2008 Derby Prep Races

Relive the twists and turns of the 2008 Derby Trail through the Prep Races.

Cowboy Cal wins the Tropical Park Derby over Why Tonto and Cannonball kicking off the road to the roses.

Photo: Jim Lisa Photos

The Count Fleet stakes goes to Giant Moon who holds off Spanky Fischbein.

Photo: Brandon Benson

Smooth Air gets past Silver Edition in deep stretch of the seven-furlong Hutcheson Stakes.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

As darkness falls on Turfway Park, U. S. Cavalry takes the Turfway Prevue over Mr. Harry.

Photo: Pat Lang

The first Derby prep at Fair Grounds is the Lecomte, taken by the Steve Asmussen-trainee Z Fortune under Shaun Bridgmohan.

Photo: Lou Hodges Jr

West Point Thoroughbreds' El Gato Malo and jockey David Flores stride home to victory in the San Rafael Stakes.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Go Go Shoot wins the Jimmy Winkfield stakes at Aqueduct Race Track under Jockey Alan Garcia.

Photo: Adam Coglianese/brandon Benson

Bob Black Jack and jockey David Flores hit the head of the stretch and go on to win the Sunshine Millions Dash.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Crown of Thorns took the Robert B. Lewis with ease and moved to the top of the heap in the west. Unfortunately, he suffered an injury in late February and was off the Derby trail.

Photo: Benoit Photo

In the Swale, Eaton's Gift scored a gate-to-wire victory.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Barrier Reef with jockey Alan Garcia captured the 29th Running of the Whirlaway Stakes at Aqueduct Race Track over Roman Emperor.

Photo: Adam Coglianese/brandon Benson

Big Glen went wide on the Polytrack at Turfway to take the WEBN.

Photo: Pat Lang

Pyro vaulted to the top of everyone's list with a dramatic last to first victory in the Risen Star under Shaun Bridgmohan.

Photo: Lou Hodges Jr

Georgie Boy was looking for more after flying past the competition in the San Vicente.

Photo: Benoit Photo

In the Borderland Derby, Poni Colada rolls to victory to remain undefeated.

Photo: Coady Photography

Fierce Wind prevails over Big Truck in the Sam F. Davis.

Photo: Tom Cooley

On the turf, Why Tonto scores in the Hallandale Beach Stakes.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Denis of Cork draws away to an impressive win in the Southwest.

Photo: Coady Photography

Cool Coal Man took the Fountain of Youth over Elysium Fields.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Later that same day, at the same track, champion War Pass made a triumphant return with an impressive allowance victory.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Gattopardo's romping victory in the Miracle Wood, could lead to a Preakness appearance.

Photo: Jim Mccue, Maryland Jockey Club

Absolutely Cindy shows the boys her heals in the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway Park.

Colonel John holds off El Gato Malo to score in the Sham

Photo: Benoit Photo

Big Brown vaults into the Derby picture with a powerful allowance win at Gulfstream Park.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

The Louisiana Derby was all about Pyro.

Photo: Lou Hodges Jr

Autism Awareness shocks the El Camino Real field at 62-1.

Photo: Vasser Photography

Visionaire emerges from the fog to take the Gotham.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Big Truck and Atoned fight it out in the Tampa Bay Derby. Champion War Pass was a long way back, finishing last.

Photo: Tom Cooley

Sierra Sunset and Chris Emigh pull away in the Rebel Stakes.

Photo: Coady Photography

In the San Felipe, Georgie Boy comes storming home.

Photo: Benoit Photo

No stopping Liberty Bull in the WinStar Derby.

Photo: Coady Photography

Adriano sweeps to victory in the Lane's End.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Big Brown passes the grade I test with flying colors in the Florida Derby.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Keeneland joins the Derby Trail, as Boss Lafitte takes the Transylvania.

Photo: Pat Lang

War Pass made a comeback in the Wood, but he couldn't stop Tale of Ekati.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

The title of best in the west belongs to Colonel John after his victory in the Santa Anita Derby.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Recapturetheglory runs away with the Illinois Derby.

Photo: Four-footed Fotos

The Bay Shore goes to J Be K.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Keep Laughing (right) outfights Hatta Fort to take the Lafayette.

Photo: Z/keeneland

Hey Byrn earns a hard-fought victory in the Holy Bull.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Monba overtakes Cowboy Cal to take the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.

Photo: David Young

In the Arkansas, Gayego holds off Z Fortune.

Photo: Coady Photography

Behindatthebar goes by pacesetter Samba Rooster to take the Coolmore Lexington.

Photo: Michael Wright

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