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Steve Davidowitz’s Arkansas Derby analysis

DRF | 2 weeks ago
In a “do or die” Kentucky Derby qualifying race for seven of the eight starters, the Todd Pletcher-trained Danza skimmed the rail coming out of the final turn to post a 41-1 upset over Ride On Curlin. Read More...

California Chrome given private training window at Los Alamitos

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Santa Anita Derby winner California Chrome will have his own training time at Los Alamitos for the next few weeks in the buildup to the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3. Read More...

Baffert works Chitu, Midnight Hawk

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Trainer Bob Baffert currently has three horses with sufficient points to run in the Kentucky Derby on May 3, and all soon will be traveling from California to Kentucky. Read More...

Baffert works Chitu, Midnight Hawk

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Trainer Bob Baffert currently has three horses with sufficient points to run in the Kentucky Derby on May 3, and all soon will be traveling from California to Kentucky. Read More...

It’s on to Kentucky for Danza after Arkansas Derby upset

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Danza was en route to Churchill Downs on Sunday morning after earning a trip to the Kentucky Derby with his victory in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby on Saturday. Read More...

It’s on to Kentucky for Danza after Arkansas Derby upset

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Danza was en route to Churchill Downs on Sunday morning after earning a trip to the Kentucky Derby with his victory in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby on Saturday. Read More...

Steve Davidowitz’s Blue Grass Stakes analysis

DRF | 2 weeks ago
On Keeneland’s synthetic Polytrack racing surface, which favored stretch-runners all day, a pair of 6-1 shots - Dance With Fate and Medal Count - successfully used that running style to earn tickets to the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Cairo Prince, Pletcher trio work Sunday for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said he probably got his best night’s sleep in two weeks on Saturday, once he learned that Cairo Prince was sitting in the 20th spot on the Kentucky Derby points standings at day’s end, making it likely his horse will have a starting berth in the Derby lineup. Read More...

Arkansas Derby: Danza gives Pletcher a fourth Kentucky Derby prospect

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Danza surged through the stretch under jockey Joe Bravo to a convincing 4 3/4-length victory over Ride On Curlin and the 8-5 favorite Bayern in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Arkansas Derby: Danza gives Pletcher a fourth Kentucky Derby prospect

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Danza came for the points and he went home with the lion’s share of them at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, when he pulled a 41-1 upset in his two-turn debut in Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby. Read More...

Blue Grass: Dance With Fate loves synthetic, but how about dirt?

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Eurton is faced with whether to run Dance With Fate back in the May 3 Kentucky Derby after the Florida-bred colt, ridden by Corey Nakatani, posted an emphatic 1 3/4-length victory Saturday in the 90th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes, the annual spring showcase at Keeneland. Read More...

Churchill Downs increases takeout rates

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Churchill Downs will raise its takeout rates this spring to the maximum allowed by Kentucky law, officials confirmed Friday, a decision that will lower payouts on the track’s races by almost 16 percent in many cases. Read More...

Illinois Derby: Starters in flux but Tonito M. an intriguing possibility

DRF | 2 weeks ago
The notable exclusion of the Illinois Derby last year from Churchill Downs’s points-based qualifying system for the 20 starting slots in the Kentucky Derby dealt a big blow to Hawthorne Race Course, but it might not be such a calamity after all. Read More...

Knock Em Flat boasts 91 Beyer for Northern Spur

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Knock Em Flat is entered in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, but will instead run on the undercard in the $100,000 Northern Spur, said his trainer, Donnie Von Hemel. Read More...

Blue Grass winner will have to make his own luck

DRF | 2 weeks ago
The Blue Grass Stakes has mimicked the Kentucky Derby in recent years in at least one notable respect: surprises are the norm. No favorite has won the Blue Grass since 2003, and with the 90th running of the Keeneland showcase on tap for Saturday, a jam-packed gate of 3-year-olds replete with unknown variables portends more of the same. Read More...

Arkansas Derby: Tapiture’s foes more desperate for points

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Tapiture has established himself as the top 3-year-old at Oaklawn Park, but when he runs Saturday in the meet’s richest offering, the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby, he will have to stave off a number of points-hungry newcomers. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for April 12: Picks for Blue Grass, Commonwealth, Arkansas Derby

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Medal Count is wheeling back in only eight days after winning the off-the-turf Transylvania on opening day at Keeneland, and I’m taking him to win right back in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. Read More...

Cairo Prince in precarious position for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Cairo Prince’s Kentucky Derby status is precarious heading into the two final two major Derby preps Saturday, the Blue Grass Stakes and Arkansas Derby. Read More...

Ride On Curlin will break from post 4 in Arkansas Derby

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Ride On Curlin has contested the pace in each of his last two starts, and trainer Billy Gowan hopes to change tactics Saturday, when the horse runs from post 4 in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Andrew Beyer: Synthetic supporters didn’t weigh all the facts

DRF | 2 weeks ago
When the Blue Grass Stakes is run at Keeneland on Saturday, it is unlikely to produce the next Kentucky Derby winner. Though it was once the most important 3-year-old prep race, it became irrelevant after Keeneland replaced its dirt track with a synthetic surface. None of the seven horses who captured the Blue Grass on Polytrack proceeded to win on Churchill Downs’s dirt; most ran dismally. Read More...

Jay Hovdey: The butterfly effect on California Chrome

DRF | 2 weeks ago
If Greg Gilchrist, acting on behalf of Scott Sherwood’s Blinkers On Racing Stable partnership, had not gone to $30,000 to buy a filly by Not for Love at the second session of the Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training in May of 2008 . . . Read More...

Blue Grass: Medal Count will give Derby prep a shot on short rest

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Dale Romans hangs around enough horseplayers to know the nuances of the tote board, which is one reason the veteran trainer will be running Medal Count back on just seven days’ rest in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Albano withdrawn from consideration

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Albano, who was placed fourth in the Louisiana Derby in his most recent start, will bypass the May 3 Kentucky Derby, according to his owner and breeder, Brereton C. Jones. Read More...

California Chrome back training after Santa Anita Derby romp

DRF | 2 weeks ago
California Chrome jogged a mile Wednesday at Los Alamitos, his first day of training since a comprehensive win in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby last Saturday. Read More...

California Chrome begins Kentucky Derby prep ‘ready to do something’

DRF | 2 weeks ago
California Chrome jogged a mile Wednesday at Los Alamitos, his first day of training since a comprehensive win in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby last Saturday. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Bayern taking next step toward defying history in Arkansas Derby

DRF | 2 weeks ago
On Saturday, in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby, Bayern – who debuted in the same Jan. 4 Santa Anita maiden race as stablemate Hoppertunity – will make his bid to join the Kentucky Derby field. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for April 9

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Wicked Strong and Bayern are the two newcomers to this week’s Derby Watch top 20. Read More...

Keeneland: Ramseys in position for big weekend

DRF | 2 weeks ago
A relatively slow start (1 for 7) to the spring meet can be easily forgotten by Ken Ramsey with a big upcoming weekend. Read More...

Dave Mason: On Music, Racing, and ‘Live at Belmont Park 1978′

Most fans of our sport know 1978 was the last year a horse won American racing’s Triple Crown. The rivalry between Affirmed and Alydar reached a dizzying crescendo on the afternoon of June 10, 1978,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Santa Anita: California Chrome – from maiden-race loser to Kentucky Derby favorite

DRF | 2 weeks ago
California Chrome made his debut almost a year ago. Not even trainer Art Sherman could have dreamed that the colt would end up as the early favorite for the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Toast of New York will not travel to Churchill Downs

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Trainer Jamie Osborne on Tuesday made official what he and owner Michael Buckley had insinuated for the past week: Toast of New York, the winner of the United Arab Emirates Derby, will not travel to the United States for the May 3 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Keeneland: Trainer Pletcher out to boost Derby numbers with Blue Grass

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Todd Pletcher confirmed Monday that he will have three starters in the Blue Grass Stakes as he tries to increase his numbers for the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Oaklawn Park: Tapiture has final Arkansas Derby tune-up

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Tapiture breezed a half-mile in 50.80 seconds for the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby on Monday, going a half-mile in 50.80 seconds in the second set of workers at Oaklawn Park. He is one of the favorites for the mile and an eighth race that closes out the meet Saturday. Read More...

Steve Davidowitz’s Santa Anita Derby analysis

DRF | 3 weeks ago
California Chrome easily won the Santa Anita Derby by 5 1/4 lengths over Hoppertunity on Saturday for his fourth straight victory. His dominating performance also stamped him as a likely betting favorite for the 1 1/4-mile Kentucky Derby, May 3. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Candy Boy may be outside looking in

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The third-place finish by Candy Boy in Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Derby may not assure the colt a starting berth in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: California Chrome enjoys laidback lifestyle at Los Alamitos

DRF | 3 weeks ago
California Chrome has bragging rights that he’s certainly the best 3-year-old on the West Coast, and the likely favorite for the May 3 Kentucky Derby, following his powerhouse victory in the Santa Anita Derby on Saturday. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Social Inclusion, Uncle Sigh hope to join Wicked Strong, Samraat in Louisville

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Wicked Strong came out of his 3 1/2-length victory in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct “a little tired” but otherwise in good order, according to trainer Jimmy Jerkens, who added that he will wait until as late as possible to ship his horse to Louisville for the May 3 Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Steve Davidowitz’s Wood Memorial analysis

DRF | 3 weeks ago
A trio of previously unbeaten horses – Samraat, Social Inclusion, and Shivarelli - finished second, third, and fourth in this important Kentucky Derby prep race, while the winner Wicked Strong rallied past all three to score his first victory since a maiden win at Belmont last October. Read More...

Arkansas Derby: Ride On Curlin sharpens by going seven furlongs

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Ride On Curlin completed his major preparations for the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby on Sunday morning, when he breezed seven furlongs in 1:26.80 at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Santa Anita Derby: California Chrome dominates

DRF | 3 weeks ago
It has been 59 years since Art Sherman first went to the Kentucky Derby as an 18-year-old exercise rider for 1955 Derby winner Swaps. After that, he was a jockey, then a trainer, but never has he returned to the Derby. But now he has a good reason to go back, and no one is riding higher. Read More...

Wood Memorial: Wicked Strong rallies past Samraat, Social Inclusion

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Back at the Big A for Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial, Wicked Strong unleashed a lethal stretch run that carried him past the pacesetting Social Inclusion and all the way to Louisville for next month’s Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Arkansas Derby: Thundergram adding blinkers, works sharply

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Thundergram will add blinkers for the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby after turning in an impressive work in the equipment Saturday at Oaklawn Park. He was one of several horses tuning up for the $3.3 million Racing Festival of the South, which features nine stakes over the final week of the meet. The series closes with the Arkansas Derby on April 12. Read More...

Arkansas Derby: Pletcher may add Danza to lineup

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher said Danza is possible for the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby and if the horse goes he would lift the projected field for the April 12 race at Oaklawn Park to eight. Read More...

Santa Anita Derby: California Chrome tops big-name field

DRF | 3 weeks ago
California Chrome heads into the Santa Anita Derby as the best prospect on the West Coast, if not in the country, for the May 3 Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Aqueduct: Wicked Strong looks to wake up in Wood

DRF | 3 weeks ago
After two losses at Gulfstream Park in Florida, Wicked Strong is back in New York and back at Aqueduct, where he will run in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial. Read More...

Dave Tuley: Last chance to grab good odds on Kentucky Derby prospects

DRF | 3 weeks ago
If you think the horses who need to run big this weekend will, now is probably the last chance to grab a price in excess of what they will be on Kentucky Derby Day. Read More...

Steven Crist: Here comes the Wood, after a long, cold, lonely winter

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Wood Memorial Day at Aqueduct is the unofficial start of spring and quality racing in New York, with the Wood and the Carter Handicap the first Grade 1 races in the Empire State since the Cigar Mile last Thanksgiving weekend. This year’s unusual 12-race all-dirt card, however, is also a bit of a Groundhog Day – a reminder that there’s still some chill in the air and that save for a four-race stretch of stakes racing, winter racing is not quite over in these parts. Read More...

Wood Memorial: Samraat proven class, Social Inclusion shooting star

DRF | 3 weeks ago
With so much attention paid to the brilliantly fast Social Inclusion, it’s been easy to overlook the fact there is an undefeated multiple graded stakes winner in the field for Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. Read More...

Calder Derby: Ring Weekend taking unconventional path to Kentucky Derby

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Ring Weekend is virtually assured a spot in the Kentucky Derby field by virtue of the 50 qualifying points he earned for his gate-to-wire triumph four weeks ago in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby. He will be the odds-on favorite against nine other 3-year-olds in the 1 1/8-mile Calder Derby, which does not carry any Kentucky Derby qualifying points. Read More...

Calder Derby: Ring Weekend taking unconventional path to Kentucky Derby

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Ring Weekend is virtually assured a spot in the Kentucky Derby field by virtue of the 50 qualifying points he earned for his gate-to-wire triumph four weeks ago in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby. He will be the odds-on favorite against nine other 3-year-olds in the 1 1/8-mile Calder Derby, which does not carry any Kentucky Derby qualifying points. Read More...