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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...

Steve Crist: Marathon day of major races

DRF | 3 weeks ago
There isn’t much marathon racing for horses in the United States any more, but there are more and more marathon days of racing, with two of the richest and longest on Saturday: A 14-race card at Gulfstream, beginning at noon Eastern and ending with the Florida Derby at 6:48 p.m., and a 13-race card at Fair Grounds that starts at 12:30 p.m. Central and features the Louisiana Derby at 6:10 p.m. Read More...

Gulfstream Park: Cairo Prince targets Kentucky Derby points in Florida Derby

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Coming off a defining victory in the Grade 2 Holy Bull, Cairo Prince will enter Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby not only idle the last nine weeks but in need of another big performance to earn the necessary qualifying points to guarantee a berth in the Kentucky Derby lineup. Read More...

Oaklawn Park: Tricky week for Strong Mandate

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Strong Mandate has had a couple of eventful mornings this week at Oaklawn Park but remains on course for the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby on April 12 despite a less-than-ideal workout Wednesday. Read More...

Santa Anita: Game On Dude, Bayern, The Admiral work for Baffert

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Three of Bob Baffert's stakes horses worked Wednesday. Game On Dude worked for the Charles Town Classic and 3-year-olds Bayern and The Admiral worked for upcoming Kentucky Derby preps. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Intense Holiday latest bright spot for Starlight Stables

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Starlight Stables first burst on the scene in the spring of 2002 with Harlan’s Holiday, who won the Florida Derby and the Blue Grass Stakes and finished seventh as the favorite in the Kentucky Derby. The Starlight story comes full circle through Intense Holiday, a son of Harlan’s Holiday. Read More...

Florida Derby: Wildcat Red draws rail in field of eight

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Eight 3-year-olds, led by likely favorite Cairo Prince, were entered Wednesday for Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for March 26

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Chitu, who won the Sunland Derby on Sunday, and We Miss Artie, who rallied to capture the Spiral Stakes at Turfway on Saturday, are the newest additions to the Derby Watch top 20. Read More...

Dick Jerardi: Chitu is a strong contender amid a changed Derby landscape

DRF | 3 weeks ago
I was not expecting much from the two 3-year-old stakes last weekend and was definitely underwhelmed by the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on Saturday. Then, I caught Chitu in the Sunland Derby on Sunday. Read More...

Fair Grounds: In Trouble still on fence for Lousiana Derby

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Trainer Tony Dutrow said Tuesday he will enter In Trouble in the Louisiana Derby on Wednesday, but that a final decision on whether to ship the horse to New Orleans on Thursday or wait and run in the Wood Memorial hadn’t yet been made. Read More...

Fair Grounds: Rise Up to employ simple strategy for Louisiana Derby

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Trainer Tom Amoss is making no secret of the tactics Rise Up will employ when he starts Saturday in the Louisiana Derby. Rise Up is going to the front and taking the Louisiana Derby field as far as he can. Read More...

Kentucky Derby Future Wager: California Chrome is 5-1 favorite in Pool 4

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Talk about attrition. Since Churchill Downs offered its earliest-ever Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool in late November, only two horses have been listed in all four pools toward the 2014 Derby – Cairo Prince and Strong Mandate. Read More...

Aqueduct: Noble Moon still on Wood fence

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Trainer Leah Gyarmati remains on the fence about running Jerome Stakes winner Noble Moon in the Wood Memorial. On Sunday, Noble Moon worked a mile in 1:46.05 in company with Gyarmati’s Grade 1-winning filly Sweet Reason. Read More...

Gulfstream Park: General a Rod shows poise in final major work for Florida Derby

DRF | 4 weeks ago
General a Rod turned down the backstretch shortly after the renovation break Sunday, making his way to the five-furlong marker to begin his final major prep for Saturday’s Grade 1 Florida Derby. Then, he got some unexpected company. Read More...

Aqueduct: Effinex and Cohen just say no to Lasix

DRF | 4 weeks ago
The eye-catching 6 1/4-length allowance victory by the New York-bred Effinex at Aqueduct on Sunday was special to Russell Cohen, the colt’s breeder, on several levels. Read More...

Sunland Park: Chitu letting owner live her Kentucky Derby dream

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Susan Chu first got interested in horses through riding, which she still does, as does her 11-year-old son, Jerry. But a trip to the 2010 Kentucky Derby helped pique her interest in Thoroughbred racing, and she got the support of her husband, Charles, to get involved as more than a spectator. Read More...

Steve Davidowitz’s Sunland Derby analysis

DRF | 4 weeks ago
The Bob Baffert-trained pair of Chitu and Midnight Hawk battled it out for the top two finishing positions in the Sunland Derby on Sunday. Read More...

Sunland Park Derby: Chitu heads one-two finish for Baffert

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Sunday at Sunland Park, Chitu earned 50 points – and a $400,000 winner’s share – by holding off stablemate Midnight Hawk to take the Grade 3, $800,110 Sunland Derby before a track-record crowd 18,642. Read More...

Steve Davidowitz’s Spiral Stakes analysis

DRF | 4 weeks ago
After a hard-fought 1 1/8 miles, barely six inches separated the first three finishers in the Spiral Stakes on Turfway Park’s synthetic Polytrack racing surface. Read More...

Santa Anita: Big Tire jumps from maiden win to Santa Anita Derby

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Big Tire is on the verge of the major leap from a maiden race win in early March to a Grade 1 stakes in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 5. Read More...

Kentucky Derby prospect Honor Code out with suspensory tear

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Honor Code is off the Kentucky Derby trail and will be sidelined indefinitely after being diagnosed with a slight tear in his right hind upper suspensory, trainer Shug McGaughey said Sunday. Read More...

Turfway Park: Kentucky Derby next stop for We Miss Artie

DRF | 4 weeks ago
We Miss Artie is scheduled to be flown back to south Florida on Tuesday and will not race again before the May 3 Kentucky Derby, for which the colt earned 50 eligibility points by virtue of his dramatic narrow victory Saturday in the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park. Read More...

Turfway Park: We Miss Artie surges to win three-way Spiral photo

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Ken Ramsey wasn’t on hand to see We Miss Artie take a very narrow victory Saturday in the 43rd running of the Grade 3, $518.950 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park. But you could almost hear him cackling from Florida. Read More...

California Chrome works at Los Alamitos for Santa Anita Derby

DRF | 4 weeks ago
California Chrome resumed workouts on Saturday at Los Alamitos, two weeks after winning his third consecutive stakes in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita and two weeks before a start in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby. Read More...

Aqueduct: In Trouble may run in Louisiana Derby rather than Wood

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Though trainer Tony Dutrow was initially planning to bring Gotham Stakes third-place finisher In Trouble back to New York for the Wood Memorial on April 5, he is now giving serious consideration to running him in next Saturday’s Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Sunland Park: Midnight Hawk, Chitu give Baffert hot hand in rich Sunland Derby

DRF | 4 weeks ago
The Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby has carved out a legitimate spot on the Triple Crown trail since its purse was boosted significantly in 2003. The field for Sunday’s renewal drives that point home, as four of the nine runners set to start hail from two of the biggest names in racing, trainers Bob Baffert and Todd Pletcher. Read More...

Fair Grounds: Fields taking shape for Louisiana Derby card

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Intense Holiday, Albano, and Vicar’s in Trouble – the first three finishers in the Risen Star Stakes – are among eight 3-year-olds headed to the Louisiana Derby, Fair Grounds stakes coordinator Scott Jones said Wednesday. Read More...

Turfway Park: Pair of Grade 1 winners clash in Spiral Stakes

DRF | 1 month ago
The just-ended long winter will be temporarily forgotten Saturday when Turfway Park almost certainly will send a horse or two to the Kentucky Derby by way of its annual showcase, the Grade 3, $550,000 Spiral Stakes. Read More...

Santa Anita: Sherman decides to run California Chrome in Santa Anita Derby

DRF | 1 month ago
California Chrome, the easy winner of the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes on March 8, is being prepared for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 5. Read More...

Sunland Park Derby draws field of nine; Commissioner to add blinkers

DRF | 1 month ago
Commissioner, who earlier this year won an allowance over the well-regarded Top Billing, will add blinkers for the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Park Derby on Sunday, said his trainer, Todd Pletcher. The horse was one of nine entered in the 1 1/8-mile stakes when the field was drawn Wednesday. Read More...

Turfway Park: Tamarando made 3-1 favorite for Spiral Stakes

DRF | 1 month ago
Tamarando was pegged as the 3-1 morning-line favorite after being assigned post 4 in a full field of 12 for the Grade 3, $550,000 Spiral Stakes, the annual Turfway Park signature event, set for Saturday in Florence, Ky. Read More...

Road to Kentucky Derby bumpy as ever for top 3-year-olds

DRF | 1 month ago
With top Kentucky Derby contenders like Shared Belief, Top Billing and New Year’s Day out of the race, this seems like an unusually rough year for top 3-year-olds. But this rate of attrition hasn’t happened since, well, a year ago. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for March 19

DRF | 1 month ago
Social Inclusion, who was a runaway winner of a Gulfstream Park allowance race last week, and Ride On Curlin, a close third in the Rebel Stakes, are the two newcomers to this week’s Derby Watch top 20. Read More...

Florida Derby among options Zito considering for Spot

DRF | 1 month ago
Nick Zito is looking at several options for recent acquisition Spot, including the March 29 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Derby Fever Strikes Again: $15 Million for an Allowance Winner?

Today is the day Ronald Sanchez said he’ll decide whether or not to sell Social Inclusion, the unbeaten 3-year-old colt by Pioneerof the Nile who carried his Rontos Racing Stable silks to a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Gulfstream Park: Florida Derby looking like small field

DRF | 1 month ago
Despite offering a $1 million purse and 170 Kentucky Derby qualifying points and being one of the most prestigious of all the Kentucky Derby preps, the Grade 1 Florida Derby on March 29 seems to be lacking interest among horsemen. Read More...

Steve Davidowitz’s Rebel Stakes analysis

DRF | 1 month ago
On a rainy Saturday afternoon in Hot Springs, Ark., a veritable rodeo took place during the stretch run of the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. After the wet dust settled, the lightly raced Hoppertunity gave Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his fourth Rebel win in five years. Read More...

Oaklawn Park: Arkansas Derby or Santa Anita Derby next for Hoppertunity

DRF | 1 month ago
Bob Baffert, the trainer of Hoppertunity, on Sunday morning at Santa Anita said the Rebel winner would run next in either the Santa Anita Derby on April 5, or return to Oaklawn for the Arkansas Derby on April 12. Read More...

Oaklawn Park: Hoppertunity survives inquiry to win Rebel Stakes

DRF | 1 month ago
Hoppertunity was a half-length winner over Tapiture in Saturday's Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park, and after a lengthy inquiry as well as a jockey’s objection concerning the stretch run, the results stood in a finish that moves the Bob Baffert trainee further down the road to the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Sunland Park Derby attracts pair from Pletcher and Baffert barns

DRF | 1 month ago
Trainers Bob Baffert and Todd Pletcher plan to invade New Mexico with two shippers each next Sunday for the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Park Derby. Read More...