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Firespike targets Spiral Stakes

DRF | 16 hours ago
Because it’s a rare Kentucky Derby prep race still contested on a synthetic surface, the Grade 3, $550,000 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on March 21 seems likely to attract “niche” horses with success on such types of tracks. Firespike, is Spiral-bound by way of another direction – from Ocala, Fla., where he won the OBS Championship Stakes on Tuesday by 2 1/4 lengths. Read More...

Leave the Light On injured, off Derby trail

DRF | 2 days ago
Leave the Light On, the winner of the Remsen Stakes in his last start, injured a hind ankle in a workout last weekend, needs surgery, and is off the Triple Crown trail, trainer Chad Brown said Thursday. Read More...

Experimental Free Handicap Carries Less Weight Than It Used To

There was a time when the publication of weights on the Experimental Free Handicap was a big deal. Owners and breeders pumped up their chests with pride after seeing their horse listed as among the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Jan. 31: Picks for Sam Davis, Las Virgenes, Endeavour

DRF | 2 days ago
In the Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, I’m going with My Johnny Be Good, whose only outings on dirt in his last two starts were a decided cut above good efforts on Polytrack in his first two starts. Read More...

American Pharoah, Texas Red top Experimental Free Handicap

DRF | 2 days ago
American Pharoah, the Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old male of 2014, and Texas Red, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner, were assigned the co-high weight of 126 pounds in the Experimental Free Handicap, a weight-based ranking of the previous year’s 2-year-olds put out annually by The Jockey Club that was released on Thursday. Read More...

The Experimental Free Handicap: A Retrospective With Tommy Trotter

Editor’s Note: Thursday, The Jockey Club will release the 2014 Experimental Free Handicap, with assigned weights from a committee comprised of P.J. Campo, Ben Huffman, Martin Panza and Tom Robbins.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

El Kabeir works towards Withers in between storms

DRF | 6 days ago
Dodging one storm that canceled training here Saturday and avoiding a second storm that will likely cancel training here on Tuesday, El Kabeir managed to get in an important five-furlong workout Sunday morning in preparation for the Grade 3 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct on Feb. 7. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Holy Bull Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Upstart was one of the elite 2-year-olds of 2014, and he served notice in his 2015 debut that he belongs among the very best of contenders for this year’s Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Jerardi: Upstart, Barbados look solid in Holy Bull, Hutcheson

DRF | 1 week ago
I would be surprised if Upstart doesn’t run another solid race and get another solid Beyer in the Holy Bull. On the Beyer Speed Figures, Barbados is definitely the horse to beat in the Hutcheson. Read More...

Eagle fine after Lecomte flop, likely to run in Risen Star

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Neil Howard said Eagle had come out of his seventh-place finish in the Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds in apparently good physical condition. Howard said he and owner-breeder Will Farish plan to push on to the Grade 2 Risen Star on Feb. 21 unless Eagle gives Howard cause to think otherwise in coming weeks. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Smarty Jones Stakes

DRF | 2 weeks ago
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Far Right saves ground to win Smarty Jones

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Far Right came through on the rail, as even-money favorite Mr. Z drifted out badly, to win a harried dash to the wire in the $150,000 Smarty Jones at Oaklawn Park on Monday. Bayerd nabbed second, finishing 1 3/4 lengths behind Far Right. Mr. Z was another half-length back in third, while Private Prospect finished fourth. Read More...

Mr. Z seeks elusive stakes win in Smarty Jones

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Mr. Z has run too well not to be a stakes winner, having placed in five graded races in his young career. But his status could change Monday, when he starts as the probable favorite in the $150,000 Smarty Jones at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

McLaughlin pins Holy Bull hopes on Frosted

DRF | 2 weeks ago
With five runners nominated to next week’s Grade 3, $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin would appear to have a hammerlock on the race, but he said on Friday that he will try and divide and conquer with his bevy of 3-year-olds, splitting the quintet among different spots while reserving the Holy Bull for the highly regarded Frosted, who finished second in the Remsen Stakes in his final start at age 2. Read More...

Barbados remains on target for Hutcheson

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Trainer Mike Tomlinson said things couldn’t be better with Barbados, a three-length winner of the Jan. 3 Spectacular Bid at Gulfstream Park, and indicated that the colt will run back in the Grade 3, $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes on the Holy Bull undercard next Saturday. Read More...

Jerardi: War Story intriguing alternative to Eagle

DRF | 2 weeks ago
If he does run a Beyer Speed Figures in the mid-90s, one of these lightly raced horses is going to have to take the kind of jump Eagle took in Kentucky to beat him in Saturday's Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Jan. 17: Picks for Lecomte, Sunshine Millions Distaff, La Canada

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Let’s couple favorite Eagle in exotics with another horse here I’m taken with – Runhappy - to create some value in the Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Early Triple Crown nomination deadline Saturday

DRF | 2 weeks ago
The early deadline to nominate horses for the 2015 Triple Crown series is Saturday, and nominations cost $600 each. The late nomination period, when nominations cost $6,000 each, is open through March 23. The names of all early nominees will be announced Jan. 31. Read More...

Eagle stuck far outside for Lecomte Stakes

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Eagle, the likely favorite in the Lecomte Stakes on Saturday at Fair Grounds, and Top Decile, the likely favorite in the Silverbulletday, both drew the far outside post in their respective races. If they are to win, they will have their draws to overcome. Read More...

Old pals Eagle, Another Lemon Drop square off in Lecomte

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Perhaps Eagle and Another Lemon Drop will nod at each other or shake hooves in the paddock before the Lecomte next Saturday at Fair Grounds. After all, they have known each other since they were babies being broken at Classic Mile Training Center in Ocala, Fla. Read More...

Old pals Eagle, Another Lemon Drop square off in Lecomte

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Perhaps Eagle and Another Lemon Drop will nod at each other or shake hooves in the paddock before the Lecomte next Saturday at Fair Grounds. After all, they have known each other since they were babies being broken at Classic Mile Training Center in Ocala, Fla. Read More...

Dortmund breezes half-mile

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Dortmund, considered one of the top 3-year-old prospects of the winter, worked a half-mile in 48.60 seconds at Santa Anita on Sunday, his first workout since winning the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Futurity on Dec. 20. Read More...

Calculator appears primed for Sham Stakes

DRF | 4 weeks ago
A sore foot followed a month later by an illness kept Calculator from starts in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on Nov. 1 and the Los Alamitos Futurity on Dec. 20. Judging from a six-furlong workout in 1:11.60 at Santa Anita on Sunday, nothing will stop Calculator from playing a leading role in the $100,000 Sham Stakes for 3-year-olds on Saturday. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Jerome Stakes

DRF | 4 weeks ago
El Kabeir became the first horse to win two scoring races towards the Kentucky Derby by following up his tenacious victory in the Kentucky Jockey Club with an even more impressive win in the Jerome in his first start at age 3. Read More...

Withers could be El Kabeir’s next target

DRF | 4 weeks ago
El Kabeir came out of his dominant victory in Saturday’s Grade 3 Jerome Stakes in good order and if all remains well he could make his next start in the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct on Feb. 7, trainer John Terranova said Sunday. Read More...

El Kabeir overcomes obstacles to win Jerome Stakes

DRF | 4 weeks ago
He needed a new rider. He bobbled at the start. He was behind horses for the first time. He was wide throughout. None of those obstacles mattered to El Kabeir, who made a solid 3-year-old debut Saturday, running away from the pacesetting tandem of Ostrolenka and Nasa in the stretch and drawing clear to a 4 3/4-length victory in the Grade 3, $200,000 Jerome Stakes in a chilled rain at Aqueduct. Read More...

El Kabeir tunes up strongly for Jerome

DRF | 1 month ago
El Kabeir completed preparations for his 3-year-old debut in Saturday’s Grade 3 Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct by working a half-mile with a strong six-furlong gallop-out Sunday morning at Belmont Park. Read More...

Kentucky Derby prospects aplenty at Santa Anita this winter

DRF | 1 month ago
One season after California Chrome emerged from the winter preps at Santa Anita to capture both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, it appears the current crop of locally based runners for the 2015 Kentucky Derby is both strong and deep. Read More...

Dortmund wins three-horse photo in Los Alamitos Futurity

DRF | 1 month ago
Dortmund remained unbeaten and prevailed in both his stakes debut and his first start around two turns in the Grade 1, $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity on Saturday, but it wasn’t easy, for both Firing Line and Mr. Z made him work for it in one of the most dramatic and exciting races of the year. Read More...

Eagle pointing to Lecomte Stakes

DRF | 1 month ago
Eagle, who finished a close, closing third in the Nov. 29 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill, had his first work since shipping to New Orleans when he went an easy half-mile last Friday. Trainer Neil Howard said he is pointing Eagle to the Grade 3, $200,000 Lecomte Stakes here at Fair Grounds on Jan. 17. Read More...

Keeneland considers moving Blue Grass Stakes to four weeks before Kentucky Derby

DRF | 2 months ago
Keeneland Racecourse is considering moving the Blue Grass Stakes to a date four weeks prior to the Kentucky Derby, which would land the prep on the same day as the Santa Anita Derby and the Wood Memorial. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Remsen Stakes

DRF | 2 months ago
At 1 1/8 miles, the Remsen is the longest race in which a 2-year-old can earn points toward the Kentucky Derby. This year’s running was contested over a track that significantly favored inside lanes throughout the day. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

DRF | 2 months ago
Texas Red, third behind American Pharoah and Calculator in the FrontRunner Stakes, took advantage of their absences, plus a wickedly fast pace that set up his stretch run, to win the richest race of the year for 2-year-olds, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Grey Stakes

DRF | 2 months ago
The Road to the Kentucky Derby took a detour across the border to Canada for the Grey Stakes, which was run on Polytrack and got a disturbingly low Beyer Speed Figure, so the overall quality of this race may be in question. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: FrontRunner Stakes

DRF | 2 months ago
American Pharoah followed up his dazzling win in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity 24 days earlier with an equally impressive victory in the FrontRunner, the West Coast’s final major prep for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Breeders’ Futurity

DRF | 2 months ago
A return to dirt at Keeneland for this meet helped lure a large field of 12 for Kentucky’s final major prep to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, to be run four weeks later Santa Anita. Carpe Diem dominated the field with a powerhouse effort. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Champagne Stakes

DRF | 2 months ago
Only six runners turned up for the Champagne, New York’s final major prep for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, run four weeks later at Santa Anita. This proved to be a big day for trainer Todd Pletcher, who won the Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland with Carpe Diem and this race with DAREDEVIL. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Champagne Stakes

DRF | 2 months ago
Only six runners turned up for the Champagne, New York’s final major prep for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, run four weeks later at Santa Anita. This proved to be a big day for trainer Todd Pletcher, who won the Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland with Carpe Diem and this race with DAREDEVIL. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Iroquois Stakes

DRF | 2 months ago
The Road to the Kentucky Derby kicked off a full eight months in front of the Run for the Roses, with the home of the Derby, Churchill Downs, staging this 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-olds. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Iroquois Stakes

DRF | 2 months ago
The Road to the Kentucky Derby kicked off a full eight months in front of the Run for the Roses, with the home of the Derby, Churchill Downs, staging this 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-olds. Read More...

Field at 3-5 as Derby Futures Pool 1 closes

DRF | 2 months ago
The mutuel field has closed as an odds-on favorite in Pool 1 of the 2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, with Dortmund the heaviest-backed individual interest. Read More...

Field at 3-5 for Pool 1 of Derby Future Wager

DRF | 2 months ago
Last fall, when Churchill Downs tried a future wager pool in late November for the first time, only one of the 23 separately listed horses eventually made it to the 2014 Kentucky Derby: Ride On Curlin, who ran seventh at 17-1. The “all others” option returned an all-time low of $3.60 for a $2 win bet. Read More...

Field at 3-5 for Pool 1 of Derby Future Wager

DRF | 2 months ago
The mutuel field is an overwhelming morning-line favorite in the first pool of the 2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which is set to open Friday. Read More...

Santa Anita Derby early 2015 goal for Ocho Ocho Ocho

DRF | 2 months ago
Ocho Ocho Ocho will be put on the Santa Anita Derby trail next year, trainer Jim Cassidy said on Sunday, a day after the horse won his two-turn debut in the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot. Read More...

Delta Downs Jackpot Daily Update: Time To Race

Horses that last raced at half a dozen different tracks will make up the field for Saturday’s Delta Downs Jackpot. Juveniles have shipped in from all over the country to take aim at the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Delta Downs Jackpot Daily Update: Lukas Leads the Charge

We’ve started counting the days until Saturday’s card featuring the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot, which always seems to create momentum toward the following year’s Kentucky Derby.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Kentucky Derby Future Wager begins Nov. 28

DRF | 3 months ago
Churchill Downs has released the dates for the 2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager and once again will offer Pool 1 during the final weekend of the current fall meet while also reverting to a Friday-to-Sunday wagering window. Read More...

Yum! Brands to continue to sponsor Kentucky Derby

DRF | 5 months ago
Yum! Brands will remain the presenting sponsor of the Kentucky Derby through 2020 under a five-year contract extension the company reached with Churchill Downs, the companies announced Monday. Read More...

Few changes to Kentucky Derby, Oaks qualifying system

DRF | 5 months ago
Churchill Downs on Wednesday released the points schedules for determining eligibility to the 2015 Kentucky Derby and Oaks with minimal changes from the template established during the first two years of the system. Read More...

Los Alamitos Futurity added to Kentucky Derby points series

DRF | 5 months ago
The $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity on Dec. 20, the final major stakes of the year for 2-year-olds, has been added to the list of qualifying races for the 2015 Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs announced in a statement on Wednesday. Read More...