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Kentucky Derby workouts: Danza looks strong off Arkansas Derby win

DRF | 3 months ago
The prospect of heavy rain falling around the local area late Thursday night and into the morning fell well short of some dire early predictions, giving horsemen a “good” racetrack, though tighter than it has been, to train over Friday. Read More...

Wood trio put in final serious Derby works

DRF | 3 months ago
The Belt Parkway was the conduit for the major activity Friday in preparation for the 140th Kentucky Derby. One had to navigate the eight-mile stretch of highway – during rush hour no less – a mile or so from Belmont Park to Aqueduct in order to see the three New York-based 3-year-olds put in their final serious workouts leading up to the Run for the Roses. Read More...

Top Wood finishers have final NY works for Derby

DRF | 3 months ago
Wicked Strong, Samraat, and Uncle Sigh – the first, second, and fifth finishers in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial – all put in their last major workouts Friday in New York for the $2 million Kentucky Derby on May 3 at Churchill Downs. Read More...

From donkeys to the Derby: Espinoza wears reminder of his humble start

DRF | 3 months ago
The donkeys. He would only ride the donkeys around his father’s goat farm because the horses were terrifying. But the donkeys, they were okay. Then one day, he remembers he was probably 7, he summoned enough courage to climb atop one of the farm ponies. Read More...

The other brother watches: Jose Espinoza deals with career-ending injury

DRF | 3 months ago
It has been eight months since Jose Espinoza was thrown from his mount, Heading to Toga, a few yards past the finish line on Alabama Day at Saratoga. Read More...

Derby workouts: Pletcher quartet on track; Oaks fillies in spotlight

DRF | 3 months ago
The fillies took center stage during the Oaks/Derby training session at Churchill Downs on Thursday, with the only four workouts during that period turned in by horses currently pointing to next Friday’s Kentucky Oaks. Read More...

Hovdey: Longshots looking for a Hollywood ending

DRF | 3 months ago
If it is late April, it is the time of year when rank longshots and abject no-hopers come out of the woodwork to clutter the Kentucky Derby field with their unreasonable dreams. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Major work days still to come

DRF | 3 months ago
With a slew of final prerace workouts still to come, all was quiet on the Kentucky Derby front Thursday at Churchill Downs, where overnight rain into Friday morning was expected to keep local activity light until Saturday. Read More...

California Chrome gets schooled at Los Alamitos

DRF | 3 months ago
California Chrome jogged and galloped nearly two miles and was schooled in the starting gate at Los Alamitos on Thursday. Read More...

Elliott returns to ride at Churchill 10 years after Derby win

DRF | 3 months ago
Stewart Elliott had no great expectations about coming back to Kentucky. He’d probably get to ride a few, enjoy the sights of springtime and the festive crowds, sign some memorabilia, and maybe even bask in the nostalgia of his career pinnacle. Read More...

Social Inclusion breezes for possible Derby bid

DRF | 3 months ago
Social Inclusion, currently 24th on the points list and running out of time in his quest to qualify for the Kentucky Derby field, worked three furlongs in 34.41 seconds and galloped out a half-mile in 47.63 Thursday morning at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Chitu to skip Derby Trial, go in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 3 months ago
Chitu was entered on Wednesday in the Derby Trial on Saturday night at Churchill Downs, but will scratch from that race, work Sunday at Churchill Downs, and be pointed to the Kentucky Derby on May 3, trainer Bob Baffert said Wednesday afternoon. Read More...

Kentucky Derby workouts: Hoppertunity likes track

DRF | 3 months ago
Two Kentucky Derby hopefuls worked after the renovation break, General a Rod, as expected, and Hoppertunity. Hoppertunity, runner-up behind California Chrome in the Santa Anita Derby, was easily the most impressive of the pair. Read More...

Jerardi: California Chrome looks best – by a lot

DRF | 3 months ago
If we just looked at that race the first Saturday in May as a horse race and not the Kentucky Derby, the 2014 outcome would appear rather obvious. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for April 23

DRF | 3 months ago
Maybe this should be “who’s lukewarm.” The newcomers – Vinceremos and Harry’s Holiday – are the two horses who ascended into the top 20 on points this week owing to a pair of defections. Read More...

Maker flying into Kentucky Derby under radar

DRF | 3 months ago
He’s got the winner of the Louisiana Derby, a colt who was both runner-up in the Fountain of Youth and a close third in the Florida Derby, and a longshot, yet Mike Maker might be the least-known big-time trainer in this year’s Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Kentucky Derby workouts: Hoppertunity, Danza among gallopers

DRF | 3 months ago
Four confirmed Kentucky Derby starters – Hoppertunity, Danza, Medal Count, and Ride On Curlin – turned in routine gallops over the fast track Tuesday. Read More...

Security Cameras in Derby Stalls Should Be a No-Brainer

A year ago, based on a suggestion from Craig Brogden of Machmer Hall, I wrote about security cameras that can record a horse’s activities 24 hours a day while he’s in his stall. Lots of horsemen are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Stewart finds himself on Kentucky Derby bubble again

DRF | 3 months ago
Trainer Dallas Stewart remains hopeful that Commanding Curve can get into the Kentucky Derby, and his anxiety is assuaged by having climbed a much higher hill a year ago with Golden Soul. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Hope remains for final spots

DRF | 3 months ago
With Cairo Prince and Midnight Hawk out of the Kentucky Derby, spots opened in the prospective field for Vinceremos and Harry’s Holiday, and more scoreboard watching will be done as horses begin to arrive at Churchill Downs for their final preps. Read More...

Bayern impresses in work with stablemate Chitu

DRF | 3 months ago
Bayern was clearly best over his Bob Baffert stablemate Chitu in a team workout during a relatively quiet Monday training session reserved for Kentucky Derby and Oaks horses at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Dynamic Impact, Midnight Hawk emerge strong from Illinois Derby

DRF | 3 months ago
Dynamic Impact and Midnight Hawk, separated by a nose at the finish in Saturday’s Illinois Derby, both emerged from the race in good order, their trainers said Sunday morning. It’s extremely unlikely either horse would run in the Kentucky Derby, and while Dynamic Impact is a possible runner in the Preakness Stakes, Midnight Hawk will be switched to shorter one-turn races for a late spring and summer campaign. Read More...

Dynamic Impact, Midnight Hawk emerge strong from Illinois Derby

DRF | 3 months ago
Dynamic Impact and Midnight Hawk, separated by a nose at the finish in Saturday’s Illinois Derby, both emerged from the race in good order, their trainers said Sunday morning. It’s extremely unlikely either horse would run in the Kentucky Derby, and while Dynamic Impact is a possible runner in the Preakness Stakes, Midnight Hawk will be switched to shorter one-turn races for a late spring and summer campaign. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: We Miss Artie, Intense Holiday put in final Florida works

DRF | 3 months ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher completed his final piece of important business in south Florida for the season when sending out two of his four potential Kentucky Derby starters, We Miss Artie and Intense Holiday, to work at his winter home, the Palm Meadows training center, Sunday morning. Read More...

Steve Davidowitz’s Lexington Stakes analysis

DRF | 3 months ago
With no horse in this field likely to benefit enough by the 10 Derby qualifying points to the winner, the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland had no bearing on the top 20 attempting to make the Kentucky Derby starting field. But it was an important race for Mr Speaker, Read More...

Mr Speaker scores as favorite in Lexington Stakes

DRF | 3 months ago
Professional discretion paid off Saturday for Shug McGaughey when the Hall of Fame trainer sent out Mr Speaker to win the 33rd running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland. Read More...

Wildcat Red has Kentucky Derby work pushed to Sunday

DRF | 3 months ago
For the second consecutive morning, trainer Jose Garoffalo was forced to postpone a scheduled work at Gulfstream Park for his Kentucky Derby hopeful Wildcat Red on Saturday due to heavy rains in south Florida. Read More...

Ankle injury puts Cairo Prince out of Kentucky Derby

DRF | 3 months ago
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin fretted for two weeks whether Cairo Prince would have enough points to make it into the Kentucky Derby field. One week after learning that Cairo Prince would indeed make it, McLaughlin had to withdraw the horse from consideration for the 140th Derby due to an injury to his left front ankle. Read More...

Vicar’s in Trouble gets serious in Kentucky Derby breeze

DRF | 3 months ago
Vicar’s in Trouble was out for serious work Saturday when he breezed five furlongs in 1:00.40 over a fast track at the Trackside training center in Louisville, Ky. Read More...

California Chrome cruises in Los Alamitos drill

DRF | 3 months ago
California Chrome worked a half-mile in 47.80 seconds on Saturday morning at Los Alamitos, his penultimate work before heading to Churchill Downs, where he is the current favorite for the Kentucky Derby on May 3. Read More...

Candy Boy finishes local Kentucky Derby preparation

DRF | 3 months ago
Candy Boy, third in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 5, worked five furlongs in 59.80 seconds at Santa Anita on Saturday, his final local workout in advance of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3. Read More...

The story of Old Rosebud, an American tragedy

DRF | 3 months ago
On May 17, 1922, an 11-year-old gelding lined up against low-level claimers at New York’s Jamaica racecourse to compete for a thimble-sized purse. Perhaps he behaved badly; his manners, once kindly, had soured by this, his 80th career start. Did he even want to be there? Who knew? Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Dance With Fate confirmed as starter

DRF | 3 months ago
Dance With Fate will run for the roses. After being noncommittal regarding a start in the Kentucky Derby following Dance With Fate’s victory in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes over Keeneland’s Polytrack on April 12, the colt’s connections announced Friday that the horse will run in North America’s most famous race May 3 at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Samraat works half-mile at Belmont

DRF | 3 months ago
Samraat, the multiple graded stakes winner who finished second in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial on April 5, picked up his preparations for the Kentucky Derby by working a half-mile in 48.77 seconds Friday morning over the Belmont Park main track. Read More...

Illinois Derby distance a challenge for Midnight Hawk

DRF | 3 months ago
The “Hawk” in Midnight Hawk refers to the Chicago Blackhawks, whose coach, Joel Quenneville, owns a piece of the colt, and many handicappers will view Midnight Hawk’s presence at Hawthorne in the Illinois Derby as something akin to the Blackhawks meeting a squad of 13-year-olds. Read More...

General a Rod has first breeze for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 3 months ago
General a Rod, one of the main Kentucky Derby threats out of Florida this winter, had his first breeze since shipping to Kentucky when going five furlongs Thursday in 59.80 seconds at the Trackside training center. Read More...

Jay Hovdey: Long Kentucky Derby drought for Californians

DRF | 3 months ago
There is no disputing that there have been 51 Kentucky Derby winners since 1962, and not one of them had his or her roots in California. Read More...

Allen Jerkens enjoying son’s Kentucky Derby run

DRF | 3 months ago
Trainer Allen Jerkens doesn’t have a Kentucky Derby horse, but he does have a big rooting interest in the race: Wicked Strong, who is trained by Allen’s son, Jimmy, and rallied to beat Samraat and Social Inclusion in the Wood Memorial. Read More...

Social Inclusion breezes; owner still hopes to make it to Derby

DRF | 3 months ago
Wednesday was a good morning for Social Inclusion, who worked a sharp three furlongs here in 35.04 seconds over a muddy track. Social Inclusion also moved a step closer to earning a place in the Kentucky Derby field. Read More...

Social Inclusion edges closer to making Kentucky Derby field

DRF | 3 months ago
Wednesday was a good morning for Social Inclusion, who worked a sharp three furlongs here in 35.04 over a muddy track. Social Inclusion also moved a step closer to earning a place in the Kentucky Derby field. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for April 16

DRF | 3 months ago
With the final round of races worth 170 qualifying points having been run, the Derby Watch list is now entirely points driven. Newcomers to the list this week are Dance With Fate and Medal Count, who ran one-two in the Blue Grass Stakes, and Danza, the upset winner of the Arkansas Derby. Read More...

Constitution to miss Kentucky Derby with shin injury

DRF | 3 months ago
Constitution, the undefeated winner of the Florida Derby, will miss the Kentucky Derby and the rest of the Triple Crown because of a shin fracture, Elliott Walden, president of co-owner WinStar Farm, said Wednesday. Read More...

Santana to ride Tapiture if horse goes in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 3 months ago
Ricardo Santana Jr. will have the mount on Tapiture if he runs in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Steve Asmussen said Tuesday. Read More...

Bejarano to ride Wildcat Red in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 3 months ago
Trainer Jose Garoffalo confirmed Tuesday that Rafael Bejarano will ride Wildcat Red in the Kentucky Derby. Bejarano will be the sixth different jockey to be aboard the Fountain of Youth Stakes winner and Florida Derby runner-up in as many starts. Read More...

Phipps calls for publicly available veterinary files for Triple Crown contenders

DRF | 3 months ago
The chairman of The Jockey Club released a statement Monday calling for trainers of horses entered in the Triple Crown events to make the horses’ veterinary records publicly available beginning 14 days before each of the three races. Read More...

No takers for Lexington’s Kentucky Derby qualifying points

DRF | 3 months ago
The Lexington Stakes is the last race with eligibility points toward the Kentucky Derby, but that will be a moot point Saturday when the 1 1/16-mile race is run at Keeneland. Read More...

Kentucky Derby starting odds are in Uncle Sigh’s favor

DRF | 3 months ago
If trainer Gary Contessa were a gambling man, he’d double down on his chances to make the Derby with his 3-year-old Uncle Sigh, who currently sits 21st on the list of horses with qualifying points for the May 3 Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Illinois Derby: Midnight Hawk, Class Leader head list of probables

DRF | 3 months ago
Although Saturday’s Grade 3, $500,000 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne does not offer qualifying points to the Kentucky Derby, the race is set to have a possible Kentucky Derby starter in the lineup Saturday in Midnight Hawk. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: There’s still hope for horses ranked below No. 20 in points standings

DRF | 3 months ago
With the final round of Kentucky Derby preps with rich point values having been run Saturday, the current point standings mirror the prospective 20-horse field for the May 3 Derby. But there are several horses in the top 20 whose Derby status is cloudy, most notably Blue Grass Stakes winner Dance With Fate, so the possibility looms large of horses currently on the outside eventually earning a berth in the Derby. Read More...

Kentucky Derby decision pending for Dance With Fate

DRF | 4 months ago
Dance With Fate, winner of the Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday at Keeneland, will return to California on Monday, and a decision as to whether he runs in the Kentucky Derby will be made by his owners, trainer Peter Eurton said Sunday at Santa Anita. Read More...