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Bernier: How I’d play Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs

DRF | 10 months ago
Handicappers Matt Bernier and Kenny Peck are going head to head with $500 to wager on the Kentucky Derby Day card at Churchill Downs. Read More...

King: Churchill pick four for Saturday, May 2

DRF | 10 months ago
Hitting any pick four requires some degree of good fortune, and when that race includes a 19-horse Kentucky Derby, you need a little extra luck. Knowing how difficult it is, let’s still swing away, knowing the mutuel upside, starting with the Distaff Turf Mile. Read More...

Peck: How I’d play Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs

DRF | 10 months ago
Handicappers Matt Bernier and Kenny Peck are going head to head with $500 to wager on the Kentucky Derby Day card at Churchill Downs. Read More...

El Kabeir scratched from Kentucky Derby due to foot bruise

DRF | 10 months ago
El Kabeir made it through the harsh New York winter to get to Churchill Downs, but he won’t make the starting gate for Saturday’s 141st Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Kentucky Derby Day previews, analysis, and plays

DRF | 10 months ago
The following is a list of DRF Plus resources and content related to Saturday’s Kentucky Derby card at Churchill Downs. Read More...

How to bet Kentucky Derby with $50

DRF | 10 months ago
If you have $50 you would like to bet on the Kentucky Derby, I would recommend playing a win bet on one or two horses, a few small exacta plays, and some trifectas as well. Read More...

Kentucky Derby Angles: Peck on pace

DRF | 10 months ago
Daily Racing Form will soon unveil a product that will identify race flows in those instances where extreme pace scenarios played a major factor in a race. Here's a look at how some of the Triple Crown prep races have been assessed as we prepare for Saturday's Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Tender foot might knock El Kabeir out of Derby

DRF | 10 months ago
El Kabeir’s status for Saturday’s 141st Kentucky Derby might be in doubt after the colt showed tenderness in his left front foot Friday morning, forcing the gray colt to remain in the barn rather than train. Read More...

The Friday Show: Kentucky Derby 141 Edition

Based upon the early returns at Churchill Downs, there’s a chance this year’s Kentucky Derby will break another attendance record. And with good reason. The weather forecast is great,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Rampellini: Two-day Churchill pick three wager

DRF | 10 months ago
For horseplayers who crave large fields, they don’t get much bigger than those offered in the Kentucky Oaks-Woodford Reserve-Kentucky Derby pick three that straddles the Friday and Saturday cards at Churchill Downs. The races could average 15 starters each, with the Oaks capped at 14, the Woodford drawing 12, and the Derby cutoff 20. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Favorites looking just fine

DRF | 10 months ago
It was another perfect morning for training Thursday at Churchill Downs, where all the Derby activity took place after the renovation break. There were really no surprises during Thursday’s session, with all the Derby lookers continuing to look good again. Read More...

Closing longshots key for big Derby payouts

DRF | 10 months ago
How do you find a Kentucky Derby longshot worth tossing onto tickets? Read More...

Rival trainer calls American Pharoah a Triple Crown threat

DRF | 10 months ago
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has gotten a good look at Bob Baffert’s one-two punch for the Kentucky Derby. Lukas longshot Mr. Z tangled with both halves of the juggernaut, finishing third, less than a neck behind Dortmund, in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Futurity last December, and third, 8 3/4 lengths behind American Pharoah, in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby three weeks ago. Read More...

Coffee Clique eyes Distaff Turf Mile repeat

DRF | 10 months ago
If Coffee Clique got as much out of her comeback race as trainer Brian Lynch thinks she did, there’s a very good chance she could repeat in Saturday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile. Read More...

Bayern looks to show off speed in Churchill Downs Stakes

DRF | 10 months ago
His name has become synonymous with racing controversy. On Saturday, two races before the Kentucky Derby, Bayern once again will be a hot topic when making his 4-year-old debut as a solid favorite in the 81st running of the Grade 2, $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes. Read More...

American Pharoah, Dortmund give Baffert potent one-two punch in Derby

DRF | 10 months ago
American Pharoah floats like a butterfly. Dortmund stings like a bee. They may be the greatest one-two punch in this city since Muhammad Ali. Read More...

American Pharoah, Dortmund give Baffert potent one-two punch in Derby

DRF | 10 months ago
American Pharoah floats like a butterfly. Dortmund stings like a bee. They might be the greatest one-two punch in this city since Muhammad Ali. Read More...

13 starters represent mutuel field in Derby futures pool

DRF | 10 months ago
Bettors who took 3-5 on the mutuel field in Pool 1 of the 2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager last fall will have 13 horses on their side Saturday, but the top three morning-line choices – American Pharoah, Dortmund, and Carpe Diem – were separately listed interests in that opening pool, jeopardizing that play. Read More...

13 starters represent mutuel field in Derby futures pool

DRF | 10 months ago
Bettors who took 3-5 on the mutuel field in Pool 1 of the 2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager last fall will have 13 horses on their side Saturday, but the top three morning-line choices – American Pharoah, Dortmund, and Carpe Diem – were separately listed interests in that opening pool, jeopardizing that play. Read More...

Beyer: American Pharoah hasn’t proved himself under fire

DRF | 10 months ago
Racing fans annually lament the low quality of the horses in the Kentucky Derby, and often their assessment proves to be correct. But few such opinions are being voiced before Saturday’s running of America’s greatest race. This is the strongest, deepest, and fastest Derby field since at least 2007 (the year of Street Sense and Curlin), and it could conceivably be the best since the great years of the 1980s. Read More...

Beyer: American Pharoah hasn’t proved himself under fire

DRF | 10 months ago
Racing fans annually lament the low quality of the horses in the Kentucky Derby, and often their assessment proves to be correct. But few such opinions are being voiced before Saturday’s running of America’s greatest race. This is the strongest, deepest, and fastest Derby field since at least 2007 (the year of Street Sense and Curlin), and it could conceivably be the best since the great years of the 1980s. Read More...

Stanford’s connections weighing whether to scratch out of Derby

DRF | 10 months ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher said Thursday that Stanford is only “50/50” to run in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby and that a decision to remain in the field or scratch and opt for another race will be made after going over options with the colt’s ownership partnership. Read More...

Stanford scratches from Derby, Frammento gets in

DRF | 10 months ago
Stanford has been scratched from the Kentucky Derby, allowing Frammento to get in, according to trainer Todd Pletcher, who said he just called in the scratch to the stewards. Read More...

Derby first-timers savor their big opportunity

DRF | 10 months ago
Forget becoming a Hall of Famer or a legend. All these folks want to do Saturday is emulate the likes of jockeys Ronnie Franklin and Stewart Elliott or trainers Barclay Tagg and Chip Woolley. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Free on post position

DRF | 10 months ago
Derby Angles features DRF handicappers looking at individual handicapping factors and how they may play out in this year’s Kentucky Derby. Read More...

American Pharoah has Zayat back on top

DRF | 10 months ago
Five years removed from what appeared on the outside to be one of the most ignominious and rapid falls from grace in modern American racing history, Ahmed Zayat is back on top. Read More...

Hovdey: Espinoza thinking encore

DRF | 10 months ago
The images of Victor Espinoza’s 2014 Derby victory aboard California Chrome remain vivid, and the colt’s exploits since then have done little to erase the glow. Now the page has turned, though, and Espinoza is right back in Louisville firmly attached to a second straight Derby favorite. Read More...

Juleps, Show Bets, And Heels: Kentucky Derby Do’s And Don’ts

Churchill Downs has a couple of new rules for Kentucky Derby 141 that reflect the changing times, including bans on selfie sticks and remote controlled aircraft. But aside from the official list of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Beyer: Deconstructing the UAE Derby figure

DRF | 10 months ago
When the United Arab Emirates Derby was run at Meydan Racecourse on March 28, racing fans on both sides of the Atlantic had the chance to watch it live because it was part of the telecast of the rich Dubai World Cup. Most viewers were impressed by the performance of Mubtaahij, who ran away with the $2 million event by eight lengths. Read More...

Mike Welsch’s Derby analysis

DRF | 10 months ago
I came to town with the intention of trying to beat the favorite, but after watching AMERICAN PHAROAH work and train subsequent to that work, it’s hard to side against the smooth-moving 3-year-old, even in such a talented field as the one set to contest this year’s Derby. He has enough natural speed to put himself in perfect striking position from his outside post and perhaps even get the lead if his rider so chooses, and he gives the impression that he’s a cut above the rest of these at his best. Read More...

Dave Litfin’s Derby analysis

DRF | 10 months ago
Just like his sire, Big Brown, DORTMUND comes into the Kentucky Derby undefeated, and it is difficult to find any chinks in his armor. While it’s true that the big-framed horse needs to avoid getting stopped in traffic, he has gained valuable seasoning through a number of different situations and has proven capable of making his own luck. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Pedigree profiles

DRF | 10 months ago
A closer look at the pedigrees of the entrants for the 141st running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby, to be contested Saturday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Brad Free’s Derby analysis

DRF | 10 months ago
UPSTART enters with a long list of attributes. He is battle-hardened against the cream of the crop, having placed in the Champagne, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, and Florida Derby. He is fast, one of just three entrants who earned triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures three times. Upstart is versatile; he can press the pace or rally from behind. Post 19 is fine. Upstart has run well on four surfaces (Saratoga, Belmont Park, Santa Anita, and Gulfstream Park). Read More...

Crist: Materiality may have enough talent to meet challenge

DRF | 10 months ago
I find it impossible to draw the very fine lines needed to separate American Pharoah from Dortmund and the other top contenders, so I’ll take the one who could be just as good as the two favorites and at a much bigger price. Read More...

Byron King’s Derby analysis

DRF | 10 months ago
More so than any other horse race, the Kentucky Derby is handicapped by many based on historical rules. And one of those chief rules, “The Curse of Apollo,” says that MATERIALITY is highly unlikely to win the Derby because no unraced 2-year-old has won the race since, guess who, Apollo in 1882. Read More...

Mike Watchmaker’s Derby analysis

DRF | 10 months ago
I’ve been on DORTMUND’s bandwagon since his win in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes in his first start this year, and I am not getting off now. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: American Pharoah draws post 18

DRF | 10 months ago
Champion American Pharoah drew post 18, toward the outside of a bulky field, and was installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the 141st running of the Grade 1, $2 million Kentucky Derby on Wednesday evening at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Analyzing the Kentucky Derby’s history

DRF | 10 months ago
It’s a bit of an understatement to say that the Kentucky Derby is unlike any other race in North America. Even the most casual of fans have their Derby horse, and it’s the one day of the year that can get even non-racing fans to watch horse racing. Read More...

Violette’s work speaks loudly, both on and off the track

DRF | 10 months ago
When it comes to issues involving racing, trainer Rick Violette knows the importance of speaking up. Violette, who began training horses in 1977, has been a vocal advocate for horses, horsemen and the industry as a whole, and on Saturday he will saddle Upstart in the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Soumillon has done his homework for first Derby

DRF | 10 months ago
The jockey Christophe Soumillon never has ridden in the Kentucky Derby. He will do so for the first time Saturday when he gets astride Mubtaahij. Do not expect Soumillon to be overwhelmed. Do not expect mistakes. Read More...

Soumillon has done his homework for first Derby

DRF | 10 months ago
The jockey Christophe Soumillon never has ridden in the Kentucky Derby. He will do so for the first time Saturday when he gets astride Mubtaahij. Do not expect Soumillon to be overwhelmed. Do not expect mistakes. Read More...

El Kabeir enjoys calm before storm

DRF | 10 months ago
There was finally an El Kabeir sighting on the track Wednesday at Churchill Downs, but even that didn’t quell whispers that the gray colt might not be running in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. Read More...

El Kabeir enjoys calm before storm

DRF | 10 months ago
There was finally an El Kabeir sighting on the track Wednesday at Churchill Downs, but even that didn’t quell whispers that the gray colt might not be running in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Birdatthewire, Puca sitting on big races

DRF | 10 months ago
The following is a brief assessment of some of the Kentucky Oaks contenders based on impressions from their workouts and gallops here over the past 10 days. Read More...

Statebred standard-bearers have big Derby presence

DRF | 10 months ago
While a majority of the runners in this year’s Kentucky Derby will indeed be returning to “My Old Kentucky Home” when they step onto the track for the post parade, a handful of colts serve as standard-bearers for state and regional breeding programs looking to add to their history or add international flavor to America’s most storied race. Read More...

At 52, Stevens still a big-race rider

DRF | 10 months ago
The remarkable comeback of Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens continues on Saturday, when he rides in the Kentucky Derby for the 21st time, seeking his fourth win. Read More...

Mubtaahij and de Kock take the long road to Louisville

DRF | 10 months ago
Mubtaahij and his trainer Michael de Kock have spanned the globe on their way to the 141st Kentucky Derby. Read More...

22 horses entered for Kentucky Derby; Tale of Verve a surprise entrant

DRF | 10 months ago
Twenty-two horses were entered Wednesday morning for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, with just one surprise, the entry of recent maiden winner Tale of Verve. Read More...

Gaines tries to make history with Bolo in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 10 months ago
Carla Gaines has a chance to achieve racing history. An upset win by Bolo would make Gaines the first woman trainer to win the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Bolo finds himself in pretty good company

DRF | 10 months ago
Bolo holds the distinction of being the only horse in this Kentucky Derby field who has yet to win on dirt. Bolo, winner of the Eddie Logan Stakes by 4 1/2 lengths on the Santa Anita turf in December, has run creditably on dirt, finishing third to Dortmund in both the San Felipe and Santa Anita Derby. Read More...