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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 | 1 month 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 | 2 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 | 2 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 | 2 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 | 2 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 | 2 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 | 2 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 | 2 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 | 2 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...

Wagering on Kentucky Derby dips as some bettors get shut out

DRF | 2 months ago
Betting on the Kentucky Derby this year was down 9.7 percent from last year, according to charts of the races, in no small measure because of a complete meltdown of the online wagering site of one of the country’s largest account-wagering companies one hour prior to the Derby, preventing thousands of the company’s customers from getting their bets down. Read More...

Gutierrez perfect again when it matters most

DRF | 2 months ago
What’s the first word that comes to mind when it comes to the team of Nyquist and jockey Mario Gutierrez? Perfection! Read More...

For Desormeaux, no shame in being second to the champ again

DRF | 2 months ago
If trainer Keith Desormeaux was disappointed about coming up 1 1/4 lengths short of winning the Kentucky Derby in his first try, it certainly was hard to tell. Read More...

Kentucky Derby mutuel payoffs

DRF | 2 months ago
Here are the payoffs from the 142nd Kentucky Derby: Read More...

Nyquist silences critics, wins Kentucky Derby to stay unbeaten

DRF | 2 months ago
Nyquist sped clear turning for home and finished clear of a fast-closing Exaggerator in winning the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

King: Churchill Downs late pick four for Derby Day

DRF | 2 months ago
With huge fields over the final four races Saturday at Churchill, the late pick four offers the chance for a blow-up payoff. Here is a look at the sequence, which begins with the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, race 11, and finishes with a maiden race at 1 1/8 miles, and a TicketMaker play follows the text. Read More...

Bernier: Churchill Downs pick five for Kentucky Derby Day

DRF | 2 months ago
Kentucky Derby Day is annually one of the most anticipated wagering days on a horseplayer's calendar. Full fields with relatively evenly matched horses present the horseplayer with numerous wagering opportunities. Of all the wagers that are offered on Derby Saturday, the pick five may be the best – a wager that concludes with the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Record attendance, wagering on Kentucky Oaks card

DRF | 2 months ago
Wagering and attendance on Friday at Churchill Downs were records for a Kentucky Oaks Day, the second straight year in which the standards fell. Read More...

Will-pays for Kentucky Oaks-Derby double

DRF | 2 months ago
Cathryn Sophia’s victory in the Kentucky Oaks as the 4.70-1 second choice kept the will-pays for the Oaks-Derby double within a moderate range. The lowest payoff for a $1 wager would be $29.40 when paired with early Derby favorite Nyquist. The highest would be $817 if Trojan Nation wins. Read More...

Nyquist at 2-1 in early Kentucky Derby betting

DRF | 2 months ago
Morning-line favorite Nyquist maintained his position as the lowest-priced horse in the Kentucky Derby field, with early wagers floating him down from his program odds of 3-1 to 2-1 after the Kentucky Oaks on Friday. Read More...

Dunleavy: Churchill Downs pick four for middle of Derby card

DRF | 2 months ago
While the pick four on races 5-8 at Churchill Downs on Saturday includes the Distaff Turf Mile, in which Tepin likely will go off at 1-5 or 2-5, the other three races are competitive enough to make a play possible. And, yes, I will throw in a "B" horse in the Distaff Turf Mile on the odd chance that Tepin doesn’t run her race or encounters a traffic jam. Read More...

How the Kentucky Derby horses got their names

DRF | 2 months ago
The 20-horse field for the 2016 Kentucky Derby and the meaning behind their names. Read More...

Kentucky Derby angles: Peck on value

DRF | 2 months ago
Assessing value in the Kentucky Derby always starts with questioning the favorite. What price will he be? What kind of trip will he get? Is he vulnerable? Nyquist is the 3-1 morning-line favorite for the Derby, and that by definition makes him an underlay in a 20-horse field. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pace analysis: There’s hope for the closers

DRF | 2 months ago
Something remarkable happened in the 2015 Kentucky Derby: The horses who occupied the first three positions after a quarter-mile of the race, Dortmund, Firing Line, and American Pharoah, were the first three horses to cross the finish line. Read More...

Nearness To Greatness: A Family Farm’s Derby Weekend Trifecta

It's like witnessing the Northern Light's while sitting in the southern hemisphere. Or experiencing the perfect day, followed by a spectacular sunset. Like the most amazing vacation, only to find out... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Illman: Oaks/Woodford/Derby pick three

DRF | 2 months ago
There should be some giant pools at Churchill Downs over the weekend, and the special Kentucky Oaks/Woodford Reserve Turf Classic/Kentucky Derby pick three looks interesting. I’ll play TicketMaker and hope to beat a favorite or two. Read More...

Clocker: No reason to knock Nyquist

DRF | 2 months ago
Mike Welsch's impressions of all 20 Kentucky Derby starters from observations made both at Churchill and Keeneland over the past two weeks. Read More...

Hovdey: Two minutes to answer a horseman’s prayer

DRF | 2 months ago
Since 2003 there have been 13 different trainers win the Kentucky Derby, 13 different racing families elevated, for a brief time, above all the rest. At the end of those two minutes, run at a pace that seems both an eternity and a heartbeat, all the thankless toil, the freezing water, the deep muck, the monotonous turning left at the shank disappear in a burst of unfettered joy. There, draped over the shedrow rail as night falls on the Churchill Downs backstretch, is the proof it was not a dream – the garland of roses, proudly displayed at the center of the racing universe. Read More...

More underlays than bargains in Kentucky Derby Future Wager

DRF | 2 months ago
With the 142nd Kentucky Derby upon us, overlays and underlays abound in the four Derby futures pools that were offered by Churchill Downs in preceding months. Read More...

The Haiku Handicapper: 2016 Kentucky Derby

DRF | 2 months ago
DRF sales editor Joe Nevills analyzes the Kentucky Derby field, in post position order, in the form of Haiku, a Japanese poem of 17 syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five. Read More...

Nyquist wears the target in a Kentucky Derby filled with uncertainty

DRF | 2 months ago
Despite a perfect record of seven wins in seven starts, Nyquist heads into the 142nd Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs as the acknowledged favorite but with plenty of others lining up to try and beat him, notably the owners and trainers of 21 other horses entered in the race, and the many bettors who are likely to find appeal in many of the 19 others who will run against Nyquist. Read More...

Baffert takes aim at fifth Kentucky Derby win with Mor Spirit

DRF | 2 months ago
Bob Baffert didn't walk away after American Pharoah retired, didn't say “Baffert out” following the Triple Crown. No, one year after training American Pharoah to the first Triple Crown sweep in 37 years, Baffert has taken up his familiar spot preceding the first Saturday in May, Barn 33 at Churchill Downs, where on Saturday, for the 17th time in his career, he will try to win the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Desormeaux brothers team up with Exaggerator

DRF | 2 months ago
Mom and Dad will be here. So will the three sisters and some of their kids and other family members – or a fair percentage of the population of Vermilion Parish, Louisiana. “This isn't just for me and Keith and the family,” said Kent Desormeaux, the Hall of Fame jockey who will ride Exaggerator for his older brother, trainer Keith Desormeaux, in the 142nd Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs. “It's for Cajun pride. This is huge.” Read More...

Figuring out who is likely to get the distance

DRF | 2 months ago
Because there is no prior form to help judge who will have something left in the tank for that last eighth of a mile in the Kentucky Derby, a useful tool to help determine each horse's distance potential is the average winning distance of his sire and dam's progeny. Read More...

This time, Gutierrez better prepared to handle the heat

DRF | 2 months ago
Four years after Gutierrez rode I'll Have Another to an upset victory in the Kentucky Derby for owners Paul and Zillah Reddam and trainer Doug O'Neill, the 31-year-old is back for the same owners and trainer with Nyquist, the undefeated champion 2-year-old male of 2015. Read More...

‘Son Of A Gun’ Desormeaux Reluctantly Enjoys Kentucky Derby Spotlight

While his younger brother Kent has won the Kentucky Derby three times, trainer Keith Desormeaux will saddle his first Derby starter Saturday. The elder sibling's training career dates back to the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Byron King’s Kentucky Derby analysis

DRF | 2 months ago
Nyquist, last year’s 2-year-old male champion, is the classiest horse in the Kentucky Derby and the likely winner. He has not run lofty speed figures or turned in particularly flashy workouts, but in seven starts, he has always found a way to win. He has exhibited the versatility to win on the lead, from a pace-pressing position, and even from as far back as eighth, as he did in taking the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last year when hung wide in a scramble into the first turn. He also has beaten several notable Kentucky Derby contenders, such as Exaggerator, Mohaymen, and Brody’s Cause. Read More...

Mike Welsch’s Kentucky Derby analysis

DRF | 2 months ago
Nyquist is the obvious choice, coming in undefeated in seven starts, with four Grade 1 wins on his résumé, including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. But in what looms as an extremely wide-open race, I must demand a price in the vicinity of 4-1 on this year’s Derby favorite. Outwork has continued to improve with experience, proved his mettle under fire despite contesting an extremely fast pace in the Wood Memorial, and has made the best impression of all the Derby runners since arriving locally. This well-built colt is by Uncle Mo but is out of an Empire Maker mare, which should enhance his chances of staying the distance. He figures to trip out nicely just off the early leaders, and it’s hard to pass up double-digit odds on a horse who is seemingly peaking at just the right time. Read More...

Mike Watchmaker’s Kentucky Derby analysis

DRF | 2 months ago
The deep closer Creator might not get the ideal pace setup he received when he won the Arkansas Derby most recently, but he’s still my pick in the Kentucky Derby. Creator improved in dramatic fashion over his last three starts, forging Beyer Speed Figure advancements of nine, 10, and six points to a 96 in the Arkansas Derby. If Creator is able to continue that trend – and by all accounts, he has impressed in his training at Churchill Downs – it certainly would make him fast enough to win. The potential for a moderate pace is a concern, as is the need for a somewhat-clean trip for deep closers like him. But I suspect that with this field, even a moderate Derby pace might fall apart late, and Creator is the closer I prefer. Read More...

Brad Free’s Kentucky Derby analysis

DRF | 2 months ago
Brody’s Cause has much in his favor. Among the nation’s elite 2-year-olds last fall when third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, his 3-year-old campaign is picking up steam. His Blue Grass Stakes victory last out was his second Grade 1 win, and it came in only his second start of the year. He’s worked well since and runs as if 1 1/4 miles is within range. The 3-for-6 colt is proven top class, enters with an improving pattern, and offers generous odds. His outside draw (19 of 20) is not an issue with the long run to the first turn. Read More...

Mike Beer’s Kentucky Derby analysis

DRF | 2 months ago
This year hasn’t been one for fast-paced Derby preps. As one race after another fell apart late on the way to Churchill Downs, more of the tired speeds fell short of the points cutoff. What we are left with is a Derby field that lacks much true early speed. Now, all of a sudden, all those closers who were taking advantage during the prep season might find themselves up against it in the biggest race of their lives. Read More...

Free: How I’d play the Oaks-Derby Double

DRF | 2 months ago
This handicapper’s Oaks-Derby double strategy will insist on an upset in either the Oaks or Derby, preferably both. If program favorites Rachel’s Valentine and Nyquist both win, it will be a losing wager. Read More...

Crist: Whittling it down to five contenders

DRF | 2 months ago
The central question of the 2016 Kentucky Derby is whether Nyquist is simply better than his 19 opponents or a vulnerable favorite in a subpar year. He has pluses and minuses, but is among five horses who will be on my pick-whatever tickets. Read More...

Nyquist draws post 13, favored at 3-1 in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 2 months ago
The unbeaten champion Nyquist drew post 13 and was installed as the 3-1 morning-line favorite when the field was drawn and post positions established for Saturday’s 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Derby starters often getting more time between starts

DRF | 2 months ago
The training charts hang on barn walls, whiteboard wiped clean and rewritten late each morning, and sit in desk drawers, written into ledger books ink-smudged or pristine. The charts record past exercise and sketch the future – the walks, jogs, gallops, and breezes that lead to races. Read More...

TVG not authorized to show Churchill’s live races

DRF | 2 months ago
Churchill Downs has not authorized Television Games Network to broadcast the track’s races live on its flagship network or on TVG’s website for this year’s spring meet, an official for TVG said on Wednesday. Read More...