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Kentucky Derby: Classic Empire favored from post 14

DRF | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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...

Can one-eyed Patch see path to Derby victory?

DRF | 4 months ago
In the land of the Derby, might the one-eyed horse be King on Saturday? That is what those associated with Patch are hoping, as Patch, who had his left eye removed before he ever raced, attempts to become the first horse with just one eye to win the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Pletcher changes up reins, rider on Always Dreaming

DRF | 4 months ago
Always Dreaming, the Florida Derby winner and a leading contender for Saturday's Kentucky Derby, has been too aggressive in his morning gallops for Todd Pletcher's liking. On Monday, Pletcher made a change of equipment and a change of rider with mixed results. Read More...

Irap, Nyquist cut from different bolts of cloth

DRF | 4 months ago
There are clear differences between Nyquist, who came into his Kentucky Derby win as an unbeaten juvenile champion, and Irap, who broke his maiden winning the Blue Grass Stakes for the same connections. Read More...

Sparkman: A.P. Indy line dominant in Derby

DRF | 4 months ago
The rise of A.P. Indy is nowhere more evident than in the 20 likely starters for the 2017 Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Seven of the 20 were sired by A.P. Indy-line stallions. Read More...

Masochistic making return to Kentucky Derby undercard

DRF | 4 months ago
Masochistic, the brilliant sprinter who has gained no small amount of notoriety, is returning to where he first became infamous. Read More...

Derby clocker: McCraken loaded with energy

DRF | 4 months ago
Unseasonably warm weather greeted horsemen when training began at 5:45 Sunday morning, but things were really heating up about three hours later when McCraken put in his final major work for the 2017 Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Irish War Cry ‘amazing’ in final work before Derby

DRF | 4 months ago
Jockey Rajiv Maragh could hardly contain his enthusiasm for next week’s Kentucky Derby after getting the chance to sit on Irish War Cry on Sunday morning. Read More...

McCraken, Fast and Accurate in final Derby workouts

DRF | 4 months ago
McCraken, one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby next Saturday, and Fast and Accurate, one of the longer shots in the field, both completed their serious training for the Derby with five-furlong workouts Sunday morning at Churchill Downs. Read More...

2017 Kentucky Derby recaps, news

DRF | 4 months ago
The following is a list of DRF resources and content related to the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 6. Read More...

Gormley, Royal Mo put in stamina-building workouts for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 4 months ago
Gormley, the winner of the Santa Anita Derby on April 8, worked seven furlongs in 1:26.20 at Santa Anita on Saturday in his final major preparation for the Kentucky Derby next weekend. Read More...

Pletcher’s Battalion Runner, Malagacy won’t run in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 4 months ago
Battalion Runner and Malagacy both will not run in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Todd Pletcher said Saturday. Their defections put Lookin at Lee and Sonneteer in the field, with Royal Mo on the bubble. Read More...

Derby clocker: J Boys Echo shows more enthusiasm than usual in work

DRF | 4 months ago
Some major rainstorms passed through the area early Saturday morning and continued intermittently during training hours, but nothing could deter J Boys Echo from getting in his final Kentucky Derby work over a racetrack upgraded from muddy to “good” after the renovation break and which yielded some quick workout times after being tightened up by the precipitation. Read More...

UAE Derby winner Thunder Snow coming for Derby; J Boys Echo, Gormley, Royal Mo work

DRF | 4 months ago
Thunder Snow is officially in, Girvin took a big step toward making the race, Malagacy remains all but officially out, Battalion Runner just might join him on the sidelines, J Boys Echo worked at Churchill Downs, and both Gormley and Royal Mo worked at Santa Anita, all part of a busy Saturday on many fronts seven days out from the Kentucky Derby on May 6. Read More...

Girvin solid in five-furlong work for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 4 months ago
Louisiana Derby winner Girvin, who missed a work last weekend while recovering from a quarter crack in his right front hoof, breezed five furlongs in company in 59.60 seconds Saturday at Keeneland in his final work before the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Through the DRF archives: War Admiral and the 1937 Kentucky Derby

DRF | 4 months ago
Man o’ War was denied a chance at winning the Triple Crown by his owner’s reluctance to send a young 3-year-old to the Kentucky Derby. Seventeen years later, the same owner, Samuel Riddle, had no such reservations, shipping Man o’ War’s son War Admiral to Churchill Downs. Read More...

Mixed feelings for Pletcher after watching Always Dreaming, Battalion Runner work

DRF | 4 months ago
The anticipation of April showers on Saturday and the desire to wear May flowers resulted in a flurry of workouts at Churchill Downs on Friday morning in preparation for next Saturday's Kentucky Derby, with eight prospects drilling here, and two others elsewhere, totaling half the 20-horse field that will run for the roses. Read More...

Battle of Midway changing style for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 4 months ago
Battle of Midway finished second by a half-length to Gormley in the Santa Anita Derby and earned sufficient qualifying points to secure a berth in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 6. But if Battle of Midway is a factor in the famous race, he will do so with a different running style. Read More...

Calumet Farm horses bask in Kentucky Derby limelight while owner prefers privacy

DRF | 4 months ago
As many of three horses will run next Saturday in the Kentucky Derby in the name of Calumet Farm, which has won a record eight editions of the Kentucky Derby. But while a winner would add to that history, he would be the first of the group to carry the colors of current Calumet owner Brad Kelley, a deeply private man who assumed control of the historic property five years ago. Read More...

Irap getting good at just the right time

DRF | 4 months ago
For a Kentucky Derby starter, Irap has had a fluctuating status in the last five months. Read More...

The Friday Show: Pletcher’s Year, Derby Handicapping Philosophies?

Trainer Todd Pletcher's high level of success in Thoroughbred racing is undeniable, but in recent years he's also come under scrutiny for his lack of accomplishment when it comes to the Kentucky... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Girvin tries to mend quarter crack in time for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 4 months ago
Louisiana Derby winner Girvin is recovering from a quarter crack in his right front hoof and swam and was treated in a hyperbaric chamber at Kesmarc Rehabilitation facility in Lexington, Ky., on Thursday, rather than train at Keeneland, trainer Joe Sharp said. Read More...

With Albarado injured, Saez will ride J Boys Echo in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 4 months ago
Luis Saez will replace the injured Robby Albarado aboard J Boys Echo in the Kentucky Derby. Albarado underwent surgery Monday to repair a broken leg he suffered in a Sunday spill at Keeneland. Read More...

Girvin wearing Z-bar shoes; final Derby work delayed to Saturday

DRF | 4 months ago
So just what is up with Girvin? Video of the horse taken earlier this week at Keeneland clearly shows Girvin with Z-bar shoes on both front hooves. Z-bar shoes are used on horses for any number of hoof issues, ranging from a problem with the sole, the frog, to an abscess, to a quarter crack. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree analysis: McCraken

DRF | 4 months ago
Kentucky Derby pedigree analysis: McCraken Read More...

After five years, Tapit atop Kentucky Derby points list

DRF | 4 months ago
The Kentucky Derby's points system, which replaced graded stakes earnings as the method for sorting out contenders, completed its fifth year of prep races this spring. The system's half-decade in existence has provided an interesting snapshot of which stallions were most proficient in siring the archetypical Derby prospect. Read More...

Clocker: Lockdown works for Kentucky Oaks

DRF | 4 months ago
Kentucky Oaks-bound Lockdown was the lone Kentucky Oaks or Kentucky Derby worker at Churchill Downs on Tuesday, going five furlongs in 59.59. Read More...