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Derby Watch: Nyquist already ahead of the game

DRF | 48 mins ago
It was just four years ago that trainer Doug O'Neill, jockey Mario Gutierrez, and owner Paul Reddam won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness with I'll Have Another, who parlayed a pair of victories at Santa Anita earlier that year into success in the first two legs of the Triple Crown. Now the same team is set to embark on another bid at the classics with Nyquist. Read More...

Toews On Ice unlikely to run in San Vicente

DRF | 58 mins ago
A quarter crack is likely to prevent the three-time stakes winner Toews On Ice from starting in Monday's $200,000 San Vicente Stakes for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita. Read More...

13 new names for Pool 2 of Kentucky Derby Future Wager

DRF | 1 day ago
A massive overhaul from Pool 1 just 11 weeks earlier has resulted in 13 new names being among the 23 separately listed wagering interests for Pool 2 of the 2016 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which opens Friday at noon Eastern for a three-day run. Read More...

Matt King Coal eyes Gotham Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Matt King Coal, an impressive maiden winner last fall at Belmont, returned to the work tab Sunday for the first time in 10 weeks, breezing a half-mile in 49.93 seconds in company over the training track. He galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.19 and six furlongs in 1:15.10. Read More...

Nyquist works five furlongs for San Vicente

DRF | 3 days ago
Nyquist, the undefeated champion 2-year-old male of 2015, was pronounced ready for the start of his 3-year-old season in the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 15 after a five-furlong workout in 59.38 seconds at Santa Anita on Sunday. Read More...

Road to the Derby: Robert Lewis Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Mor Spirit closed his 2-year-old campaign with a win in the Los Alamitos Futurity and he kicked off his 3-year-old season with a similar victory in the Robert Lewis Stakes, in which he equaled his career-best Beyer Speed Figure. Read More...

Songbird’s owner opposed to running in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
The next objective for Songbird is likely to be the $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks at 1 1/16 miles on April 9, the final California prep for the $1 million Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 6. Owner Rick Porter stressed on Saturday that he has no interest in starting Songbird in the Kentucky Derby on May 7, or any of the leading prep races against males in the next few months. Read More...

Baffert mulls multiple next-race options for Mor Spirit

DRF | 3 days ago
Options aplenty abound for Mor Spirit, who scored his second straight stakes victory on Saturday in the Grade 3 Robert Lewis Stakes for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita. He will have either one or two more preps before the May 7 Kentucky Derby, according to trainer Bob Baffert. Read More...

Stevens, Baffert team up to score with Mor Spirit in Robert Lewis

DRF | 4 days ago
Bob Baffert and Gary Stevens won the Kentucky Derby in tandem in 1997 with Silver Charm, and those two Hall of Fame gunslingers are back on the Derby trail again this year with Mor Spirit, who made an appropriate stop along the way on Saturday at Santa Anita by capturing the Grade 3, $150,345 Robert Lewis Stakes, named for the man who owned Silver Charm. Read More...

Purse boost leads to increased interest in Southwest Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Reservations might be needed to get into this year's Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn. Read More...

Few appear willing to challenge Nyquist in San Vicente

DRF | 5 days ago
Nyquist, the champion 2-year-old male of 2015, is likely to have few rivals when he makes his 3-year-old debut in the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on Feb. 15. Read More...

Danzing Candy earns shot at San Felipe

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Cliff Sise reiterated on Friday that Danzing Candy, impressive winner of a first-level optional $80,000 claimer Thursday at Santa Anita, will make his stakes debut in the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on March 12. Read More...

King: So far, 3-year-old males have been slow group

DRF | 6 days ago
Nyquist is breezing in preparation for his first start at 3 – along with many other horses that he beat in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile – but one thing hasn't changed: The opposition remains slow. Read More...

I Will Score faces distance test in Robert Lewis

DRF | 6 days ago
Proven distance form will meet keen sprint speed when Mor Spirit, considered one of California's leading candidates for the Kentucky Derby, takes on I Will Score when seven 3-year-olds try to keep their Derby dreams alive on Saturday in the Grade 3, $150,000 Robert Lewis Stakes over 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita. Read More...

Dolphus likely to run next in Risen Star

DRF | 7 days ago
Dolphus, who was scratched at the gate of the Lecomte after acting up and briefly getting loose, returned to action Sunday with a three-quarter-length win in a first-level, two-turn allowance at Fair Grounds. He will make his next start in the Risen Star, trainer Joe Sharp said. Read More...

Greenpointcrusader to get just one more Derby prep

DRF | 1 week ago
Greenpointcrusader, who finished second to Mohaymen in the Holy Bull Stakes last Saturday at Gulfstream Park, will have just one more race prior to the Kentucky Derby, trainer Dominick Schettino said Wednesday, with his preference being the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds on March 26. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Holy Bull Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
MOHAYMEN picked right up at 3 where he left off at 2, with another victory, this perhaps the most impressive of his four-race career. He is clearly the top-ranked Kentucky Derby prospect on the East Coast, and until male 2-year-old champion Nyquist makes his first start at age 3 later this month, a case can be made that Mohaymen is the top-ranked Derby contender, period. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Withers Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
For a homebred who was risked for $40,000 in his debut, SUNNY RIDGE certainly has proven to be a pleasant surprise, with this victory pushing him past the $500,000 mark in career earnings. He has finished first or second in five of six starts. Read More...

Smokey Image could run next in San Felipe

DRF | 1 week ago
Smokey Image, who extended his unbeaten record to six races with an easy win in the $245,000 California Cup Derby at 1 1/16 miles, is a candidate for the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on March 12. The Grade 2 San Felipe is a key prep for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 9. Read More...

Sunny Ridge more likely to target Preakness or Belmont Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
In Sunny Ridge, owner Dennis Drazin believes he has a nice 3-year-old who deserves the opportunity to run in a classic race. Whether that classic is the Kentucky Derby, well, that’s another story. Read More...

Unbeaten colts Mohaymen, Awesome Banner could clash in Fountain of Youth

DRF | 1 week ago
Making his 3-year-old debut in Saturday's Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park, Mohaymen left little doubt that he is the leading East Coast contender for the May 7 Kentucky Derby – and surely sparked speculation that he might now even be the overall division leader – when he cruised to a 3 1/2-length victory over Greenpointcrusader. Read More...

Mohaymen impresses again in Holy Bull Stakes

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Mohaymen left little doubt that he is the leading Kentucky Derby contender stabled on the East Coast and fueled the argument that he might now even be the division leader, cruising to a convincing 3 1/2-length victory over Greenpointcrusader and four other overmatched rivals in Saturday’s Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Withers victory doesn’t mean Sunny Ridge will target Kentucky Derby

DRF | 2 weeks ago
After a solid 2-year-old season, Sunny Ridge kicked off his 3-year-old campaign with a gritty - it not particularly fast - three-quarter length victory over Vorticity in Saturday’s Grade 3, $250,000 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct. Read More...

Van Berg plans to run Cutacorner in Southwest Stakes

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg has sent out a promising pair of 3-year-old winners during the young Oaklawn Park meet and at least one of them, Cutacorner, is bound for the Grade 3, $500,000 Southwest Stakes. Read More...

Allowance could produce starters for Risen Star

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Six 3-year-olds running a mile and 70 yards Sundayat Fair Grounds in a first-level optional $50,000 claimer have a chance to demonstrate whether they belong on the path to the Louisiana Derby. Read More...

Mohaymen starts Derby drive in Holy Bull

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Mohaymen did everything asked of him at 2, becoming an Eclipse Award finalist after winning all three of his juvenile starts, including both the Nashua and Remsen. And Kiaran McLaughlin is confident Mohaymen will get even better as a 3-year-old, a theory that will get tested for the first time on Saturday, when Mohaymen goes postward the heavy favorite in the $350,000 Holy Bull Read More...

Nyquist among 368 early Triple Crown nominees

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Led by Eclipse Award winner Nyquist, as well as a pair of prominent prospects – Greenpointcrusader and Mohaymen –who are scheduled to race on Saturday in the Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park, a total of 368 3-year-olds are early nominees to this year's Triple Crown, Churchill Downs announced Thursday. Read More...

Jerardi: Holy Bull filled with bona-fide Kentucky Derby hopefuls

DRF | 2 weeks ago
There are potential stars running in Florida and New York on Saturday, including a possible rival for Songbird. For the last Saturday in January, this is some serious racing. Read More...

Mohaymen, Greenpointcrusader head six in Holy Bull

DRF | 2 weeks ago
There were few surprises when entries were drawn Wednesday for Saturday's Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park, with Mohaymen and Greenpointcrusader topping a field of six 3-year-olds set to go 1 1/16 miles in the first of two key prep races leading up to the $1 million Florida Derby on April 2. Read More...

Jerardi: Picking this Derby winner will require patience

DRF | 2 weeks ago
The lesson I have learned over the last decade about picking the Kentucky Derby winner is that opinions best be fluid. Read More...

Northern Dancer, The Super Stud For All Times

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Nyquist works mile preparing for San Vicente

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Nyquist, the champion 2-year-old of 2015 after winning all five starts, including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Nyquist posted a solid one-mile workout Sunday at Santa Anita and is on target for a Feb. 15 comeback in the Grade 2, seven-furlong San Vicente Stakes. Read More...

The Friday Show: Derby Chalk, Announcer Antics?

It's going to be hard to top a racing season that featured a Triple Crown winner, but time marches on, and the path to the 2016 Kentucky Derby is about to ramp up. In this week's Friday Show, Scott... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Discreetness, Gordy Florida likely to meet again in Southwest

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Discreetness and Gordy Florida, who finished a neck apart in the $150,000 Smarty Jones on Monday at Oaklawn Park, are both being pointed for next month's Southwest Stakes, according to their trainers. Read More...

American Pharoah Honored As World’s Best Racehorse; Shared Belief Remembered In London Ceremony

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is not only America's Horse of the Year for 2015, but after a ceremony in London on Tuesday, he is also the 2015 Longines World's Best Racehorse. Owner Ahmed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Smarty Jones Stakes

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Road to the Derby analysis: Smarty Jones Stakes. Read More...

Discreetness edges Gordy Florida in Smarty Jones

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Discreetness struck first in Oaklawn Park’s series for 3-year-olds on Monday, when he rallied for a neck win over Gordy Florida in the $150,000 Smarty Jones. Read More...

Mo Tom displays powerful closing kick in Lecomte

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Saturday at Fair Grounds, in the Grade 3, $200,000 Lecomte Stakes, Mo Tom ran better still, making a sustained run from the half-mile pole and pulling away the final half-furlong from Tom’s Ready to win by 2 1/4 lengths. Read More...

Frank Conversation delivers in California Derby

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Frank Conversation got a dream stalking trip after being involved in a hot pace duel in a Grade 1 stakes in his previous start as he scored a powerful victory in the $100,105 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday. Read More...

Collected heads one-two finish for Baffert in Sham

DRF | 1 month ago
The Bob Baffert-trained Collected and Let’s Meet in Rio finished one-two in the Grade 3, $100,750 Sham Stakes, the first graded stakes of the season for 3-year-olds that offers points towards a berth in the May 7 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Mo Tom tops crowded field for Lecomte Stakes

DRF | 1 month ago
Mo Tom, who won the Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs last year before finishing third there in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, is the most accomplished of the 15 3-year-olds entered for the Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes on Jan. 16 at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Surface adds bit of uncertainty for Dressed in Hermes

DRF | 1 month ago
Even though Dressed in Hermes has made his last four starts on turf, winning two stakes, trainer Janet Armstrong likes the way he has trained on dirt, which has earned Dressed in Hermes a start on Saturday in the Grade 3, $100,000 Sham Stakes for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita. Read More...

Churchill: Firecracker renamed for Wise Dan

DRF | 1 month ago
Churchill Downs officials on Tuesday released the stakes schedule for their 2016 spring meet, with the most notable change being the renaming of the former Firecracker Handicap in honor of Wise Dan, the Horse of the Year in 2012 and 2013. Read More...

Path of David switching to main track for Robert B. Lewis Stakes

DRF | 1 month ago
Path of David, who won Thursday's $79,250 Eddie Logan Stakes on turf at Santa Anita, is being pointed for the $150,000 Robert Lewis Stakes on the main track here Feb. 6. Read More...

Flexibility shakes arch-rival in Jerome

DRF | 1 month ago
According to the company he's kept, Flexibility looks well spotted to kick off his 3-year-old campaign successfully when he runs in Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct. Read More...

Jerardi: Give Jerome Stakes an ‘A’ for talent

DRF | 1 month ago
There are four horses in Saturday's Grade 3 Jerome at Aqueduct that hit 90 on the Beyer scale late in their 2-year-old seasons, suggesting this is a race that deserves more than casual attention. Read More...

Jerome distance the challenge for Condo King

DRF | 1 month ago
Though entered in Friday's $125,000 Lost in the Fog Stakes at six furlongs, Condo King is likely to scratch from that spot and attempt two turns in Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct. Read More...

Who’s Driving American Breeding’s Need For Speed?

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Jerome Stakes matches Servis and son

DRF | 1 month ago
On Saturday, both John Servis and his son Blane run horses in the Grade 3, $200,000 Jerome Stakes, now the first race for 3-year-olds on this circuit that could lead to the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Nyquist, Songbird head deep local cast of 3-year-olds in 2016

DRF | 2 months ago
Nyquist and Songbird – both undefeated, both Breeders' Cup winners, and both undoubtedly to be named Eclipse Award winners – are the marquee names among the 3-year-olds of 2016 based this winter at Santa Anita, the track where three of the last four Kentucky Derby winners have trained during winter months. Read More...