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Outwork, Destin among 10 Derby contenders to work Friday

DRF | 4 months ago
Led by Todd Pletcher’s two Kentucky Derby candidates, a total of 10 horses with designs on the May 7 Derby turned in workouts Friday morning at Churchill Downs, with several of those works moved ahead from Saturday to avoid the wet weather predicted for the weekend. Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Cutting Through The Madness

Handicapping the Kentucky Derby is a singular art. There's no sporting event so brief in duration that prompts such a monumental amount of time devoted to figuring it out. With the Derby just over a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Kentucky Derby Day 2016 recaps, analysis, and news

DRF | 4 months ago
The following is a list of DRF resources and content related to the Kentucky Derby card at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 7. Read More...

Adventist ready if he gets Kentucky Derby call

DRF | 4 months ago
Adventist, who still remains on the outside looking in as far as the Kentucky Derby is concerned, worked five furlongs in 1:02.37 Thursday morning over the Belmont Park training track. Read More...

Clocker: Girls work while the boys gallop

DRF | 4 months ago
The fillies took center stage Thursday morning at Churchill Downs, with the majority of the locally based Kentucky Derby hopefuls scheduled to turn in their final works on Friday. Likely Derby favorite Nyquist is at Keeneland, where he is scheduled to work before the first race on Friday. Read More...

Amoss quickly mends fences with Lanerie

DRF | 4 months ago
The traffic Mo Tom managed to find in the Louisiana Derby infuriated trainer Tom Amoss to such a degree that he gave jockey Corey Lanerie a severe tongue-lashing upon returning to be unsaddled. “I called Corey in the jocks' room to apologize 20 minutes after it all blew up,” Amoss said. “Now it's totally behind us. Corey and I have been friends for 20 years and we're looking forward to a great showing in the Kentucky Derby.” Read More...

Trojan Nation ‘happy’ horse after work

DRF | 4 months ago
Trojan Nation, a surprise second at 81-1 in the $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 9, worked six furlongs in 1:12.60 at Santa Anita on Thursday in preparation for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7. Read More...

Clocker: Lani his own worst enemy

DRF | 4 months ago
As if there aren't enough variables in the equation to get a horse ready to be at his best on Kentucky Derby Day, you can now add weather to the mix. Overnight rains hit here on Tuesday, and with more in the forecast as the week progresses, it is likely to have a major effect on training and workout schedules. Read More...

Derby Watch: Points system having desired impact

DRF | 4 months ago
With Churchill Downs making the races closest to the Derby worth the most points and eliminating the previous system – one based on earnings in graded stakes races – the field has become far more predicated on current form. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Exaggerator

DRF | 4 months ago
Curlin, who is coming off a career-best season by his racing progeny in 2015, is a rising star in the North American sire ranks. The stallion will look to really break through with a Kentucky Derby winner in Exaggerator, romping winner of the Santa Anita Derby. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for April 27

DRF | 4 months ago
There were no changes to the Derby Watch top 20 from last week to this week, not in terms of the lineup or the future line set by Mike Watchmaker, Daily Racing Form's national handicapper, who has Nyquist as the 7-2 favorite 10 days out from the May 7 Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Handling Tapit’s progeny often is no easy task

DRF | 4 months ago
The blood runs hot in the Thoroughbred, and few are hotter right now – on a number of levels – than those by Tapit. Read More...

Kentucky Derby clocker: Mor Spirit sizzles, then simmers

DRF | 4 months ago
Trainer Bob Baffert arrived in town on Monday and wasted little time getting down to work, sending out a handful of his stakes horses to breeze at Churchill Downs on Tuesday morning, including key Kentucky Derby contender Mor Spirit, who zipped five furlongs in 59.79 over a quick track under clear and relatively balmy conditions during the special Derby/Oaks training session shortly after 8:30 a.m. Read More...

Clocker: Asmussen’s Derby and Oaks workers impress

DRF | 4 months ago
Trainer Steve Asmussen had a very good morning on Monday. It began with his five potential Kentucky Oaks starters and two Kentucky Derby contenders turning in sharp works over a fast main track at Churchill Downs and ended several hours later with the announcement that he'd been elected to the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame. Read More...

Dennis O’Neill continues picking out future stars at sales

DRF | 4 months ago
The not-so-secret weapon that has carried owner Paul Reddam and trainer Doug O'Neill back to Louisville, Ky., is Doug's older brother, Dennis O'Neill. The bloodstock wizard selected both the unbeaten champion Nyquist and Grade 2 winner Land Over Sea as unraced 2-year-olds. Nyquist is expected to be favored in the Kentucky Derby, while Land Over Sea is a strong contender in the Kentucky Oaks following the defection of Songbird. Read More...

Clocker: Gun Runner, Creator impress Asmussen

DRF | 4 months ago
Trainer Steve Asmussen on Monday sent out his two Kentucky Derby contenders - Louisiana Derby winner Gun Runner and Arkansas Derby winner Creator - for their penultimate and most serious works in advance of the race. Read More...

Kentucky Derby clocker: My Man Sam, Shagaf get to work for Brown

DRF | 4 months ago
Trainer Chad Brown took center stage here Sunday morning, working his two Kentucky Derby contenders, My Man Sam and Shagaf, over a fast track at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Watchmaker: Kentucky Derby may not set up for closers

DRF | 4 months ago
If you think the Kentucky Derby will fall apart late after a fast early pace just like the four preps that immediately preceded it, think again. Other folks have already talked about it, and it is sure to be discussed more as Derby Day approaches, but it is entirely possible the Derby will have a pace personality completely different from the most recent preps. Read More...

Kentucky Derby clocker: Nyquist goes easily

DRF | 4 months ago
With the skies clear and the track fast, Kentucky Derby favorite Nyquist went back to work Saturday at Keeneland, turning in a fairly easy five-furlong breeze that had been postponed from the previous morning due to rain. Read More...

Exaggerator, Danzing Candy drill for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 4 months ago
Kentucky Derby hopefuls Exaggerator and Danzing Candy worked in Southern California on Saturday, two weeks after finishing first and fourth in the $1,000,690 Santa Anita Derby on April 9. Read More...

Nyquist works ‘maintenance’ five furlongs in company

DRF | 4 months ago
Unbeaten champion Nyquist got a little help from his friends in his penultimate work for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday morning at Keeneland. Read More...

Outwork drills four furlongs for Derby

DRF | 4 months ago
Wood Memorial winner Outwork went to school Friday morning at Belmont Park, and by all accounts, he was a model student. Read More...

Derby clocker: Nyquist’s work pushed back a day

DRF | 4 months ago
The first of Daily Racing Form's workout reports leading up to the 2016 Kentucky Derby was supposed to start with a real bang, with likely favorite Nyquist scheduled to put in his penultimate work for the race Friday at Keeneland. But Mother Nature stepped in to alter those plans, with overnight rain leading trainer Doug O'Neill to postpone the work until Saturday. Read More...

Mor Spirit works five furlongs before heading to Churchill Downs

DRF | 4 months ago
Mor Spirit, the two-time stakes winner who was second in the Santa Anita Derby on April 9, was flown to Churchill Downs on Friday for the Kentucky Derby on May 7, a day after a five-furlong breeze at Santa Anita. Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Betting On The ‘Exchange’

If you've been around the U.S. racing biz long enough, you've probably heard about the prospect of exchange wagering. It's a fast-paced, lock-in-your-odds, peer-to-peer alternative to the tote... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Adventist stays sharp in case he gets Derby call

DRF | 4 months ago
While his connections wait to see if there will be the necessary defections to make it into the Kentucky Derby field, Adventist worked a half-mile in 48.81 seconds Thursday morning over the Belmont Park training track. Read More...

King: Based on modest pace, favor stalkers in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 4 months ago
My preferences from a pace standpoint in this Kentucky Derby are the horses that should race in the second or third flight. Read More...

Hovdey: For cookies, Chrome willing to endure flocks of fans

DRF | 4 months ago
Use him for a windbreak, a coat rack, a barn doorstop. It doesn't matter to California Chrome as long as you set him free in his paddock for most of the day and have a bag of Mrs. Pastures horse cookies handy on demand. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for April 20

DRF | 4 months ago
Creator and Suddenbreakingnews finished one-two in the Arkansas Derby on Saturday to earn enough points to solidify a spot in the 20-horse field for the May 7 Kentucky Derby and thus forged their way onto the Derby Watch top 20. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Brody’s Cause

DRF | 4 months ago
Dale Romans calls his Blue Grass Stakes winner Brody's Cause a “prototype” Kentucky Derby horse – and the Giant's Causeway colt certainly has the class in his pedigree to back it up. Read More...

Espinoza to ride Whitmore in Kentucky Derby; Rosario to ride Shagaf

DRF | 4 months ago
Victor Espinoza will ride Whitmore in the May 7 Kentucky Derby, Shagaf will have the comebacking Joel Rosario aboard, and Irad Ortiz Jr. moves to My Man Sam, the trainers of those runners said Wednesday. Read More...

Road to the Derby: Lexington Stakes

DRF | 4 months ago
Lexington Stakes winner has been cleverly managed to pick off low-hanging fruit while largely avoiding the big hitters. This was his third stakes win of the year at three different tracks, including two in point-scoring races. Read More...

Road to the Derby: Arkansas Derby

DRF | 4 months ago
CREATOR, third behind CUPID and WHITMORE four weeks earlier in the Rebel, continued his forward progress this spring by capturing the Arkansas Derby, the last of the 34 races in which horses could earn points toward a berth in the 2016 Kentucky Derby on May 7. Read More...

Baffert removes Cupid from Kentucky Derby trail

DRF | 4 months ago
The scoreboard watching as to who's in and who's out for the Kentucky Derby on May 7 at Churchill Downs began in earnest on Monday and produced the first significant development when Cupid, who finished 10th as the favorite in the Arkansas Derby, was ruled out of the race by trainer Bob Baffert. Read More...

Cupid headed to Kentucky, but uncertain to start in Derby

DRF | 5 months ago
Cupid, who finished 10th in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park as the 4-5 favorite, will be sent from Arkansas to Kentucky in coming days while trainer Bob Baffert contemplates the colt’s next race. Read More...

Watchmaker: Another fast early, slow late Kentucky Derby prep

DRF | 5 months ago
The Arkansas Derby was the big race of the day Saturday, and it was eerie – or perhaps fitting, if you think about it – how much it was like the trio of stakes for 3-year-olds run seven days earlier. Read More...

Arkansas Derby’s top three moving on to Kentucky Derby

DRF | 5 months ago
Creator, Suddenbreakingnews, and Whitmore, the first three finishers in the Arkansas Derby here at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, all emerged from the race in good order and, with sufficient points for all safely tucked away, will take up three of the 20 spots in the Kentucky Derby field at Churchill Downs on May 7. Read More...

Much-improved Creator upsets Arkansas Derby

DRF | 5 months ago
Creator showed just how far he had come in the last seven weeks by winning the meet’s biggest race, the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby, earning a berth in the May 7 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Destin works five furlongs for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 5 months ago
Tampa Bay Derby winner Destin, who will go into the Kentucky Derby without a race in eight weeks, continues to progress nicely toward that goal after working five furlongs in 1:00.89 over a "good" racetrack at Palm Beach Downs on Saturday. Read More...

Training window reserved for Derby, Oaks horses

DRF | 5 months ago
As more Kentucky Derby and Oaks hopefuls continue to arrive at Churchill Downs in Louisville, track officials have announced that the training time reserved exclusively for those horses will become effective next Saturday, April 23. Read More...

Danzing Candy will prep for Kentucky Derby at San Luis Rey Downs

DRF | 5 months ago
Danzing Candy, fourth in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 9, will start in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7 and will be trained through April at the San Luis Rey Downs training center in San Diego County. Read More...

Nyquist breezes for Derby; Land Over Sea works for Oaks

DRF | 5 months ago
Nyquist, the unbeaten champion and Kentucky Derby favorite, kicked off his serious preparation for the spring classic on Friday at Keeneland, breezing for the first time since winning the Florida Derby on April 2. Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Chrome Drama, Derby Intrigue

Even when he's not racing, the consensus top horse in North America seems to attract headlines. This week, there were rumblings about California Chrome's connections seeking a substantial purse... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Maker suspended for 40 days, plans to appeal

DRF | 5 months ago
Mike Maker, the trainer of the winner of Turfway Park’s major Kentucky Derby prep, has been handed a 40-day suspension by Kentucky stewards for a drug positive after a race at Turfway in January, a penalty that Maker said he plans to appeal. Read More...

King: Live longshot Synchrony a must-use in all-stakes pick four

DRF | 5 months ago
Here is an analysis of the all-stakes pick four at Keeneland, with horses with program numbers classified as either ‘A' or ‘B' runners, based on their chances of winning. Read More...

Cupid latest California raider for Baffert in Arkansas Derby

DRF | 5 months ago
Cupid heads a field of 12 in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby, which highlights the closing-day card at Oaklawn. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, April 16: Picks for Oaklawn Handicap, Ben Ali, Arkansas Derby

DRF | 5 months ago
Melatonin upset the Santa Anita Handicap, and I'm taking him to win right back in Saturday's Oaklawn Handicap. Read More...

Crist: Three-year-old crop has case of the slows

DRF | 5 months ago
A year ago, the field for the Kentucky Derby shaped up as one of the best and deepest in many years. The five favorites were 13 for 13 as 3-year-olds and all five Grade 1 preps were won by daylight in strong performances. Eight entrants had run Beyer Speed Figures of 100 or more. This year, the story so far is entirely different. Read More...

Lexington is Swipe’s first – and last – chance to make Kentucky Derby

DRF | 5 months ago
Swipe and Collected, a pair of Southern California invaders, are the likely favorites in the Grade 3, $150,000 Lexington, a 1 1/16-mile race at Keeneland which shares the Saturday spotlight with three other stakes. Read More...

Jerardi: Determining the Wood Memorial figure a tricky business

DRF | 5 months ago
Last Saturday's Wood Memorial came up ridiculously slow, 1:52.92 for the 1 1/8 miles on the muddy track. Were the horses really that bad or was there another explanation? Read More...