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Rebel turns out perfectly for American Pharoah

DRF | 2 weeks ago
In the aftermath of champion American Pharoah starting his 3-year-old season Saturday with a 6 1/4-length win in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn, trainer Bob Baffert said he was pleased with how the race developed for the comebacking American Pharoah and how the horse emerged from the Rebel. Read More...

Mary Rampellini’s top 3-year-olds at Oaklawn Park on March 16

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Mary Rampellini ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races at Oaklawn. Read More...

Brad Free’s top 3-year-olds at Santa Anita on March 16

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Handicapper Brad Free ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races at Santa Anita. Read More...

Brad Free’s top 3-year-olds at Santa Anita on March 16

DRF | 2 weeks ago
American Pharoah re-emerged as California’s leading Kentucky Derby hope after his March 14 romp in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn. Read More...

Spiral Stakes draws 15, but only 12 can start

DRF | 2 weeks ago
A group of 15 3-year-olds were entered Sunday for Saturday’s Grade 3, $550,000 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park, resulting in three exclusions due to the track’s 12-horse starting-gate limit, and Turfway not having an also-eligible list for its signature race. Read More...

American Pharoah romps despite losing shoe in Rebel

DRF | 3 weeks ago
American Pharoah confirmed his ranking as a major player on the Kentucky Derby trail on Saturday, when he overcame a host of difficult circumstances to win his 3-year-old debut by 6 1/4 lengths in the Grade 2, $750,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Santa Anita: Lord Nelson right back in Sunland Derby

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Lord Nelson, fourth last week in the San Felipe Stakes, will come back on just 15 days’ rest to compete March 22 in the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby at Sunland Park, Baffert said Saturday morning. Martin Garcia will ride. Read More...

Santa Anita: Texas Red back to work with easy half-mile

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Texas Red, the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, worked an easy half-mile in 51.40 seconds on Saturday morning at Santa Anita in his first drill since returning to training after suffering from an abscess in his right front foot a little more than a month ago. Read More...

The Friday Show: Derby Talk And Synthetic Moves

We’re fast approaching the most important prep races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. This weekend features the 2015 debut of American Pharoah, the colt that could go favored on the first... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Jerardi: American Pharoah should crush Rebel rivals

DRF | 3 weeks ago
I expect American Pharoah to run huge in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. The field is less than stellar. He looks like lone speed. And he is just that talented. Read More...

American Pharoah’s return adds fuel to fire

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Carpe Diem, Dortmund, and Upstart, each among the leading 2-year-olds from last year, all have already raced and won this year, creating buzz both individually and collectively toward the May 2 Kentucky Derby. But the horse adjudged the best of his generation last year is ready to step back in the ring. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree profiles: American Pharoah

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Balance has been key for divisional champion American Pharoah, with classic influences on the top side of his pedigree thus far appearing to outweigh a female family slanted heavily toward speed. Read More...

Eh Cumpari will get shot in Kentucky Derby prep

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Eh Cumpari, the last-to-first winner of the Grade 3 Palm Beach Stakes here last Saturday on turf, will be given an opportunity on the Kentucky Derby trail, said trainer Michael Dilger. Read More...

Jerardi: All signs say Dortmund is your Derby winner

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Today, in the second week of March, Dortmund is absolutely my Kentucky Derby horse. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not for March 11

DRF | 3 weeks ago
With both Materiality and Royal Son joining the Derby Watch top 20 this week, Todd Pletcher now has six runners on the list, headed by Carpe Diem, who won the Tampa Bay Derby last week. Read More...

Romans expects Keen Ice to run big in Louisiana Derby

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Nobody was running any better at the end of the Grade 2 Risen Star than Keen Ice and trainer Dale Romans is expecting an even better performance when his top Kentucky Derby hopeful returns to Fair Grounds and stretches out another sixteenth of a mile later this month in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Gotham Stakes

DRF | 3 weeks ago
EL KABEIR won his third points race on the road to the Kentucky Derby, following victories in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs last fall and the Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct earlier this year. He fires every time and has braved a brutal winter, no doubt owing to both his fortitude and the care of trainer John Terranova and his wife, Tonja. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Tampa Bay Derby

DRF | 3 weeks ago
CARPE DIEM was making his first start since finishing second last fall in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. He had received rave notices for his workouts at Palm Beach Downs by Daily Racing Form’s onsite clocker and came off the bench with a terrific performance to serve notice that he belongs among the elite Kentucky Derby contenders. Read More...

Nakatani to ride Take Charge Brandi in Rebel

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Jockey Corey Nakatani has the mount on Take Charge Brandi on Saturday in the Grade 2, $750,000 Rebel at Oaklawn Park, trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Tuesday. Read More...

Take Charge Brandi, Far Right get works in

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Take Charge Brandi, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2014, and Far Right, winner of the Grade 3, $300,000 Southwest Stakes, led a group of notable 3-year-olds who worked Monday at Oaklawn. Read More...

Ready for Rye helps Albertrani turn things around

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Although Honor Code received a career best 108 Beyer Speed Figure for his performance in the Gulfstream Park Handicap, it was not the fastest performance on Saturday’s card. That honor went to Ready for Rye, who received a 109 for his easy victory in the Swale. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: San Felipe Stakes

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Dortmund remained unbeaten with his fifth win, his third straight in a stakes race, all at 1 1/16 miles, all worth points toward a berth in the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Zayat looking at possible Kentucky Derby duo

DRF | 3 weeks ago
While owner Ahmed Zayat hopes American Pharoah can pick up where he left off last fall and get back on track toward the Kentucky Derby, El Kabeir’s performance in Saturday’s Gotham convinced Zayat to give him his shot to run for the roses. Read More...

Mike Welsch’s top 3-year-olds at Gulfstream on March 9

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Mike Welsch ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races at Gulfstream. Read More...

Texas Red begins belated Kentucky Derby drive

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Texas Red, the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last fall, returned to Santa Anita on Monday after recuperating on a farm from a foot injury, and will begin his Hail Mary quest to make the May 2 Kentucky Derby with a half-mile workout on Saturday Read More...

Dortmund exits Derby prep in top form

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The winners of all three major Kentucky Derby prep races run last Saturday all came out of their races well, and all will have their final preps for the May 2 Derby in familiar surroundings on April 4. Read More...

Mary Rampellini’s top 3-year-olds at Oaklawn Park on March 9

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Mary Rampellini ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races at Oaklawn. Read More...

Marcus Hersh’s top 3-year-olds at Fair Grounds on March 9

DRF | 3 weeks ago
No changes on the top Fair Grounds-based 3-year-olds from last week, since all has been quiet since the Louisiana Derby Preview card of Feb. 21. Read More...

Brad Free’s top 3-year-olds at Santa Anita on March 9

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Dortmund remained unbeaten after five starts with a front-running triumph in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes, which solidified his role as favorite for the Santa Anita Derby on April 4. Read More...

Dortmund remains perfect in San Felipe

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Dortmund remained unbeaten in five starts after leading throughout Saturday’s $400,000 San Felipe Stakes for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita. Read More...

Khozan, undefeated Pletcher trainee, off Derby trail

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed Friday that the undefeated Khozan is off the Kentucky Derby trail after coming back from a routine gallop at Palm Beach Downs that morning off in his right hind ankle. Read More...

Turfway: Field taking shape for Spiral Stakes

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Roughly two weeks removed from the Grade 3 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on March 21, the race is beginning to take shape. Among the horses under consideration for the race are Metaboss, Magic is Believing, Conquest Typhoon, Majestico, Imperia, Bluff, Royal Son, and Pepper Roani. Read More...

Stars coming out for Rebel Day

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Oaklawn Park will put on one of the most significant programs of its meet next Saturday with champion Untapable expected to make her 4-year-old debut in the Grade 2, $300,000 Azeri and champions American Pharoah and Take Charge Brandi on schedule to meet in the Grade 2, $750,000 Rebel Stakes. Read More...

Dubai Sky re-routed to Spiral

DRF | 4 weeks ago
The one-week postponement of last Saturday’s Grade 3 Palm Beach Stakes due to heavy rain caused trainer Bill Mott to change his plans for Grade 3 winner Dubai Sky. Read More...

El Kabeir needs to make amends in Gotham

DRF | 4 weeks ago
If El Kabeir is to be considered a legitimate Kentucky Derby contender, he will have to bounce back from his loss in the Withers when he faces nine mostly new faces in the Gotham, which like the Withers is run at 1 1/16 miles over the inner track. Read More...

Prospect Park gets acid test in San Felipe

DRF | 4 weeks ago
It took several starts for Prospect Park to finally get the hang of what he was supposed to do, but once he figured it out, he came around quickly, and now ranks as one of the most-intriguing Kentucky Derby prospects in Southern California. Read More...

Tampa Derby: Stonestreet holding pair of aces

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Ocean Knight and Carpe Diem both will carry the Stonestreet Stables silks when starting alongside each other in posts 2 and 3, respectively, among a field of eight 3-year-olds in the 35th running of the Grade 2, $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby. Read More...

Jerardi: Expect big Beyers from Shared Belief, Dortmund

DRF | 4 weeks ago
The Tampa Bay Derby is certainly the best betting race of the stakes for 3-year-olds. Carpe Diem is going to be favored off his excellent 2-year-old season, with a 91 in the Breeders’ Futurity and 93 when second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Love the bloodlines, but the horse has not been out in four months and his Juvenile is not as good as it looks. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for March 7: Picks for San Carlos, Palm Beach, Gotham

DRF | 4 weeks ago
The projected different pace scenario is why I like Chitu in Saturday’s San Carlos Stakes at Santa Anita. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree profiles: Ocean Knight

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Ocean Knight is by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, who is clearly injecting some stamina into his offspring. Read More...

Souper Colossal to forgo Swale for Tampa Derby

DRF | 4 weeks ago
The Grade 2 Swale, postponed a week after heavy rain forced the cancellation of the second half of last Saturday’s program, will lose one of its major players when the field finally does go to post this Saturday. Read More...

Divining Rod could become Delacour’s dirt star

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Arnaud Delacour, best known for his prowess with turf runners, will have one of the fringe contenders in Divining Rod in the annual marquee race at Tampa Bay Downs, the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby on Saturday. Read More...

Pletcher using Gotham as testing ground

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Saturday, Todd Pletcher will see if he has another Far From Over on his bench when he sends out a trio of under-the-radar 3-year-olds against the multiple stakes winner El Kabeir in the Grade 3, $400,000 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct. Read More...

WinStar holding strong hand as owner, breeder

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Carpe Diem and Daredevil, both scheduled to make their 3-year-old debuts on Saturday, give WinStar Farm – which has an ownership interest in both – at least two strong Kentucky Derby prospects. Read More...

Ocho Ocho Ocho set for 3-year-old debut in San Felipe

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Ocho Ocho Ocho, unbeaten in three starts at age 2, is among a bulky field entered on Wednesday for Saturday’s Grade 2, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes, an important prep at Santa Anita Park for both the Santa Anita Derby on April 4 and the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not for March 4

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Keen Ice, third most recently in the Risen Star Stakes, nudged his way onto this week’s top 20 of Derby Watch when a single spot opened up. Read More...

Mike Welsch’s top 3-year-olds at Gulfstream on March 2

DRF | 1 month ago
Handicapper Mike Welsch ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Mary Rampellini’s top 3-year-olds at Oaklawn Park on March 2

DRF | 1 month ago
Handicapper Mary Rampellini ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races at Santa Anita. Read More...

David Grening’s top 3-year-olds at Aqueduct on March 2

DRF | 1 month ago
Top 3-year-olds at Aqueduct on March 2, 2015. Read More...

Brad Free’s top 3-year-olds at Santa Anita on March 2

DRF | 1 month ago
Brad Free's top 3-year-olds at Santa Anita on March 2. Read More...