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Handle flat, attendance down for Kentucky Oaks

DRF | 9 months ago
Wagering on the Kentucky Oaks and its accompanying 13-race card at Churchill Downs in Louisville on Friday was down slightly despite chilly temperatures, intermittent rainfall, and a sharp drop in the ontrack crowd, according to charts and figures released by Churchill late on Friday. Read More...

Early odds for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 9 months ago
Early odds for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Peck: Finding value in the Kentucky Derby field

DRF | 9 months ago
Hardened horseplayers know that to survive long term in this game, you need to get value on your plays. That's all of your plays, including the Kentucky Derby. On the other hand, the casual sports fan simply wants to know who will win the race and isn't really interested in which horses are the best value plays. Hence the plight of the public handicapper, who tries to balance the two approaches. Read More...

The Friday Show: Who Will Win The Kentucky Derby?

No doubt, this is one of the most wide open Derby fields in recent memory, but who's looking ready to win? Which horses have stood out this week and may have benefited from the post position draw? In... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Hovdey: Hollendorfer hopes he has Derby antidote

DRF | 9 months ago
There is no avoiding the idea that Jerry Hollendorfer has the organization and the clients to win a Kentucky Derby at some point. After all, he is a Hall of Famer with more than 7,000 wins, three champions, and major stakes victories all over the map. It might even happen as soon as Saturday in the 143rd Kentucky Derby with Battle of Midway. Read More...

Derby clocker: Irish War Cry, Paradise Woods happy campers

DRF | 9 months ago
A couple of key players here this weekend, Irish War Cry and Paradise Woods, put on a pretty good show for railbirds Thursday at Churchill Downs during what was the final regular morning of training for the 3-year-olds competing in Friday's Kentucky Oaks and Saturday's Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Many questions, only one correct answer

DRF | 9 months ago
After a tumultuous prep season in which no horse asserted himself as the clear front-runner of the division, a full field will line up for the 143rd Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs with more questions emanating from this group than a bunch of children in a preschool class. Read More...

Classic Empire, the quirky Derby favorite, an enigmatic star

DRF | 9 months ago
About 1,900 horses reside on the backstretch at Churchill Downs. Every morning, they are groomed, tacked up, and led to the racetrack, where they jog, gallop, or breeze, and then return to their stable. Read More...

Maragh hoping to deliver roses to a friend

DRF | 9 months ago
Trainer Graham Motion and jockey Rajiv Maragh have been close friends through good times and bad, and on Saturday they team up with Irish War Cry in the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Plenty of twists and turns on way to Kentucky Derby

DRF | 9 months ago
The road to the Kentucky Derby is rarely, if ever, a straight one. The only thing that varies from year to year in this aspect of the journey is how many unexpected detours arise, and how deep into the weeds those detours take us. Read More...

Apprentice turned master, Wilkes takes his turn in Derby spotlight

DRF | 9 months ago
Carl Nafzger and Ian Wilkes have forged a relationship that has brought them great personal joy and professional success, including a pair of Kentucky Derby wins. Wilkes will try to win his first Derby as head trainer with McCraken on Saturday. Read More...

Pedigree stats suggest Tapwrit has stamina edge in Derby

DRF | 9 months ago
Most important among the Kentucky Derby's variables is which horses are best able to handle the 1 1/4-mile distance. A useful tool to determine each entry's potential is the average progeny winning distance of his sire and dam. Read More...

Free: How will post position influence the Kentucky Derby?

DRF | 9 months ago
Estimating the degree of influence of post position is no easy task. While basic considerations of condition, class, and speed figures are pre-race tangibles, the effect of post and pace are uncertain until after both gates open. Read More...

Bernier: Kentucky Derby analysis

DRF | 9 months ago
Irish War Cry has done little wrong in his five-race career, and he enters the Kentucky Derby on the heels of an impressive score in the Wood Memorial on April 8 at Aqueduct. Read More...

Welsch: Kentucky Derby analysis

DRF | 9 months ago
There are lots of variables to consider and questions to answer with this Derby field, with the prospect of a wet track adding yet another question mark to an already muddled equation. Read More...

King: Kentucky Derby analysis

DRF | 9 months ago
CLASSIC EMPIRE showed his class and talent in winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile in fast time last year and then last month exhibited another skill in taking the Arkansas Derby – the ability to overcome adversity. Read More...

Free: Kentucky Derby analysis

DRF | 9 months ago
IRISH WAR CRY enters in top form and with the field's top speed figures. He has an up-front running style, and recent Derby winners have been forwardly placed. Read More...

Bernier: Kentucky Derby pace analysis

DRF | 9 months ago
Assessing the pace scenario is one of the more critical aspects of handicapping the Kentucky Derby. Historically, the Derby has featured fast early paces, enabling even the deepest one-run closers a chance to hit the board. Recently, however, the Derby has featured more moderate paces during the early stages, making it very difficult to catch the horses who are forwardly placed throughout. This year’s pace scenario is an intriguing one; below, you’ll find runners grouped based on where they’re likely to reside during Saturday’s race. Read More...

Derby clocker: Preparations nearly finished for Derby horses

DRF | 9 months ago
Each of the 20 horses in the main field for the 2017 Derby was on the track to train Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs, with the majority of the action taking place, as usual, during the special Oaks-Derby session immediately following the renovation break. Read More...

Viola’s financial and racing acumen pay off with Always Dreaming

DRF | 9 months ago
A financial success on Wall Street, Vinnie Viola has built a powerful racing stable over the last few years. Saturday, Viola, his wife, Teresa, and myriad friends will seek the ultimate racing prize when they run Always Dreaming in the 143rd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Read More...

2017 Kentucky Derby TimeformUS pace projector

DRF | 9 months ago
The TimeformUS Pace Projector attempts to predict how a race will unfold early. Read More...

PR Special: The Kentucky Derby 143 Edition

It's Derby week, so that means it's time for a special print edition presented by the Paulick Report, focusing on the 143rd running. This edition of the PR Special was distributed at Tuesday night's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Hovdey: In a room full of stars, Prat on meteoric rise

DRF | 9 months ago
On Friday, Flavien Prat will be riding Santa Anita Oaks winner Paradise Woods in the Kentucky Oaks – she is the morning line favorite – then on Saturday the young Frenchman will make his Kentucky Derby debut aboard Battle of Midway, runner-up last time out in the Santa Anita Derby. Jerry Hollendorfer, who trains Battle of Midway, has no qualms about hitching his fortunes to a Derby rookie, while Dan Ward, Hollendorfer's assistant, calls Prat “a difference-maker.” Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Geroux figures to sit tight on Hence this time around

DRF | 9 months ago
Last year, Florent Geroux had the lead aboard Gun Runner turning into the stretch of the Kentucky Derby. This time around, Geroux figures to be near the back of the pack with Hence. Read More...

Classic Empire, McCraken draw well for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 9 months ago
Classic Empire landed post 14 and McCraken post 15 as part of a full field of 20 – plus two also-eligibles – who were entered Wednesday in the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Classic Empire favored from post 14

DRF | 9 months ago
Classic Empire entered this year as the juvenile champion and Kentucky Derby winter-book favorite. He's right back where he started, tabbed as the morning-line favorite when post positions for the Derby were drawn Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Sano, Gunnevera put tragedy behind them on path to Kentucky Derby

DRF | 9 months ago
He has had about seven years to regularly practice his English, but after he speaks for a while outside his native tongue, Spanish, you can hear Antonio Sano wearying. He sprinkles in a “si” here, a “pero” there, casts for the right word, but continues on gamely, trying to describe how he came to Churchill Downs last week from Florida with a horse named Gunnevera. It is quite a tale. Read More...

Kruljac has Finest City waiting on the weather

DRF | 9 months ago
Weather will be a major topic of conversation as the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby draw closer. It is likely to play a determining factor in where trainer Ian Kruljac runs his reigning champion female sprinter Finest City this week at Churchill Downs. Read More...

O’Donohoe hoping Thunder Snow makes new Derby memories for him

DRF | 9 months ago
For Thunder Snow's exercise rider Daragh O’Donohoe, Tuesday's training session at Churchill Downs was a trip down memory lane. Read More...

No clear-cut pacesetter in this Kentucky Derby

DRF | 9 months ago
There has been much wringing of hooves and gnashing of bridles this week at Churchill Downs about the state of pace in the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Clocker: Always Dreaming looking more relaxed

DRF | 9 months ago
All the works are in the books, but there is still plenty of work left to do as horsemen put the key, final touches preparing their horses for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Derby 143 short on high Beyers

DRF | 9 months ago
Considering that a race is often won by the swift, here is a look at the Kentucky Derby contenders in an attempt to isolate the fastest horses, as well as those that exhibit favorable figure patterns leading into the race. Read More...

It’s on to Churchill Downs for Girvin after Tuesday gallop

DRF | 9 months ago
Louisiana Derby winner Girvin, troubled by a quarter crack in his right front hoof during the early part of last week, galloped Tuesday at Keeneland and remains on track to start in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Apply standards, eschew ‘rules’ in handicapping the Derby

DRF | 9 months ago
It is not uncommon to see horseplayers deviate from their customary handicapping methods when it comes to the Kentucky Derby. Accustomed to making their bets by analyzing past performances, some forgo this routine and instead handicap the Derby off recollections of the prep races and publicized historical rules, sometimes picking their Derby horse weeks in advance. Read More...

Irish War Cry to stand at Hill ‘n’ Dale upon retirement

DRF | 9 months ago
Irish War Cry, a multiple Grade 2 winner and Kentucky Derby hopeful, will stand at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm in Lexington, Ky., upon his retirement from racing. Read More...

Derby scene never gets old for three-time winner Espinoza

DRF | 9 months ago
When Victor Espinoza rides Gormley in the post parade of Saturday's Kentucky Derby, he will sneak a glance at the jammed grandstand at Churchill Downs.“The thing you see are the colors,” Espinoza recalled last weekend. “It never gets old. This is what we work for.” Read More...

La Coronel likely to challenge boys in American Turf

DRF | 9 months ago
Recently retired Tepin made her mark beating males in major turf races, and the Mark Casse-trained turf filly Catch a Glimpse has done the same. Now it's La Coronel's turn. Read More...

Since 2001, it’s been an odyssey for Azeff

DRF | 9 months ago
It's a very lucky racetracker who can hold dear the memory of winning a Kentucky Derby. Then there is Yvonne Azeff, who is lucky to have any memory at all. As chief assistant to trainer John Ward, Azeff was deeply involved in the development of 2001 Derby winner Monarchos. Read More...

Stars lined up to buy Tapwrit

DRF | 9 months ago
The partnership formed to buy Grade 2 winner and Kentucky Derby hopeful Tapwrit for $1.2 million was at the same time relatively spur-of-the-moment and years in the making. Read More...

Now a professional, Hence leaves rogue days behind him

DRF | 9 months ago
Hence won the Grade 3 Sunland Derby in his last start and has started to feel like a live horse in the Kentucky Derby here on Saturday, but if, for some reason, things don't work out on the racetrack, Hence can always turn to a career as a cutting horse. Read More...

Derby Clocker: Asmussen trio ready to roll

DRF | 9 months ago
Steve Asmussen was a busy man Monday morning at Churchill Downs, with all his hard work rewarded by a trio of spot-on breezes from his three Kentucky Derby hopefuls, highlighted by a razor-sharp half-mile drill by Hence. Read More...

Tapwrit tops list of Derby auction horses

DRF | 9 months ago
The average cost at public auction for a Kentucky Derby contender in this year’s field was $274,043. Of the 24 horses still publicly in Derby contention through Monday, 16 of them changed hands at public auction a combined 22 times. Six of the hopefuls are campaigned as homebreds, and one horse, Santa Anita Derby winner Gormley, was acquired through a private purchase. Read More...

Asmussen has one box left to check on his career résumé

DRF | 9 months ago
Trainer Steve Asmussen, 51, has pretty much done it all – except for one little something. He'd absolutely love to win the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Derby Doings: Bubble horse Royal Mo running out of time

DRF | 9 months ago
John Shirreffs trains Gormley, the Santa Anita Derby winner, and also Royal Mo, who finished third in the Santa Anita Derby. Gormley is safely in the field for the 143rd Derby on Saturday, but the number of points earned by Royal Mo has him sitting 21st in a race that has a maximum of 20 runners. Read More...

Derby one of the few prizes to elude Castellano’s grasp

DRF | 9 months ago
He is the four-time reigning champion jockey, is closing in on 100 Grade 1 stakes victories and just two weeks ago was elected into Thoroughbred racing's Hall of Fame. When it comes to the sport's Triple Crown races, however, Javier Castellano has not been nearly as successful. Read More...

Lukas to donate memorabilia to Kentucky Derby Museum

DRF | 9 months ago
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas announced Sunday that he is donating his vast collection of racing memorabilia to the Kentucky Derby Museum. Read More...

Whitmore skipping Churchill Downs Stakes

DRF | 9 months ago
Whitmore would have seemed a prime candidate for the Grade 2 Churchill Downs on the Derby undercard after emerging as one of the top sprinters in North America over the winter at Oaklawn Park. But trainer Ron Moquett said Monday he was very unlikely to enter him in the seven-furlong race. Read More...

Gunnevera carries Kentucky Derby hopes of Venezuela

DRF | 9 months ago
Salomon Del Valle is smack in the middle of the first leg of the 2017 Triple Crown as a principal in Peacock Stable, owner of Gunnevera, one of the top contenders in the 143rd Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Sonneteer the rare maiden in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 9 months ago
With two defections one week before the Kentucky Derby changing the makeup of the field, Sonneteer will seek to become the first maiden to win the Run for the Roses since Brokers Tip in 1933. Read More...