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Being Todd Pletcher: A Day Behind The Scenes

Trainer Todd Pletcher has taken plenty of ribbing about his 1 for 43 record in the Kentucky Derby, but it’s only because he’s been so successful everywhere else in the sport. The winner of a record... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Baffert’s Horse Sense: ‘They Can’t Talk To Us’

It’s Belmont time again. On American Pharoah rest the hopes and prayers of every tired soul who wants to see this Triple Crown jinx finally end after 37 years. Heck, that seems like eons, not... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Training For The Triple Crown: An Historical Perspective

Bob Baffert, trainer of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah, was scheduled to fly to Louisville, Ky., on Monday night to check in on the Zayat Stables’ homebred son of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: No Backing Down In Baltimore

One of the most thrilling aspects of the Triple Crown has always been the rivalries that develop between top horses. Occasionally, those horses happen to live in the same barn. If American Pharoah... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Rematch In Baltimore: Precedent For Stablemate Triple Crown Battles

Count me among the skeptics thinking Bob Baffert would not run Dortmund in the Preakness immediately after stablemate American Pharoah’s hard-fought win over Firing Line and Dortmund in the 141st... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Derby owner-breeder: Zayats finally end Derby frustrations

DRF | 2 months ago
Homebred champion American Pharoah – who had delivered his own dose of heartbreak last fall when injury forced him to miss the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile – ended the Zayat family’s streak of frustration in America’s most famed race, surging clear late to capture the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby on May 2 at Churchill Downs. Read More...

The Friday Show: Derby Recap, Belmont Cap, Whip Controversy?

The 141st edition of the Kentucky Derby is in the books, and the horse everyone was talking about before the race got the job done. It’s the third consecutive year the post-time favorite has... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Crist: 141st Derby featured return to normalcy

DRF | 2 months ago
As Kentucky Derbies go, the 141st edition last Saturday was a satisfying one on several counts, whether or not you cashed a ticket. Read More...

Goldfeder: What was I thinking? Derby edition

DRF | 2 months ago
I settled down on Saturday night and watched with a blank stare as the images flashed across the TV screen. The chyron at the bottom of the screen posted updates on the big fight in Las Vegas between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao – a boxing match sure to end in a decision, unlike the knockout I experienced during the day at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Espinoza’s whip use on American Pharoah under scrutiny

DRF | 2 months ago
Chief steward Barbara Borden said Wednesday that the Churchill Downs stewards intend to further scrutinize replays of the Kentucky Derby in response to questions about jockey Victor Espinoza having used his whip 32 times in urging American Pharoah to victory. Read More...

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DRF | 2 months ago
NBC Sports reported that its coverage of the Kentucky Derby averaged 16 million viewers, up 4 percent from 15.3 million who viewed California Chrome last year. According to final data provided by The Nielsen Company, the telecast posted a 9.6 national rating with a share of 23, up from 9.4 and 22 last year. Read More...

Take Two: Jockey Club, TOBA’s Transparency Program Gets Failing Grade

Whatever happened to transparency and the publication of veterinary records for Kentucky Derby starters and other graded stakes runners? The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for fu... Read More...

Jay Privman’s Kentucky Derby analysis

DRF | 2 months ago
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Oaks, Derby Victors Show How To Win With Class

There is something to be said for winning with class. That characteristic was shown in spades on Friday when Lovely Maria gave former Kentucky Gov. Brereton Jones his third victory in the Kentucky... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Mubtaahij targeting Belmont Stakes

DRF | 2 months ago
Mubtaahij, the eighth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, will ship to New York within the next couple weeks to be pointed to a start in the Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Record attendance at Derby as handle rises

DRF | 2 months ago
This year’s Kentucky Derby broke a record for attendance, while the preliminary Derby handle figure, according to the chart, was equal to the previous record for the race, set in 2012. Because the preliminary handle figure does not include separate-pool handle overseas, the final betting figure for the Derby almost certainly will set a record. Read More...

For Baffert, fourth Kentucky Derby win is sweet

DRF | 2 months ago
The horses for the 141st Kentucky Derby had left the paddock and were on their way to the track. Bob Baffert stayed behind and walked around, a bundle of nervous energy. The song “My Old Kentucky Home” came over the loudspeaker. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Complete order of finish

DRF | 2 months ago
The following is the complete order of finish for the 141st Kentucky Derby. Read More...

American Pharoah delivers as Kentucky Derby favorite

DRF | 2 months ago
Three times before for owner Ahmed Zayat, his Kentucky Derby dream ended in the long homestretch at Churchill Downs. On Saturday, he didn’t awaken until he got to the finish line. Second in three previous Derbies, all since 2009, Zayat finally got a chance to experience what he had dreamt about, as American Pharoah lived up to his favoritism by capturing the 141st Derby before a record crowd of 170,513 on a warm, sunny day beneath the storied twin spires. Read More...

DRF Live! Video: Kentucky Derby Day

DRF | 2 months ago
Watch DRF Live! for all-day video coverage of the Kentucky Derby card here. http://live.drf.com Read More...

International Star scratched from Kentucky Derby

DRF | 2 months ago
International Star has been scratched from the 141st Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, it was announced shortly after 9:30 a.m. Eastern on Saturday. His defection leaves a field of 18. Read More...

Trainers dreaming big on picture-perfect Derby Day

DRF | 2 months ago
Wake up. Shake off the fatigue. The day that drives the Thoroughbred industry is dawning. “I think you have to dream,” assistant trainer Norman Casse said. “I’m not exaggerating – I think about it at least once a day every day. The Kentucky Derby’s why I do it. I think everyone should have something like that to drive them, and the Derby’s what drives me.” Read More...

Hersh: Kentucky Derby Day pick five play

DRF | 2 months ago
Hard to resist any sequence landing on the Kentucky Derby, isn’t it? And at a 50-cent base bet, the pick five encompassing races 7 to 11 and landing on the Derby seems – before it unfolds, at least – fairly manageable for a player on a budget. Let’s go race by race. Read More...

Kentucky Derby angles: Hersh on value

DRF | 2 months ago
The concept of “value” in gambling resides very much in the eye of the beholder: One person’s overlay is another’s underlay. It all depends on one’s handicapping. Read More...

Bernier: How I’d play Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs

DRF | 2 months ago
Handicappers Matt Bernier and Kenny Peck are going head to head with $500 to wager on the Kentucky Derby Day card at Churchill Downs. Read More...

King: Churchill pick four for Saturday, May 2

DRF | 2 months ago
Hitting any pick four requires some degree of good fortune, and when that race includes a 19-horse Kentucky Derby, you need a little extra luck. Knowing how difficult it is, let’s still swing away, knowing the mutuel upside, starting with the Distaff Turf Mile. Read More...

Peck: How I’d play Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs

DRF | 2 months ago
Handicappers Matt Bernier and Kenny Peck are going head to head with $500 to wager on the Kentucky Derby Day card at Churchill Downs. Read More...

El Kabeir scratched from Kentucky Derby due to foot bruise

DRF | 2 months ago
El Kabeir made it through the harsh New York winter to get to Churchill Downs, but he won’t make the starting gate for Saturday’s 141st Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Kentucky Derby Day previews, analysis, and plays

DRF | 2 months ago
The following is a list of DRF Plus resources and content related to Saturday’s Kentucky Derby card at Churchill Downs. Read More...

How to bet Kentucky Derby with $50

DRF | 2 months ago
If you have $50 you would like to bet on the Kentucky Derby, I would recommend playing a win bet on one or two horses, a few small exacta plays, and some trifectas as well. Read More...

Kentucky Derby Angles: Peck on pace

DRF | 2 months ago
Daily Racing Form will soon unveil a product that will identify race flows in those instances where extreme pace scenarios played a major factor in a race. Here's a look at how some of the Triple Crown prep races have been assessed as we prepare for Saturday's Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Tender foot might knock El Kabeir out of Derby

DRF | 2 months ago
El Kabeir’s status for Saturday’s 141st Kentucky Derby might be in doubt after the colt showed tenderness in his left front foot Friday morning, forcing the gray colt to remain in the barn rather than train. Read More...

The Friday Show: Kentucky Derby 141 Edition

Based upon the early returns at Churchill Downs, there’s a chance this year’s Kentucky Derby will break another attendance record. And with good reason. The weather forecast is great,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Rampellini: Two-day Churchill pick three wager

DRF | 2 months ago
For horseplayers who crave large fields, they don’t get much bigger than those offered in the Kentucky Oaks-Woodford Reserve-Kentucky Derby pick three that straddles the Friday and Saturday cards at Churchill Downs. The races could average 15 starters each, with the Oaks capped at 14, the Woodford drawing 12, and the Derby cutoff 20. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Favorites looking just fine

DRF | 2 months ago
It was another perfect morning for training Thursday at Churchill Downs, where all the Derby activity took place after the renovation break. There were really no surprises during Thursday’s session, with all the Derby lookers continuing to look good again. Read More...

Closing longshots key for big Derby payouts

DRF | 2 months ago
How do you find a Kentucky Derby longshot worth tossing onto tickets? Read More...

Rival trainer calls American Pharoah a Triple Crown threat

DRF | 2 months ago
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has gotten a good look at Bob Baffert’s one-two punch for the Kentucky Derby. Lukas longshot Mr. Z tangled with both halves of the juggernaut, finishing third, less than a neck behind Dortmund, in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Futurity last December, and third, 8 3/4 lengths behind American Pharoah, in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby three weeks ago. Read More...

Coffee Clique eyes Distaff Turf Mile repeat

DRF | 2 months ago
If Coffee Clique got as much out of her comeback race as trainer Brian Lynch thinks she did, there’s a very good chance she could repeat in Saturday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile. Read More...

Bayern looks to show off speed in Churchill Downs Stakes

DRF | 2 months ago
His name has become synonymous with racing controversy. On Saturday, two races before the Kentucky Derby, Bayern once again will be a hot topic when making his 4-year-old debut as a solid favorite in the 81st running of the Grade 2, $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes. Read More...

American Pharoah, Dortmund give Baffert potent one-two punch in Derby

DRF | 2 months ago
American Pharoah floats like a butterfly. Dortmund stings like a bee. They may be the greatest one-two punch in this city since Muhammad Ali. Read More...

American Pharoah, Dortmund give Baffert potent one-two punch in Derby

DRF | 2 months ago
American Pharoah floats like a butterfly. Dortmund stings like a bee. They might be the greatest one-two punch in this city since Muhammad Ali. Read More...

13 starters represent mutuel field in Derby futures pool

DRF | 2 months ago
Bettors who took 3-5 on the mutuel field in Pool 1 of the 2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager last fall will have 13 horses on their side Saturday, but the top three morning-line choices – American Pharoah, Dortmund, and Carpe Diem – were separately listed interests in that opening pool, jeopardizing that play. Read More...

13 starters represent mutuel field in Derby futures pool

DRF | 2 months ago
Bettors who took 3-5 on the mutuel field in Pool 1 of the 2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager last fall will have 13 horses on their side Saturday, but the top three morning-line choices – American Pharoah, Dortmund, and Carpe Diem – were separately listed interests in that opening pool, jeopardizing that play. Read More...

Beyer: American Pharoah hasn’t proved himself under fire

DRF | 2 months ago
Racing fans annually lament the low quality of the horses in the Kentucky Derby, and often their assessment proves to be correct. But few such opinions are being voiced before Saturday’s running of America’s greatest race. This is the strongest, deepest, and fastest Derby field since at least 2007 (the year of Street Sense and Curlin), and it could conceivably be the best since the great years of the 1980s. Read More...

Beyer: American Pharoah hasn’t proved himself under fire

DRF | 2 months ago
Racing fans annually lament the low quality of the horses in the Kentucky Derby, and often their assessment proves to be correct. But few such opinions are being voiced before Saturday’s running of America’s greatest race. This is the strongest, deepest, and fastest Derby field since at least 2007 (the year of Street Sense and Curlin), and it could conceivably be the best since the great years of the 1980s. Read More...

Stanford’s connections weighing whether to scratch out of Derby

DRF | 2 months ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher said Thursday that Stanford is only “50/50” to run in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby and that a decision to remain in the field or scratch and opt for another race will be made after going over options with the colt’s ownership partnership. Read More...

Stanford scratches from Derby, Frammento gets in

DRF | 2 months ago
Stanford has been scratched from the Kentucky Derby, allowing Frammento to get in, according to trainer Todd Pletcher, who said he just called in the scratch to the stewards. Read More...

Derby first-timers savor their big opportunity

DRF | 2 months ago
Forget becoming a Hall of Famer or a legend. All these folks want to do Saturday is emulate the likes of jockeys Ronnie Franklin and Stewart Elliott or trainers Barclay Tagg and Chip Woolley. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Free on post position

DRF | 2 months ago
Derby Angles features DRF handicappers looking at individual handicapping factors and how they may play out in this year’s Kentucky Derby. Read More...

American Pharoah has Zayat back on top

DRF | 2 months ago
Five years removed from what appeared on the outside to be one of the most ignominious and rapid falls from grace in modern American racing history, Ahmed Zayat is back on top. Read More...