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More Kentucky Derby Information, Stats & Trends

Below, you will find the Kentucky Derby winners for the past 20 years and how they performed in the race prior. You will also view the winner of the race if the Derby winner did not win the last prep race. In addition, analysis and... Read More...

Kentucky Derby Has Not Been Kind to Speed

Below you will find the last 20 Kentucky Derby winners along with their running style, number of starts prior to the Derby as well as how they finished in the race leading up to the Derby. Stats and analysis to follow. 2011 – Animal Kingdom... Read More...

Kentucky Derby Prep Race Winners & Times

Below, you will view a list of winners for the Kentucky Derby prep races from 2012, along with their times. You will be able to compare them to last year’s winners and their respective times. It’s an interesting way to see how this year’s Derby... Read More...

138th Kentucky Derby Starting to Take Shape

The 138th Kentucky Derby is starting to take shape and the list of contenders is becoming more clear as each day passes. With 25 Derby prep races of one mile or longer now in the books, we have a better idea of what to expect... Read More...

2012 Arkansas Derby is Last Chance For Many

The Arkansas Derby is one of the last big races for three year old colts and geldings to qualify for the Kentucky Derby. A couple of horses in this field have pretty much solidified a spot in the Derby as they have earned enough career... Read More...

Deep Field for 2012 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

Keeneland – Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) – $750,000 – 1 1/8 miles – All Weather 1. Heavy Breathing (KY) – Corey Lanerie – 123 – Todd Pletcher 2. Gung Ho (PA) – Edgar Prado – 123 – Michael Maker 3. Prospective (KY) – Luis... Read More...

2012 Kentucky Derby Contender, Rankings Shake-up

We now have most of the Kentucky Derby prep races in the books and I’ve seen many top 5-10 rankings change quite a bit over the last couple of weeks. Last weekend, we saw undefeated Gemologist get his most important victory to date by outlasting... Read More...

Updated 2012 Kentucky Derby Prep Winners (Apr 14)

Here is the updated list of winners as of April 7th for each of the 2012 Kentucky Derby prep races, so you can keep track of who are the true contenders as we lead up to the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill... Read More...

Creative Cause Headlines Santa Anita Derby

With the upset of Union Rags last weekend in the Grade 1 Florida Derby, many racing pundits including myself have Creative Cause as the #1 contender heading into the Kentucky Derby next month. There is one more obstacle in the way of the gray Giant’s... Read More...

Gemologist, Alpha Ready for Battle in Wood Memorial at Aqueduct

As of today, Todd Pletcher has one horse heading to the Kentucky Derby next month. El Padrino has $250,000 in graded earnings thanks mostly for his win in the Risen Star Stakes (G2) at Fair Grounds on February 25. His 4th place performance in the... Read More...

Indy Upsets Union Rags, Hero is Made in Louisiana

It had been just over a week since all the sports talk was surrounding the Indianapolis Colts, Peyton Manning and potential first round pick Andrew Luck. Another Indy decided to get the city name back in the spotlight and make headlines of his own. The... Read More...

2012 Florida Derby Preview – Union Rags and ??

For good reason, the overwhelming favorite in the 2012 Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park this Saturday is Union Rags. He has raced 5 times, with 4 wins and a 2nd place effort which came in the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Hansen). His one... Read More...

Motion, Asmussen Add to Derby Contender List

Can Graham Motion and Team Valor go back to back year’s and win the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes and Kentucky Derby? They now have the opportunity as their colt Went the Day Well comfortably won the Vinery Racing Spiral Staes (G3) at Turfway Park on... Read More...

Sunland Derby Provides Huge Opportunity

When it comes to the Kentucky Derby and all the prep races leading up to it, the majority of sports fans recognize races such as the Wood Memorial, Louisiana Derby, Arkansas Derby, Florida Derby and the Santa Anita Derby. There are a couple of lesser... Read More...

Derby Prep Race Results, What Remains?

We are three months into the 2012 racing season, and several of the Kentucky Derby prep races are in the books. Below, you will find the winners of each race, a brief analysis of what each horse has done since, as well as, the most... Read More...

No “Cause” for Concern after San Felipe Win

After winning the Grade 2 Best Pal at Del Mar last August, then finishing 2nd in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity and winning the Grade 1 Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita, the gray Giant’s Causeway colt Creative Cause finished 3rd in the Grey Goose... Read More...

San Felipe Stakes Up for Grabs

A field of 10 three year old colts and geldings continue their path to the Kentucky Derby. This field boasts more true Derby contenders than any race we have seen to date. Santa Anita – San Felipe Stakes (G2) – $300,000 – 1 1/16 miles... Read More...

Hansen Back on Track with Gotham Win

It only took one race for the reigning two year old champ to get back to the winner’s circle. After posting three straight wins as a two year old including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Hansen started his three year old campaign with a distant 2nd... Read More...

Caleb’s Posse Faces Tough Return in Tom Fool

There may be more well known stakes races this upcoming weekend, but the race that intrigues me the most is the Grade 3 Tom Fool Handicap at Aqueduct. Why? The race includes Caleb’s Posse, who I felt should have at least won top male three... Read More...

Union Rags Cruises to Fountain Win

If you weren’t a believer before, you should be now. At this time, Union Rags is hands down the best three year old in the United States. After his narrow defeat in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last November, some thought that he was overrated, some... Read More...