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El Kabeir still seeking respect in Wood Memorial

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Despite winning three graded stakes in his last four starts, El Kabeir still has his fair share of skeptics who need to see him do more before taking him seriously as a Kentucky Derby contender. In Saturday’s Wood Memorial, El Kabeir will have to prove he can get the 1 1/8-mile distance against better competition than he’s faced. Read More...

Dortmund gets more ground in Santa Anita Derby

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Dortmund’s physical presence is imposing, as is his perfect race record. And now that he gets to stretch out to 1 1/8 miles Saturday in the Grade 1, $1 million Santa Anita Derby, his advantage could be more pronounced. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree profiles: Carpe Diem

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Blue Grass Stakes heavy favorite Carpe Diem brings a strong résumé into his final prep for the Kentucky Derby, having never finished worse than second and sporting a pair of graded stakes victories around two turns. Continued success would be no surprise for WinStar Farm’s and Stonestreet Stables’s colt, who gets high-class routing ability from the top half of his pedigree and dirt ability from the bottom. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not for April 1

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Muhaajib, Ocho Ocho Ocho, and Stanford are the three additions this week to the Derby Watch top 20. Read More...

Lopez brings veteran’s appreciation to Derby bid

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Jockey Chuck C. Lopez is the nine furlongs of the Wood Memorial from making it to the Kentucky Derby with El Kabeir. Lopez, 54, has never ridden in a Kentucky Derby, and if he were somehow to win it this year, he would match Bill Shoemaker as the oldest rider to accomplish the feat. Read More...

Far From Over injured, out of Wood

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Far From Over, winner of the Grade 3 Withers Stakes and among the favorites for Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, is injured and off the Kentucky Derby trail, his connections said Tuesday. Read More...

David Grening’s top 3-year-olds at Aqueduct on March 30

DRF | 3 weeks ago
David Grening ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races at Aqueduct. Read More...

Brad Free’s top 3-year-olds at Santa Anita on March 30

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

Mubtaahij joins the Derby fray

DRF | 3 weeks ago
If you liked the major Kentucky Derby preps at Fair Grounds and Gulfstream in February, you got an encore performance last Saturday. International Star won again at Fair Grounds, this time in the Louisiana Derby, while at Gulfstream, a Todd Pletcher trainee defeated Upstart in a controversial running of the Florida Derby, similar to the Fountain of Youth. Read More...

Mary Rampellini’s top 3-year-olds at Oaklawn Park on March 30

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

El Kabeir to face Frosted but not Ocean Knight

DRF | 3 weeks ago
El Kabeir, winner of the Jerome and Gotham this winter in New York, is expected to face only five horses in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. Read More...

Kentucky Derby Future Wager: American Pharoah slight favorite

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The Bob Baffert duo of American Pharoah and Dortmund are the favorites atop the fourth and final pool in the 2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager that closed Sunday. Read More...

Next stop Kentucky Derby for Materiality, Upstart

DRF | 3 weeks ago
While the trainers of Florida Derby one-two finishers Materiality and Upstart said the race was run over a demanding Gulfstream Park surface, both horses appeared to have emerged from the race in good order and will be pointed to the Kentucky Derby on May 2 at Churchill Downs. Read More...

American Pharoah tunes up for Arkansas Derby

DRF | 3 weeks ago
American Pharoah, the champion 2-year-old male of 2014, worked five furlongs in 58.60 seconds Sunday at Santa Anita, preparing for the $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on April 11. Read More...

Santa Anita Derby: One Lucky Dane, Bad Read Sanchez work

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Santa Anita Derby hopefuls Bad Read Sanchez and One Lucky Dane had workouts at Santa Anita on Sunday. Read More...

Materiality wins Florida Derby to stay unbeaten

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Materiality showed the courage and heart of a veteran in only his third career start, withstanding a thrilling stretch-long challenge from the more experienced even-money favorite, Upstart, to register a well-deserved and impressive 1 1/2-length victory in Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

International Star gets hard-fought win in Louisiana Derby

DRF | 3 weeks ago
If there is one thing Ken Ramsey lives for, one thing that drives him more than anything, it’s his desire to stand in the winner’s circle on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs following the day’s featured race. He’s had several shots at it, never has won, but his quest continues, and was at the forefront of his mind after International Star won the Grade 2, $750,000 Louisiana Derby on Saturday at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Dortmund, Prospect Park work for Santa Anita Derby

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Dortmund and Prospect Park had their final workouts Saturday for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4. Read More...

Mubtaahij dominates UAE Derby, on to Kentucky

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Mubtaahij cruised to an eight-length victory in the $2 million UAE Derby and ran his way into a start in the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree profiles: International Star

DRF | 3 weeks ago
International Star is a half-sibling to two stakes winners, both of whom had their greatest success at sprint distances. This son of 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus has already appeared to outrun those suggested distance limitations while cutting a swath through the Louisiana prep circuit, but he stretches out to nine furlongs for the first time in Saturday’s Louisiana Derby. With a number of familiar names in his pedigree, he should handle this task. Read More...

Blue Grass entrants to be monitored around the clock

DRF | 3 weeks ago
For the second year in a row, Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Ky., will subject horses entered in the April 4 Blue Grass Stakes to additional security protocols, including 24-hour monitoring in the 48 hours leading up to the race. Read More...

Blue Grass likely target for Ocho Ocho Ocho

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Ocho Ocho Ocho, the winner of the $1 million Delta Jackpot Stakes in Louisiana last November but eighth in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes on March 7, is likely to run in the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on April 4. Read More...

International Star quietly opening eyes

DRF | 3 weeks ago
He’s won on dirt, synthetic, and turf, won going short and going long, owns wins at Belmont Park and Woodbine, and trains at Gulfstream Park. But it is here at Fair Grounds where International Star has done his best work. Read More...

Daredevil settles in for Wood Memorial

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Far From Over and Daredevil may both be trained by Todd Pletcher and running in the same race, but their preparations for the Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 4 will be a little different. Read More...

International Star favored at 3-1 in Louisiana Derby

DRF | 3 weeks ago
International Star, the winner of the Lecomte and Risen Star stakes, drew the outside post in a field of nine on Wednesday when the field was drawn for Saturday's Grade 2, $750,000 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Jerardi: Searching for Derby prospects to use with Dortmund

DRF | 3 weeks ago
I still like Dortmund to win the Kentucky Derby, but I can make a case for 10 other contenders to be part of the superfecta. Read More...

Dubai Sky among 9 late nominees to Triple Crown

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Dubai Sky, the winner of last Saturday’s Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park in northern Kentucky, was one of nine horses nominated to the Triple Crown at the last deadline Monday night, according to Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

David Grening’s top 3-year-olds at Aqueduct on March 23

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Handicapper David Grening ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races at Aqueduct. Read More...

Marcus Hersh’s top 3-year-olds at Fair Grounds on March 23

DRF | 4 weeks ago
This is it – the final week of the long Fair Grounds meet. And the more the top of the 3-year-old male class stabled in New Orleans this winter shows itself, the greater the realization that the group – the ones who ran in stakes, at least – was not a strong one. TIZNOW R J was poor again at Sunland Park this past weekend, and while WIRELESS FUTURE didn’t get a good trip, he also failed to distinguish himself in the Spiral Stakes at Turfway. Of the horses who have been based here most of the meet, I’m not sure Louisiana Derby hopeful WAR STORY is fundamentally better than two sharp maiden winners who got going too late for stakes at Fair Grounds, both of whom make this list. Read More...

Mary Rampellini’s top 3-year-olds at Oaklawn Park on March 23

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Champion AMERICAN PHAROAH continues to lead the local 3-year-old division off his 6 1/4-length win in the Grade 2, $750,000 Rebel Stakes this month. He invaded from Southern California and could return for the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby on April 11. Read More...

Ami’s Flatter works, eyes Florida Derby

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Trainer Josie Carroll did not confirm Ami’s Flatter as a definite starter in Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby, but she certainly was leaning in that direction after the Tampa Bay Derby runner-up breezed a half-mile in 49 seconds at Palm Meadows on Monday. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Sunland Derby

DRF | 4 weeks ago
This was the last of the group of Kentucky Derby preps worth 85 points overall (50 to the winner), and it showcased the depth and strength of the Southern California-based 3-year-olds, for FIRING LINE made a mockery of this race after escaping the literal and figurative shadow of the hulking Dortmund. Read More...

El Kabeir sharpens for Wood Memorial

DRF | 4 weeks ago
As the New York winter struggles to evolve into spring, this circuit’s heartiest 3-year-old soul, El Kabeir, continues to thrive, working five furlongs in 59.97 seconds Sunday morning over the Belmont Park training track. Read More...

Dortmund, Prospect Park both drill six furlongs for Santa Anita Derby

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Dortmund and Prospect Park, the two leading contenders for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4, had vital six-furlong workouts in Southern California on Saturday. Read More...

Santa Anita Derby among One Lucky Dane’s options

DRF | 4 weeks ago
One Lucky Dane may have earned a start in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4 after winning his 3-year-old debut in a first-level optional $80,000 claimer at Santa Anita on Thursday. Read More...

Frosted returning to New York for Wood

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin confirmed Friday that Frosted will make his next start in the Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 4. Read More...

At least eight expected for Florida Derby

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Seven other stakes – all but one of them graded – will surround the Grade 1 Florida Derby on a blockbuster 14-race program next Saturday, March 28, at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Sunland Derby: Firing Line will be hard to deny

DRF | 4 weeks ago
After a pair of tough-luck losses, it appears as though Firing Line has landed an ideal spot to get his first stakes win – and secure a berth in the Kentucky Derby on May 2 – when he starts as the heavy favorite on Sunday in the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby at Sunland Park. Read More...

The Friday Show: A Surprising Derby Trend, And Some Weight With That Lasix?

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Lord Nelson will skip Sunland Park Derby

DRF | 1 month ago
Lord Nelson, fourth in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on March 7, will skip the $800,000 Sunland Park Derby in New Mexico on Sunday, trainer Bob Baffert said Thursday. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree profiles: Royal Son

DRF | 1 month ago
Royal Son broke through with an upset win in last month’s John Battaglia Memorial Stakes on Turfway Park’s synthetic surface, the local prep for the Grade 3 Spiral Stakes this Saturday. The Tiznow colt will get a class test in the days and weeks ahead but does bring a classic-type pedigree to his upcoming challenges. Read More...

Jerardi: Royal Son likely to pair up big Beyer in Spiral

DRF | 1 month ago
Royal Son was very impressive winning the John Battaglia Memorial at Turfway Park. I think the 93 Beyer Speed Figure was real and I think it more likely that he would repeat the figure than not in Saturday’s Spiral Stakes. Read More...

Tiznow R J may like surface switch for Sunland Derby

DRF | 1 month ago
rainer Steve Asmussen is hoping a change in surface will help bring out the best in Tiznow R J. He will get a shot to prove it on Sunday when he runs in the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Park Derby. Read More...

Imperia to scratch from Spiral Stakes; Royal Son favored

DRF | 1 month ago
Royal Son was tabbed the 7-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s Grade 3, $550,000 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. – a race from which he will start from the fence in a full field of 12. Read More...

Kentucky Derby anniversaries for Nafzger, Gambolati

DRF | 1 month ago
It’s about that time of year when Kentucky Derby nostalgia starts to surface. Carl Nafzger already is drawing inquiries about the 25th anniversary of Unbridled winning both the Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby on his way to winning the Eclipse Award for top 3-year-old male of 1990. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not for March 18

DRF | 1 month ago
The comeback victory by the Bob Baffert-trained American Pharoah in the Rebel Stakes last Saturday caused Mike Watchmaker, Daily Racing Form’s national handicapper, to make him the favorite for the May 2 Kentucky Derby at 5-1. Read More...

Firing Line gets to play big dog in Sunland Derby

DRF | 1 month ago
Firing Line has dropped two straight tight finishes to Dortmund, one of the Kentucky Derby favorites. This Sunday, Firing Line aims to play the heavy. He is heading to Sunland Park for the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby, in which he will be the favorite this time. Read More...

Royal Son gives Prescott rare shot at graded stakes win

DRF | 1 month ago
On Saturday, Rodney Prescott will be riding Royal Son in the Grade 3, $550,000 Spiral Stakes at Turfway, giving him an opportunity to fill a hole in his racing résumé. Read More...

Florida Derby looking like Upstart vs. Pletcher pair

DRF | 1 month ago
Gulfstream Park racing officials are hoping to get a sizable field for the March 28 Florida Derby, although it looks like Upstart and two Todd Pletcher horses will tower over an otherwise undistinguished group of 3-year-olds. Read More...

Texas Red off Derby trail with foot abscess

DRF | 1 month ago
Texas Red has been declared off the Kentucky Derby trail because of a lingering issue with a foot abscess, trainer Keith Desormeaux said Tuesday from Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. Read More...