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Hovdey: Running for roses and a maiden victory

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

Sires take shot at rare Kentucky Oaks-Derby double

DRF | 4 days ago
Two-time leading sire Tapit and first-crop phenom Uncle Mo hold the strongest hands of the five stallions looking to pull off a rare Kentucky Derby-Kentucky Oaks double this week. Read More...

Sales horses have edge over homebreds in Derby

DRF | 4 days ago
Of all the roads that lead a horse and his connections to the Kentucky Derby, the most conventional path to this year's edition went through the auction ring. Read More...

Ignore Tom’s Ready at your own peril

DRF | 4 days ago
Although the modest past performances of Tom's Ready would suggest he is a horse unlikely to challenge in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, the past performances of his trainer, Dallas Stewart, tell a different story. For three consecutive years, a Stewart-trained longshot has run second in one of the legs of the Triple Crown. Read More...

Baffert and Asmussen trainees ready to roll

DRF | 4 days ago
Bob Baffert, one year removed from winning the Triple Crown with American Pharoah, on Monday put the finishing touches on his lone contender for this year's Derby, Mor Spirit, just moments before trainer Steve Asmussen, seeking his first Derby win, sent out his pair of Creator and Gun Runner. Read More...

After just one blip, Mohaymen under the radar

DRF | 4 days ago
Shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday, outside barn 41 on the Churchill Downs backstretch, a gaggle of media swarmed around trainer Doug O'Neill to get the lowdown on Nyquist, the undefeated 2-year-old champion who will likely be favored in Saturday's Kentucky Derby. A furlong or so away, outside barn 42, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin sat by himself in a folding chair having just finished a cell phone conversation. Had things worked out differently in the Florida Derby four weeks ago, it likely would have been McLaughlin at the center of the media scrum. Read More...

Romans hopeful Brody’s Cause has what it takes

DRF | 4 days ago
Dale Romans is back with a Kentucky Derby starter for the sixth time in seven years, which is pretty much the way he likes it. And with Brody's Cause, winner of the Blue Grass Stakes in his last start, Romans believes he has his best shot ever. Read More...

Suddenbreakingnews brings Von Hemel back to Kentucky Derby

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Donnie Von Hemel's second Kentucky Derby starter will come Saturday. Suddenbreakingnews put himself in the gate following an Oaklawn season in which he won the Grade 3, $500,000 Southwest in February, finished a troubled fifth as the favorite in the Grade 2, $900,000 Rebel in March, and was second in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby. Read More...

Take gets second shot at Derby

DRF | 4 days ago
The globe-trotting Lani, who comes to the Kentucky Derby off a victory in the Group 2 U.A.E. Derby, will become just the second Japanese-based horse to start in the Run for the Roses. The first was Ski Captain, who finished 14th in the 1995 edition behind Thunder Gulch. In the irons that day was Yutaka Take, who has been aboard Lani in five of his six starts and will ride him in the Derby. Read More...

Derby colts offering redemption for Uncle Mo

DRF | 4 days ago
Nyquist followed in young stallion Uncle Mo's hoofprints by becoming an unbeaten juvenile champion. Meanwhile, Outwork diverged from his sire's path to avenge one of the stallion's biggest career disappointments. Read More...

As Time Goes By: Clocking The Classics

In 1964 Northern Dancer won the Kentucky Derby in the then-record time of two minutes flat. Was that the single “most exciting two minutes” in Derby history? Vincent O'Brien and Robert Sangster... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Derby clocker: Nyquist jogs on first visit to track

DRF | 5 days ago
The track was listed as muddy for Sunday’s Kentucky Derby/Oaks session, which began at 8:30 a.m., and aside for Lani, it was a quiet morning as expected, with most of the field either walking the shed or merely jogging to stretch their legs. Read More...

Jaramillo picks up Kentucky Derby mount on Majesto

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Gustavo Delgado confirmed on Sunday that Emiseal Jaramillo will ride Majesto in the Kentucky Derby, Paola Queen in the Kentucky Oaks, as well as Grand Tito in the Woodford Reserve. Read More...

Derby Clocker: Maintenance mode for Brody’s Cause

DRF | 6 days ago
Exaggerator and Brody’s Cause beat the rain, albeit just barely, turning in their final Kentucky Derby works over a fast track just as a light shower began to fall during the special Derby/Oaks training session shortly after 8:30 a.m. on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Danzing Candy works for Derby; Kobe’s Back drills for Churchill Downs

DRF | 6 days ago
Going a little quicker than expected, Danzing Candy worked five furlongs in 59.80 seconds at the San Luis Rey Downs training Center in Bonsall, Calif., on Saturday, the colt’s final major exercise before the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7. Read More...

Exaggerator, Brody’s Cause put in final Derby works

DRF | 6 days ago
Exaggerator, the Santa Anita Derby winner, on Saturday at Churchill Downs turned in his final work for the Kentucky Derby seven days hence, one of five potential Derby runners who worked at two different locales. Read More...

Clocker: Nyquist solid in final Kentucky Derby drill

DRF | 7 days ago
Friday presented an unusual Kentucky Derby workout daily double for those ambitious enough to undertake the 72 mile trip from Churchill Downs, where the action began with Whitmore at 5:45 a.m., to Keeneland, where it ended with Derby favorite Nyquist breezing one mile prior to the afternoon's racing program nearly seven hours later. Read More...

Nyquist exceeds expectations in final work before Derby

DRF | 7 days ago
Nyquist completed his serious training for the Kentucky Derby with a one-mile workout timed by Daily Racing Form in 1:41.01. His work was the last of 11 drills turned in by Derby prospects on Friday, with the other 10 earlier in the morning 72 miles west of here at Churchill Downs, the home of the Derby. Read More...

Plenty of value in first Sire Future Wager

DRF | 7 days ago
The inaugural Kentucky Derby sire future wager didn't generate a large pool, but offered plenty of value for savvy horseplayers who took pedigree into account. Read More...

Stud plans for Derby hopefuls

DRF | 7 days ago
While a strong performance in the Kentucky Derby can carry a horse all the way to a stall at a major stallion farm, several in this year's field enter the gates with their stud careers already secured. Read More...

Hinkle Farms shooting for Derby-Oaks double

DRF | 7 days ago
The small-scale, but quality, operation Hinkle Farms will have a strong rooting interest in both the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, as its broodmare band of about 30 includes the dams of both Derby favorite Nyquist and Oaks contender Weep No More. Read More...

Simon: Having a top trainer trumps having best bloodlines

DRF | 1 week ago
As the Kentucky Derby nears, handicappers pore over mounds of statistics, historical records, breeding theories, and other information to find the winner. Each tries to figure out the most important factor or factors: recent form, ability to get 10 furlongs, trainer, sire, dam, post position, or a combination of the above. Read More...

Outwork, Destin among 10 Derby contenders to work Friday

DRF | 1 week ago
Led by Todd Pletcher’s two Kentucky Derby candidates, a total of 10 horses with designs on the May 7 Derby turned in workouts Friday morning at Churchill Downs, with several of those works moved ahead from Saturday to avoid the wet weather predicted for the weekend. Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Cutting Through The Madness

Handicapping the Kentucky Derby is a singular art. There's no sporting event so brief in duration that prompts such a monumental amount of time devoted to figuring it out. With the Derby just over a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Kentucky Derby Day 2016 previews, analysis, and plays

DRF | 1 week ago
The following is a list of DRF resources and content related to the Kentucky Derby card at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 7. Read More...

Adventist ready if he gets Kentucky Derby call

DRF | 1 week ago
Adventist, who still remains on the outside looking in as far as the Kentucky Derby is concerned, worked five furlongs in 1:02.37 Thursday morning over the Belmont Park training track. Read More...

Clocker: Girls work while the boys gallop

DRF | 1 week ago
The fillies took center stage Thursday morning at Churchill Downs, with the majority of the locally based Kentucky Derby hopefuls scheduled to turn in their final works on Friday. Likely Derby favorite Nyquist is at Keeneland, where he is scheduled to work before the first race on Friday. Read More...

Amoss quickly mends fences with Lanerie

DRF | 1 week ago
The traffic Mo Tom managed to find in the Louisiana Derby infuriated trainer Tom Amoss to such a degree that he gave jockey Corey Lanerie a severe tongue-lashing upon returning to be unsaddled. “I called Corey in the jocks' room to apologize 20 minutes after it all blew up,” Amoss said. “Now it's totally behind us. Corey and I have been friends for 20 years and we're looking forward to a great showing in the Kentucky Derby.” Read More...

Trojan Nation ‘happy’ horse after work

DRF | 1 week ago
Trojan Nation, a surprise second at 81-1 in the $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 9, worked six furlongs in 1:12.60 at Santa Anita on Thursday in preparation for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7. Read More...

Clocker: Lani his own worst enemy

DRF | 1 week ago
As if there aren't enough variables in the equation to get a horse ready to be at his best on Kentucky Derby Day, you can now add weather to the mix. Overnight rains hit here on Tuesday, and with more in the forecast as the week progresses, it is likely to have a major effect on training and workout schedules. Read More...

Derby Watch: Points system having desired impact

DRF | 1 week ago
With Churchill Downs making the races closest to the Derby worth the most points and eliminating the previous system – one based on earnings in graded stakes races – the field has become far more predicated on current form. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Exaggerator

DRF | 1 week ago
Curlin, who is coming off a career-best season by his racing progeny in 2015, is a rising star in the North American sire ranks. The stallion will look to really break through with a Kentucky Derby winner in Exaggerator, romping winner of the Santa Anita Derby. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for April 27

DRF | 1 week ago
There were no changes to the Derby Watch top 20 from last week to this week, not in terms of the lineup or the future line set by Mike Watchmaker, Daily Racing Form's national handicapper, who has Nyquist as the 7-2 favorite 10 days out from the May 7 Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Handling Tapit’s progeny often is no easy task

DRF | 1 week ago
The blood runs hot in the Thoroughbred, and few are hotter right now – on a number of levels – than those by Tapit. Read More...

Kentucky Derby clocker: Mor Spirit sizzles, then simmers

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Bob Baffert arrived in town on Monday and wasted little time getting down to work, sending out a handful of his stakes horses to breeze at Churchill Downs on Tuesday morning, including key Kentucky Derby contender Mor Spirit, who zipped five furlongs in 59.79 over a quick track under clear and relatively balmy conditions during the special Derby/Oaks training session shortly after 8:30 a.m. Read More...

Clocker: Asmussen’s Derby and Oaks workers impress

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Trainer Steve Asmussen had a very good morning on Monday. It began with his five potential Kentucky Oaks starters and two Kentucky Derby contenders turning in sharp works over a fast main track at Churchill Downs and ended several hours later with the announcement that he'd been elected to the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame. Read More...

Dennis O’Neill continues picking out future stars at sales

DRF | 2 weeks ago
The not-so-secret weapon that has carried owner Paul Reddam and trainer Doug O'Neill back to Louisville, Ky., is Doug's older brother, Dennis O'Neill. The bloodstock wizard selected both the unbeaten champion Nyquist and Grade 2 winner Land Over Sea as unraced 2-year-olds. Nyquist is expected to be favored in the Kentucky Derby, while Land Over Sea is a strong contender in the Kentucky Oaks following the defection of Songbird. Read More...

Clocker: Gun Runner, Creator impress Asmussen

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Trainer Steve Asmussen on Monday sent out his two Kentucky Derby contenders - Louisiana Derby winner Gun Runner and Arkansas Derby winner Creator - for their penultimate and most serious works in advance of the race. Read More...

Kentucky Derby clocker: My Man Sam, Shagaf get to work for Brown

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Trainer Chad Brown took center stage here Sunday morning, working his two Kentucky Derby contenders, My Man Sam and Shagaf, over a fast track at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Watchmaker: Kentucky Derby may not set up for closers

DRF | 2 weeks ago
If you think the Kentucky Derby will fall apart late after a fast early pace just like the four preps that immediately preceded it, think again. Other folks have already talked about it, and it is sure to be discussed more as Derby Day approaches, but it is entirely possible the Derby will have a pace personality completely different from the most recent preps. Read More...

Kentucky Derby clocker: Nyquist goes easily

DRF | 2 weeks ago
With the skies clear and the track fast, Kentucky Derby favorite Nyquist went back to work Saturday at Keeneland, turning in a fairly easy five-furlong breeze that had been postponed from the previous morning due to rain. Read More...

Exaggerator, Danzing Candy drill for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Kentucky Derby hopefuls Exaggerator and Danzing Candy worked in Southern California on Saturday, two weeks after finishing first and fourth in the $1,000,690 Santa Anita Derby on April 9. Read More...

Nyquist works ‘maintenance’ five furlongs in company

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Unbeaten champion Nyquist got a little help from his friends in his penultimate work for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday morning at Keeneland. Read More...

Outwork drills four furlongs for Derby

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Wood Memorial winner Outwork went to school Friday morning at Belmont Park, and by all accounts, he was a model student. Read More...

Derby clocker: Nyquist’s work pushed back a day

DRF | 2 weeks ago
The first of Daily Racing Form's workout reports leading up to the 2016 Kentucky Derby was supposed to start with a real bang, with likely favorite Nyquist scheduled to put in his penultimate work for the race Friday at Keeneland. But Mother Nature stepped in to alter those plans, with overnight rain leading trainer Doug O'Neill to postpone the work until Saturday. Read More...

Mor Spirit works five furlongs before heading to Churchill Downs

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Mor Spirit, the two-time stakes winner who was second in the Santa Anita Derby on April 9, was flown to Churchill Downs on Friday for the Kentucky Derby on May 7, a day after a five-furlong breeze at Santa Anita. Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Betting On The ‘Exchange’

If you've been around the U.S. racing biz long enough, you've probably heard about the prospect of exchange wagering. It's a fast-paced, lock-in-your-odds, peer-to-peer alternative to the tote... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...