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Kentucky Derby pedigree profiles: International Star

DRF | 15 hours ago
International Star is a half-sibling to two stakes winners, both of whom had their greatest success at sprint distances. This son of 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus has already appeared to outrun those suggested distance limitations while cutting a swath through the Louisiana prep circuit, but he stretches out to nine furlongs for the first time in Saturday’s Louisiana Derby. With a number of familiar names in his pedigree, he should handle this task. Read More...

Blue Grass entrants to be monitored around the clock

DRF | 2 days ago
For the second year in a row, Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Ky., will subject horses entered in the April 4 Blue Grass Stakes to additional security protocols, including 24-hour monitoring in the 48 hours leading up to the race. Read More...

Blue Grass likely target for Ocho Ocho Ocho

DRF | 2 days ago
Ocho Ocho Ocho, the winner of the $1 million Delta Jackpot Stakes in Louisiana last November but eighth in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes on March 7, is likely to run in the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on April 4. Read More...

International Star quietly opening eyes

DRF | 2 days ago
He’s won on dirt, synthetic, and turf, won going short and going long, owns wins at Belmont Park and Woodbine, and trains at Gulfstream Park. But it is here at Fair Grounds where International Star has done his best work. Read More...

Daredevil settles in for Wood Memorial

DRF | 2 days ago
Far From Over and Daredevil may both be trained by Todd Pletcher and running in the same race, but their preparations for the Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 4 will be a little different. Read More...

International Star favored at 3-1 in Louisiana Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
International Star, the winner of the Lecomte and Risen Star stakes, drew the outside post in a field of nine on Wednesday when the field was drawn for Saturday's Grade 2, $750,000 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Jerardi: Searching for Derby prospects to use with Dortmund

DRF | 2 days ago
I still like Dortmund to win the Kentucky Derby, but I can make a case for 10 other contenders to be part of the superfecta. Read More...

Dubai Sky among 9 late nominees to Triple Crown

DRF | 3 days ago
Dubai Sky, the winner of last Saturday’s Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park in northern Kentucky, was one of nine horses nominated to the Triple Crown at the last deadline Monday night, according to Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

David Grening’s top 3-year-olds at Aqueduct on March 23

DRF | 3 days ago
Handicapper David Grening ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races at Aqueduct. Read More...

Marcus Hersh’s top 3-year-olds at Fair Grounds on March 23

DRF | 4 days ago
This is it – the final week of the long Fair Grounds meet. And the more the top of the 3-year-old male class stabled in New Orleans this winter shows itself, the greater the realization that the group – the ones who ran in stakes, at least – was not a strong one. TIZNOW R J was poor again at Sunland Park this past weekend, and while WIRELESS FUTURE didn’t get a good trip, he also failed to distinguish himself in the Spiral Stakes at Turfway. Of the horses who have been based here most of the meet, I’m not sure Louisiana Derby hopeful WAR STORY is fundamentally better than two sharp maiden winners who got going too late for stakes at Fair Grounds, both of whom make this list. Read More...

Mary Rampellini’s top 3-year-olds at Oaklawn Park on March 23

DRF | 4 days ago
Champion AMERICAN PHAROAH continues to lead the local 3-year-old division off his 6 1/4-length win in the Grade 2, $750,000 Rebel Stakes this month. He invaded from Southern California and could return for the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby on April 11. Read More...

Ami’s Flatter works, eyes Florida Derby

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Josie Carroll did not confirm Ami’s Flatter as a definite starter in Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby, but she certainly was leaning in that direction after the Tampa Bay Derby runner-up breezed a half-mile in 49 seconds at Palm Meadows on Monday. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Sunland Derby

DRF | 4 days ago
This was the last of the group of Kentucky Derby preps worth 85 points overall (50 to the winner), and it showcased the depth and strength of the Southern California-based 3-year-olds, for FIRING LINE made a mockery of this race after escaping the literal and figurative shadow of the hulking Dortmund. Read More...

El Kabeir sharpens for Wood Memorial

DRF | 5 days ago
As the New York winter struggles to evolve into spring, this circuit’s heartiest 3-year-old soul, El Kabeir, continues to thrive, working five furlongs in 59.97 seconds Sunday morning over the Belmont Park training track. Read More...

Dortmund, Prospect Park both drill six furlongs for Santa Anita Derby

DRF | 6 days ago
Dortmund and Prospect Park, the two leading contenders for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4, had vital six-furlong workouts in Southern California on Saturday. Read More...

Santa Anita Derby among One Lucky Dane’s options

DRF | 7 days ago
One Lucky Dane may have earned a start in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4 after winning his 3-year-old debut in a first-level optional $80,000 claimer at Santa Anita on Thursday. Read More...

Frosted returning to New York for Wood

DRF | 7 days ago
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin confirmed Friday that Frosted will make his next start in the Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 4. Read More...

At least eight expected for Florida Derby

DRF | 7 days ago
Seven other stakes – all but one of them graded – will surround the Grade 1 Florida Derby on a blockbuster 14-race program next Saturday, March 28, at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Sunland Derby: Firing Line will be hard to deny

DRF | 7 days ago
After a pair of tough-luck losses, it appears as though Firing Line has landed an ideal spot to get his first stakes win – and secure a berth in the Kentucky Derby on May 2 – when he starts as the heavy favorite on Sunday in the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby at Sunland Park. Read More...

The Friday Show: A Surprising Derby Trend, And Some Weight With That Lasix?

The battle over race-day medication in U.S. horse racing may go dormant from time to time, but the forces pushing for change continue to work towards their goal — despite resistance from many... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Lord Nelson will skip Sunland Park Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
Lord Nelson, fourth in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on March 7, will skip the $800,000 Sunland Park Derby in New Mexico on Sunday, trainer Bob Baffert said Thursday. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree profiles: Royal Son

DRF | 1 week ago
Royal Son broke through with an upset win in last month’s John Battaglia Memorial Stakes on Turfway Park’s synthetic surface, the local prep for the Grade 3 Spiral Stakes this Saturday. The Tiznow colt will get a class test in the days and weeks ahead but does bring a classic-type pedigree to his upcoming challenges. Read More...

Jerardi: Royal Son likely to pair up big Beyer in Spiral

DRF | 1 week ago
Royal Son was very impressive winning the John Battaglia Memorial at Turfway Park. I think the 93 Beyer Speed Figure was real and I think it more likely that he would repeat the figure than not in Saturday’s Spiral Stakes. Read More...

Tiznow R J may like surface switch for Sunland Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
rainer Steve Asmussen is hoping a change in surface will help bring out the best in Tiznow R J. He will get a shot to prove it on Sunday when he runs in the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Park Derby. Read More...

Imperia to scratch from Spiral Stakes; Royal Son favored

DRF | 1 week ago
Royal Son was tabbed the 7-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s Grade 3, $550,000 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. – a race from which he will start from the fence in a full field of 12. Read More...

Kentucky Derby anniversaries for Nafzger, Gambolati

DRF | 1 week ago
It’s about that time of year when Kentucky Derby nostalgia starts to surface. Carl Nafzger already is drawing inquiries about the 25th anniversary of Unbridled winning both the Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby on his way to winning the Eclipse Award for top 3-year-old male of 1990. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not for March 18

DRF | 1 week ago
The comeback victory by the Bob Baffert-trained American Pharoah in the Rebel Stakes last Saturday caused Mike Watchmaker, Daily Racing Form’s national handicapper, to make him the favorite for the May 2 Kentucky Derby at 5-1. Read More...

Firing Line gets to play big dog in Sunland Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
Firing Line has dropped two straight tight finishes to Dortmund, one of the Kentucky Derby favorites. This Sunday, Firing Line aims to play the heavy. He is heading to Sunland Park for the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby, in which he will be the favorite this time. Read More...

Royal Son gives Prescott rare shot at graded stakes win

DRF | 1 week ago
On Saturday, Rodney Prescott will be riding Royal Son in the Grade 3, $550,000 Spiral Stakes at Turfway, giving him an opportunity to fill a hole in his racing résumé. Read More...

Florida Derby looking like Upstart vs. Pletcher pair

DRF | 1 week ago
Gulfstream Park racing officials are hoping to get a sizable field for the March 28 Florida Derby, although it looks like Upstart and two Todd Pletcher horses will tower over an otherwise undistinguished group of 3-year-olds. Read More...

Texas Red off Derby trail with foot abscess

DRF | 1 week ago
Texas Red has been declared off the Kentucky Derby trail because of a lingering issue with a foot abscess, trainer Keith Desormeaux said Tuesday from Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. Read More...

Marcus Hersh’s top 3-year-olds at Fair Grounds on March 16

DRF | 1 week ago
Handicapper Marcus Hersh ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races at Fair Grounds. Read More...

California horses back in the mix for Spiral

DRF | 2 weeks ago
One only has to think back to this past Saturday to find the last California shipper to win Oaklawn’s Rebel Stakes, a race champion American Pharoah dominated in the slop. But to recall the last California invader to win the Spiral at Turfway Park requires a much long memory or an expansive Internet search. Read More...

David Grening’s top 3-year-olds in New York on March 16

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Handicapper David Grening ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races in New York. Read More...

Rebel turns out perfectly for American Pharoah

DRF | 2 weeks ago
In the aftermath of champion American Pharoah starting his 3-year-old season Saturday with a 6 1/4-length win in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn, trainer Bob Baffert said he was pleased with how the race developed for the comebacking American Pharoah and how the horse emerged from the Rebel. Read More...

Mary Rampellini’s top 3-year-olds at Oaklawn Park on March 16

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Mary Rampellini ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races at Oaklawn. Read More...

Brad Free’s top 3-year-olds at Santa Anita on March 16

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Handicapper Brad Free ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races at Santa Anita. Read More...

Brad Free’s top 3-year-olds at Santa Anita on March 16

DRF | 2 weeks ago
American Pharoah re-emerged as California’s leading Kentucky Derby hope after his March 14 romp in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn. Read More...

Spiral Stakes draws 15, but only 12 can start

DRF | 2 weeks ago
A group of 15 3-year-olds were entered Sunday for Saturday’s Grade 3, $550,000 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park, resulting in three exclusions due to the track’s 12-horse starting-gate limit, and Turfway not having an also-eligible list for its signature race. Read More...

American Pharoah romps despite losing shoe in Rebel

DRF | 2 weeks ago
American Pharoah confirmed his ranking as a major player on the Kentucky Derby trail on Saturday, when he overcame a host of difficult circumstances to win his 3-year-old debut by 6 1/4 lengths in the Grade 2, $750,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Santa Anita: Lord Nelson right back in Sunland Derby

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Lord Nelson, fourth last week in the San Felipe Stakes, will come back on just 15 days’ rest to compete March 22 in the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby at Sunland Park, Baffert said Saturday morning. Martin Garcia will ride. Read More...

Santa Anita: Texas Red back to work with easy half-mile

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Texas Red, the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, worked an easy half-mile in 51.40 seconds on Saturday morning at Santa Anita in his first drill since returning to training after suffering from an abscess in his right front foot a little more than a month ago. Read More...

The Friday Show: Derby Talk And Synthetic Moves

We’re fast approaching the most important prep races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. This weekend features the 2015 debut of American Pharoah, the colt that could go favored on the first... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Jerardi: American Pharoah should crush Rebel rivals

DRF | 2 weeks ago
I expect American Pharoah to run huge in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. The field is less than stellar. He looks like lone speed. And he is just that talented. Read More...

American Pharoah’s return adds fuel to fire

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Carpe Diem, Dortmund, and Upstart, each among the leading 2-year-olds from last year, all have already raced and won this year, creating buzz both individually and collectively toward the May 2 Kentucky Derby. But the horse adjudged the best of his generation last year is ready to step back in the ring. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree profiles: American Pharoah

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Balance has been key for divisional champion American Pharoah, with classic influences on the top side of his pedigree thus far appearing to outweigh a female family slanted heavily toward speed. Read More...

Eh Cumpari will get shot in Kentucky Derby prep

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Eh Cumpari, the last-to-first winner of the Grade 3 Palm Beach Stakes here last Saturday on turf, will be given an opportunity on the Kentucky Derby trail, said trainer Michael Dilger. Read More...

Jerardi: All signs say Dortmund is your Derby winner

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Today, in the second week of March, Dortmund is absolutely my Kentucky Derby horse. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not for March 11

DRF | 2 weeks ago
With both Materiality and Royal Son joining the Derby Watch top 20 this week, Todd Pletcher now has six runners on the list, headed by Carpe Diem, who won the Tampa Bay Derby last week. Read More...

Romans expects Keen Ice to run big in Louisiana Derby

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Nobody was running any better at the end of the Grade 2 Risen Star than Keen Ice and trainer Dale Romans is expecting an even better performance when his top Kentucky Derby hopeful returns to Fair Grounds and stretches out another sixteenth of a mile later this month in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby. Read More...