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

DRF | 2 weeks 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 | 2 weeks 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 | 2 weeks 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 | 2 weeks 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 | 3 weeks 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 | 3 weeks 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 | 3 weeks 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 | 3 weeks 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 | 3 weeks 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 | 3 weeks 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 | 3 weeks 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 | 3 weeks 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 | 3 weeks 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 | 3 weeks 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 | 3 weeks 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 | 3 weeks 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 | 3 weeks 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 | 3 weeks 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 | 3 weeks 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...

Kentucky Derby prospect Mo Tom breezes half-mile

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Kentucky Derby hopeful Mo Tom had a serious breeze early Wednesday at Churchill Downs, going a half-mile in 48.40 seconds, with gallop-out times of 1:01.40, 1:14.20, and 1:27.40, according to Churchill clocker John Nichols. Read More...

True to his nature, Lukas accentuates positive over pain

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas is relentlessly positive, and even Wednesday morning, reflecting on the death of his only child, Jeff, three weeks ago, Lukas chose to look at the good, not dwell on the bad. Read More...

Albaugh exceptional at beating the odds

DRF | 3 weeks ago
In the fall of 2014, Iowa businessman Dennis Albaugh and his son-in-law Jason Loutsch sat in the sale pavilion at Keeneland and selected nine yearlings. The nine youngsters came from a North American foal crop estimated at 23,509. Less than two years later, the men were walking back through the tunnel at Keeneland, arms around each others' shoulders, celebrating after one of those Albaugh Family Stable colts, Brody's Cause, won the Blue Grass Stakes to punch his ticket to the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for April 13

DRF | 3 weeks ago
My Man Sam, second in the Blue Grass, and Trojan Nation, second in the Wood Memorial, are the newest members of the Derby Watch top 20. Both earned 40 points last week and go onto a Derby Watch roster that increasingly must be driven by the points list. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Cupid

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Cupid is one of the best-bred 3-year-olds of this class, as evidenced by his purchase price as a yearling. However, the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes winner, likely to be favored in the Arkansas Derby on Saturday, has also been outrunning some aspects of his pedigree. Read More...

Road to the Derby: Blue Grass Stakes

DRF | 3 weeks ago
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Quinonez hopes for Derby shot on Suddenbreakingnews

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Luis Quinonez is the regular rider of Suddenbreakingnews, who runs Saturday at Oaklawn in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby. The horse will be one of the top choices on the strength of his sweeping win in the Grade 3, $500,000 Southwest in February. Read More...

Road to the Derby: Wood Memorial

DRF | 3 weeks ago
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Hovdey: Brother Kent will handle Exaggerator hyperbole

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The Desormeaux brothers are in the Kentucky Derby, with a horse named Exaggerator, no less. Read More...

Romans thinks Unbridled Outlaw can steal Arkansas Derby

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Trainer Dale Romans threw some fighting words into the Arkansas Derby mix on Monday, when he confirmed the front-running Unbridled Outlaw for the Grade 1, $1 million race Saturday at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

It’s on to Kentucky for prep winners

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Exaggerator, Outwork, and Brody's Cause, the winners of the three major Kentucky Derby preps run last Saturday, all came out of their races in good order and will move on to the 142nd Derby on May 7, with several horses who chased them on Saturday also headed to Churchill Downs for what assuredly will be a maximum 20-horse field. Read More...

Uncle Mo prominent for Derby, Oaks

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Red-hot young stallion Uncle Mo continued to light it up over the weekend, with four colts from his first crop currently under consideration for the Kentucky Derby after last weekend's three major prep races. Read More...

Nyquist back to galloping

DRF | 3 weeks ago
As the sun rose Monday morning, Kentucky Derby favorite Nyquist was allowed to gallop for the first time in more than a week. Read More...

Road to the Derby: Santa Anita Derby

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Exaggerator took advantage of a hot pace to rally for a runaway victory over Mor Spirit, Danzing Candy, and five others while earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 103 in Saturday's Santa Anita Derby. Read More...

Outwork, Shagaf committed to Kentucky Derby

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Outwork, the Wood Memorial winner, and Shagaf, the Wood favorite who finished a troubled fifth in the race, both emerged from their efforts in good order and will make their next starts in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7. Read More...

Exaggerator, Mor Spirit moving on to Kentucky Derby

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Exaggerator and Mor Spirit, the one-two finishers in the Santa Anita Derby on Saturday, both came out of the race well and both will head to the Kentucky Derby on May 7, their trainers reported on Sunday morning. Read More...

Watchmaker: Final preps fail to clarify Kentucky Derby picture

DRF | 4 weeks ago
If you woke up Sunday morning more confused than ever about the Kentucky Derby picture, take heart. You have a lot of company. Read More...

Exaggerator relishes wet conditions in Santa Anita Derby

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Exaggerator splashed through the sloppy, sealed going to a 6 1/4-length victory on Saturday in the Santa Anita Derby, theWest’s final major prep for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Read More...

Brody’s Cause rebounds strongly in Blue Grass Stakes

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Brody’s Cause took lengthy strides toward the Kentucky Derby when rebounding off a poor 3-year-old debut and posting an emphatic 1 3/4-length victory Saturday under Luis Saez in the 92nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. Read More...

Nyquist returns to track for energetic training session

DRF | 4 weeks ago
The unbeaten champion Nyquist returned to the track for the first time since his Florida Derby win on Saturday morning at Keeneland, jogging twice around the main track accompanied by a stable pony. Read More...

King: Big Apple Blue Grass pick four for Saturday, April 9

DRF | 4 weeks ago
DRF handicapper Byron King outlines his strategy for playing the Big Apple Blue Grass pick four at Aqueduct and Keeneland. Read More...

Arkansas Derby could draw field of 11

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Post positions for the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby will be drawn on Wednesday, and Oaklawn racing secretary Pat Pope was working with a potential list of 11 runners as of Friday. The Arkansas Derby will be run next Saturday. Read More...

Nyquist looks back to normal

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Kentucky Derby favorite Nyquist was expected to return to the track for the first time since his Florida Derby victory on Saturday morning at Keeneland. Read More...

Lexington crucial to Swipe’s Kentucky Derby hopes

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Swipe is tentatively expected to make his 3-year-old debut in a race in which the colt would surely be the favorite, the Grade 3 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland next Saturday. Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Gather Ye Derby Points

When the smoke clears Saturday evening, this year's Kentucky Derby field will be in much better focus. Three major preps, the Wood Memorial, the Blue Grass Stakes, and the Santa Anita Derby, will... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Wet track adds intrigue to Santa Anita Derby

DRF | 4 weeks ago
On Thursday morning, the prospect of a wet track was very much on the mind of the trainers of the top two contenders in the Grade 1, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on Saturday. Read More...

Wood Memorial field brimming with potential

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Light on experience and seemingly long on potential, eight 3-year-olds with mostly modest accomplishments will try to take the next step toward a possible start in the Kentucky Derby in Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. Read More...

Bulky Blue Grass a tricky puzzle to solve

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Hardly anyone is bold enough to flat-out predict a great horse – let alone the winner of the 142nd Kentucky Derby – will emerge from the lineup for the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, but this much is true: what the Blue Grass lineup lacks in accomplishment, it makes up for in potential. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, April 9: Picks for Blue Grass, Wood, Santa Anita Derby

DRF | 4 weeks ago
He drew as poorly as possible with post 14, but I'm going with My Man Sam in Saturday's Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. Read More...

Jerardi: Danzing Candy may have hard time repeating

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Nyquist has never lost, and I like his toughness and admire his versatility. But the Beyer Speed Figure of 94 for his win in the Florida Derby does not give me the confidence to feel really comfortable with the Kentucky Derby favorite as he heads for Churchill Downs. Read More...