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Derby Angles: Free on pace

DRF | 8 months ago
The probability of a swift pace in the Kentucky Derby is strong, with six speed horses trying to stretch out to 1 1/4 miles. Which horse makes the lead? It could be any of those listed below. Read More...

Derby scene: California Chrome jogs; countdown begins

DRF | 8 months ago
On Saturday morning, California Chrome went for an easy one-mile jog with exercise rider Willie Delgado aboard, the sun just beginning to brighten the twin spires as they loomed over the Kentucky Derby favorite. Read More...

King: California Chrome is Derby standout

DRF | 8 months ago
Now to the question of the day: Who’s going to win the Derby? California Chrome – that’s the prediction here, anyway. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: California Chrome is early 3-1 favorite

DRF | 8 months ago
After the close of ontrack wagering Friday, Santa Anita Derby winner California Chrome was the 3-1 favorite in advance wagering for Saturday's Kentucky Derby, with Wood Memorial winner Wicked Strong and Arkansas Derby winner Danza co-second choices at 8-1. Read More...

Derby Angles: Hersh on post position

DRF | 8 months ago
It’s a little-noted fact: The 2013 Kentucky Derby was a landmark edition in modern Derby history. Why? The horses that broke from posts 1 through 5 finished, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth, the best showing ever by inside-drawn horses in a 20-horse Derby field. Yes – ever. Read More...

Paulick’s Derby Pick: Wicked Strong

Over the last 25 years, eight horses that competed in the Florida Derby went on to victory in the Kentucky Derby, making it the most productive race on the road to Churchill Downs and the first... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Pablo Del Monte scratched

DRF | 8 months ago
Pablo Del Monte will not run Saturday as a drawn-in also-eligible in the 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, it was announced early Friday by the connections of the Florida-bred colt. Read More...

One Expensive Bucket: Budgeting a Kentucky Derby Trip

The Kentucky Derby is on many a bucket list, but it’s right up there with the Super Bowl when it comes to expensive sporting events. Between tickets, parking, hotel, food, souvenirs, and of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Andrew Beyer: Wicked Strong coming to hand at right time

DRF | 8 months ago
Saturday's Kentucky Derby will have a clear-cut favorite in California Chrome, the winner of four straight stakes by a total of 24 1/4 lengths. In my opinion, it’s basically a two-horse race between California Chrome and Wicked Strong. Read More...

Derby training report card: Wicked Strong, Intense Holiday impress

DRF | 8 months ago
Wicked Strong, Intense Holiday, and Danza are among the Kentucky Derby horses who have impressed Mike Welsch with their training leading up to the race. Read More...

Smaller ownership groups make their presence known in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 8 months ago
When Kentucky Derby entrant General a Rod was sold for an undisclosed amount earlier this week, the names of the purchasers, Starlight Partners and Skychai Racing, may have surprised some. Read More...

Futures pool offers best wagering value for Derby

DRF | 8 months ago
Derby futures players holding tickets at 30-1 and 32-1 on California Chrome are among those with the best long-term wagering value on Kentucky Derby 140. Read More...

Red tape holding up release of vet records

DRF | 8 months ago
Though five owners and trainers in both the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby have signed a pledge to make their veterinary records available, that does not guarantee that the records will be released. Read More...

Wicked Strong looks fluid in final pre-Derby gallop

DRF | 8 months ago
As he did two days before winning the Wood Memorial, Wicked Strong blew out three furlongs Thursday, this time going in 36.78 seconds over the Churchill Downs main track, two days in advance of the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Little guys have big shot with California Chrome

DRF | 8 months ago
This year’s Kentucky Derby, run for 140th time on Saturday, is proof that no matter how much money you spend, or how many horses you have, fate can reward anyone. Read More...

Hovdey: California Chrome carrying state’s hopes and dreams

DRF | 8 months ago
California Chrome has come to mean more than he ever should. Think he’s carrying only 126 pounds and Victor Espinoza on Saturday against Wicked Strong, Danza, Tapiture, and Candy Boy? Think again. Read More...

Churchill Downs working with Turcotte on access complaints

DRF | 8 months ago
Churchill Downs will attempt to address complaints lodged by two-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Ron Turcotte about his treatment by the company on several Derby Days in the past, a spokesperson for Churchill said, adding there had been “a communication breakdown.” Read More...

Derby Angles: Litfin on trips

DRF | 8 months ago
Plotting the race flow of a 20-horse stampede is difficult at best, and this year’s Kentucky Derby is as complex a puzzle as any in recent memory. Read More...

Hoppertunity scratched from Kentucky Derby; Pablo Del Monte can run

DRF | 8 months ago
Hoppertunity has been scratched from the Kentucky Derby on Saturday after not coming out to train on Thursday morning. Trainer Bob Baffert said he has an issue with his left front foot. Daily Racing Form clocker Mike Welsch did not like the way Hoppertunity trained on Wednesday. Read More...

King: California Chrome has no flaws

DRF | 8 months ago
California Chrome is a Kentucky Derby standout. He’s the fastest horse and also the classiest. Read More...

Litfin: Hoppertunity can break curse of Apollo

DRF | 8 months ago
So, about this Apollo thing: Does that mean Hoppertunity can’t win because he debuted Jan. 4 with an educational race behind barnmate Bayern instead of running the preceding Tuesday? That seems like an illogical underestimation of a horse who has been a quick study since then. Read More...

Watchmaker: California Chrome a no-nonsense pick

DRF | 8 months ago
By any measure, California Chrome’s romps in the San Felipe and Santa Anita Derby in his last two starts were the best pair of performances any member of this Derby field has ever put together. Read More...

Welsch: Intense Holiday heading into Derby as good as any

DRF | 8 months ago
This looks like a Derby in which you have to take a stand, either for or against the favorite, California Chrome, and after watching him train here Wednesday, I’m going to stand against a short-priced favorite in a seemingly wide-open 20-horse field. Read More...

Pletcher keeping his eye on big picture

DRF | 8 months ago
Expectations for Todd Pletcher are high. Pletcher is a six-time Eclipse Award winner, trains more horses than anyone in North America and, this year, set a record for Triple Crown nominations with 41, nearly 10 percent of the 413 nominated at the early deadline in January. Read More...

Jerkens concerned about No. 20 post for Wicked Strong

DRF | 8 months ago
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens was enjoying his first Kentucky Derby experience until Wednesday’s post-position draw, where his Wood Memorial winner, Wicked Strong, was assigned post 20 for Saturday’s 140th Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Free: Wood repeat makes Wicked Strong a winner

DRF | 8 months ago
Wicked Strong has much in his favor, including sharp form, proven class, and a big Beyer Speed Figure (104) earned last month scoring a visually impressive victory in the Grade 1 Wood. Read More...

Peck: Derby pace scenario favors California Chrome

DRF | 8 months ago
In this year’s Kentucky Derby, it could be the speed horses, rather than the stretch runners, who hold the aces. And California Chrome may hold them all. Read More...

Kentucky Derby rookies with a history

DRF | 8 months ago
It is a little surprising but perhaps appropriate that Centennial Farms and trainer Jimmy Jerkens will be making their Kentucky Derby debuts together when they send out Wood Memorial winner Wicked Strong in Saturday’s 140th Run for the Roses. Read More...

Spokane, the Kentucky Derby winner of 1889, a part of Montana folklore

DRF | 8 months ago
Spokane is not among the more heralded Kentucky Derby winners. By an Illinois sire, he was foaled in Montana, trained for the races in Tennessee, and won the Derby’s 15th edition on May 9, 1889, 125 years ago. Read More...

Ortiz brothers first siblings in 30 years to ride in same Derby

DRF | 8 months ago
By riding in their first Kentucky Derby together Saturday, Jose and Irad Ortiz Jr. will become the first set of brothers to ride in the same Derby since Eddie and Sam Maple did so in 1984. Read More...

Derby jockeys have wide range of experience

DRF | 8 months ago
The Kentucky Derby invariably brings together an eclectic mix, not only among horses but their jockeys as well. Read More...

Kentucky Derby works: California Chrome tests track

DRF | 8 months ago
Another series of overnight showers created a muddy racetrack for training hours Wednesday. Although the regular Derby/Oaks training session at 8:30 a.m. attracted plenty of attention, the star of the show, Derby favorite California Chrome, went out early at 6:50. Read More...

Violette savoring second Derby run

DRF | 8 months ago
Ten years ago, trainer Rick Violette Jr. sent out his first starter in the Kentucky Derby, Read the Footnotes, who finished seventh. He’s back anew at Churchill Downs with Samraat, the once-beaten runner-up in the Wood Memorial, and is savoring the moment. Read More...

Pick-six guarantees at Kentucky Derby and Oaks

DRF | 8 months ago
Churchill is teaming with its sister company, Twinspires.com, to offer pick-six pool guarantees on Oaks and Derby Days. The Oaks pool is guaranteed at $250,000 and the Derby at $1 million. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Pablo Del Monte ready and willing

DRF | 8 months ago
Wesley Ward isn’t wishing misfortune on anyone, but that’s the only way Pablo Del Monte – the lone also-eligible in Derby 140 – can actually make the race. Read More...

Derby Angles: Jerardi on Beyer patterns

DRF | 8 months ago
We know how many Kentucky Derby contenders have earned Beyer Speed Figures that are in the vicinity of what it will take to win the race Saturday. Knowing which horse is going to earn the winning Beyer is quite a bit more complicated. Read More...

Winchell among clients standing by Asmussen

DRF | 8 months ago
About a decade ago, Ron Winchell decided that instead of parceling out each year’s horses to several trainers, he would give them all to one trainer. That trainer has trained every Winchell runner ever since. His name is Steve Asmussen. Read More...

Hovdey: Stevens not overselling Fashion Plate

DRF | 8 months ago
The book on Gary Stevens is that he tends to like every horse he’s ever ridden, describing some of them as champions in the making while others brush perilously close to being nothing less than the second coming of Man o’ War. Read More...

History Challenge: The first Triple Crown winner, Sir Barton

DRF | 8 months ago
Were it not for the fact that he was the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes, Sir Barton’s name most likely would be buried in the pages of history. Read More...

Non-Kentucky-breds among top 2014 Derby contenders

DRF | 8 months ago
Four of the top five horses in the 2014 Kentucky Derby field, as measured by Derby qualifying points, were foaled outside of Kentucky. Read More...

Derby works: General a Rod looking better in half-mile drill

DRF | 8 months ago
The welcome mat was out here Tuesday morning for the three latest arrivals on the Kentucky Derby scene: the favored California Chrome, Dance With Fate, and Samraat. Read More...

Hovdey: Meet the man who polishes the Chrome

DRF | 8 months ago
Art Sherman has assembled around California Chrome a troupe of low-profile talent that has taken the colt from modest little state-bred stakes to the brink of everlasting fame, led by his son and assistant, Alan Sherman, exercise rider Willie Delgado, and the colt’s groom, Raul Rodriguez. Read More...

Sherman’s Derby role far more prominent than in 1955

DRF | 8 months ago
Art Sherman was a bit player in the story of Swaps, who won the 1955 Derby. But when he left California on Monday, Sherman did so as the trainer of the horse acknowledged as the favorite for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, California Chrome. Read More...

Jockey Club ‘Pledge’ on Vet Records Fails to Inspire

Nice try. Jockey Club chairman Ogden Mills Phipps attempted to pressure Thoroughbred owners and trainers to join him in signing a pledge to voluntarily disclose 14 days worth of veterinary records on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Derby Angles: Illman on pedigree

DRF | 8 months ago
Dosage index. Center of distribution. Dual qualifiers. Crosses and nicks. Paternal sire lines. Female families. Average winning distance statistics. Tomlinson Distance Ratings. The Rasmussen Factor. It’s enough to make your head spin. Read More...

Gowan living the Derby dream with Ride On Curlin

DRF | 8 months ago
In racing, the big fish often eat the small fish. That explains why Billy Gowan’s cellphone started blowing up just a few minutes after Ride On Curlin made his career debut last summer at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Letter to the editor: All qualifying races should have generic restrictions

DRF | 8 months ago
There is a practice that threatens our racing industry – that of creating non-generic restrictions to the entrance requirements for a graded race. This year's Kentucky Derby is an example. Read More...

Derby works: Hoppertunity, Tapiture ignore the bad weather

DRF | 8 months ago
Bob Baffert called an audible regarding the scheduled work times for both Kentucky Derby contender Hoppertunity and his Oaks runner, Ria Antonia, during sloppy conditions Monday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

California Chrome arrives at Churchill

DRF | 8 months ago
By the end of the week, at the end of the long prep season toward the Kentucky Derby, handicappers and horsemen alike often simply look to the heavens for some sort of inspiration or intervention, but this year they needed to look earlier, for on Monday, the heavens opened, the rains came, and then, after a dramatic morning, this year’s chosen one dropped from the sky. Read More...

Beyer: Asmussen forced to shoulder industry’s problem

DRF | 8 months ago
In a sport amply populated by rogues and cheaters, trainer Steve Asmussen has become Public Enemy No. 1. But is he a poster boy or just a convenient target? Read More...