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King: Four Kentucky Derby prospects flying under the radar

DRF | 4 days ago
Although the major players on the road to the Kentucky Derby seem a little more defined this year than in 2017, when eventual winner Always Dreaming was still a maiden in mid-January, I have no doubt that little-known 3-year-olds will vault into the Derby discussion in the coming weeks. Such is the norm with young colts at this stage of the year, when they are experiencing physical and mental development. Read More...

Road to the Derby: Sham Stakes analysis

DRF | 2 weeks ago
McKINZIE was placed first after a disqualification in the Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity last month, but there was no debate following the Sham, in which McKinzie ran the best race of his career and took significant steps forward in terms of speed figures and deportment. Read More...

Watchmaker: Nice to see Derby prospects racing in January

DRF | 2 weeks ago
In a point in time when there seems to be a contest to see how infrequently good horses can race, it is a welcomed development that legitimate Kentucky Derby candidates are competing in these initial days of January, some four months out from the first leg of the Triple Crown. Read More...

Bolt d’Oro getting back on track after pulling muscle

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Bolt D’Oro will resume galloping this week after recovering from a pulled muscle that interrupted his training and ultimately postponed his 2018 debut. Read More...

Cool Bobby knocked off Derby trail by ankle injury

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Cool Bobby, one of the top Kentucky Derby prospects on the West Coast, is off the Derby trail after undergoing surgery for a chip in his left front ankle, trainer Peter Eurton said Sunday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Firenze Fire not fully cranked for Jerome Stakes

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The road to the Kentucky Derby is full of potholes. In the Northeast, those potholes can be filled with ice and snow. Read More...

Firenze Fire begins path to Derby in Jerome Stakes

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Owner Ron Lombardi and trainer Jason Servis have a very simple and logical explanation for keeping Kentucky Derby prospect Firenze Fire in New York this winter. Read More...

Bolt d’Oro leads cast of local early Derby prospects

DRF | 1 month ago
Bolt d'Oro has been taking it fairly easy since the Breeders' Cup, but soon he and the rest of the 3-year-old class of 2018 at Santa Anita will begin their serious preparations toward the May 5 Kentucky Derby, which locally based horses have won four times in the last six years, with California Chrome, Nyquist, I'll Have Another, and, of course, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. Read More...

Kentucky Derby Future Wager: Field favored at 6-5 as Pool 1 closes

DRF | 2 months ago
The mutuel field, the 24th or "all others" option, closed as usual as a decisive favorite in Pool 1 of the 2018 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which closed Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern after a four-day wagering window. Read More...

First race in Japan’s Kentucky Derby prep series includes I’ll Have Another colt

DRF | 2 months ago
Meiner Yukitsubaki, a colt by 2012 Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another, is part of a projected field of eight in Saturday’s $170,894 Cattleya Sho at Tokyo Racecourse. Read More...

Penny And Secretariat: Dignity, Staying Power, Character And Charm

On the afternoon of May 15, 1972, Americans were glued to their television sets as another assassination attempt played out.  This time it was Alabama Gov. George Wallace, campaigning for the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Delta cancels Jackpot, Princess for 2017

DRF | 4 months ago
Delta Downs announced Wednesday it was cancelling eight stakes races for 2017 including the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot and the $500,000 Delta Downs Princess Stakes. Read More...

Delta cancels Jackpot, Princess for 2017

DRF | 4 months ago
Delta Downs announced Wednesday it was cancelling eight stakes races for 2017 including the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot and the $500,000 Delta Downs Princess Stakes. Read More...

Delta considers cancelling Jackpot, Princess

DRF | 4 months ago
Delta Downs is considering the elimination of eight stakes races in October and November, including the track’s signature race, the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot. Read More...

European series among changes to Derby points system

DRF | 5 months ago
A series of races designed to attract a horse from Europe in addition to the series of races similarly designed for a Japanese runner, which debuted last year, are among the highlights of the preps for the 2018 Kentucky Derby, which were announced on Thursday by Churchill Downs. Read More...

Spiral gets purse, Derby points cut

DRF | 5 months ago
The annual showcase event at Turfway Park, the Spiral Stakes, has undergone a reduction in its point value toward Kentucky Derby eligibility and a major purse cut. Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine’s Twilight Racing Series: Is Parity Good For Racing?

In many sports, the rules clearly make parity an objective. The worst teams get to draft first, for example, in the hope of making those teams more competitive. On the other hand, dominance still... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

First Time’s The Charm: Remembering Mr. Hooper

When a 96-year-old Thoroughbred trainer turned heads recently by winning a fist-bumping race at Gulfstream Park, there was an immediate flashback to one name, Fred W. Hooper, who more than any other... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

View From The Eighth Pole: The Race To The Breeding Shed

There was a time, not so long ago, that sporting men and women would breed Thoroughbreds to race them. Today, it seems, we have more business people who race to breed. With the 2017 Triple Crown in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By The Penn Mile: Baltimore Spirit?

There could hardly be a better name for a Kentucky Derby winner trying for a Triple Crown than Always Dreaming. But despite having a Triple Crown winner two years ago, the feat remains as difficult... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

The Friday Show: Derby Whiffs, Preakness Trends?

The Friday Show team was not with the public when it came to choosing Saturday's Kentucky Derby winner, and that turned out to be a mistake. In today's edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

McFarland turns cash on Derby into huge overlay

DRF | 9 months ago
Kevin McFarland found himself back in the winner’s circle at a major tournament this past weekend, winning the Kentucky Derby Betting Challenge and netting more than $272,000 in the process. Read More...

Kentucky Derby 2017: How the race was run

DRF | 9 months ago
A photographic look at how the Kentucky Derby unfolded from start to finish. Read More...

Irishmen Ryan, Dilger Strike Back-To-Back Gold In Kentucky Derby

Mike Ryan comes from Ireland's County Meath, just outside of Dublin, where he was raised on his family's horse farm. Gerry Dilger, growing up in County Clare in western Ireland, couldn't wait for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Handle on Kentucky Derby card tops $207 million

DRF | 9 months ago
Despite unseasonably cool temperatures, the lack of a popular contender, and a quirky wet track, wagering on the Kentucky Derby and its supporting card at Churchill Downs on Saturday set records, with total betting surpassing $200 million for the first time on a North American race card, according to the race charts. Read More...

First qualifiers stamp tickets for WCH

DRF | 9 months ago
The World Championship of Handicapping qualifying season is officially underway. On Derby Day, five players won their $5,000 seats to the $1 million, no takeout WCH finals on tournaments.drf.com. Read More...

Hovdey: Reading between the Derby footnotes

DRF | 9 months ago
This observer needed a score or more of stop-and-start viewings to cobble together a very unofficial set of comments on the 143rd Kentucky Derby. The task was rendered even more daunting when at least half the field had become unrecognizable by the time they were wobbling through the stretch. How do those Equibase guys do it? Read More...

The sun shines bright on WinStar’s Derby Day

DRF | 9 months ago
Though it was not one of the names on the laundry list of owners tied to Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming, the fingerprints of WinStar Farm could be seen all over the race's superfecta. Read More...

With Always Dreaming, Bodemeister gets a Derby winner in his first crop

DRF | 9 months ago
Bodemeister is the last favorite to lose in the Kentucky Derby. He has gotten revenge in a big way, with Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming in his first crop. Read More...

Sparkman: All hail Native Dancer

DRF | 9 months ago
The myriad connections of the male line of 143rd Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming to the Kentucky Derby began 64 years ago, when his seventh-generation male-line ancestor Native Dancer finished second, beaten a head, by Dark Star in the 79th Derby. Read More...

Always Dreaming off to Pimlico ASAP, Pletcher says

DRF | 9 months ago
Always Dreaming, winner of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs, emerged from the race well and will be sent as soon as possible to Pimlico to prepare for the Preakness Stakes on May 20, trainer Todd Pletcher said Sunday morning. Read More...

Derby race TV broadcast’s overnight rating improves 12 percent

DRF | 9 months ago
The race portion of the Kentucky Derby broadcast on NBC late Saturday afternoon posted a 10.5 overnight rating and a 23 share, the second-best overnight rating in the past 25 years, the network said Sunday morning. Read More...

Churchill Downs exceeds $200 million handle, including record total for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 9 months ago
Total handle on the Kentucky Derby and the supporting 14-race card at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday were both records, according to charts of the races, with total wagering on Saturday breaking a milestone mark of $200 million Read More...

Velazquez, Pletcher proud to achieve elusive goal together

DRF | 9 months ago
While both trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez had won Kentucky Derbies separately, they felt their careers wouldn’t be complete unless they could win one together. Read More...

Watchmaker: Always Dreaming ran hard all the way

DRF | 9 months ago
Always Dreaming was tons the best winning the Kentucky Derby. He was as deserving a winner as you will see in the Kentucky Derby, and all it takes to understand that is a simple consideration of pace. Read More...

Thunder Snow unhurt in Kentucky Derby incident

DRF | 9 months ago
Thunder Snow bucked wildly just after the start of the Kentucky Derby and did not finish the race, but all signs point to the colt being uninjured. Read More...

Asmussen, still chasing elusive Derby win, proud of Lookin At Lee’s effort

DRF | 9 months ago
For a guy still chasing the dream of winning his first Kentucky Derby, a dream deferred for at least another year, trainer Steve Asmussen seemed quite jubilant following Lookin At Lee’s second-place finish behind Always Dreaming in the Derby on Saturday. Read More...

Kentucky Derby payouts

DRF | 9 months ago
Payouts for Kentucky Derby wagers. Read More...

Always Dreaming becomes fifth straight favorite to win Kentucky Derby

DRF | 9 months ago
For all the abuse trainer Todd Pletcher has seen come his way for his record in the Kentucky Derby, winning with one of his first 45 starters, his win on Saturday with Always Dreaming in the 143rd Derby might have been his finest hour here at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Kentucky Derby order of finish

DRF | 9 months ago
The order of finish for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Read More...