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Mo Town, Irish War Cry look to bounce back in Wood Memorial

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Mo Town and Irish War Cry seek rejuvenation. Battalion Runner and Cloud Computing seek validation. All four are seeking an invitation to the Kentucky Derby when they meet in Saturday's Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. Read More...

Santa Anita Derby turns into 13-horse scramble

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Now that West Coast 3-year-old leader Mastery is out of the picture with an injury, the Santa Anita Derby drew a huge field of 13. Four of the runners have never even run in a stakes race. Read More...

King: Practical Joke’s price looks right in Blue Grass

DRF | 3 weeks ago
In a search for a price, I'm going with Practical Joke in Saturday's Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. Read More...

McCraken takes next step in Blue Grass

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Some of the most promising 3-year-olds in the land will take part Saturday in the 93rd running of the Grade 2, $1 million Blue Grass. McCraken, Tapwrit, Practical Joke, and J Boys Echo are among a field of seven in what many are calling the deepest prep race on the road to the 2017 Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, April 8: Picks for Santa Anita Derby, Ashland, Wood

DRF | 3 weeks ago
My feeling is the allowance route last month in which Battle of Midway held off Reach the World will have a big impact in Saturday' Santa Anita Derby. Battle of Midway was wide all the way around the track that day and held determinedly, but I'm going with Reach the World. Read More...

Math says Cloud Computing needs top effort in Wood Memorial

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Cloud Computing was a late starter, but he seems to be a fast learner. If he continues at this pace, he could very well find himself in the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Baffert will run Irish Freedom but not West Coast in Santa Anita Derby

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Irish Freedom is in, while West Coast is off of the list of probable starters for Saturday's Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby. Trainer Bob Baffert said on Wednesday that he plans to have three runners in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby – American Anthem, Irish Freedom, and Reach the World. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for April 5

DRF | 3 weeks ago
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Halo Humor finally rewards Cruppers with Practical Joke

DRF | 3 weeks ago
As Practical Joke returns to his home state, breeders Keith and Allen Crupper, natives of Georgetown, Ky., will be on hand to watch the colt try to punch his ticket to the Kentucky Derby in the Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday at Keeneland. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree analysis: Iliad

DRF | 3 weeks ago
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Road to the Derby: Florida Derby analysis

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Road to the Derby: Florida Derby analysis. Read More...

McCraken draws post 2 for Blue Grass, made 7-5 morning-line favorite

DRF | 3 weeks ago
A field of seven 3-year-olds has been entered for the Grade 2, $1 million Blue Grass Stakes, a critical Kentucky Derby prep race to be run Saturday as the annual spring showcase at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. Read More...

Road to the Derby: Louisiana Derby analysis

DRF | 3 weeks ago
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Sparkman: Empire Maker living up to his name

DRF | 3 weeks ago
When Empire Maker was exported to Japan in 2010, the chances of him establishing his own branch of the Fappiano male line looked extremely remote. Seven years later, with a Triple Crown winner, a champion 2-year-old male, and the possible favorite for the 2017 Kentucky Derby among his grandsons, the son of Unbridled is well on his way to living up to his name by building his own sire empire. Read More...

Kentucky Derby Future Pool 4: McCraken tepid choice at 5-1

DRF | 4 weeks ago
McCraken was a lukewarm favorite amid a scrambled outlook when the fourth and final pool of the 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager closed Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern. Read More...

TimeformUS Speed Figure Report for week ending April 3, 2017

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Each week, TimeformUS Chief Figure Maker Craig Milkowski takes a look back at the weekend’s graded stakes and releases the TimeformUS Speed Figures for these races. Read More...

Florida Derby’s top trio all heading to Kentucky Derby

DRF | 4 weeks ago
As expected, the first three finishers from Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby - Always Dreaming, State of Honor, and Gunnevera - will all be heading to Churchill Downs, where they will meet again on May 6 in the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Always Dreaming adds to Pletcher’s Kentucky Derby arsenal by winning Florida Derby

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher’s strong hand on the road to the 2017 Kentucky Derby suddenly got a lot stronger late Saturday afternoon at Gulfstream Park after Always Dreaming powered to a convincing five-length victory over State of Honor in the Grade 1, $1 million Florida Derby. Read More...

Saturday becomes a work day for Florida-based Kentucky Derby hopefuls

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Three-year-olds were in action Saturday morning at all venues in Florida preparing for upcoming stakes that their connections hope land them in the May 6 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Classic Empire bet to early favoritism in Kentucky Derby Future Wager

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Classic Empire was a slight favorite after the first of three days of betting into Pool 4 of the 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager. Read More...

Sonneteer targets Arkansas Derby

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Sonneteer, the Southern California-based maiden who crashed the Rebel exacta when he finished second in the Grade 2, $900,000 race at 112-1, is coming back to Oaklawn. “All is on schedule to return for the Arkansas Derby,” trainer Keith Desormeaux said Friday. Read More...

Iliad looks solid in seven-furlong workout for Santa Anita Derby

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Iliad finished a lot better in a team workout Friday than he finished his most recent race, a distant second in the San Felipe Stakes. Based on his Friday workout, Iliad is likely to improve in his second try around two turns when he stretches to 1 1/8 miles in the Santa Anita Derby. Read More...

McCraken, Tapwrit, Practical Joke tuning up for Blue Grass

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Keeneland racing officials expect a field of at least seven 3-year-olds for the Blue Grass Stakes, the annual spring showcase that will anchor an action-packed opening weekend at the Lexington, Ky., track. Read More...

The Friday Show: Wrong Horses, Arrogate’s Place?

This week, the Paulick Report looked into a case of mistaken identity at Will Rogers Downs, where a horse ran under the wrong name in a race. This isn't the first time a mistake like that has been... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Derby contender El Areeb injured, will miss six months

DRF | 4 weeks ago
El Areeb, a 3-year-old with two Grade 3 stakes wins this year, came out of his Wednesday workout at Laurel Park with an injury to his right knee and is off the Kentucky Derby trail, trainer Cal Lynch said Thursday. Read More...

Girvin better prepared for Louisiana Derby

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Girvin's path to last month's Risen Star Stakes here at Fair Grounds was not ideal, yet he won anyway. He has had a perfect schedule since then, and that makes the lightly raced but improving colt strictly the horse to beat on Saturday in the Grade 2, $1 million Louisiana Derby. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, April 1: Picks for Florida Derby, New Orleans, Pan American

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Gunnevera he will be a short-priced favorite in Saturday's Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. But I still think there's a wagering opportunity here because I don't like some other horses who are likely to take money, and I do like Impressive Edge to complete a cold exacta. Read More...

Derby Watch: Asmussen shifts focus back to 3-year-olds

DRF | 4 weeks ago
After a trip to Dubai to watch Gun Runner finish second in the Dubai World Cup, Steve Asmussen has returned focus to his 3-year-olds and will saddle Local Hero on Saturday in the Grade 2, $1 million Louisiana Derby. Read More...

Gunnevera parked outside in Florida Derby

DRF | 4 weeks ago
The late addition of three decided outsiders to the field suddenly made Wednesday's post-position draw for Saturday's $1 million Florida Derby very relevant. And sure enough, the draw proved significant, with Fountain of Youth winner and 9-5 morning-line favorite Gunnevera assigned the far-outside post 11, a disadvantage with such a short run to the first turn in 1 1/8-mile races at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for March 29

DRF | 4 weeks ago
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Kentucky Derby pedigree analysis: Local Hero

DRF | 4 weeks ago
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Blue Grass gains Practical Joke, loses Classic Empire

DRF | 1 month ago
The Grade 2, $1 million Blue Grass Stakes on April 8 at Keeneland lost one significant player but picked up another on Tuesday as the connections of Classic Empire and Practical Joke finalized plans. Read More...

Conquest Mo Money misses late Triple Crown deadline

DRF | 1 month ago
The connections of Sunland Derby runner-up Conquest Mo Money tried to make the horse a late nominee to the Triple Crown, but they missed the deadline and the nomination was rejected. Read More...

Road to the Derby: Sunland Derby analysis

DRF | 1 month ago
An analysis of Sunday's Sunland Derby at Sunland Park. Read More...

Hence, Conquest Mo Money jump into Kentucky Derby picture

DRF | 1 month ago
Sunland Derby winner Hence was traveling back to his Oaklawn base on Monday, his spot in the Kentucky Derby secure as he picked up 50 qualifying points for his victory. But the path he will take to the May 6 classic at Churchill Downs is to be determined, trainer Steve Asmussen said. Read More...

Seven confirmed for Florida Derby, with Practical Joke on the fence

DRF | 1 month ago
The starting lineup for Saturday's $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park was all but finalized last Saturday following a frenetic morning during which all eight potential starters put in their final works at four different venues around the local area. Read More...

Tapwrit headed to Blue Grass

DRF | 1 month ago
Tapwrit, winner of the Tampa Bay Derby in his last start, will head to Keeneland for the Grade 2 Blue Grass Stakes on April 8 for his final start before the May 6 Kentucky Derby, Aron Wellman, who runs the Eclipse Thoroughbred partnership, said Monday. Read More...

Japanese runner in Kentucky Derby unlikely

DRF | 1 month ago
It is increasingly doubtful that a Japanese-based runner will compete in this year's Kentucky Derby on May 6 at Churchill Downs. Epicharis, the runner-up in the United Arab Emirates Derby on Saturday, has been removed from consideration by his connections, and the only other two prospects who could be invited by Churchill Downs are unlikely to participate, according to the Japan Racing Association. Read More...

Breeder Hansen being rewarded for faith in stallion Hansen

DRF | 1 month ago
There is no denying that Kendall Hansen has put in the legwork to help prove out his namesake stallion, the champion juvenile Hansen, in his lone U.S. crop before being sold to Korea in late 2013. Read More...

McCraken gets stamina-building work for Blue Grass

DRF | 1 month ago
With McCraken coming off an eight-week layoff as he goes into his final Kentucky Derby prep, trainer Ian Wilkes sent his pupil out for a six-furlong work Monday intended to “put some bottom in him.” McCraken responded by blitzing his workmate through the six furlongs in 1:13.40 in his penultimate move before the Grade 2 Blue Grass Stakes. Read More...

Hence earns Kentucky Derby berth by winning Sunland Derby

DRF | 1 month ago
Hence put himself in the gate for the Kentucky Derby on Sunday, when he closed from next to last for a 3 3/4-length win over Conquest Mo Money in the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby. Read More...

Fast and Accurate pulls 24-1 surprise in Spiral Stakes

DRF | 1 month ago
Kendall Hansen couldn’t help himself. The pain-management doctor known in racing circles for his outlandish tendencies got down on his knees to kiss the Turfway Park ground Saturday just minutes after his longshot colt, Fast and Accurate, pulled a stunning 24-1 upset in the 46th running of the Grade 3, $500,000 Spiral Stakes, the annual Turfway showcase. Read More...

Girvin draws post 8 in nine-horse field for Louisiana Derby

DRF | 1 month ago
In 2014, when Joe Sharp was working as an assistant for trainer Mike Maker, owner Brad Grady gave him the financial backing to go out on his own and begin claiming horses. Next Saturday at Fair Grounds, Sharp and Grady will send out two horses in the $1 million Louisiana Derby, including likely favorite Girvin. Read More...

Practical Joke, Gunnevera among workers for Florida Derby

DRF | 1 month ago
Practical Joke moved a step closer toward starting in the $1 million Florida Derby by working five furlongs in 1:00.90 in company with stablemate Shagaf at Palm Meadows on Saturday. Practical Joke was one of more than a half-dozen possible Florida Derby starters to work throughout the local area Saturday. Read More...

Thunder Snow narrowly beats Epicharis in fast UAE Derby

DRF | 1 month ago
Thunder Snow was a very good horse racing on the European turf last year, and he is doing pretty well so far on dirt. Read More...

Thunder Snow narrowly beats Epicharis in fast UAE Derby

DRF | 1 month ago
Thunder Snow was a very good horse racing on the European turf last year, and he is doing pretty well so far on dirt. Read More...

State of Honor likely to run in Florida Derby

DRF | 1 month ago
State of Honor, arguably flying a bit under the radar on the Kentucky Derby trail despite finishing behind only McCraken and Tapwrit in his last two starts at Tampa Bay Downs, is likely headed back to Gulfstream Park for the $1 million Florida Derby next Saturday. Read More...

Sunland Derby attracts cast from far and wide

DRF | 1 month ago
Horses from major winter meets around the country will converge on New Mexico on Sunday to chase after the $800,000 purse of the Grade 3 Sunland Derby, as well as the race's 85 points for the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Mo Town confirmed for Wood Memorial

DRF | 1 month ago
Trainer Tony Dutrow confirmed Thursday that Mo Town, winner of the Grade 2 Remsen at Aqueduct last November, will return to the Big A for the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial on April 8, when he will likely need a top two-three finish to earn enough points to qualify for the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, March 25: Picks for Spiral, Bourbonette Oaks, Sunland Derby

DRF | 1 month ago
Parlor and Kitten's Cat are logical win contenders, but I like Soglio in Saturday's Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park. Read More...