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Kentucky Derby prospects aplenty at Santa Anita this winter

DRF | 46 mins ago
One season after California Chrome emerged from the winter preps at Santa Anita to capture both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, it appears the current crop of locally based runners for the 2015 Kentucky Derby is both strong and deep. Read More...

Dortmund wins three-horse photo in Los Alamitos Futurity

DRF | 2 days ago
Dortmund remained unbeaten and prevailed in both his stakes debut and his first start around two turns in the Grade 1, $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity on Saturday, but it wasn’t easy, for both Firing Line and Mr. Z made him work for it in one of the most dramatic and exciting races of the year. Read More...

Eagle pointing to Lecomte Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Eagle, who finished a close, closing third in the Nov. 29 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill, had his first work since shipping to New Orleans when he went an easy half-mile last Friday. Trainer Neil Howard said he is pointing Eagle to the Grade 3, $200,000 Lecomte Stakes here at Fair Grounds on Jan. 17. Read More...

Keeneland considers moving Blue Grass Stakes to four weeks before Kentucky Derby

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Keeneland Racecourse is considering moving the Blue Grass Stakes to a date four weeks prior to the Kentucky Derby, which would land the prep on the same day as the Santa Anita Derby and the Wood Memorial. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Remsen Stakes

DRF | 3 weeks ago
At 1 1/8 miles, the Remsen is the longest race in which a 2-year-old can earn points toward the Kentucky Derby. This year’s running was contested over a track that significantly favored inside lanes throughout the day. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Texas Red, third behind American Pharoah and Calculator in the FrontRunner Stakes, took advantage of their absences, plus a wickedly fast pace that set up his stretch run, to win the richest race of the year for 2-year-olds, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Grey Stakes

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The Road to the Kentucky Derby took a detour across the border to Canada for the Grey Stakes, which was run on Polytrack and got a disturbingly low Beyer Speed Figure, so the overall quality of this race may be in question. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: FrontRunner Stakes

DRF | 3 weeks ago
American Pharoah followed up his dazzling win in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity 24 days earlier with an equally impressive victory in the FrontRunner, the West Coast’s final major prep for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Breeders’ Futurity

DRF | 3 weeks ago
A return to dirt at Keeneland for this meet helped lure a large field of 12 for Kentucky’s final major prep to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, to be run four weeks later Santa Anita. Carpe Diem dominated the field with a powerhouse effort. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Champagne Stakes

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Only six runners turned up for the Champagne, New York’s final major prep for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, run four weeks later at Santa Anita. This proved to be a big day for trainer Todd Pletcher, who won the Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland with Carpe Diem and this race with DAREDEVIL. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Champagne Stakes

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Only six runners turned up for the Champagne, New York’s final major prep for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, run four weeks later at Santa Anita. This proved to be a big day for trainer Todd Pletcher, who won the Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland with Carpe Diem and this race with DAREDEVIL. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Iroquois Stakes

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The Road to the Kentucky Derby kicked off a full eight months in front of the Run for the Roses, with the home of the Derby, Churchill Downs, staging this 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-olds. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Iroquois Stakes

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The Road to the Kentucky Derby kicked off a full eight months in front of the Run for the Roses, with the home of the Derby, Churchill Downs, staging this 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-olds. Read More...

Field at 3-5 as Derby Futures Pool 1 closes

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The mutuel field has closed as an odds-on favorite in Pool 1 of the 2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, with Dortmund the heaviest-backed individual interest. Read More...

Field at 3-5 for Pool 1 of Derby Future Wager

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Last fall, when Churchill Downs tried a future wager pool in late November for the first time, only one of the 23 separately listed horses eventually made it to the 2014 Kentucky Derby: Ride On Curlin, who ran seventh at 17-1. The “all others” option returned an all-time low of $3.60 for a $2 win bet. Read More...

Field at 3-5 for Pool 1 of Derby Future Wager

DRF | 4 weeks ago
The mutuel field is an overwhelming morning-line favorite in the first pool of the 2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which is set to open Friday. Read More...

Santa Anita Derby early 2015 goal for Ocho Ocho Ocho

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Ocho Ocho Ocho will be put on the Santa Anita Derby trail next year, trainer Jim Cassidy said on Sunday, a day after the horse won his two-turn debut in the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot. Read More...

Delta Downs Jackpot Daily Update: Time To Race

Horses that last raced at half a dozen different tracks will make up the field for Saturday’s Delta Downs Jackpot. Juveniles have shipped in from all over the country to take aim at the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Delta Downs Jackpot Daily Update: Lukas Leads the Charge

We’ve started counting the days until Saturday’s card featuring the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot, which always seems to create momentum toward the following year’s Kentucky Derby.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Kentucky Derby Future Wager begins Nov. 28

DRF | 1 month ago
Churchill Downs has released the dates for the 2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager and once again will offer Pool 1 during the final weekend of the current fall meet while also reverting to a Friday-to-Sunday wagering window. Read More...

Yum! Brands to continue to sponsor Kentucky Derby

DRF | 3 months ago
Yum! Brands will remain the presenting sponsor of the Kentucky Derby through 2020 under a five-year contract extension the company reached with Churchill Downs, the companies announced Monday. Read More...

Few changes to Kentucky Derby, Oaks qualifying system

DRF | 4 months ago
Churchill Downs on Wednesday released the points schedules for determining eligibility to the 2015 Kentucky Derby and Oaks with minimal changes from the template established during the first two years of the system. Read More...

Los Alamitos Futurity added to Kentucky Derby points series

DRF | 4 months ago
The $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity on Dec. 20, the final major stakes of the year for 2-year-olds, has been added to the list of qualifying races for the 2015 Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs announced in a statement on Wednesday. Read More...

‘He Lied Like Nobody’s Business’: A Racing Con Man and His Trail of Deception

Five months ago, Jonathan Pippin was living large. A small-time Ohio grifter who had convinced a handful of Twitter followers to invest in horses he didn’t own, Pippin had been working for months at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Chrome’s Bid for Greatness Will Have To Wait

Trainer Art Sherman was right earlier this year when he said California Chrome was a “very good” but not a “great” horse. With the benefit of hindsight, it took a very good horse to do what he did:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Price of ‘Chrome’: A Triple Crown Winner’s Worth?

As the racing world anxiously awaits California Chrome’s bid for history in the Belmont Stakes, stallion farms are punching calculators to figure out what a Triple Crown winner might be worth... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

New York Aims for Big Days, Big Business — With a Cherry on Top

Ice cream is good. Put a little syrup on top and it gets better. Then add some whipped cream, nuts and a bit of fruit, and you’ve got what might be the perfect dessert. Then someone came along and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Schedule Change Can Make Triple Crown Even Tougher

Jeff Lowe is a former staff writer for Thoroughbred Times who currently handles media for Team Valor International If California Chrome succeeds in ending the 36-year Triple Crown drought with a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Churchill Downs wants money back from Welker

DRF | 7 months ago
Photos taken at the Kentucky Derby show Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker passing out $100 bills to fans after scoring big on the Derby at Churchill Downs. But did he or someone from his group win too much? Read More...

How Heavy a Load Can California Chrome Carry?

Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome will tote 126 pounds to the post in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes from Pimlico racecourse in Maryland, but the California-bred colt is carrying so much more than... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Next Question? Intense Media for California Chrome, Preakness Challengers

While almost nothing in racing is a certainty, it’s pretty much a lock that the Kentucky Derby winner’s connections will be swarmed with media attention in the days leading up to the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

California Chrome’s Kentucky Derby win a coup for statebred program

DRF | 8 months ago
California Chrome’s success has helped serve as a morale booster for the state’s breeding industry, which had been on a 51-year drought since Decidedly became the third California-bred to win the Kentucky Derby in 1962. He has also given the program its biggest equine celebrity since Horse of the Year Tiznow’s dominance in the early 2000s. Read More...

Sparkman: A.P. Indy pulls off a double double

DRF | 8 months ago
About the only significant accomplishment missing from both the racing and stud careers of A.P. Indy was a victory in the Kentucky Derby. Over the last two years, however, his sons, grandsons, and great-grandsons have filled that void quite nicely. Read More...

Small-time breeders hit jackpot with California Chrome

DRF | 8 months ago
Perry Martin and co-owner-breeder Steve Coburn realized the dream of every small breeder, watching California Chrome develop from the winner of three stakes for California-breds last summer and winter to the leading 3-year-old in the nation. California Chrome has won 7 of 11 starts and earned $2,552,650. He will be a heavy favorite to win the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 17. Read More...

Byron King: In Derby, believe your eyes, not the clock

DRF | 8 months ago
In the post-race analysis of the Kentucky Derby, many have noted how slowly the race was run, with the victorious California Chrome covering 1 1/4 miles in 2:03.66 over what had seemed to be a quick track. My thoughts: The time and figure mean little in this case. Read More...

Big Candy Boy bet came from Isle of Man hub

DRF | 8 months ago
The huge Kentucky Derby wager that dropped the odds on Candy Boy from 16-1 to 9-1 totaled just more than $1 million and was placed through an offshore account-wagering hub based on the Isle of Man, Churchill Downs officials confirmed Thursday. Read More...

Jerardi: Beyer Speed Figures told the tale on Derby Weekend

DRF | 8 months ago
Sometimes, you just know. My only concern about California Chrome was the same one Art Sherman had – the first 200 yards. Once the colt made that a non-issue, I started looking around for my superfecta horses. Read More...

Derby, Oaks horses test clean

DRF | 8 months ago
Post-race tests on samples pulled from horses running in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday and the Kentucky Oaks on Friday at Churchill Downs were all negative for prohibited substances, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission said Tuesday. Read More...

Photos: Kentucky Derby 2014, start to finish

DRF | 8 months ago
Photos: Kentucky Derby 2014, start to finish Read More...

Belmont’s Derby Day business up

DRF | 8 months ago
With two more races and glorious weather, Belmont Park posted increases in attendance and handle on Saturday, Kentucky Derby Day, compared with 2013. Read More...

Kentucky Derby Competitors: No Regrets in Defeat to Impressive Winner

One of my earliest Kentucky Derby assignments in the late 1980s was chasing after the connections of those horses who didn’t wind up in the infield winner’s circle after the Run for the Roses. I was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Beyer: California Chrome’s Derby was historically slow

DRF | 8 months ago
In almost every respect but one, California Chrome’s victory in the Kentucky Derby was satisfying and heartwarming, a triumph for the little guy that fans and the media always relish. Read More...

Dance With Fate eyes Del Mar

DRF | 8 months ago
Dance With Fate, who finished a creditable sixth in the Kentucky Derby, was to head back to California on Monday, possibly for a break before his next start. Read More...

King’s review: California Chrome dominant in slow Kentucky Derby

DRF | 8 months ago
With near-perfect weather, 164,906 packed Churchill Downs for the 140th Kentucky Derby, the second-highest attendance in Derby history. And the large throng was treated to a decisive victory from California Chrome, who spurted away from the field to score by 1 3/4 lengths as the 5-2 favorite. Read More...

Kentucky Derby handle down 0.8 percent

DRF | 8 months ago
Betting on the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday was down slightly from last year, while overall betting on the 13-race card rose slightly, according to a side-by-side comparison of charts of the races. Read More...

For Espinoza, fear has turned to Kentucky Derby success

DRF | 8 months ago
Jockey Victor Espinoza said that when he was a youngster growing up in Mexico, he was afraid of horses. “Look at me now, I’ve won two Kentucky Derbies,” Espinoza said after winning the Derby on Saturday aboard the 2-1 favorite California Chrome, a horse he’s ridden to five consecutive victories for 77-year-old trainer Art Sherman. Read More...

California Chrome Impressive in Kentucky Derby Win

Michael Compton | 8 months ago
Steven Coburn and Perry Martin’s favored California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, took command at the head of the stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Commanding Curve to win the 140th running of the $2,202,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1). A  crowd of 164,906, the second-largest attendance in Kentucky Derby […](Read more...) Read More...

Jose Espinoza savors brother’s Derby win

DRF | 8 months ago
Jose Espinoza just couldn’t stay away. So confident that his brother, Victor, was going to win Saturday’s 140th Kentucky Derby aboard California Chrome, Jose made plans late Friday night to attend the Derby, a race he rode in for the first – and last – time last year. Read More...

For Stewart, a second straight Derby runner-up

DRF | 8 months ago
For the second straight year, trainer Dallas Stewart was second to one in the Kentucky Derby. One year after finishing second to the favored Orb with 34-1 shot Golden Soul, Stewart was again second-best to the favorite, this time with 37-1 Commanding Curve, whose furious late rally in the stretch Saturday fell 1 3/4 lengths short of California Chrome in Kentucky Derby 140 at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Kentucky Derby payoffs

DRF | 8 months ago
Here are the top five finishers, with all available mutuel prices involving the 140th Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Read More...