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Wood Memorial: Despite brutal winter, Uncle Sigh one step from Kentucky Derby

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Through the snow, the ice, and the bitter cold, Uncle Sigh has endured and emerged as a legitimate Kentucky Derby candidate. Gutty runner-up finishes to Samraat over Aqueduct’s inner track in the Withers and Gotham have Uncle Sigh one solid effort away from making it to Churchill Downs. Read More...

Trainer Osborne mulls Kentucky Derby option for Toast of New York

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Toast of New York has returned to his yard in Great Britain following his victory Saturday in the United Arab Emirates Derby, but whether he’ll venture across the oceans for the May 3 Kentucky Derby is a decision his trainer is not ready to make just yet. Read More...

Wood Memorial: For once, Pletcher barn is underdog

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher will be seeking his fourth Wood Memorial victory in the last five years Saturday at Aqueduct, but for the first time in that span, he will not be running the favorite. Read More...

Santa Anita Derby next for Hoppertunity, says Baffert

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Hoppertunity, the winner of the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park on March 15, will be trainer Bob Baffert’s lone starter in Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Derby, he said on Monday. Read More...

Oaklawn Park: Tapiture, Ride On Curlin work for Arkansas Derby

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Tapiture had a significant workout Monday for the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby, breezing five furlongs in company in 1:00.80 at his Oaklawn Park base. He could go favored in the Arkansas Derby, a 1 1/8-mile race that closes out the meet April 12. Read More...

Oaklawn Park: Tapiture, Ride On Curlin work for Arkansas Derby

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Tapiture had a significant workout Monday for the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby, breezing five furlongs in company in 1:00.80 at his Oaklawn Park base. He could go favored in the Arkansas Derby, a 1 1/8-mile race that closes out the meet April 12. Read More...

Steve Davidowitz’s Louisiana Derby analysis

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Vicar’s In Trouble, winner of the Lecomte Stakes early in the meet and third in the Risen Star Stakes Feb. 22, essentially went wire to wire in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby to suggest he will be a pace factor in the 1 ¼-mile Kentucky Derby on May 3. Read More...

Steve Davidowitz’s Florida Derby analysis

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Cairo Prince was supposed to confirm his status as one of the top contenders for the 1 ¼-mile Kentucky Derby, but he turned in a relatively flat performance, finishing fourth to a new rising star, Constitution. Read More...

Santa Anita Derby: Hoppertunity works five furlongs, might go in race

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Hoppertunity, the winner of the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park on March 15, worked five furlongs in 1:01.20 at Santa Anita on Sunday, leading trainer Bob Baffert to deem the colt a “possibility” for Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Derby. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Constitution has history working against him

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The name Apollo will be sure to surface at least a couple of hundred times between now and Kentucky Derby Day following Constitution’s game neck decision over Wildcat Red in Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. That’s because Constitution will enter the Derby having made only three starts and none before launching his career with an impressive seven-furlong maiden special weight victory here Jan. 11. Read More...

Gulfstream Park: Pletcher barn enjoys banner day with Constitution, In Tune

DRF | 3 weeks ago
About 4 1/2 hours before trainer Todd Pletcher watched Constitution fight his way into the Kentucky Derby, he witnessed In Tune do the same for the Kentucky Oaks. Read More...

Steve Davidowitz’s UAE Derby analysis

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Toast of New York turned in a smooth winning performance at 11-1 odds on a relatively dead Tapeta surface, getting the 1 3/16 miles in a creditable 1:57.92. But even with this convincing 2 1/2-length victory over 6-1 shot Asmar, it is questionable whether he can pose a serious threat in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Maker has two strong contenders in Vicar’s in Trouble, General a Rod

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Vicar’s in Trouble, the winner of the Louisiana Derby here Saturday, came out of the race in good order and, by Sunday afternoon, was scheduled to be in Louisville, Ky., where he will be prepared for the Kentucky Derby along with his Mike Maker-trained stablemate, General a Rod, who was third Saturday in the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Louisiana Derby: Vicar’s in Trouble scores wire-to-wire victory

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Sure, it’s horse racing, but there are times when a jockey, understanding the nuances of the track and able to make split-second decisions based on unforeseen developments, can make a huge difference. So it was at Fair Grounds on Saturday, when the track’s leading rider, Rosie Napravnik, adjusted to the track profile and a slow start by a key rival when sending Vicar’s in Trouble to a front-running victory in the Grade 2, $1 million Louisiana Derby. Read More...

Florida Derby: Constitution beats Wildcat Red in thriller

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Constitution showed a new dimension while also keeping his record unblemished going into the Kentucky Derby when outfinishing a game Wildcat Red to post a well-deserved neck decision in Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Kentucky Derby Future Wager: Field closes as 5-1 favorite in Pool 4

DRF | 4 weeks ago
The mutuel field closed as the favorite yet again in Pool 4 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which closed Saturday at 6 p.m. Eastern following a three-day run. Read More...

Santa Anita Derby: Candy Boy, California Chrome put in works

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Almost two months after his last start, Candy Boy was pronounced ready for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 5 after a quick six-furlong workout in 1:11.80 at Santa Anita on Saturday. Read More...

Gulfstream Park: Social Inclusion has sharp workout for Aqueduct’s Wood Memorial

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Twenty-four hours before he was scheduled to board a van headed for Aqueduct, Social Inclusion worked a half-mile in 46.90 seconds Saturday morning at cloudy, muggy Gulfstream Park. Read More...

UAE Derby: Toast of New York crushes foes in upset

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Toast of New York, whose previous claim to fame was a romping $6,400 allowance-race win Nov. 1 over the synthetic surface at Wolverhampton in England, crushed 11 rivals in the UAE Derby on Saturday night in Dubai, winning by 2 1/2 lengths over Asmar. Read More...

Kentucky Derby Future Wager: Field favored entering final day

DRF | 4 weeks ago
The mutuel field is holding sway as the favorite after two days of wagering into fourth and final pool in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Future Wager. Read More...

Santa Anita: Baffert weighing options for Santa Anita Derby

DRF | 4 weeks ago
While the list of outsiders for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby continues to grow, trainer Bob Baffert said Friday he is uncertain which of his Triple Crown hopefuls will run in California's richest race for 3-year-olds. Read More...

Kentucky Derby Future Wager: Field at 6-1 after first day; California Chrome 9-1

DRF | 4 weeks ago
The mutuel field occupied its customary spot as the favorite after the first full day of betting into the fourth and final pool in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which began a three-day run Thursday at noon Eastern. Read More...

Gulfstream Park Diaries: Collmus and His Craft

The Paulick Report is on the scene in South Florida for Saturday’s Florida Derby, historically perhaps the most significant prep race for the Kentucky Derby. Between Gulfstream, the Triple... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Kentucky Derby Future Wager: Field the early favorite in Pool 4

DRF | 4 weeks ago
The mutuel field occupied its customary spot as the favorite after the opening hours of betting into the fourth and final pool in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which began a three-day run Thursday at noon Eastern. Read More...

Louisiana Derby becomes Round 2 for Intense Holiday, Albano

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Intense Holiday and Albano, separated by a nose at the end of last month’s Risen Star Stakes, renew their battle for New Orleans on Saturday at the Fair Grounds in the Grade 2, $1 million Louisiana Derby. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for March 29: Picks for Louisiana Derby, Gulfstream Oaks, Pan American

DRF | 4 weeks ago
It can be argued that the form of last month’s Risen Star got a boost when fourth-place finisher Hoppertunity came back to win the Rebel, a point to consider since the first three finishers in the Risen Star are all back in this event. But I’m not buying that just yet. Read More...

Steve Crist: Marathon day of major races

DRF | 4 weeks ago
There isn’t much marathon racing for horses in the United States any more, but there are more and more marathon days of racing, with two of the richest and longest on Saturday: A 14-race card at Gulfstream, beginning at noon Eastern and ending with the Florida Derby at 6:48 p.m., and a 13-race card at Fair Grounds that starts at 12:30 p.m. Central and features the Louisiana Derby at 6:10 p.m. Read More...

Gulfstream Park: Cairo Prince targets Kentucky Derby points in Florida Derby

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Coming off a defining victory in the Grade 2 Holy Bull, Cairo Prince will enter Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby not only idle the last nine weeks but in need of another big performance to earn the necessary qualifying points to guarantee a berth in the Kentucky Derby lineup. Read More...

Oaklawn Park: Tricky week for Strong Mandate

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Strong Mandate has had a couple of eventful mornings this week at Oaklawn Park but remains on course for the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby on April 12 despite a less-than-ideal workout Wednesday. Read More...

Santa Anita: Game On Dude, Bayern, The Admiral work for Baffert

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Three of Bob Baffert's stakes horses worked Wednesday. Game On Dude worked for the Charles Town Classic and 3-year-olds Bayern and The Admiral worked for upcoming Kentucky Derby preps. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Intense Holiday latest bright spot for Starlight Stables

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Starlight Stables first burst on the scene in the spring of 2002 with Harlan’s Holiday, who won the Florida Derby and the Blue Grass Stakes and finished seventh as the favorite in the Kentucky Derby. The Starlight story comes full circle through Intense Holiday, a son of Harlan’s Holiday. Read More...

Florida Derby: Wildcat Red draws rail in field of eight

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Eight 3-year-olds, led by likely favorite Cairo Prince, were entered Wednesday for Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for March 26

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Chitu, who won the Sunland Derby on Sunday, and We Miss Artie, who rallied to capture the Spiral Stakes at Turfway on Saturday, are the newest additions to the Derby Watch top 20. Read More...

Dick Jerardi: Chitu is a strong contender amid a changed Derby landscape

DRF | 4 weeks ago
I was not expecting much from the two 3-year-old stakes last weekend and was definitely underwhelmed by the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on Saturday. Then, I caught Chitu in the Sunland Derby on Sunday. Read More...

Fair Grounds: In Trouble still on fence for Lousiana Derby

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Trainer Tony Dutrow said Tuesday he will enter In Trouble in the Louisiana Derby on Wednesday, but that a final decision on whether to ship the horse to New Orleans on Thursday or wait and run in the Wood Memorial hadn’t yet been made. Read More...

Fair Grounds: Rise Up to employ simple strategy for Louisiana Derby

DRF | 1 month ago
Trainer Tom Amoss is making no secret of the tactics Rise Up will employ when he starts Saturday in the Louisiana Derby. Rise Up is going to the front and taking the Louisiana Derby field as far as he can. Read More...

Kentucky Derby Future Wager: California Chrome is 5-1 favorite in Pool 4

DRF | 1 month ago
Talk about attrition. Since Churchill Downs offered its earliest-ever Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool in late November, only two horses have been listed in all four pools toward the 2014 Derby – Cairo Prince and Strong Mandate. Read More...

Aqueduct: Noble Moon still on Wood fence

DRF | 1 month ago
Trainer Leah Gyarmati remains on the fence about running Jerome Stakes winner Noble Moon in the Wood Memorial. On Sunday, Noble Moon worked a mile in 1:46.05 in company with Gyarmati’s Grade 1-winning filly Sweet Reason. Read More...

Gulfstream Park: General a Rod shows poise in final major work for Florida Derby

DRF | 1 month ago
General a Rod turned down the backstretch shortly after the renovation break Sunday, making his way to the five-furlong marker to begin his final major prep for Saturday’s Grade 1 Florida Derby. Then, he got some unexpected company. Read More...

Aqueduct: Effinex and Cohen just say no to Lasix

DRF | 1 month ago
The eye-catching 6 1/4-length allowance victory by the New York-bred Effinex at Aqueduct on Sunday was special to Russell Cohen, the colt’s breeder, on several levels. Read More...

Sunland Park: Chitu letting owner live her Kentucky Derby dream

DRF | 1 month ago
Susan Chu first got interested in horses through riding, which she still does, as does her 11-year-old son, Jerry. But a trip to the 2010 Kentucky Derby helped pique her interest in Thoroughbred racing, and she got the support of her husband, Charles, to get involved as more than a spectator. Read More...

Steve Davidowitz’s Sunland Derby analysis

DRF | 1 month ago
The Bob Baffert-trained pair of Chitu and Midnight Hawk battled it out for the top two finishing positions in the Sunland Derby on Sunday. Read More...

Sunland Park Derby: Chitu heads one-two finish for Baffert

DRF | 1 month ago
Sunday at Sunland Park, Chitu earned 50 points – and a $400,000 winner’s share – by holding off stablemate Midnight Hawk to take the Grade 3, $800,110 Sunland Derby before a track-record crowd 18,642. Read More...

Steve Davidowitz’s Spiral Stakes analysis

DRF | 1 month ago
After a hard-fought 1 1/8 miles, barely six inches separated the first three finishers in the Spiral Stakes on Turfway Park’s synthetic Polytrack racing surface. Read More...

Santa Anita: Big Tire jumps from maiden win to Santa Anita Derby

DRF | 1 month ago
Big Tire is on the verge of the major leap from a maiden race win in early March to a Grade 1 stakes in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 5. Read More...

Kentucky Derby prospect Honor Code out with suspensory tear

DRF | 1 month ago
Honor Code is off the Kentucky Derby trail and will be sidelined indefinitely after being diagnosed with a slight tear in his right hind upper suspensory, trainer Shug McGaughey said Sunday. Read More...

Turfway Park: Kentucky Derby next stop for We Miss Artie

DRF | 1 month ago
We Miss Artie is scheduled to be flown back to south Florida on Tuesday and will not race again before the May 3 Kentucky Derby, for which the colt earned 50 eligibility points by virtue of his dramatic narrow victory Saturday in the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park. Read More...

Turfway Park: We Miss Artie surges to win three-way Spiral photo

DRF | 1 month ago
Ken Ramsey wasn’t on hand to see We Miss Artie take a very narrow victory Saturday in the 43rd running of the Grade 3, $518.950 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park. But you could almost hear him cackling from Florida. Read More...

California Chrome works at Los Alamitos for Santa Anita Derby

DRF | 1 month ago
California Chrome resumed workouts on Saturday at Los Alamitos, two weeks after winning his third consecutive stakes in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita and two weeks before a start in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby. Read More...

Aqueduct: In Trouble may run in Louisiana Derby rather than Wood

DRF | 1 month ago
Though trainer Tony Dutrow was initially planning to bring Gotham Stakes third-place finisher In Trouble back to New York for the Wood Memorial on April 5, he is now giving serious consideration to running him in next Saturday’s Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds. Read More...