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Kentucky Derby: Candy Boy may be outside looking in

DRF | 1 week 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 | 1 week 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 | 1 week 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 | 1 week 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 | 1 week 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 | 2 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 | 2 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 | 2 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 | 2 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 | 2 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 | 2 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 | 2 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 | 2 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 | 2 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 | 2 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 | 2 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...

Kentucky Derby: Candy Boy faces do-or-die situation in Santa Anita Derby

DRF | 2 weeks ago
John Sadler, the trainer of Candy Boy, and Lee Searing, who owns Candy Boy with his wife, Susan, knew it was a calculated risk to manage Candy Boy the way they have this spring, running him in a Kentucky Derby prep worth 10 points for first, skipping one worth 50 points to the winner, and then knowing that a race worth 100 for first would determine their fate for the May 3 Derby. Read More...

Santa Anita Derby worth a shot for Schoolofhardrocks

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Schoolofhardrocks had finished a well-beaten fourth in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes on March 8 when jockey Joe Talamo immediately began campaigning for a start in Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Derby. Read More...

Jay Hovdey: Art Sherman a rookie who has seen it all before

DRF | 2 weeks ago
If California Chrome performs the way Art Sherman thinks he can on Saturday in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby, look out. Here comes Art Sherman. Read More...

Gulfstream Park: Action Andy returns against tough lineup in allowance

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Action Andy shipped down from his winter home at Tampa Bay Downs to dominate a good field of high-priced optional-claiming competition here three weeks ago. He’ll make the four-hour trip back to Gulfstream Park to face a similarly conditioned but seemingly tougher lineup that includes the Grade 3-placed Valid and multiple stakes winner Managed Account in Friday’s $54,500 allowance headliner at seven furlongs. Read More...

Keeneland: Blue Grass projected field looks full

DRF | 2 weeks ago
The field for the annual spring marquee at Keeneland, the Grade 1, $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes, is coming up big, with perhaps the 14-horse limit having to be invoked. Read More...

Keeneland: Ramsey turns focus to collecting stakes wins

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Owner Ken Ramsey has mapped out an aggressive itinerary in which he is planning to have runners in 12 of the 16 stakes on the schedule at Keeneland's spring meet. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for April 2

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Vicar’s in Trouble and Toast of New York, both winners of major stakes races last Saturday, are the additions to this week’s Derby Watch top 20. Read More...

Oaklawn Park: Strong move for Strong Mandate

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Strong Mandate put in his major work for the Arkansas Derby on Tuesday morning, when he went five furlongs in 1:00.80 under regular exercise rider Alberto Rodriguez. He drilled in the second set after the renovation break, with Oaklawn head clocker Hamilton catching the horse through an opening eighth of a mile in 11.80 seconds, a first quarter in 23.40, and three furlongs in 35.80. Read More...

Wood Memorial: Despite brutal winter, Uncle Sigh one step from Kentucky Derby

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Through the snow, the ice, and the bitter cold, Uncle Sigh has endured and emerged as a legitimate Kentucky Derby candidate. Gutty runner-up finishes to Samraat over Aqueduct’s inner track in the Withers and Gotham have Uncle Sigh one solid effort away from making it to Churchill Downs. Read More...

Trainer Osborne mulls Kentucky Derby option for Toast of New York

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Toast of New York has returned to his yard in Great Britain following his victory Saturday in the United Arab Emirates Derby, but whether he’ll venture across the oceans for the May 3 Kentucky Derby is a decision his trainer is not ready to make just yet. Read More...

Wood Memorial: For once, Pletcher barn is underdog

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher will be seeking his fourth Wood Memorial victory in the last five years Saturday at Aqueduct, but for the first time in that span, he will not be running the favorite. Read More...

Santa Anita Derby next for Hoppertunity, says Baffert

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Hoppertunity, the winner of the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park on March 15, will be trainer Bob Baffert’s lone starter in Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Derby, he said on Monday. Read More...

Oaklawn Park: Tapiture, Ride On Curlin work for Arkansas Derby

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Tapiture had a significant workout Monday for the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby, breezing five furlongs in company in 1:00.80 at his Oaklawn Park base. He could go favored in the Arkansas Derby, a 1 1/8-mile race that closes out the meet April 12. Read More...

Oaklawn Park: Tapiture, Ride On Curlin work for Arkansas Derby

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Tapiture had a significant workout Monday for the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby, breezing five furlongs in company in 1:00.80 at his Oaklawn Park base. He could go favored in the Arkansas Derby, a 1 1/8-mile race that closes out the meet April 12. Read More...

Steve Davidowitz’s Louisiana Derby analysis

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Vicar’s In Trouble, winner of the Lecomte Stakes early in the meet and third in the Risen Star Stakes Feb. 22, essentially went wire to wire in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby to suggest he will be a pace factor in the 1 ¼-mile Kentucky Derby on May 3. Read More...

Steve Davidowitz’s Florida Derby analysis

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Cairo Prince was supposed to confirm his status as one of the top contenders for the 1 ¼-mile Kentucky Derby, but he turned in a relatively flat performance, finishing fourth to a new rising star, Constitution. Read More...

Santa Anita Derby: Hoppertunity works five furlongs, might go in race

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Hoppertunity, the winner of the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park on March 15, worked five furlongs in 1:01.20 at Santa Anita on Sunday, leading trainer Bob Baffert to deem the colt a “possibility” for Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Derby. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Constitution has history working against him

DRF | 2 weeks ago
The name Apollo will be sure to surface at least a couple of hundred times between now and Kentucky Derby Day following Constitution’s game neck decision over Wildcat Red in Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. That’s because Constitution will enter the Derby having made only three starts and none before launching his career with an impressive seven-furlong maiden special weight victory here Jan. 11. Read More...

Gulfstream Park: Pletcher barn enjoys banner day with Constitution, In Tune

DRF | 2 weeks ago
About 4 1/2 hours before trainer Todd Pletcher watched Constitution fight his way into the Kentucky Derby, he witnessed In Tune do the same for the Kentucky Oaks. Read More...

Steve Davidowitz’s UAE Derby analysis

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Toast of New York turned in a smooth winning performance at 11-1 odds on a relatively dead Tapeta surface, getting the 1 3/16 miles in a creditable 1:57.92. But even with this convincing 2 1/2-length victory over 6-1 shot Asmar, it is questionable whether he can pose a serious threat in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Maker has two strong contenders in Vicar’s in Trouble, General a Rod

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Vicar’s in Trouble, the winner of the Louisiana Derby here Saturday, came out of the race in good order and, by Sunday afternoon, was scheduled to be in Louisville, Ky., where he will be prepared for the Kentucky Derby along with his Mike Maker-trained stablemate, General a Rod, who was third Saturday in the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Louisiana Derby: Vicar’s in Trouble scores wire-to-wire victory

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Sure, it’s horse racing, but there are times when a jockey, understanding the nuances of the track and able to make split-second decisions based on unforeseen developments, can make a huge difference. So it was at Fair Grounds on Saturday, when the track’s leading rider, Rosie Napravnik, adjusted to the track profile and a slow start by a key rival when sending Vicar’s in Trouble to a front-running victory in the Grade 2, $1 million Louisiana Derby. Read More...

Florida Derby: Constitution beats Wildcat Red in thriller

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Constitution showed a new dimension while also keeping his record unblemished going into the Kentucky Derby when outfinishing a game Wildcat Red to post a well-deserved neck decision in Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Kentucky Derby Future Wager: Field closes as 5-1 favorite in Pool 4

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The mutuel field closed as the favorite yet again in Pool 4 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which closed Saturday at 6 p.m. Eastern following a three-day run. Read More...

Santa Anita Derby: Candy Boy, California Chrome put in works

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Almost two months after his last start, Candy Boy was pronounced ready for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 5 after a quick six-furlong workout in 1:11.80 at Santa Anita on Saturday. Read More...

Gulfstream Park: Social Inclusion has sharp workout for Aqueduct’s Wood Memorial

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Twenty-four hours before he was scheduled to board a van headed for Aqueduct, Social Inclusion worked a half-mile in 46.90 seconds Saturday morning at cloudy, muggy Gulfstream Park. Read More...

UAE Derby: Toast of New York crushes foes in upset

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Toast of New York, whose previous claim to fame was a romping $6,400 allowance-race win Nov. 1 over the synthetic surface at Wolverhampton in England, crushed 11 rivals in the UAE Derby on Saturday night in Dubai, winning by 2 1/2 lengths over Asmar. Read More...

Kentucky Derby Future Wager: Field favored entering final day

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The mutuel field is holding sway as the favorite after two days of wagering into fourth and final pool in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Future Wager. Read More...

Santa Anita: Baffert weighing options for Santa Anita Derby

DRF | 3 weeks ago
While the list of outsiders for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby continues to grow, trainer Bob Baffert said Friday he is uncertain which of his Triple Crown hopefuls will run in California's richest race for 3-year-olds. Read More...

Kentucky Derby Future Wager: Field at 6-1 after first day; California Chrome 9-1

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The mutuel field occupied its customary spot as the favorite after the first full day of betting into the fourth and final pool in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which began a three-day run Thursday at noon Eastern. Read More...

Gulfstream Park Diaries: Collmus and His Craft

The Paulick Report is on the scene in South Florida for Saturday’s Florida Derby, historically perhaps the most significant prep race for the Kentucky Derby. Between Gulfstream, the Triple... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Kentucky Derby Future Wager: Field the early favorite in Pool 4

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The mutuel field occupied its customary spot as the favorite after the opening hours of betting into the fourth and final pool in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which began a three-day run Thursday at noon Eastern. Read More...

Louisiana Derby becomes Round 2 for Intense Holiday, Albano

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Intense Holiday and Albano, separated by a nose at the end of last month’s Risen Star Stakes, renew their battle for New Orleans on Saturday at the Fair Grounds in the Grade 2, $1 million Louisiana Derby. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for March 29: Picks for Louisiana Derby, Gulfstream Oaks, Pan American

DRF | 3 weeks ago
It can be argued that the form of last month’s Risen Star got a boost when fourth-place finisher Hoppertunity came back to win the Rebel, a point to consider since the first three finishers in the Risen Star are all back in this event. But I’m not buying that just yet. Read More...