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Road to the Derby: Delta Downs Jackpot analysis

DRF | 5 hours ago
Gunneveraa had proven no match for Classic Empire when finishing fifth in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity in his prior start, but won as much the best against this Grade 3 field in the Delta Downs Jackpot with a stirring last-to-first charge in the field of 10. Read More...

Blue Grass, Wood Memorial downgraded to Grade 2

DRF | 2 days ago
The American Graded Stakes Committee has downgraded three Grade 1 races, including two key Kentucky Derby prep races, and upgraded the Pennsylvania Derby from Grade 2 to Grade 1, according to a release of the 2017 grade assignments on Friday. Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine Racetrack: Upgrades, Downgrades, And Obstacles

Two of the Grade 1 points qualifiers for the Kentucky Derby will downgraded to Grade 2 status for 2017. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the criteria for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Blue Grass, Wood Memorial Downgraded; Pennsylvania Derby To Be Grade 1 in 2017

Two historic races for 3-year-olds on the road to the Kentucky Derby – the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland and the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct – will be dropped from Grade 1 to Grade 2 status when the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Road to the Derby: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
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Came Home has rising son for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 6 days ago
Mont Saint Legame won last weekend’s Cattleya Sho at Tokyo Racecourse, the first of two races in Japan offering points toward the 2017 Kentucky Derby. Although the colt has yet to set foot on American soil, he is by a familiar name. Read More...

Field favored at 6-5 in Pool 1 of Kentucky Derby Future Wager

DRF | 7 days ago
The mutuel field once again was the clear-cut favorite when Pool 1 in the 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager closed Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern. Read More...

Remsen winner Mo Town eyes New York path to Kentucky Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
Mo Town, No Dozing, and Takaful – the first three finishers in Saturday’s Grade 2 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct – are headed to various parts of Florida in the coming days and could all take different paths to try to get to the Kentucky Derby on May 6 at Churchill Downs. Read More...

McCraken impresses in Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
As soon as McCraken crossed under the wire as the winner of the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, the colt’s owner and breeder, Janis Whitham, began to weep. Read More...

Mo Town turns in big effort to win Remsen Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
As confident as trainer Tony Dutrow was that his 2-year-old Mo Town was going to run a big race in Saturday’s Grade 2 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct, he didn’t necessarily know if that would be good enough to win it. Read More...

Not This Time retired to Taylor Made

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Not This Time, one of the early favorites for the 2017 Kentucky Derby, has been retired to stud at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Ky., after being diagnosed with a soft-tissue injury to his right foreleg. The stunning announcement of the colt's retirement was made Monday afternoon by Taylor Made. Read More...

Delta Downs Jackpot Update: And Down The Stretch They Come!

The journey to next year's Kentucky Derby carves a path through Vinton, La. Saturday with the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot. With a competitive field of juveniles lined up, it looks to be anyone's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Delta Downs Jackpot Update: You Wanna Bet?

The Delta Downs Jackpot — traditionally one of the early markers en route to the Kentucky Derby — is now just two days away. A competitive field of 10 is set for what should be an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Road to the Derby: Champagne Stakes analysis

DRF | 2 months ago
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Road to the Derby: FrontRunner Stakes analysis

DRF | 2 months ago
Gormley, making only his second start, his first in a stakes race, and his first around two turns, improved significantly off his debut win at Del Mar with this victory, one that stamped him as a potential major player in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 5, a race run at the exact conditions – 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita – as the FrontRunner. Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine: Florida’s Racing Con, Japan Sends It In

Whatever description you might provide someone about horse racing, it certainly can't be anything like what some people in Florida are putting on display. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Paulick Report 9/23 News Minute

The Paulick Report sends out its headlines newsletter every weekday morning at 9 a.m ET (10 a.m. weekends), but the news doesn't stop after you've had your morning coffee. Each weekday at mid-day,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine: Tokyo Road, Man On The Moon?

Churchill Downs and the Japan Racing Association announced this week a new partnership and path to the Kentucky Derby that will likely guarantee a spot in the starting gates for a Japan-based horse.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Japanese races to award one Kentucky Derby berth

DRF | 3 months ago
Churchill Downs will award a Japanese horse an automatic berth in next year's Kentucky Derby under a new program assigning points to participants in two Japanese stakes races, the track announced on Monday. Read More...

Random Observations From A Triple Crown Notebook

It takes a very good horse to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness or Belmont.  It takes a great one to win all three races. We witnessed greatness in 2015. Sometimes, when there's not much separation... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Weeding Out The Drama

While there's no chance of history doubling up this year in New York and no rematch between the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners, that doesn't mean the final leg of the Triple Crown is devoid of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Preakness Now, Preakness Future?

For well over a century, the second leg of the Triple Crown has been contested at Pimlico Race Course. That'll be the case again this year as Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist makes his bid for the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Goldfeder: What was I thinking – Kentucky Derby Day

DRF | 7 months ago
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The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Triple Crown Talk Plus $12 Million Reasons

Less than a year removed from the first Triple Crown victory in 37 years, we have an undefeated horse heading to the Preakness, having already completed the rare double of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Kentucky Derby TV rating dips

DRF | 7 months ago
The final rating for the Kentucky Derby broadcast on NBC on Saturday was a 9.0, according to the network, down 6.3 percent from the 9.6 final rating for the broadcast last year. Read More...

Mohaymen best of the East Coast horses

DRF | 7 months ago
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Kentucky Derby fourth-place finisher Mohaymen would not run in either the Preakness or the Belmont, but instead will have the Travers on Aug. 27 as his next major goal, with a possible start in the Jim Dandy on July 30. Read More...

Nyquist: The ‘Respect’ Myth And The Luck Of The Irish

And so the discussion begins again in the wake of the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby. Can Nyquist win the Triple Crown? Of course, he can. As I've said in previous years, the Kentucky Derby... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Sparkman: How good is Uncle Mo?

DRF | 7 months ago
Uncle Mo was already the hottest young sire on the planet before the first Saturday in May, but just how much hotter will he get after Nyquist’s victory in the 142nd Kentucky Derby? Does any doubt remain that Uncle Mo is the real deal? Read More...

Darley scores big in Derby and Oaks

DRF | 7 months ago
Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum's Darley America picked up another big win for its stallion roster on Friday when Cathryn Sophia, a daughter of Street Boss, drew away to win the Kentucky Oaks. The following day, future Darley resident Nyquist took home the roses as the favorite in the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Led by Nyquist, Uncle Mo’s first crop is one for the ages

DRF | 7 months ago
Nyquist was an unbeaten juvenile champion, just like his sire, and was made the morning-line favorite for the Kentucky Derby, just like his sire. The question was, could he go the classic distance, something his sire had never done? Read More...

Kentucky Derby TV ratings plummet

DRF | 7 months ago
The race portion of a three-plus-hour broadcast of the Kentucky Derby on NBC Saturday posted a 9.3 overnight rating, according to the television network, down 14 percent compared with the overnight rating for the same portion of the broadcast last year. Read More...

Watchmaker: Nyquist proves far superior to his contemporaries

DRF | 7 months ago
It’s seems so obvious the morning after the Kentucky Derby, but it is still worth stating: Nyquist is just plain better than his contemporaries, and it isn’t really close right now. Read More...

Nyquist stays perfect with Kentucky Derby victory

DRF | 7 months ago
When it comes to winning the Kentucky Derby, trainer Doug O’Neill, owner Paul Reddam, and jockey Mario Gutierrez said they’ll have another. Read More...

Wagering on Kentucky Derby dips as some bettors get shut out

DRF | 7 months ago
Betting on the Kentucky Derby this year was down 9.7 percent from last year, according to charts of the races, in no small measure because of a complete meltdown of the online wagering site of one of the country’s largest account-wagering companies one hour prior to the Derby, preventing thousands of the company’s customers from getting their bets down. Read More...

Gutierrez perfect again when it matters most

DRF | 7 months ago
What’s the first word that comes to mind when it comes to the team of Nyquist and jockey Mario Gutierrez? Perfection! Read More...

For Desormeaux, no shame in being second to the champ again

DRF | 7 months ago
If trainer Keith Desormeaux was disappointed about coming up 1 1/4 lengths short of winning the Kentucky Derby in his first try, it certainly was hard to tell. Read More...

Kentucky Derby mutuel payoffs

DRF | 7 months ago
Here are the payoffs from the 142nd Kentucky Derby: Read More...

Nyquist silences critics, wins Kentucky Derby to stay unbeaten

DRF | 7 months ago
Nyquist sped clear turning for home and finished clear of a fast-closing Exaggerator in winning the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

King: Churchill Downs late pick four for Derby Day

DRF | 7 months ago
With huge fields over the final four races Saturday at Churchill, the late pick four offers the chance for a blow-up payoff. Here is a look at the sequence, which begins with the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, race 11, and finishes with a maiden race at 1 1/8 miles, and a TicketMaker play follows the text. Read More...

Bernier: Churchill Downs pick five for Kentucky Derby Day

DRF | 7 months ago
Kentucky Derby Day is annually one of the most anticipated wagering days on a horseplayer's calendar. Full fields with relatively evenly matched horses present the horseplayer with numerous wagering opportunities. Of all the wagers that are offered on Derby Saturday, the pick five may be the best – a wager that concludes with the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Record attendance, wagering on Kentucky Oaks card

DRF | 7 months ago
Wagering and attendance on Friday at Churchill Downs were records for a Kentucky Oaks Day, the second straight year in which the standards fell. Read More...

Will-pays for Kentucky Oaks-Derby double

DRF | 7 months ago
Cathryn Sophia’s victory in the Kentucky Oaks as the 4.70-1 second choice kept the will-pays for the Oaks-Derby double within a moderate range. The lowest payoff for a $1 wager would be $29.40 when paired with early Derby favorite Nyquist. The highest would be $817 if Trojan Nation wins. Read More...

Nyquist at 2-1 in early Kentucky Derby betting

DRF | 7 months ago
Morning-line favorite Nyquist maintained his position as the lowest-priced horse in the Kentucky Derby field, with early wagers floating him down from his program odds of 3-1 to 2-1 after the Kentucky Oaks on Friday. Read More...

Dunleavy: Churchill Downs pick four for middle of Derby card

DRF | 7 months ago
While the pick four on races 5-8 at Churchill Downs on Saturday includes the Distaff Turf Mile, in which Tepin likely will go off at 1-5 or 2-5, the other three races are competitive enough to make a play possible. And, yes, I will throw in a "B" horse in the Distaff Turf Mile on the odd chance that Tepin doesn’t run her race or encounters a traffic jam. Read More...

How the Kentucky Derby horses got their names

DRF | 7 months ago
The 20-horse field for the 2016 Kentucky Derby and the meaning behind their names. Read More...

Kentucky Derby angles: Peck on value

DRF | 7 months ago
Assessing value in the Kentucky Derby always starts with questioning the favorite. What price will he be? What kind of trip will he get? Is he vulnerable? Nyquist is the 3-1 morning-line favorite for the Derby, and that by definition makes him an underlay in a 20-horse field. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pace analysis: There’s hope for the closers

DRF | 7 months ago
Something remarkable happened in the 2015 Kentucky Derby: The horses who occupied the first three positions after a quarter-mile of the race, Dortmund, Firing Line, and American Pharoah, were the first three horses to cross the finish line. Read More...

Nearness To Greatness: A Family Farm’s Derby Weekend Trifecta

It's like witnessing the Northern Light's while sitting in the southern hemisphere. Or experiencing the perfect day, followed by a spectacular sunset. Like the most amazing vacation, only to find out... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Illman: Oaks/Woodford/Derby pick three

DRF | 7 months ago
There should be some giant pools at Churchill Downs over the weekend, and the special Kentucky Oaks/Woodford Reserve Turf Classic/Kentucky Derby pick three looks interesting. I’ll play TicketMaker and hope to beat a favorite or two. Read More...

Clocker: No reason to knock Nyquist

DRF | 7 months ago
Mike Welsch's impressions of all 20 Kentucky Derby starters from observations made both at Churchill and Keeneland over the past two weeks. Read More...