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Chitu to skip Derby Trial, go in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 13 hours ago
Chitu was entered on Wednesday in the Derby Trial on Saturday night at Churchill Downs, but will scratch from that race, work Sunday at Churchill Downs, and be pointed to the Kentucky Derby on May 3, trainer Bob Baffert said Wednesday afternoon. Read More...

Kentucky Derby workouts: Hoppertunity likes track

DRF | 14 hours ago
Two Kentucky Derby hopefuls worked after the renovation break, General a Rod, as expected, and Hoppertunity. Hoppertunity, runner-up behind California Chrome in the Santa Anita Derby, was easily the most impressive of the pair. Read More...

Jerardi: California Chrome looks best – by a lot

DRF | 16 hours ago
If we just looked at that race the first Saturday in May as a horse race and not the Kentucky Derby, the 2014 outcome would appear rather obvious. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for April 23

DRF | 16 hours ago
Maybe this should be “who’s lukewarm.” The newcomers – Vinceremos and Harry’s Holiday – are the two horses who ascended into the top 20 on points this week owing to a pair of defections. Read More...

Maker flying into Kentucky Derby under radar

DRF | 17 hours ago
He’s got the winner of the Louisiana Derby, a colt who was both runner-up in the Fountain of Youth and a close third in the Florida Derby, and a longshot, yet Mike Maker might be the least-known big-time trainer in this year’s Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Kentucky Derby workouts: Hoppertunity, Danza among gallopers

DRF | 2 days ago
Four confirmed Kentucky Derby starters – Hoppertunity, Danza, Medal Count, and Ride On Curlin – turned in routine gallops over the fast track Tuesday. Read More...

Security Cameras in Derby Stalls Should Be a No-Brainer

A year ago, based on a suggestion from Craig Brogden of Machmer Hall, I wrote about security cameras that can record a horse’s activities 24 hours a day while he’s in his stall. Lots of horsemen are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Stewart finds himself on Kentucky Derby bubble again

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Dallas Stewart remains hopeful that Commanding Curve can get into the Kentucky Derby, and his anxiety is assuaged by having climbed a much higher hill a year ago with Golden Soul. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Hope remains for final spots

DRF | 3 days ago
With Cairo Prince and Midnight Hawk out of the Kentucky Derby, spots opened in the prospective field for Vinceremos and Harry’s Holiday, and more scoreboard watching will be done as horses begin to arrive at Churchill Downs for their final preps. Read More...

Bayern impresses in work with stablemate Chitu

DRF | 3 days ago
Bayern was clearly best over his Bob Baffert stablemate Chitu in a team workout during a relatively quiet Monday training session reserved for Kentucky Derby and Oaks horses at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Dynamic Impact, Midnight Hawk emerge strong from Illinois Derby

DRF | 4 days ago
Dynamic Impact and Midnight Hawk, separated by a nose at the finish in Saturday’s Illinois Derby, both emerged from the race in good order, their trainers said Sunday morning. It’s extremely unlikely either horse would run in the Kentucky Derby, and while Dynamic Impact is a possible runner in the Preakness Stakes, Midnight Hawk will be switched to shorter one-turn races for a late spring and summer campaign. Read More...

Dynamic Impact, Midnight Hawk emerge strong from Illinois Derby

DRF | 4 days ago
Dynamic Impact and Midnight Hawk, separated by a nose at the finish in Saturday’s Illinois Derby, both emerged from the race in good order, their trainers said Sunday morning. It’s extremely unlikely either horse would run in the Kentucky Derby, and while Dynamic Impact is a possible runner in the Preakness Stakes, Midnight Hawk will be switched to shorter one-turn races for a late spring and summer campaign. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: We Miss Artie, Intense Holiday put in final Florida works

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher completed his final piece of important business in south Florida for the season when sending out two of his four potential Kentucky Derby starters, We Miss Artie and Intense Holiday, to work at his winter home, the Palm Meadows training center, Sunday morning. Read More...

Steve Davidowitz’s Lexington Stakes analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
With no horse in this field likely to benefit enough by the 10 Derby qualifying points to the winner, the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland had no bearing on the top 20 attempting to make the Kentucky Derby starting field. But it was an important race for Mr Speaker, Read More...

Mr Speaker scores as favorite in Lexington Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Professional discretion paid off Saturday for Shug McGaughey when the Hall of Fame trainer sent out Mr Speaker to win the 33rd running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland. Read More...

Wildcat Red has Kentucky Derby work pushed to Sunday

DRF | 5 days ago
For the second consecutive morning, trainer Jose Garoffalo was forced to postpone a scheduled work at Gulfstream Park for his Kentucky Derby hopeful Wildcat Red on Saturday due to heavy rains in south Florida. Read More...

Ankle injury puts Cairo Prince out of Kentucky Derby

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin fretted for two weeks whether Cairo Prince would have enough points to make it into the Kentucky Derby field. One week after learning that Cairo Prince would indeed make it, McLaughlin had to withdraw the horse from consideration for the 140th Derby due to an injury to his left front ankle. Read More...

Vicar’s in Trouble gets serious in Kentucky Derby breeze

DRF | 5 days ago
Vicar’s in Trouble was out for serious work Saturday when he breezed five furlongs in 1:00.40 over a fast track at the Trackside training center in Louisville, Ky. Read More...

California Chrome cruises in Los Alamitos drill

DRF | 5 days ago
California Chrome worked a half-mile in 47.80 seconds on Saturday morning at Los Alamitos, his penultimate work before heading to Churchill Downs, where he is the current favorite for the Kentucky Derby on May 3. Read More...

Candy Boy finishes local Kentucky Derby preparation

DRF | 5 days ago
Candy Boy, third in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 5, worked five furlongs in 59.80 seconds at Santa Anita on Saturday, his final local workout in advance of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3. Read More...

The story of Old Rosebud, an American tragedy

DRF | 6 days ago
On May 17, 1922, an 11-year-old gelding lined up against low-level claimers at New York’s Jamaica racecourse to compete for a thimble-sized purse. Perhaps he behaved badly; his manners, once kindly, had soured by this, his 80th career start. Did he even want to be there? Who knew? Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Dance With Fate confirmed as starter

DRF | 6 days ago
Dance With Fate will run for the roses. After being noncommittal regarding a start in the Kentucky Derby following Dance With Fate’s victory in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes over Keeneland’s Polytrack on April 12, the colt’s connections announced Friday that the horse will run in North America’s most famous race May 3 at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Samraat works half-mile at Belmont

DRF | 6 days 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 | 7 days 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 | 7 days 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 | 1 week 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 | 1 week 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 | 1 week 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 | 1 week 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 | 1 week 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 | 1 week 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 | 1 week 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 | 1 week 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 | 1 week 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 | 1 week 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 | 1 week 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 | 1 week 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 | 1 week 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 | 1 week 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 | 1 week 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 | 1 week 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 | 1 week 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 | 1 week 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 | 2 weeks 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 | 2 weeks 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 | 2 weeks 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 | 2 weeks 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 | 2 weeks 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 | 2 weeks 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 | 2 weeks 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...