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

DRF | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 months ago
Sire of horses running in the 2016 Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: Pleasantly Perfect

DRF | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 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...

Sires take shot at rare Kentucky Oaks-Derby double

DRF | 5 months 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 | 5 months 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 | 5 months 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 | 5 months 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 | 5 months 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 | 5 months 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 | 5 months 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 | 5 months 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 | 5 months 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 months 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 months 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 | 5 months 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 | 5 months 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 | 5 months 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 | 5 months 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 | 5 months 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 | 5 months 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...