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Girvin solid in five-furlong work for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 8 months ago
Louisiana Derby winner Girvin, who missed a work last weekend while recovering from a quarter crack in his right front hoof, breezed five furlongs in company in 59.60 seconds Saturday at Keeneland in his final work before the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Through the DRF archives: War Admiral and the 1937 Kentucky Derby

DRF | 8 months ago
Man o’ War was denied a chance at winning the Triple Crown by his owner’s reluctance to send a young 3-year-old to the Kentucky Derby. Seventeen years later, the same owner, Samuel Riddle, had no such reservations, shipping Man o’ War’s son War Admiral to Churchill Downs. Read More...

Mixed feelings for Pletcher after watching Always Dreaming, Battalion Runner work

DRF | 8 months ago
The anticipation of April showers on Saturday and the desire to wear May flowers resulted in a flurry of workouts at Churchill Downs on Friday morning in preparation for next Saturday's Kentucky Derby, with eight prospects drilling here, and two others elsewhere, totaling half the 20-horse field that will run for the roses. Read More...

Battle of Midway changing style for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 8 months ago
Battle of Midway finished second by a half-length to Gormley in the Santa Anita Derby and earned sufficient qualifying points to secure a berth in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 6. But if Battle of Midway is a factor in the famous race, he will do so with a different running style. Read More...

Calumet Farm horses bask in Kentucky Derby limelight while owner prefers privacy

DRF | 8 months ago
As many of three horses will run next Saturday in the Kentucky Derby in the name of Calumet Farm, which has won a record eight editions of the Kentucky Derby. But while a winner would add to that history, he would be the first of the group to carry the colors of current Calumet owner Brad Kelley, a deeply private man who assumed control of the historic property five years ago. Read More...

Irap getting good at just the right time

DRF | 8 months ago
For a Kentucky Derby starter, Irap has had a fluctuating status in the last five months. Read More...

The Friday Show: Pletcher’s Year, Derby Handicapping Philosophies?

Trainer Todd Pletcher's high level of success in Thoroughbred racing is undeniable, but in recent years he's also come under scrutiny for his lack of accomplishment when it comes to the Kentucky... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Girvin tries to mend quarter crack in time for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 8 months ago
Louisiana Derby winner Girvin is recovering from a quarter crack in his right front hoof and swam and was treated in a hyperbaric chamber at Kesmarc Rehabilitation facility in Lexington, Ky., on Thursday, rather than train at Keeneland, trainer Joe Sharp said. Read More...

With Albarado injured, Saez will ride J Boys Echo in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 8 months ago
Luis Saez will replace the injured Robby Albarado aboard J Boys Echo in the Kentucky Derby. Albarado underwent surgery Monday to repair a broken leg he suffered in a Sunday spill at Keeneland. Read More...

Girvin wearing Z-bar shoes; final Derby work delayed to Saturday

DRF | 8 months ago
So just what is up with Girvin? Video of the horse taken earlier this week at Keeneland clearly shows Girvin with Z-bar shoes on both front hooves. Z-bar shoes are used on horses for any number of hoof issues, ranging from a problem with the sole, the frog, to an abscess, to a quarter crack. Read More...

After five years, Tapit atop Kentucky Derby points list

DRF | 8 months ago
The Kentucky Derby's points system, which replaced graded stakes earnings as the method for sorting out contenders, completed its fifth year of prep races this spring. The system's half-decade in existence has provided an interesting snapshot of which stallions were most proficient in siring the archetypical Derby prospect. Read More...

Clocker: Lockdown works for Kentucky Oaks

DRF | 8 months ago
Kentucky Oaks-bound Lockdown was the lone Kentucky Oaks or Kentucky Derby worker at Churchill Downs on Tuesday, going five furlongs in 59.59. Read More...

In Derby, Fast and Accurate running to bring sire home

DRF | 8 months ago
Kendall Hansen has only one shot to win the Kentucky Derby with a son of his namesake stallion, and there is more on the line with Fast and Accurate's performance than the Hansen name. Read More...

Albarado undergoes surgery for broken leg

DRF | 8 months ago
Veteran jockey Robby Albarado underwent surgery Monday morning at University of Kentucky Hospital for a compound lower-leg fracture he suffered when thrown from his mount several strides out of the starting gate during the eighth race Sunday at Keeneland. Read More...

Derby clocker: McCraken’s breeze pleases Wilkes

DRF | 8 months ago
After McCraken suffered his first defeat when he finished third as the 8-5 favorite in the Blue Grass earlier this month, trainer Ian Wilkes was looking for a sign here Monday that McCraken was indeed moving in the right direction leading up to the 2017 Kentucky Derby. And Wilkes got exactly what he was looking for. Read More...

Geroux gets mount on Hence in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 8 months ago
Hence, winner of the Sunland Derby in his last start, will be ridden by Florent Geroux in the Kentucky Derby on May 6 at Churchill Downs, trainer Steve Asmussen said Monday. Read More...

Fractured ankle will prevent Albarado from riding J Boys Echo in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 8 months ago
Robby Albarado fractured his left ankle when thrown from his mount several strides out of the starting gate during the eighth race Sunday at Keeneland and will be forced to miss his upcoming ride in the Kentucky Derby with J Boys Echo. Read More...

Shirreffs gets Royal Mo ready in case he makes Kentucky Derby field

DRF | 8 months ago
Without a guaranteed berth for the Kentucky Derby on May 6, there is no certainty Royal Mo will be sent to Churchill Downs next weekend. That has not kept trainer John Shirreffs from preparing the colt in the event a spot develops in coming days. Read More...

Battalion Runner works for Derby, Cloud Computing for Preakness

DRF | 8 months ago
Battalion Runner and Cloud Computing, the second- and third-place finishers behind Irish War Cry in the Grade 2 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 8, both put in workouts Saturday over the training track at Belmont Park in preparation for different Triple Crown races. Read More...

Gormley, Battle of Midway drill for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 8 months ago
Gormley and Battle of Midway, the first two finishers in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby on April 8, worked independently at Santa Anita on Saturday in advance of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 6. Read More...

Bode Miller joins ownership group of Fast and Accurate

DRF | 8 months ago
Bode Miller, an Olympic gold medalist in alpine skiing, is like all those who participate in that sport: a risk taker. Now, Miller is participating in another high-risk endeavor, horse racing, buying a small interest in Spiral Stakes winner Fast and Accurate ahead of the May 6 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Irap, Practical Joke drill for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 8 months ago
Irap and Practical Joke, the one-two finishers in the Blue Grass Stakes on April 8, both turned in their first works since then on Friday at Keeneland, as a flurry of Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks hopefuls worked to beat the rain that was expected that evening and through the weekend. Read More...

Kentucky Derby contender Battle of Midway sold

DRF | 8 months ago
Battle of Midway, second in the Santa Anita Derby in his last start, has been sold to a partnership of WinStar Farm and Don Alberto Stable and will be ridden in the Kentucky Derby by jockey Flavien Prat. Read More...

The Friday Show: Kentucky Derby Match Game?

There could be some last-minute adjustments to the field, but in general we know which horses will line up to contest the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby in a couple of weeks. Now that all of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Pletcher seeks fifth Illinois Derby win with Hedge Fund

DRF | 8 months ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher entered Hedge Fund, whose third-place finish last out in the Sunland Derby looks good enough to make him the probable favorite facing six rivals in Saturday's Illinois Derby at Hawthorne. Read More...

McCraken will breeze twice more before Kentucky Derby

DRF | 8 months ago
McCraken, one of the favorites for the 143rd Kentucky Derby, will have two more breezes prior to the May 6 race after putting in a nice bit of work Tuesday over a fast Churchill track. Read More...

Derby-winning trainer Whiting dies at 77

DRF | 8 months ago
Trainer Lynn Whiting, who reached the pinnacle of his profession by saddling Lil E. Tee to win the 1992 Kentucky Derby, died suddenly Wednesday morning from complications of a long-term illness and a recent stroke. He was 77. Read More...

Hovdey: Casse’s Canadian connections put him in good company

DRF | 8 months ago
Next Monday, trainer Mark Casse will find out if he has been elected to the Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, but he is forgiven if he has other things on his mind. With the victory last Saturday of Eclipse champ Classic Empire in the Arkansas Derby, Casse is now fully invested in the Kentucky Derby, with a colt who looms large as the likely favorite. Read More...

Conquest Mo Money will await Preakness

DRF | 8 months ago
Tom and Sandy McKenna, the owners of Conquest Mo Money, announced on Tuesday that they will not put up a $200,000 supplementary fee to run Conquest Mo Money in the Kentucky Derby on May 6 and will instead await the Preakness Stakes two weeks. The supplementary fee for the Preakness is $150,000, which also makes the horse eligible for the Belmont Stakes. Read More...

McCraken breezes half-mile at Churchill Downs

DRF | 8 months ago
McCraken had his first breeze since incurring his first career defeat in the Blue Grass Stakes, working a sharp half-mile early Tuesday over a fast track at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Cloud Computing might skip Kentucky Derby

DRF | 8 months ago
Trainer Chad Brown on Monday said he is “leaning towards passing” the Kentucky Derby with Cloud Computing, a decision that has implications regarding the potential field for the May 6 Derby at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Casse: Kentucky Derby’s distance no issue for Classic Empire

DRF | 8 months ago
Classic Empire won the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby on Saturday like a horse that wants 1 1/4 miles, and that’s what he will get next month at Churchill Downs. Trainer Mark Casse said Sunday that Classic Empire emerged from his stretch-running effort at Oaklawn in good order and will fly Monday to Churchill. Read More...

Watchmaker: Never underestimate a champion

DRF | 8 months ago
In a Kentucky Derby prep-race season that has taken some weird and uninspiring turns even by Kentucky Derby prep-season standards – which says a lot – Saturday’s Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn was an entirely fitting coda. Read More...

Classic Empire bounces back with Arkansas Derby victory

DRF | 8 months ago
Relief. That's the emotion that first rushed over trainer Mark Casse when champion Classic Empire crossed the wire first in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby on Saturday at Oaklawn. Read More...

Girvin, Fast and Accurate drill for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 8 months ago
Girvin, the winner of the Louisiana Derby, and Fast and Accurate, the Spiral Stakes winner, breezed Saturday at the Churchill Downs Trackside facility in preparation for the May 6 Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Always Dreaming breezes easy half-mile for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 8 months ago
Always Dreaming, the potential favorite for the 2017 Kentucky Derby, turned in the first of his three scheduled breezes leading up to the big event, going an easy half-mile in 49.90 with jockey John Velazquez aboard shortly after dawn Friday morning at Palm Beach Downs. Read More...

The Friday Show: Purse Inflation, Derby Chaos?

In recent days we've learned the two richest races in horse racing plan to become even wealthier. The Pegasus World Cup has upped its purse to a whopping $16 million, and the Dubai World Cup could... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Classic Empire looks to show old self in Arkansas Derby

DRF | 8 months ago
Classic Empire has a chance to shake things up at the top of the 3-year-old charts Saturday with the right kind of performance in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Lexington has look of Preakness prep

DRF | 8 months ago
There'll be no Kentucky Derby for whoever wins the Lexington Stakes. The Preakness, maybe, or at least that's the way history has been leaning lately. Regardless, the Grade 3, $200,000 Lexington carries its own measure of import and prestige. Read More...

Classic Empire gets post 2 for Arkansas Derby

DRF | 8 months ago
The champion Classic Empire will break from post 2 in a field of 12 for the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby on Saturday. The race was drawn Wednesday and picked up a few new faces following the Monday defection of One Liner. Read More...

Derby Watch: Classic Empire down to his last chance

DRF | 8 months ago
The connections of Classic Empire have walked a tightrope all spring trying to get the colt to the Kentucky Derby, and now they've got one major hurdle to clear – having Classic Empire earn sufficient points and run well enough in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby on Saturday to merit a Kentucky Derby start. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree analysis: Irap

DRF | 8 months ago
Tiznow is the most prominent stallion continuing the Man o' War line at stud, tracing his male line directly back to the great racehorse. This year, which marks the centennial anniversary of Man o' War's birth, Tiznow will represent the line in the Kentucky Derby with Irap. Read More...