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Yum! Brands to continue to sponsor Kentucky Derby

DRF | 1 month 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 | 2 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 | 2 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 | 5 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 | 6 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 | 6 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 | 6 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 | 6 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 | 6 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 | 6 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 | 6 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 | 6 months ago
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Belmont’s Derby Day business up

DRF | 6 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 | 6 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 | 6 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 | 6 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 | 6 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 | 6 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 | 6 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 | 6 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 | 6 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 | 6 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...

Kentucky Derby: California Chrome makes it look easy

DRF | 6 months ago
Art Sherman first came to Churchill Downs in 1955 as a stablehand associated with Swaps, who won that year’s Kentucky Derby. The other day, Sherman, now 77 and the trainer of California Chrome, paid a visit to the gravesite of Swaps, whose remains are at the Derby Museum at Churchill Downs, and said a little prayer. “It came true,” he said. “I was hoping he was another Swaps.” Read More...

Derby Angles: Free on pace

DRF | 6 months ago
The probability of a swift pace in the Kentucky Derby is strong, with six speed horses trying to stretch out to 1 1/4 miles. Which horse makes the lead? It could be any of those listed below. Read More...

Derby scene: California Chrome jogs; countdown begins

DRF | 6 months ago
On Saturday morning, California Chrome went for an easy one-mile jog with exercise rider Willie Delgado aboard, the sun just beginning to brighten the twin spires as they loomed over the Kentucky Derby favorite. Read More...

King: California Chrome is Derby standout

DRF | 6 months ago
Now to the question of the day: Who’s going to win the Derby? California Chrome – that’s the prediction here, anyway. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: California Chrome is early 3-1 favorite

DRF | 6 months ago
After the close of ontrack wagering Friday, Santa Anita Derby winner California Chrome was the 3-1 favorite in advance wagering for Saturday's Kentucky Derby, with Wood Memorial winner Wicked Strong and Arkansas Derby winner Danza co-second choices at 8-1. Read More...

Derby Angles: Hersh on post position

DRF | 6 months ago
It’s a little-noted fact: The 2013 Kentucky Derby was a landmark edition in modern Derby history. Why? The horses that broke from posts 1 through 5 finished, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth, the best showing ever by inside-drawn horses in a 20-horse Derby field. Yes – ever. Read More...

Paulick’s Derby Pick: Wicked Strong

Over the last 25 years, eight horses that competed in the Florida Derby went on to victory in the Kentucky Derby, making it the most productive race on the road to Churchill Downs and the first... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Pablo Del Monte scratched

DRF | 6 months ago
Pablo Del Monte will not run Saturday as a drawn-in also-eligible in the 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, it was announced early Friday by the connections of the Florida-bred colt. Read More...

One Expensive Bucket: Budgeting a Kentucky Derby Trip

The Kentucky Derby is on many a bucket list, but it’s right up there with the Super Bowl when it comes to expensive sporting events. Between tickets, parking, hotel, food, souvenirs, and of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Andrew Beyer: Wicked Strong coming to hand at right time

DRF | 6 months ago
Saturday's Kentucky Derby will have a clear-cut favorite in California Chrome, the winner of four straight stakes by a total of 24 1/4 lengths. In my opinion, it’s basically a two-horse race between California Chrome and Wicked Strong. Read More...

Derby training report card: Wicked Strong, Intense Holiday impress

DRF | 6 months ago
Wicked Strong, Intense Holiday, and Danza are among the Kentucky Derby horses who have impressed Mike Welsch with their training leading up to the race. Read More...

Smaller ownership groups make their presence known in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 6 months ago
When Kentucky Derby entrant General a Rod was sold for an undisclosed amount earlier this week, the names of the purchasers, Starlight Partners and Skychai Racing, may have surprised some. Read More...

Futures pool offers best wagering value for Derby

DRF | 6 months ago
Derby futures players holding tickets at 30-1 and 32-1 on California Chrome are among those with the best long-term wagering value on Kentucky Derby 140. Read More...

Red tape holding up release of vet records

DRF | 6 months ago
Though five owners and trainers in both the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby have signed a pledge to make their veterinary records available, that does not guarantee that the records will be released. Read More...

Wicked Strong looks fluid in final pre-Derby gallop

DRF | 6 months ago
As he did two days before winning the Wood Memorial, Wicked Strong blew out three furlongs Thursday, this time going in 36.78 seconds over the Churchill Downs main track, two days in advance of the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Little guys have big shot with California Chrome

DRF | 6 months ago
This year’s Kentucky Derby, run for 140th time on Saturday, is proof that no matter how much money you spend, or how many horses you have, fate can reward anyone. Read More...

Hovdey: California Chrome carrying state’s hopes and dreams

DRF | 6 months ago
California Chrome has come to mean more than he ever should. Think he’s carrying only 126 pounds and Victor Espinoza on Saturday against Wicked Strong, Danza, Tapiture, and Candy Boy? Think again. Read More...

Churchill Downs working with Turcotte on access complaints

DRF | 6 months ago
Churchill Downs will attempt to address complaints lodged by two-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Ron Turcotte about his treatment by the company on several Derby Days in the past, a spokesperson for Churchill said, adding there had been “a communication breakdown.” Read More...

Derby Angles: Litfin on trips

DRF | 6 months ago
Plotting the race flow of a 20-horse stampede is difficult at best, and this year’s Kentucky Derby is as complex a puzzle as any in recent memory. Read More...

Hoppertunity scratched from Kentucky Derby; Pablo Del Monte can run

DRF | 6 months ago
Hoppertunity has been scratched from the Kentucky Derby on Saturday after not coming out to train on Thursday morning. Trainer Bob Baffert said he has an issue with his left front foot. Daily Racing Form clocker Mike Welsch did not like the way Hoppertunity trained on Wednesday. Read More...