this year. The question is, is there some mysterious force being emitted from the Twin Spires that is drawing all these grays to Louisville? There just might be.

  • Value Plus among this year's prominent gray Derby hopefuls.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Amazing Grays, How Sweet the Sound

    Never before has there been a long gray line of 3-year-olds like the one that is heading for Churchill Downs this year. The question is, is there some mysterious force being emitted from the Twin Spires that is drawing all these grays to Louisville? There just might be.

  • Trainer Patrick Biancone, right, with Keeneland's John Henderson during the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes post position draw.

    Lion Heart 'That Good' as 5-2 Blue Grass Favorite

    Lion Heart was installed the 5-2 morning line favorite against eight other 3-year-olds for Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland and trainer Patrick Biancone agreed. "He's that good and I hope he gets to show it on the track," Biancone said.

  • Fans Take Field in Final Derby Future Wager

    An unsettling wave of upsets in this year's prep races left fans without an individual favorite in the final pool of the 2004 Kentucky Derby Future Wager. They opted instead for the field at odds of 6-1 as wagering closed Sunday.

  • Field Assumes Favorite Role in Derby Future

    As Eurosilver, another major contender for Kentucky Derby 130 fell out of the picture, fans returned to the mutuel field as a mild favorite at the midpoint of the third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2004 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

  • A Baker's Dozen for Kentucky Derby 130?

    Although we're fascinated with numbers at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.thedowneyprofile.com"><i>TheDowneyProfile.com</a>,</i> we are not into numerology. However, it doesn't take much imagination to conjure up a projected field of 13 in Kentucky Derby 130.

  • Zito Shipping Big Guns to Keeneland

    Trainer Nick Zito is beginning his assault on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) by shipping three of his top contenders to Keeneland. The plane carrying Eurosilver, Birdstone, and The Cliff's Edge was expected to land in Central Kentucky today.

  • Friends Lake, left, leads Value Plus, second from right, to victory in the Florida Derby.

    Friends Lake Makes Splash in Florida Derby

    A New York bred won the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park Saturday for the first time, but it wasn't Read the Footnotes. As the even-money favorite faded out of the money, 37-1 Friends Lake stormed from well off the pace to defeat a game Value Plus.

  • Nick Zito, bought Storm Cat colt at Fasig-Tipton Calder sale Tuesday.

    Storm Cat Colt Brings Seven Figure Bid at Fasig-Tipton Sale

    Robert LaPenta, the Connecticut communications company executive who campaigns Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contender The Cliff's Edge, went to $1,050,000 Monday to acquire a son of <cr>Storm Cat</sr> to top the early portion of Fasig-Tipton selected sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder Racecourse.

  • Birdstone, may opt for Lane&#39;s End Stakes rather than Florida Derby.

    Birdstone May Pass Florida Derby For Lane's End Stakes

    Marylou Whitney's Birdstone, winner of his 3-year-old debut in allowance company, may skip the March 13 Florida Derby and run in the following week's $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park instead, trainer Nick Zito said Monday.

  • Redskin Warrior toyed with the Best Turn field.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: The Fresh Faces of February

    Each year at this time, new stars are spotted in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) galaxy for the first time. But there is always a question whether they have come along too late to shine brightly on the first Saturday in May. Such is the case with Redskin Warrior, Odds On, Purge, Rock Hard Ten, and Quintons Gold Rush.

  • The Cliff's Edge Draws Outside Post in Sam F. Davis

    Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) and Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) winner The Cliff's Edge drew the outside post position when a full field of a dozen 3-year-olds were entered Thursday for Saturday's $100,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs in Florida.

  • Second of June, inside, comes out of Fountain of Youth with Triple Crown campaign-ending injury.

    Second of June Suffers Fractured Cannon Bone; To Undergo Surgery

    Second of June, a game runner-up in Saturday's Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) suffered a condylar fracture of the cannon bone, and was scheduled to undergo Sunday afternoon surgery at Dr. Stephen Selway's clinic near Gulfstream Park.

  • Read the Footnotes, winning the Nashua Stakes last year.

    Read the Footnotes, Funny Cide Top Palm Meadows Work Tab

    The stars were out at Palm Meadows training center Tuesday morning following several days of bad weather, which forced the cancellation the Monday's Gulfstream card and most of Sunday's. Heading the 3-year-old workers was Read the Footnotes, who will make his debut in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I).

  • Checking Up On Florida's 3-year-olds

    Trainer Bob Durso said he will start his undefeated Frisky Spider in either the Hutcheson or the Fountain of Youth, while Nick Zito is considering those races and allowances for Birdstone, Eurosilver, and The Cliff's Edge.

  • Zito's Not Jumping Over The Cliff's Edge

    The Cliff's Edge won the Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) at Churchill Downs Saturday, after which trainer Nick Zito said he would still rank the colt behind two of his other juveniles, Eurosilver and Birdstone.

  • The Cliff's Edge Can Join Zito's Derby A-List

    Trainer Nick Zito looks for another big effort by The Cliff's Edge, the odds-on favorite for Saturday's $200,000-added Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) for 2-year-olds at Churchill Downs

  • Scat Sam Man Knocked Out of Ky. Jockey Club

    An injury suffered in a Tuesday workout has knocked Walter "Buddy" New's Scat Sam Man out of Saturday's $200,000-added Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-olds.

  • Sellers On the Mend

    Doctors who have examined jockey Shane Sellers since he cracked his tailbone last week in a freak paddock mishap have advised him to rest from four to six weeks, but the 37-year-old rider has a more aggressive timetable in mind.

  • 2004 Kentucky Derby contender Birdstone won the Champagne Stakes.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Zito Loaded For Bear

    This is the first in a series of early looks at next year's 3-year-olds and where they might stack up on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trail. Right now, it is Nick Zito, Richard Mandella, and Todd Pletcher who have the numbers.

  • Fractured Tailbone Sidelines Sellers

    Jockey Shane Sellers will miss at least the next few days at Churchill Downs as he recovers from a fractured tailbone suffered in a paddock mishap on Thursday.

  • Zito Hopes for Edge in Iroquois

    Nick Zito, who already trains Kentucky Derby hopefuls Birdstone and Eurosilver, seeks to add to his riches Sunday when he saddles The Cliff's Edge in the $100,000 Iroquois (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.

  • Lane's End Breeders' Futurity Anybody's Ballgame

    A wide-open field of 11 passed the entry box for Saturday's Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. II), the first of three stakes on day two of Keeneland's 17-day fall meeting. The race is a key prep for the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) as several of the 2-year-olds in the field will be testing two turns for the first time.