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Samraat works half-mile at Belmont

DRF | 3 hours ago
Samraat, the multiple graded stakes winner who finished second in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial on April 5, picked up his preparations for the Kentucky Derby by working a half-mile in 48.77 seconds Friday morning over the Belmont Park main track. Read More...

Illinois Derby distance a challenge for Midnight Hawk

DRF | 21 hours ago
The “Hawk” in Midnight Hawk refers to the Chicago Blackhawks, whose coach, Joel Quenneville, owns a piece of the colt, and many handicappers will view Midnight Hawk’s presence at Hawthorne in the Illinois Derby as something akin to the Blackhawks meeting a squad of 13-year-olds. Read More...

General a Rod has first breeze for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 22 hours ago
General a Rod, one of the main Kentucky Derby threats out of Florida this winter, had his first breeze since shipping to Kentucky when going five furlongs Thursday in 59.80 seconds at the Trackside training center. Read More...

Jay Hovdey: Long Kentucky Derby drought for Californians

DRF | 2 days ago
There is no disputing that there have been 51 Kentucky Derby winners since 1962, and not one of them had his or her roots in California. Read More...

Allen Jerkens enjoying son’s Kentucky Derby run

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Allen Jerkens doesn’t have a Kentucky Derby horse, but he does have a big rooting interest in the race: Wicked Strong, who is trained by Allen’s son, Jimmy, and rallied to beat Samraat and Social Inclusion in the Wood Memorial. Read More...

Social Inclusion breezes; owner still hopes to make it to Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Wednesday was a good morning for Social Inclusion, who worked a sharp three furlongs here in 35.04 seconds over a muddy track. Social Inclusion also moved a step closer to earning a place in the Kentucky Derby field. Read More...

Social Inclusion edges closer to making Kentucky Derby field

DRF | 2 days ago
Wednesday was a good morning for Social Inclusion, who worked a sharp three furlongs here in 35.04 over a muddy track. Social Inclusion also moved a step closer to earning a place in the Kentucky Derby field. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for April 16

DRF | 2 days ago
With the final round of races worth 170 qualifying points having been run, the Derby Watch list is now entirely points driven. Newcomers to the list this week are Dance With Fate and Medal Count, who ran one-two in the Blue Grass Stakes, and Danza, the upset winner of the Arkansas Derby. Read More...

Constitution to miss Kentucky Derby with shin injury

DRF | 2 days ago
Constitution, the undefeated winner of the Florida Derby, will miss the Kentucky Derby and the rest of the Triple Crown because of a shin fracture, Elliott Walden, president of co-owner WinStar Farm, said Wednesday. Read More...

Santana to ride Tapiture if horse goes in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
Ricardo Santana Jr. will have the mount on Tapiture if he runs in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Steve Asmussen said Tuesday. Read More...

Bejarano to ride Wildcat Red in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Jose Garoffalo confirmed Tuesday that Rafael Bejarano will ride Wildcat Red in the Kentucky Derby. Bejarano will be the sixth different jockey to be aboard the Fountain of Youth Stakes winner and Florida Derby runner-up in as many starts. Read More...

Phipps calls for publicly available veterinary files for Triple Crown contenders

DRF | 4 days ago
The chairman of The Jockey Club released a statement Monday calling for trainers of horses entered in the Triple Crown events to make the horses’ veterinary records publicly available beginning 14 days before each of the three races. Read More...

No takers for Lexington’s Kentucky Derby qualifying points

DRF | 4 days ago
The Lexington Stakes is the last race with eligibility points toward the Kentucky Derby, but that will be a moot point Saturday when the 1 1/16-mile race is run at Keeneland. Read More...

Kentucky Derby starting odds are in Uncle Sigh’s favor

DRF | 4 days ago
If trainer Gary Contessa were a gambling man, he’d double down on his chances to make the Derby with his 3-year-old Uncle Sigh, who currently sits 21st on the list of horses with qualifying points for the May 3 Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Illinois Derby: Midnight Hawk, Class Leader head list of probables

DRF | 4 days ago
Although Saturday’s Grade 3, $500,000 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne does not offer qualifying points to the Kentucky Derby, the race is set to have a possible Kentucky Derby starter in the lineup Saturday in Midnight Hawk. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: There’s still hope for horses ranked below No. 20 in points standings

DRF | 4 days ago
With the final round of Kentucky Derby preps with rich point values having been run Saturday, the current point standings mirror the prospective 20-horse field for the May 3 Derby. But there are several horses in the top 20 whose Derby status is cloudy, most notably Blue Grass Stakes winner Dance With Fate, so the possibility looms large of horses currently on the outside eventually earning a berth in the Derby. Read More...

Kentucky Derby decision pending for Dance With Fate

DRF | 5 days ago
Dance With Fate, winner of the Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday at Keeneland, will return to California on Monday, and a decision as to whether he runs in the Kentucky Derby will be made by his owners, trainer Peter Eurton said Sunday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Kentucky Derby decision pending for Dance With Fate

DRF | 5 days ago
Dance With Fate, winner of the Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday at Keeneland, will return to California on Monday, and a decision as to whether he runs in the Kentucky Derby will be made by his owners, trainer Peter Eurton said Sunday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Steve Davidowitz’s Arkansas Derby analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
In a “do or die” Kentucky Derby qualifying race for seven of the eight starters, the Todd Pletcher-trained Danza skimmed the rail coming out of the final turn to post a 41-1 upset over Ride On Curlin. Read More...

Steve Davidowitz’s Arkansas Derby analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
In a “do or die” Kentucky Derby qualifying race for seven of the eight starters, the Todd Pletcher-trained Danza skimmed the rail coming out of the final turn to post a 41-1 upset over Ride On Curlin. Read More...

Davidowitz’s Arkansas Derby analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
In a “do or die” Kentucky Derby qualifying race for seven of the eight starters, the Todd Pletcher-trained Danza skimmed the rail coming out of the final turn to post a 41-1 upset over Ride On Curlin. Read More...

California Chrome given private training window at Los Alamitos

DRF | 5 days ago
Santa Anita Derby winner California Chrome will have his own training time at Los Alamitos for the next few weeks in the buildup to the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3. Read More...

Baffert works Chitu, Midnight Hawk

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Bob Baffert currently has three horses with sufficient points to run in the Kentucky Derby on May 3, and all soon will be traveling from California to Kentucky. Read More...

Baffert works Chitu, Midnight Hawk

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Bob Baffert currently has three horses with sufficient points to run in the Kentucky Derby on May 3, and all soon will be traveling from California to Kentucky. Read More...

It’s on to Kentucky for Danza after Arkansas Derby upset

DRF | 5 days ago
Danza was en route to Churchill Downs on Sunday morning after earning a trip to the Kentucky Derby with his victory in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby on Saturday. Read More...

It’s on to Kentucky for Danza after Arkansas Derby upset

DRF | 5 days ago
Danza was en route to Churchill Downs on Sunday morning after earning a trip to the Kentucky Derby with his victory in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby on Saturday. Read More...

Steve Davidowitz’s Blue Grass Stakes analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
On Keeneland’s synthetic Polytrack racing surface, which favored stretch-runners all day, a pair of 6-1 shots - Dance With Fate and Medal Count - successfully used that running style to earn tickets to the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Cairo Prince, Pletcher trio work Sunday for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said he probably got his best night’s sleep in two weeks on Saturday, once he learned that Cairo Prince was sitting in the 20th spot on the Kentucky Derby points standings at day’s end, making it likely his horse will have a starting berth in the Derby lineup. Read More...

Arkansas Derby: Danza gives Pletcher a fourth Kentucky Derby prospect

DRF | 6 days ago
Danza surged through the stretch under jockey Joe Bravo to a convincing 4 3/4-length victory over Ride On Curlin and the 8-5 favorite Bayern in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Arkansas Derby: Danza gives Pletcher a fourth Kentucky Derby prospect

DRF | 6 days ago
Danza came for the points and he went home with the lion’s share of them at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, when he pulled a 41-1 upset in his two-turn debut in Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby. Read More...

Blue Grass: Dance With Fate loves synthetic, but how about dirt?

DRF | 6 days ago
Eurton is faced with whether to run Dance With Fate back in the May 3 Kentucky Derby after the Florida-bred colt, ridden by Corey Nakatani, posted an emphatic 1 3/4-length victory Saturday in the 90th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes, the annual spring showcase at Keeneland. Read More...

Churchill Downs increases takeout rates

DRF | 7 days ago
Churchill Downs will raise its takeout rates this spring to the maximum allowed by Kentucky law, officials confirmed Friday, a decision that will lower payouts on the track’s races by almost 16 percent in many cases. Read More...

Illinois Derby: Starters in flux but Tonito M. an intriguing possibility

DRF | 1 week ago
The notable exclusion of the Illinois Derby last year from Churchill Downs’s points-based qualifying system for the 20 starting slots in the Kentucky Derby dealt a big blow to Hawthorne Race Course, but it might not be such a calamity after all. Read More...

Knock Em Flat boasts 91 Beyer for Northern Spur

DRF | 1 week ago
Knock Em Flat is entered in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, but will instead run on the undercard in the $100,000 Northern Spur, said his trainer, Donnie Von Hemel. Read More...

Blue Grass winner will have to make his own luck

DRF | 1 week ago
The Blue Grass Stakes has mimicked the Kentucky Derby in recent years in at least one notable respect: surprises are the norm. No favorite has won the Blue Grass since 2003, and with the 90th running of the Keeneland showcase on tap for Saturday, a jam-packed gate of 3-year-olds replete with unknown variables portends more of the same. Read More...

Arkansas Derby: Tapiture’s foes more desperate for points

DRF | 1 week ago
Tapiture has established himself as the top 3-year-old at Oaklawn Park, but when he runs Saturday in the meet’s richest offering, the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby, he will have to stave off a number of points-hungry newcomers. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for April 12: Picks for Blue Grass, Commonwealth, Arkansas Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
Medal Count is wheeling back in only eight days after winning the off-the-turf Transylvania on opening day at Keeneland, and I’m taking him to win right back in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. Read More...

Cairo Prince in precarious position for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
Cairo Prince’s Kentucky Derby status is precarious heading into the two final two major Derby preps Saturday, the Blue Grass Stakes and Arkansas Derby. Read More...

Ride On Curlin will break from post 4 in Arkansas Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
Ride On Curlin has contested the pace in each of his last two starts, and trainer Billy Gowan hopes to change tactics Saturday, when the horse runs from post 4 in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Andrew Beyer: Synthetic supporters didn’t weigh all the facts

DRF | 1 week ago
When the Blue Grass Stakes is run at Keeneland on Saturday, it is unlikely to produce the next Kentucky Derby winner. Though it was once the most important 3-year-old prep race, it became irrelevant after Keeneland replaced its dirt track with a synthetic surface. None of the seven horses who captured the Blue Grass on Polytrack proceeded to win on Churchill Downs’s dirt; most ran dismally. Read More...

Jay Hovdey: The butterfly effect on California Chrome

DRF | 1 week ago
If Greg Gilchrist, acting on behalf of Scott Sherwood’s Blinkers On Racing Stable partnership, had not gone to $30,000 to buy a filly by Not for Love at the second session of the Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training in May of 2008 . . . Read More...

Blue Grass: Medal Count will give Derby prep a shot on short rest

DRF | 1 week ago
Dale Romans hangs around enough horseplayers to know the nuances of the tote board, which is one reason the veteran trainer will be running Medal Count back on just seven days’ rest in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Albano withdrawn from consideration

DRF | 1 week ago
Albano, who was placed fourth in the Louisiana Derby in his most recent start, will bypass the May 3 Kentucky Derby, according to his owner and breeder, Brereton C. Jones. Read More...

California Chrome back training after Santa Anita Derby romp

DRF | 1 week ago
California Chrome jogged a mile Wednesday at Los Alamitos, his first day of training since a comprehensive win in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby last Saturday. Read More...

California Chrome begins Kentucky Derby prep ‘ready to do something’

DRF | 1 week ago
California Chrome jogged a mile Wednesday at Los Alamitos, his first day of training since a comprehensive win in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby last Saturday. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Bayern taking next step toward defying history in Arkansas Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
On Saturday, in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby, Bayern – who debuted in the same Jan. 4 Santa Anita maiden race as stablemate Hoppertunity – will make his bid to join the Kentucky Derby field. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for April 9

DRF | 1 week ago
Wicked Strong and Bayern are the two newcomers to this week’s Derby Watch top 20. Read More...

Keeneland: Ramseys in position for big weekend

DRF | 1 week ago
A relatively slow start (1 for 7) to the spring meet can be easily forgotten by Ken Ramsey with a big upcoming weekend. Read More...

Dave Mason: On Music, Racing, and ‘Live at Belmont Park 1978′

Most fans of our sport know 1978 was the last year a horse won American racing’s Triple Crown. The rivalry between Affirmed and Alydar reached a dizzying crescendo on the afternoon of June 10, 1978,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Santa Anita: California Chrome – from maiden-race loser to Kentucky Derby favorite

DRF | 1 week ago
California Chrome made his debut almost a year ago. Not even trainer Art Sherman could have dreamed that the colt would end up as the early favorite for the Kentucky Derby. Read More...