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The Money Monster eyes Fountain of Youth

DRF | 4 hours ago
Trainer Rohan Crichton said he is leaning toward running The Money Monster in the Grade 2, $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 4 following the undefeated colt's victory last Saturday in the $53,500 Pasco Stakes. Read More...

Guest Suite looks great after winning Lecomte

DRF | 23 hours ago
Guest Suite did not appear to maximally extend himself winning the Grade 3, $200,000 Lecomte Stakes on Saturday at Fair Grounds, and his trainer, Neil Howard, saw nothing to contradict that impression Saturday night and Sunday morning. Read More...

Guest Suite looks to be at home in Lecomte Stakes win

DRF | 2 days ago
In the 2015 Lecomte Stakes, trainer Neil Howard and owner Will Farish ran the promising 3-year-old Eagle as the favorite. Eagle, making his seasonal debut, never got into the race and finished seventh. Two years later, Howard and Farish again had the Lecomte favorite, this time in Guest Suite, a promising 3-year-old making his seasonal debut, and things turned out much better Saturday at Fair Grounds. Read More...

King: Last-race loss makes this right time to bet on Running Mate

DRF | 4 days ago
Now that Running Mate has lost, and with some backers likely to jump off his bandwagon, he now holds more wagering appeal in Saturday's Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, Jan. 21: Picks for Louisiana Stakes, Lecomte, Gasparilla

DRF | 4 days ago
In Saturday's Louisiana Stakes at Fair Grounds, I like Seeking the Soul, who comes into this off the two best performances of his career. Read More...

Carroll enjoys new role as assistant to Casse

DRF | 5 days ago
David Carroll, his stable down to a handful of modest runners, finally gave up being a head trainer at the end of the 2015-2016 Fair Grounds meet, but he has settled comfortably into his job as an assistant to trainer Mark Casse. Read More...

Southwest next race for Uncontested

DRF | 6 days ago
Uncontested emerged from his Monday romp in the $150,000 Smarty Jones in good order and is being pointed for the second race in Oaklawn’s series for 3-year-olds, the Southwest. Read More...

Uncontested all the way in Smarty Jones Stakes

DRF | 7 days ago
Uncontested was left alone on the lead in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes on Monday at Oaklawn Park and put on a show in the slop, winning off by 5 1/4 lengths while picking up 10 eligibility points for the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Gormley will await San Felipe in March

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Gormley is likely to have a nine-week gap between races after winning his 3-year-old debut by a head in a thrilling running of the $100,690 Sham Stakes at a mile on Saturday at Santa Anita. Trainer John Shirreffs said on Sunday that he is leaning toward the $200,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on March 11 for Gormley’s next start. Read More...

Gormley outbattles American Anthem in Sham

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Gormley is named for a famed British sculptor, but it is trainer John Shirreffs who is molding Antony Gormley’s namesake into one of the top prospects for the Kentucky Derby. Gormley disappointed in his final start at age 2, but he rebounded on Saturday with a big effort, out-dueling the well-regarded American Anthem in a thrilling edition of the Grade 3, $100,690 Sham Stakes for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita. Read More...

Hemsworth’s last race stands out entering Mucho Macho Man

DRF | 3 weeks ago
A maiden winning a stakes race is no longer considered a rare phenomenon, but few have done so as impressively as Hemsworth did when cruising to a 9 1/2-length victory to close out his 2-year-old campaign in the Grade 2 Nashua at Aqueduct. And trainer Tom Albertrani is hoping his homebred will be able to build off that performance when he kicks off his 2017 season in the $100,000 Mucho Macho Man, the last of four stakes for 3-year-olds on Saturday's 11-race program at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Debut winner Girvin pointing to Lecomte

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Girvin impressed trainer Joe Sharp enough winning his career debut Dec. 16 at Fair Grounds that he plans to give the colt his second start in the Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes on Jan. 21. Read More...

Takaful gets more experience going two turns in Jerome

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Takaful, who dazzled in his debut before disappointing in the Remsen, will kick off 2017 in Monday's Grade 3, $150,000 Jerome Stakes, the first race on this circuit for New York-based 3-year-olds with hopes of making it to the Kentucky Derby on May 6. Read More...

Road to the Derby: CashCall Futurity analysis

DRF | 1 month ago
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Look for Mastery to be prominent 3-year-old for Baffert in 2017

DRF | 1 month ago
Much will be expected in the next six months from Mastery, who gave trainer Bob Baffert a record ninth win in the $300,000 Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity on Saturday. Read More...

Road to the 2017 Kentucky Derby: Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes analysis

DRF | 2 months ago
McCRAKEN completed a promising, late-year campaign by winning his third race without a defeat, all at Churchill Downs, where the Kentucky Derby is held. He went from an unstarted maiden in early October to a top Derby prospect in less than two months. Read More...

Road to the 2017 Kentucky Derby: Remsen Stakes analysis

DRF | 2 months ago
This will be a fascinating race to watch going forward because the top two, MO TOWN and NO DOZING, both have plenty of promise, and it’s entirely possible the Beyer Speed Figure from this race is even faster than the 86 it was initially assigned. Read More...

Road to the Derby: Delta Downs Jackpot analysis

DRF | 2 months ago
Gunneveraa had proven no match for Classic Empire when finishing fifth in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity in his prior start, but won as much the best against this Grade 3 field in the Delta Downs Jackpot with a stirring last-to-first charge in the field of 10. Read More...

Blue Grass, Wood Memorial downgraded to Grade 2

DRF | 2 months ago
The American Graded Stakes Committee has downgraded three Grade 1 races, including two key Kentucky Derby prep races, and upgraded the Pennsylvania Derby from Grade 2 to Grade 1, according to a release of the 2017 grade assignments on Friday. Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine Racetrack: Upgrades, Downgrades, And Obstacles

Two of the Grade 1 points qualifiers for the Kentucky Derby will downgraded to Grade 2 status for 2017. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the criteria for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Blue Grass, Wood Memorial Downgraded; Pennsylvania Derby To Be Grade 1 in 2017

Two historic races for 3-year-olds on the road to the Kentucky Derby – the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland and the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct – will be dropped from Grade 1 to Grade 2 status when the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Road to the Derby: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile analysis

DRF | 2 months ago
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Came Home has rising son for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 2 months ago
Mont Saint Legame won last weekend’s Cattleya Sho at Tokyo Racecourse, the first of two races in Japan offering points toward the 2017 Kentucky Derby. Although the colt has yet to set foot on American soil, he is by a familiar name. Read More...

Field favored at 6-5 in Pool 1 of Kentucky Derby Future Wager

DRF | 2 months ago
The mutuel field once again was the clear-cut favorite when Pool 1 in the 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager closed Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern. Read More...

Remsen winner Mo Town eyes New York path to Kentucky Derby

DRF | 2 months ago
Mo Town, No Dozing, and Takaful – the first three finishers in Saturday’s Grade 2 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct – are headed to various parts of Florida in the coming days and could all take different paths to try to get to the Kentucky Derby on May 6 at Churchill Downs. Read More...

McCraken impresses in Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes

DRF | 2 months ago
As soon as McCraken crossed under the wire as the winner of the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, the colt’s owner and breeder, Janis Whitham, began to weep. Read More...

Mo Town turns in big effort to win Remsen Stakes

DRF | 2 months ago
As confident as trainer Tony Dutrow was that his 2-year-old Mo Town was going to run a big race in Saturday’s Grade 2 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct, he didn’t necessarily know if that would be good enough to win it. Read More...

Not This Time retired to Taylor Made

DRF | 2 months ago
Not This Time, one of the early favorites for the 2017 Kentucky Derby, has been retired to stud at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Ky., after being diagnosed with a soft-tissue injury to his right foreleg. The stunning announcement of the colt's retirement was made Monday afternoon by Taylor Made. Read More...

Delta Downs Jackpot Update: And Down The Stretch They Come!

The journey to next year's Kentucky Derby carves a path through Vinton, La. Saturday with the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot. With a competitive field of juveniles lined up, it looks to be anyone's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Delta Downs Jackpot Update: You Wanna Bet?

The Delta Downs Jackpot — traditionally one of the early markers en route to the Kentucky Derby — is now just two days away. A competitive field of 10 is set for what should be an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Road to the Derby: Champagne Stakes analysis

DRF | 3 months ago
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Road to the Derby: FrontRunner Stakes analysis

DRF | 4 months ago
Gormley, making only his second start, his first in a stakes race, and his first around two turns, improved significantly off his debut win at Del Mar with this victory, one that stamped him as a potential major player in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 5, a race run at the exact conditions – 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita – as the FrontRunner. Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine: Florida’s Racing Con, Japan Sends It In

Whatever description you might provide someone about horse racing, it certainly can't be anything like what some people in Florida are putting on display. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Paulick Report 9/23 News Minute

The Paulick Report sends out its headlines newsletter every weekday morning at 9 a.m ET (10 a.m. weekends), but the news doesn't stop after you've had your morning coffee. Each weekday at mid-day,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine: Tokyo Road, Man On The Moon?

Churchill Downs and the Japan Racing Association announced this week a new partnership and path to the Kentucky Derby that will likely guarantee a spot in the starting gates for a Japan-based horse.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Japanese races to award one Kentucky Derby berth

DRF | 4 months ago
Churchill Downs will award a Japanese horse an automatic berth in next year's Kentucky Derby under a new program assigning points to participants in two Japanese stakes races, the track announced on Monday. Read More...

Random Observations From A Triple Crown Notebook

It takes a very good horse to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness or Belmont.  It takes a great one to win all three races. We witnessed greatness in 2015. Sometimes, when there's not much separation... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Weeding Out The Drama

While there's no chance of history doubling up this year in New York and no rematch between the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners, that doesn't mean the final leg of the Triple Crown is devoid of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Preakness Now, Preakness Future?

For well over a century, the second leg of the Triple Crown has been contested at Pimlico Race Course. That'll be the case again this year as Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist makes his bid for the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Goldfeder: What was I thinking – Kentucky Derby Day

DRF | 8 months ago
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The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Triple Crown Talk Plus $12 Million Reasons

Less than a year removed from the first Triple Crown victory in 37 years, we have an undefeated horse heading to the Preakness, having already completed the rare double of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Kentucky Derby TV rating dips

DRF | 9 months ago
The final rating for the Kentucky Derby broadcast on NBC on Saturday was a 9.0, according to the network, down 6.3 percent from the 9.6 final rating for the broadcast last year. Read More...

Mohaymen best of the East Coast horses

DRF | 9 months ago
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Kentucky Derby fourth-place finisher Mohaymen would not run in either the Preakness or the Belmont, but instead will have the Travers on Aug. 27 as his next major goal, with a possible start in the Jim Dandy on July 30. Read More...

Nyquist: The ‘Respect’ Myth And The Luck Of The Irish

And so the discussion begins again in the wake of the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby. Can Nyquist win the Triple Crown? Of course, he can. As I've said in previous years, the Kentucky Derby... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Sparkman: How good is Uncle Mo?

DRF | 9 months ago
Uncle Mo was already the hottest young sire on the planet before the first Saturday in May, but just how much hotter will he get after Nyquist’s victory in the 142nd Kentucky Derby? Does any doubt remain that Uncle Mo is the real deal? Read More...

Darley scores big in Derby and Oaks

DRF | 9 months ago
Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum's Darley America picked up another big win for its stallion roster on Friday when Cathryn Sophia, a daughter of Street Boss, drew away to win the Kentucky Oaks. The following day, future Darley resident Nyquist took home the roses as the favorite in the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Led by Nyquist, Uncle Mo’s first crop is one for the ages

DRF | 9 months ago
Nyquist was an unbeaten juvenile champion, just like his sire, and was made the morning-line favorite for the Kentucky Derby, just like his sire. The question was, could he go the classic distance, something his sire had never done? Read More...

Kentucky Derby TV ratings plummet

DRF | 9 months ago
The race portion of a three-plus-hour broadcast of the Kentucky Derby on NBC Saturday posted a 9.3 overnight rating, according to the television network, down 14 percent compared with the overnight rating for the same portion of the broadcast last year. Read More...

Watchmaker: Nyquist proves far superior to his contemporaries

DRF | 9 months ago
It’s seems so obvious the morning after the Kentucky Derby, but it is still worth stating: Nyquist is just plain better than his contemporaries, and it isn’t really close right now. Read More...

Nyquist stays perfect with Kentucky Derby victory

DRF | 9 months ago
When it comes to winning the Kentucky Derby, trainer Doug O’Neill, owner Paul Reddam, and jockey Mario Gutierrez said they’ll have another. Read More...