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Illman: Oaks/Woodford/Derby pick three

DRF | 7 months ago
There should be some giant pools at Churchill Downs over the weekend, and the special Kentucky Oaks/Woodford Reserve Turf Classic/Kentucky Derby pick three looks interesting. I’ll play TicketMaker and hope to beat a favorite or two. Read More...

Clocker: No reason to knock Nyquist

DRF | 7 months ago
Mike Welsch's impressions of all 20 Kentucky Derby starters from observations made both at Churchill and Keeneland over the past two weeks. Read More...

Hovdey: Two minutes to answer a horseman’s prayer

DRF | 7 months ago
Since 2003 there have been 13 different trainers win the Kentucky Derby, 13 different racing families elevated, for a brief time, above all the rest. At the end of those two minutes, run at a pace that seems both an eternity and a heartbeat, all the thankless toil, the freezing water, the deep muck, the monotonous turning left at the shank disappear in a burst of unfettered joy. There, draped over the shedrow rail as night falls on the Churchill Downs backstretch, is the proof it was not a dream – the garland of roses, proudly displayed at the center of the racing universe. Read More...

More underlays than bargains in Kentucky Derby Future Wager

DRF | 7 months ago
With the 142nd Kentucky Derby upon us, overlays and underlays abound in the four Derby futures pools that were offered by Churchill Downs in preceding months. Read More...

The Haiku Handicapper: 2016 Kentucky Derby

DRF | 7 months ago
DRF sales editor Joe Nevills analyzes the Kentucky Derby field, in post position order, in the form of Haiku, a Japanese poem of 17 syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five. Read More...

Nyquist wears the target in a Kentucky Derby filled with uncertainty

DRF | 7 months ago
Despite a perfect record of seven wins in seven starts, Nyquist heads into the 142nd Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs as the acknowledged favorite but with plenty of others lining up to try and beat him, notably the owners and trainers of 21 other horses entered in the race, and the many bettors who are likely to find appeal in many of the 19 others who will run against Nyquist. Read More...

Baffert takes aim at fifth Kentucky Derby win with Mor Spirit

DRF | 7 months ago
Bob Baffert didn't walk away after American Pharoah retired, didn't say “Baffert out” following the Triple Crown. No, one year after training American Pharoah to the first Triple Crown sweep in 37 years, Baffert has taken up his familiar spot preceding the first Saturday in May, Barn 33 at Churchill Downs, where on Saturday, for the 17th time in his career, he will try to win the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Desormeaux brothers team up with Exaggerator

DRF | 7 months ago
Mom and Dad will be here. So will the three sisters and some of their kids and other family members – or a fair percentage of the population of Vermilion Parish, Louisiana. “This isn't just for me and Keith and the family,” said Kent Desormeaux, the Hall of Fame jockey who will ride Exaggerator for his older brother, trainer Keith Desormeaux, in the 142nd Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs. “It's for Cajun pride. This is huge.” Read More...

Figuring out who is likely to get the distance

DRF | 7 months ago
Because there is no prior form to help judge who will have something left in the tank for that last eighth of a mile in the Kentucky Derby, a useful tool to help determine each horse's distance potential is the average winning distance of his sire and dam's progeny. Read More...

This time, Gutierrez better prepared to handle the heat

DRF | 7 months ago
Four years after Gutierrez rode I'll Have Another to an upset victory in the Kentucky Derby for owners Paul and Zillah Reddam and trainer Doug O'Neill, the 31-year-old is back for the same owners and trainer with Nyquist, the undefeated champion 2-year-old male of 2015. Read More...

‘Son Of A Gun’ Desormeaux Reluctantly Enjoys Kentucky Derby Spotlight

While his younger brother Kent has won the Kentucky Derby three times, trainer Keith Desormeaux will saddle his first Derby starter Saturday. The elder sibling's training career dates back to the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Byron King’s Kentucky Derby analysis

DRF | 7 months ago
Nyquist, last year’s 2-year-old male champion, is the classiest horse in the Kentucky Derby and the likely winner. He has not run lofty speed figures or turned in particularly flashy workouts, but in seven starts, he has always found a way to win. He has exhibited the versatility to win on the lead, from a pace-pressing position, and even from as far back as eighth, as he did in taking the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last year when hung wide in a scramble into the first turn. He also has beaten several notable Kentucky Derby contenders, such as Exaggerator, Mohaymen, and Brody’s Cause. Read More...

Mike Welsch’s Kentucky Derby analysis

DRF | 7 months ago
Nyquist is the obvious choice, coming in undefeated in seven starts, with four Grade 1 wins on his résumé, including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. But in what looms as an extremely wide-open race, I must demand a price in the vicinity of 4-1 on this year’s Derby favorite. Outwork has continued to improve with experience, proved his mettle under fire despite contesting an extremely fast pace in the Wood Memorial, and has made the best impression of all the Derby runners since arriving locally. This well-built colt is by Uncle Mo but is out of an Empire Maker mare, which should enhance his chances of staying the distance. He figures to trip out nicely just off the early leaders, and it’s hard to pass up double-digit odds on a horse who is seemingly peaking at just the right time. Read More...

Mike Watchmaker’s Kentucky Derby analysis

DRF | 7 months ago
The deep closer Creator might not get the ideal pace setup he received when he won the Arkansas Derby most recently, but he’s still my pick in the Kentucky Derby. Creator improved in dramatic fashion over his last three starts, forging Beyer Speed Figure advancements of nine, 10, and six points to a 96 in the Arkansas Derby. If Creator is able to continue that trend – and by all accounts, he has impressed in his training at Churchill Downs – it certainly would make him fast enough to win. The potential for a moderate pace is a concern, as is the need for a somewhat-clean trip for deep closers like him. But I suspect that with this field, even a moderate Derby pace might fall apart late, and Creator is the closer I prefer. Read More...

Brad Free’s Kentucky Derby analysis

DRF | 7 months ago
Brody’s Cause has much in his favor. Among the nation’s elite 2-year-olds last fall when third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, his 3-year-old campaign is picking up steam. His Blue Grass Stakes victory last out was his second Grade 1 win, and it came in only his second start of the year. He’s worked well since and runs as if 1 1/4 miles is within range. The 3-for-6 colt is proven top class, enters with an improving pattern, and offers generous odds. His outside draw (19 of 20) is not an issue with the long run to the first turn. Read More...

Mike Beer’s Kentucky Derby analysis

DRF | 7 months ago
This year hasn’t been one for fast-paced Derby preps. As one race after another fell apart late on the way to Churchill Downs, more of the tired speeds fell short of the points cutoff. What we are left with is a Derby field that lacks much true early speed. Now, all of a sudden, all those closers who were taking advantage during the prep season might find themselves up against it in the biggest race of their lives. Read More...

Free: How I’d play the Oaks-Derby Double

DRF | 7 months ago
This handicapper’s Oaks-Derby double strategy will insist on an upset in either the Oaks or Derby, preferably both. If program favorites Rachel’s Valentine and Nyquist both win, it will be a losing wager. Read More...

Crist: Whittling it down to five contenders

DRF | 7 months ago
The central question of the 2016 Kentucky Derby is whether Nyquist is simply better than his 19 opponents or a vulnerable favorite in a subpar year. He has pluses and minuses, but is among five horses who will be on my pick-whatever tickets. Read More...

Nyquist draws post 13, favored at 3-1 in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 7 months ago
The unbeaten champion Nyquist drew post 13 and was installed as the 3-1 morning-line favorite when the field was drawn and post positions established for Saturday’s 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Derby starters often getting more time between starts

DRF | 7 months ago
The training charts hang on barn walls, whiteboard wiped clean and rewritten late each morning, and sit in desk drawers, written into ledger books ink-smudged or pristine. The charts record past exercise and sketch the future – the walks, jogs, gallops, and breezes that lead to races. Read More...

TVG not authorized to show Churchill’s live races

DRF | 7 months ago
Churchill Downs has not authorized Television Games Network to broadcast the track’s races live on its flagship network or on TVG’s website for this year’s spring meet, an official for TVG said on Wednesday. Read More...

PR Special Derby Edition: American Pharoah’s ‘Untold Story’

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication for Kentucky Derby 142.  In this edition of the PR Special, New York Times two-time Eclipse Award-winning sports writer Joe Drape... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special Derby Edition: American Pharoah’s ‘Untold Story’

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication for Kentucky Derby 142.  In this edition of the PR Special, New York Times two-time Eclipse Award-winning sports writer Joe Drape... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Pletcher looking to pick up Derby win No. 2 with Destin or Outwork

DRF | 7 months ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher on Wednesday entered Destin and Outwork in the Kentucky Derby – his 44th and 45th entrants in the race. They are part of a field of 20 for Saturday's race, with two also-eligibles ready to step in should there be scratches before 9 a.m. Friday. Read More...

Ramseys ante up to make Oscar Nominated eligible for Triple Crown

DRF | 7 months ago
Basking in the glory of winning the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on April 2, owner Ken Ramsey announced a proposal to anyone willing to front a $200,000 supplemental fee to make the colt eligible to the Triple Crown: Do so, and he would split with his potential partner whatever Oscar Nominated earned in the series of races. Read More...

Ramseys ante up to make Oscar Nominated eligible for Triple Crown

DRF | 7 months ago
Basking in the glory of winning the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on April 2, owner Ken Ramsey announced a proposal to anyone willing to front a $200,000 supplemental fee to make the colt eligible to the Triple Crown: Do so, and he would split with his potential partner whatever Oscar Nominated earned in the series of races. Read More...

Fellowship rerouted to Pat Day Mile

DRF | 7 months ago
Trainer Mark Casse decided Wednesday not to enter Fellowship in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, where he would have been the first horse on the also-eligible list, and instead will run him that same afternoon in the Pat Day Mile. Read More...

Hovdey: The Good Doctor told of a different Derby

DRF | 7 months ago
The relationship between gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, artist Ralph Steadman, and the Kentucky Derby as told in “The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved” is the subject of “Gonzo @ the Derby,” a short feature released this week under ESPN's “30 for 30” banner of historic sports landmarks. Read More...

Asmussens outrun personal, professional trials

DRF | 7 months ago
Spring is the season of rebirth, and never has that been more so for trainer Steve Asmussen. Read More...

Danzing Candy to show the way in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 7 months ago
Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. isn’t quite sure which horses, if any, will push his first Kentucky Derby starter on the early pace. He only knows that Danzing Candy will be winging it from the get-go. Read More...

Banke takes Stonestreet Farm to new heights

DRF | 7 months ago
It would be off the mark to say that Barbara Banke simply “carried on” at Stonestreet Farm following the death of husband Jess Jackson five years ago. Instead, Banke, with her own style of leadership, has put her own spin on shaping what is now an international operation. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Brown looks for green beyond the turf

DRF | 7 months ago
Chad Brown doesn't mind having the reputation as a turf trainer. But he doesn't want to be known as just a turf trainer. Read More...

Kentucky Derby 2016: Inside the numbers

DRF | 7 months ago
Let’s look at a few contenders for this Derby and see how they stack up in terms of similar Derby runners since 1991. Caveat emptor: These stats are mostly intended to be fun, playful, silly, or just interesting discussion starters, so use them at your own risk when upgrading or downgrading who you’re likely to bet Saturday. Read More...

Clocker: Nyquist bursting with energy

DRF | 7 months ago
There was lots to look at and lots to look for during Tuesday’s Kentucky Derby/Kentucky Oaks training session, which featured the first local gallop from the undefeated Nyquist and first real local work by the Japanese invader Lani. Read More...

Brody’s Cause owner will donate purse to college

DRF | 7 months ago
Dennis Albaugh, whose family owns Brody’s Cause, has announced the winner’s share will be donated to the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Foundation if the colt prevails Saturday in the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Despite Challenges, Derby Starting Crew Gets It Right

By the time the gates open for Kentucky Derby 142 on Saturday, hours of work will have gone into assuring a safe, fair and unbiased start to the race. It's no small task. Every Derby field is filled... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Kentucky Derby angles: King on Beyer Speed Figure patterns

DRF | 7 months ago
Although there are a vast number of considerations in handicapping the Kentucky Derby, one key element is determining which horses are the fastest. So let’s take a look at the probable Derby competitors by their Beyer Speed Figures, and the figure patterns they exhibit coming into the race. Read More...

Goodbye, Mr. Phipps: The Derby As A Late In Life Reward

With the Kentucky Derby just a few days away, thoughts turn to those who had to wait until late in life to experience the thrill of smelling the roses. I knew trainer Mack Miller, the courtly... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ... Read More...

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby

DRF | 7 months ago
Sire of horses running in the 2016 Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: Pleasantly Perfect

DRF | 7 months ago
What do Strike the Gold, Sea Hero, and Pleasantly Perfect have in common? They all have been at stud in Turkey. While Kentucky Derby winner Strike Gold died in that country in 2011, Derby winner Sea Hero is still at stud there, as is Pleasantly Perfect. Read More...

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: More Than Ready

DRF | 7 months ago
A fair number of stallions shuttle between the Northern and Southern hemispheres during their respective breeding seasons, but few if any have done it to the degree of success achieved by More Than Ready. Read More...

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: Mineshaft

DRF | 7 months ago
Mineshaft could be forgiven if he’s starting to develop a complex. The stallion is the only Horse of the Year by the great stallion A.P. Indy and now stands directly across the aisle from his pensioned sire in the Lane’s End stallion barn. Yet one rarely hears the 2003 Horse of the Year discussed when the topic turns to A.P. Indy’s sons at stud. Most of the headline attention goes to veteran classic sire Malibu Moon or to the commercially popular champion Bernardini. Read More...

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: Kitten’s Joy

DRF | 7 months ago
Ken Ramsey has never hesitated to support his homebred pride and joy, turf champion and leading sire Kitten’s Joy, with the lion’s share of the mares from his own broodmare band, and he has been rewarded for his faith with many high-end runners. Still, one target remains elusive. He’s brought three homebred colts by the stallion to the Kentucky Derby, with all of them running unplaced. Read More...

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: Giant’s Causeway

DRF | 7 months ago
There is very little Giant’s Causeway hasn’t done while fashioning one of the most complete racing and breeding careers in the last two decades. Read More...

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: Eskendereya

DRF | 7 months ago
On an anecdotal basis, few things seem to get a stallion’s foals hot like sending him overseas. Such is the case with Eskendereya, who will be represented by his first Kentucky Derby starter in Mor Spirit about eight months after being sold to the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders’ Association and exported to that country to continue his stud career. Read More...

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: Curlin

DRF | 7 months ago
Exaggerator was part of a career year last year for young sire Curlin, as he ran with a maturity beyond his years to become a well-traveled multiple graded stakes winner. However, the best was yet to come, as the colt romped in the slop in the Santa Anita Derby to establish himself as a serious threat in the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Hovdey: Running for roses and a maiden victory

DRF | 7 months ago
There will be a lot heard in Louisville this week about Wood Memorial runner-up Trojan Nation trying to become the first maiden to win the Kentucky Derby in 83 years. His arrival at Churchill Downs on Monday afternoon was sure to be greeted by winks and derision, while trainer Paddy Gallagher would be following on Tuesday. Was he ready for the ridicule? Read More...

The wait is finally over for Hernandez

DRF | 7 months ago
Onn Saturday, Brian Hernandez Jr. finally gets to fulfill every jockey's dream when he rides in the Kentucky Derby for the first time. He will be aboard longshot and Louisiana Derby runner-up Tom's Ready. Read More...

Whitmore living up to namesake’s ability

DRF | 7 months ago
Trainer and co-owner Ron Moquett dubs Kentucky Derby contender Whitmore a “freak athlete,” and named the gelding for an old friend who also fits that mold. Read More...

This pony a Kentucky Derby veteran

DRF | 7 months ago
Doug O'Neill's barn, which supports racehorse aftercare via a number of outlets, is known for using off-the-track Thoroughbreds as stable ponies – most famously, the barn's multiple Grade 1 winner Lava Man. Read More...