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Pletcher colts put in solid works

DRF | 13 hours ago
Like an elite quarterback, trainer Todd Pletcher read the defense and called an audible on Friday, pushing the final workouts for four of his Kentucky Derby hopefuls up one day due to a forecast that called for possible heavy rain here Saturday morning. Read More...

Hovdey: Catching up with the Derby class of 2014

DRF | 14 hours ago
Institutional amnesia can be a beautiful thing, but before the 2015 Kentucky Derby is upon us with all its hurricane force, it can’t hurt to take a look at the field of 19 that performed for the pleasure of millions in the 2014 race. From back to front, here’s what happened to them Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Velazquez hopes he chose wisely with Carpe Diem

DRF | 14 hours ago
Jockey John Velazquez believes he will only ride for another two or three years and hopes there’s another Kentucky Derby with his name on it before he retires. Velazquez chose Carpe Diem over Materiality, a horse whom he rode to victory in the Grade 1 Florida Derby in March. Read More...

The Friday Show: What’s The Story With This Kentucky Derby?

We only need to look back one year to reaffirm that Kentucky Derby lore is filled with rich storylines, following the compelling journey of California Chome through last year’s Triple Crown... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Madefromlucky, American Pharoah enjoy chilly air

DRF | 2 days ago
It was another quiet morning Thursday at Churchill Downs for the dozen potential Kentucky Derby starters stabled on the grounds, including several who still need a little help to get into the field. Read More...

Zito plays waiting game with Frammento

DRF | 2 days ago
Nick Zito is still ruing the fact Frammento finished fourth in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes instead of third or better. His state of mind would be much healthier if the colt had run just a little better. Read More...

PR Special OBS April: Remembering A Florida Innovator, Getting To Know Zayat

The OBS April Sale of 2-year-olds in Training resumes Thursday, fresh off the biggest price in sale history after a Tapit filly went for $1.9 million Wednesday. The Paulick Report is pleased to bring... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Derby Watch: Many contenders skip working at Churchill

DRF | 3 days ago
There was a time when it seemed almost sacrilegious to forgo working at Churchill Downs prior to running in the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Jerardi: Dortmund still looks good, but no cinch

DRF | 3 days ago
I still like Dortmund to win the Kentucky Derby, but there is no way I can be as confident as I was with California Chrome last year. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for April 22

DRF | 3 days ago
After the final scoring race for the Kentucky Derby is run, the Derby Watch top 20 becomes entirely points driven, and any horse who works his way into the top 20 must be included, even if the Derby Watch committee doesn’t think much of his chances or even if his starting status is in doubt. Read More...

Mubtaahij stretches his legs at Arlington

DRF | 4 days ago
Far from the slowly swelling hubbub at Churchill Downs, Kentucky Derby hopeful Mubtaahij worked three furlongs Tuesday morning at Arlington in a reported 36.20 seconds. Read More...

Baffert watches Derby Weekend runners train

DRF | 4 days ago
Bob Baffert came to Churchill Downs on Tuesday to watch American Pharoah gallop and one of his two possible Oaks contenders, Maybellene, breeze during the 15-minute Derby-Oaks training session, which began at 8:30 a.m. Read More...

WinStar buys interest in Upstart

DRF | 4 days ago
WinStar Farm announced Monday that it has acquired a minority interest in leading Kentucky Derby contender Upstart from his principal owner, Ralph Evans. Read More...

Regret’s Derby at 100: Filly made a case for equality

DRF | 5 days ago
Photos tell stories. This one, in muted gray, depicts two men flanking a dark Thoroughbred with an irregular splash of white sliding down her sweat-streaked face, eye rolling wildly in an afterburn of fatigued nerves. The figure on the left gazes off into space, a shadow of a smile playing across his lips. The other stares intently at the horse, his horse, who has just accomplished what many thought impossible. Read More...

Judy the Beauty makes surprise appearance

DRF | 5 days ago
What figured to be a far from noteworthy Kentucky Derby-Oaks training session Monday got an unexpected boost when reigning female sprint champion Judy the Beauty worked six furlongs after the renovation break at 8:30 a.m. Judy the Beauty is scheduled to make her 2015 debut in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff here a week from Saturday. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Velazquez will ride Carpe Diem

DRF | 5 days ago
John Velazquez will ride Carpe Diem and Javier Castellano will ride Materiality in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Todd Pletcher announced late Monday afternoon. Read More...

Bejarano will ride Bolo in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 6 days ago
The first fallout from the injury to One Lucky Dane occurred on Sunday, when Keith Brackpool, a co-owner of Bolo, announced via Twitter that Rafael Bejarano would ride Bolo in the Kentucky Derby on May 2, the first of several jockey assignments that are expected to be made in the next 48 hours. Read More...

Kentucky Derby Clocker: American Pharoah among five to gallop

DRF | 6 days ago
Only five potential Kentucky Derby starters galloped here at Churchill Downs on a bleary Sunday morning which featured intermittent showers and a racetrack downgraded from fast to sloppy following the renovation break. Read More...

El Kabeir looks sharp working towards Kentucky Derby

DRF | 6 days ago
The multiple Grade 3 stakes-winning El Kabeir demonstrated his fitness and energy levels were very strong during a five-furlong work timed in 1:00.15 Sunday morning over Belmont Park’s main track. Read More...

Worst news comes from last of 11 Derby workers

DRF | 7 days ago
Eleven horses who were being pointed for the Kentucky Derby had timed workouts Saturday morning across the country. Read More...

One Lucky Dane injured, off Derby trail

DRF | 7 days ago
One Lucky Dane is off the Kentucky Derby trail after suffering an injury to his left front leg during a workout on Saturday at Santa Anita, trainer Bob Baffert said. Read More...

Dortmund, Firing Line shine in works

DRF | 7 days ago
Kentucky Derby aspirants Dortmund and Firing Line worked shortly after 7:45 Saturday morning at Santa Anita. Read More...

Three Derby hopefuls breeze at Churchill

DRF | 7 days ago
Two weeks away from the Kentucky Derby, the activity from Derby hopefuls is picking up at Churchill Downs. Three potential Derby starters, International Star, Danzig Moon, and Keen Ice, recorded workouts Saturday morning – with each work noticeably different than the others. Read More...

Carpe Diem works solid half at Keeneland

DRF | 7 days ago
Carpe Diem, who figures as the third or fourth wagering choice in the upcoming Kentucky Derby, had his first breeze since winning the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, going a half-mile Saturday morning in 48 seconds over a fast track at Keeneland. Read More...

Pletcher works three Derby horses at Palm Beach Downs

DRF | 7 days ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher had a plane to catch. So the action started early, before dawn, at the Palm Beach Downs training center on Saturday where Pletcher worked three of his Kentucky Derby candidates -- Materiality, Stanford, and Itsaknockout -- shortly after which he boarded a private jet which got him to Lexington in time to see one of his leading Derby hopefuls, Carpe Diem, breeze at Keeneland later that morning. Read More...

Tencendur works half in 47

DRF | 7 days ago
Saturday morning, on a glorious spring morning at Belmont Park, Tencendur showed tractability in a half-mile workout over the main track that Daily Racing Form timed in 47.16 seconds. The work was the fastest of 26 at the distance, according to the Belmont clockers. Read More...

The Friday Show: Derby Angles And Memories, A Letter From Afar

With the Kentucky Derby just two short weeks away and the field almost set, it’s time to think about how to dissect what appears to be one of the stronger fields in recent memory. Speaking of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Frammento works, still has eye on Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
Frammento, still hoping to make the Kentucky Derby field after finishing fourth in the Blue Grass Stakes, returned to the work tab Thursday at Keeneland, going an easy four furlongs in 51.20 seconds under Sophie Doyle. Read More...

King: Two overachievers worth a look in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
Both Materiality and International Star will have a chance to outperform expectations once again in the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Crist: Politics hamstring Derby points system

DRF | 1 week ago
The end of the Kentucky Derby prep season this past week marked the third year where Derby berths have been secured under the new points system announced in 2012. On the whole, it has worked well, providing a clearer and more cohesive path to Louisville than the graded-stakes earnings plan it replaced. Some tweaking , however, still needs to be done. Read More...

Frosted works five furlongs as Upstart jogs

DRF | 1 week ago
Two of the leading candidates for this year’s Kentucky Derby, Frosted and Upstart, had a very good morning Thursday at Palm Meadows. Read More...

When it’s time for a Baffert star to work, Garcia punches in

DRF | 1 week ago
Jockey Martin Garcia is in the unique position of having ridden both American Pharoah and Dortmund, so he, more than anyone, can compare and contrast the differences between the top two choices for this year’s Kentucky Derby on May 2. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree profiles: Frosted

DRF | 1 week ago
Fresh off a record-setting season, leading sire Tapit will look to add another feather in his cap with his first Kentucky Derby winner, and he has a strong shot to do so in Wood Memorial winner Frosted. The Godolphin color-bearer has classic influences on both sides of the family that place him in good stead moving forward. Read More...

Churchill unveils new suites for Derby, Oaks owners

DRF | 1 week ago
Churchill Downs on Wednesday unveiled its renovated section for the owners of Kentucky Derby and Oaks horses, a ground-floor section comprising 20 private, open-air, all-inclusive suites between the sixteenth pole and finish line. Read More...

Upstart to work this weekend after sinus infection

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Rick Violette said Wednesday that his Kentucky Derby contender, Upstart, continues to progress nicely after having a scheduled breeze canceled last Saturday at Palm Meadows. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not for April 15

DRF | 1 week ago
Perhaps this category should be renamed “Who’s Lukewarm” this week, as the only newcomer to the Derby Watch top 20 is rated a 50-1 shot on the Kentucky Derby future line of Mike Watchmaker, Daily Racing Form’s national handicapper. Read More...

Kentucky Derby picture becoming more clear

DRF | 2 weeks ago
After 35 races in which horses could earn points toward a berth in the Kentucky Derby on May 2, the prospective field is largely set, though the final composition of the maximum 20-horse field could undergo a few tweaks over the next 2 1/2 weeks, since there are a handful of horses currently in the body of the race whose status is cloudy. Read More...

It’s on to Kentucky Derby for American Pharoah

DRF | 2 weeks ago
American Pharoah will fly to Churchill Downs on Monday to begin final preparations for the Kentucky Derby, his trainer, Bob Baffert, said on Sunday, the day after the champion’s eight-length win in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby. Baffert said American Pharoah will probably have one work in advance of the Kentucky Derby on May 2. Read More...

American Pharoah dominates Arkansas Derby

DRF | 2 weeks ago
American Pharoah cemented his status as the early favorite for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, with a commanding eight-length win in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Divining Rod takes Lexington; unlikely to run in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Divining Rod got a patient ride from Julien Leparoux before surging to victory Saturday in the 34th running of the Grade 3, $250,000 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland, possibly earning enough points to make the field for the Kentucky Derby – although that appears moot. Read More...

Pletcher works three Kentucky Derby contenders

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher sent out three of his potential Kentucky Derby starters to work at Palm Beach Downs on Saturday, including Florida Derby winner Materiality, who looked razor-sharp breezing a half-mile in company with Louisiana Derby runner-up Stanford. Read More...

Kentucky Derby Day options for Ocho Ocho Ocho

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Ocho Ocho Ocho, third in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on April 4, will have his next start at Churchill Downs on May 2. Read More...

Frammento needs help to get into Derby

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Few people are going to be watching the results of the Arkansas Derby more closely than Nick Zito. Read More...

The Friday Show: On Derby Points, Speed Figures, And Stronach’s Vision

Saturday’s the final opportunity for Kentucky Derby contenders to grab points they might need to get into this year’s field of 20. In this third year of the Road to the Kentucky Derby... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Kentucky Derby to have a decided Lukas influence

DRF | 2 weeks ago
The influence D. Wayne Lukas has had on the game could be underscored next month, with as many as four of his former assistants positioned to have starters in the Kentucky Derby. And Lukas could have one, too. Read More...

King: Three Kentucky Derby contenders who can rate

DRF | 2 weeks ago
The abundance of speed, as well as the Kentucky Derby’s history of typically unfolding with a fast pace, therefore begs the question, which horses might capitalize from all this speed? My short list of horses not overly keen early and capable of successfully winning from the second tier of runners, came down to three contenders. Read More...

Prospect Park to miss Derby with high white blood cell count

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Prospect Park, who finished a dull fourth in the Santa Anita Derby last Saturday, is off the Kentucky Derby trail after being found to have a high white blood cell count, trainer Cliff Sise Jr. said on Thursday. Read More...

American Pharoah in crosshairs in Arkansas Derby

DRF | 2 weeks ago
American Pharoah swept into Oaklawn Park last month and seized the Rebel Stakes on the front end despite stumbling at the start. This time around, there could be an uprising. Read More...

Jerardi: American Pharoah chasing Dortmund’s shadow

DRF | 2 weeks ago
After all the preps, we are down to one race and one horse. After the Arkansas Derby, even if American Pharoah wins by daylight, we are still going to have to ask ourselves if this brilliant colt can really win the Derby despite missing two months of critical training time. Perhaps, he will be the exception to most of the rules. Read More...

Churchill Downs bans re-entry on Oaks, Derby days

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Attendees of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby cards at Churchill Downs in Louisville this year will no longer be able to get back into the track if they leave, a measure Churchill is putting in place to prevent counterfeit sales of tickets and wrist bracelets, the company said on Thursday. Read More...