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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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 months ago
Payouts for Kentucky Derby wagers. Read More...

Always Dreaming becomes fifth straight favorite to win Kentucky Derby

DRF | 4 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 | 4 months ago
The order of finish for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Read More...

Handle flat, attendance down for Kentucky Oaks

DRF | 4 months ago
Wagering on the Kentucky Oaks and its accompanying 13-race card at Churchill Downs in Louisville on Friday was down slightly despite chilly temperatures, intermittent rainfall, and a sharp drop in the ontrack crowd, according to charts and figures released by Churchill late on Friday. Read More...

Early odds for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 4 months ago
Early odds for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Peck: Finding value in the Kentucky Derby field

DRF | 4 months ago
Hardened horseplayers know that to survive long term in this game, you need to get value on your plays. That's all of your plays, including the Kentucky Derby. On the other hand, the casual sports fan simply wants to know who will win the race and isn't really interested in which horses are the best value plays. Hence the plight of the public handicapper, who tries to balance the two approaches. Read More...

The Friday Show: Who Will Win The Kentucky Derby?

No doubt, this is one of the most wide open Derby fields in recent memory, but who's looking ready to win? Which horses have stood out this week and may have benefited from the post position draw? In... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Hovdey: Hollendorfer hopes he has Derby antidote

DRF | 4 months ago
There is no avoiding the idea that Jerry Hollendorfer has the organization and the clients to win a Kentucky Derby at some point. After all, he is a Hall of Famer with more than 7,000 wins, three champions, and major stakes victories all over the map. It might even happen as soon as Saturday in the 143rd Kentucky Derby with Battle of Midway. Read More...

Derby clocker: Irish War Cry, Paradise Woods happy campers

DRF | 4 months ago
A couple of key players here this weekend, Irish War Cry and Paradise Woods, put on a pretty good show for railbirds Thursday at Churchill Downs during what was the final regular morning of training for the 3-year-olds competing in Friday's Kentucky Oaks and Saturday's Kentucky Derby. Read More...

TimeformUS Kentucky Derby analysis: Searching for value in a convoluted race

DRF | 4 months ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona analyzes the 2017 Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Many questions, only one correct answer

DRF | 4 months ago
After a tumultuous prep season in which no horse asserted himself as the clear front-runner of the division, a full field will line up for the 143rd Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs with more questions emanating from this group than a bunch of children in a preschool class. Read More...

Classic Empire, the quirky Derby favorite, an enigmatic star

DRF | 4 months ago
About 1,900 horses reside on the backstretch at Churchill Downs. Every morning, they are groomed, tacked up, and led to the racetrack, where they jog, gallop, or breeze, and then return to their stable. Read More...

Maragh hoping to deliver roses to a friend

DRF | 4 months ago
Trainer Graham Motion and jockey Rajiv Maragh have been close friends through good times and bad, and on Saturday they team up with Irish War Cry in the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Plenty of twists and turns on way to Kentucky Derby

DRF | 4 months ago
The road to the Kentucky Derby is rarely, if ever, a straight one. The only thing that varies from year to year in this aspect of the journey is how many unexpected detours arise, and how deep into the weeds those detours take us. Read More...

Apprentice turned master, Wilkes takes his turn in Derby spotlight

DRF | 4 months ago
Carl Nafzger and Ian Wilkes have forged a relationship that has brought them great personal joy and professional success, including a pair of Kentucky Derby wins. Wilkes will try to win his first Derby as head trainer with McCraken on Saturday. Read More...

Pedigree stats suggest Tapwrit has stamina edge in Derby

DRF | 4 months ago
Most important among the Kentucky Derby's variables is which horses are best able to handle the 1 1/4-mile distance. A useful tool to determine each entry's potential is the average progeny winning distance of his sire and dam. Read More...

Free: How will post position influence the Kentucky Derby?

DRF | 4 months ago
Estimating the degree of influence of post position is no easy task. While basic considerations of condition, class, and speed figures are pre-race tangibles, the effect of post and pace are uncertain until after both gates open. Read More...

Bernier: Kentucky Derby analysis

DRF | 4 months ago
Irish War Cry has done little wrong in his five-race career, and he enters the Kentucky Derby on the heels of an impressive score in the Wood Memorial on April 8 at Aqueduct. Read More...

Welsch: Kentucky Derby analysis

DRF | 4 months ago
There are lots of variables to consider and questions to answer with this Derby field, with the prospect of a wet track adding yet another question mark to an already muddled equation. Read More...

King: Kentucky Derby analysis

DRF | 4 months ago
CLASSIC EMPIRE showed his class and talent in winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile in fast time last year and then last month exhibited another skill in taking the Arkansas Derby – the ability to overcome adversity. Read More...

Free: Kentucky Derby analysis

DRF | 4 months ago
IRISH WAR CRY enters in top form and with the field's top speed figures. He has an up-front running style, and recent Derby winners have been forwardly placed. Read More...

Bernier: Kentucky Derby pace analysis

DRF | 4 months ago
Assessing the pace scenario is one of the more critical aspects of handicapping the Kentucky Derby. Historically, the Derby has featured fast early paces, enabling even the deepest one-run closers a chance to hit the board. Recently, however, the Derby has featured more moderate paces during the early stages, making it very difficult to catch the horses who are forwardly placed throughout. This year’s pace scenario is an intriguing one; below, you’ll find runners grouped based on where they’re likely to reside during Saturday’s race. Read More...

Derby clocker: Preparations nearly finished for Derby horses

DRF | 4 months ago
Each of the 20 horses in the main field for the 2017 Derby was on the track to train Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs, with the majority of the action taking place, as usual, during the special Oaks-Derby session immediately following the renovation break. Read More...

Viola’s financial and racing acumen pay off with Always Dreaming

DRF | 4 months ago
A financial success on Wall Street, Vinnie Viola has built a powerful racing stable over the last few years. Saturday, Viola, his wife, Teresa, and myriad friends will seek the ultimate racing prize when they run Always Dreaming in the 143rd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Read More...

2017 Kentucky Derby TimeformUS pace projector

DRF | 4 months ago
The TimeformUS Pace Projector attempts to predict how a race will unfold early. Read More...

PR Special: The Kentucky Derby 143 Edition

It's Derby week, so that means it's time for a special print edition presented by the Paulick Report, focusing on the 143rd running. This edition of the PR Special was distributed at Tuesday night's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Hovdey: In a room full of stars, Prat on meteoric rise

DRF | 4 months ago
On Friday, Flavien Prat will be riding Santa Anita Oaks winner Paradise Woods in the Kentucky Oaks – she is the morning line favorite – then on Saturday the young Frenchman will make his Kentucky Derby debut aboard Battle of Midway, runner-up last time out in the Santa Anita Derby. Jerry Hollendorfer, who trains Battle of Midway, has no qualms about hitching his fortunes to a Derby rookie, while Dan Ward, Hollendorfer's assistant, calls Prat “a difference-maker.” Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Geroux figures to sit tight on Hence this time around

DRF | 4 months ago
Last year, Florent Geroux had the lead aboard Gun Runner turning into the stretch of the Kentucky Derby. This time around, Geroux figures to be near the back of the pack with Hence. Read More...

Classic Empire, McCraken draw well for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 4 months ago
Classic Empire landed post 14 and McCraken post 15 as part of a full field of 20 – plus two also-eligibles – who were entered Wednesday in the Kentucky Derby. Read More...