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Justify Defies, Makes History In Kentucky Derby 144

May 6, 2018 |

Colt Breaks Curse Of Apollo Giving Trainer Bob Baffert A Fifth Derby WInner By Margaret Ransom For such a highly regarded Kentucky Derby (G1) favorite, WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners and Starlight Racing’s Justify sure had a lot of people asking a lot of questions about whether he was up to […]

In-Depth Look at the Kentucky Derby

May 5, 2018 |

  It’s race day! Who do you like in the Kentucky Derby? By Margaret Ransom For the 144th time on Saturday — always the first Saturday in May — 20 of the best 3-year-old thoroughbreds will parade to the gate for the annual running of the Kentucky Derby (GI), quite possibly the world’s most famous […]

How Will The Track Condition Affect The Kentucky Derby?

May 5, 2018 |

  Will The Off Track Affect Your Pick? By Derek Simon With it now seeming likely that the 2018 Kentucky Derby will be contested over an “off” track, the logical question becomes: How will the track condition affect the outcome of the race? As it pertains to individual horses, that question may be unresolved until two minutes […]

Three Things To Look For In A Kentucky Derby Winner

May 5, 2018 |

  What Qualifications Should The Winner Have? By Derek Simon In between e-mails informing me that I “may already have won” a prize of considerable value and those beseeching me to be “a better lover” (I didn’t know the word had gotten out), I often get messages from folks asking me what I think of […]

Monomoy Girl Survives Claim Of Foul, Wins Kentucky Oaks

May 5, 2018 |

  Brad Cox-Trained Filly Wears Blanket Of Lilies By Margaret Ransom Michael Dubb, Monomoy Stables, The Elkstone Group and Bethlehem Stables’ Monomoy Girl dug in gamely and out-dueled rival Wonder Gadot down the Churchill Downs stretch to snatch victory by a half-length in the 144th running of the $1 million Kentucky Oaks on Friday. The Brad Cox-trained daughter of Tapizar was ridden to victory by regular jockey Florent Geroux. Shortly […]

Eight Things You MUST Avoid On Kentucky Derby Day

May 4, 2018 |

  If You Have To Read Another Derby List, Don’t Miss This One By Derek Simon Lists are big these days and I’ll give you 12 reasons why… no, I’m kidding. But it does amaze me how often we gravitate to someone’s thoughts if — and only if — they are enumerated. Hear a crazy guy at […]

Pros And Cons For Every Kentucky Oaks Filly

May 4, 2018 |

  Fourteen Vie For The Blanket Of Lillies By Margaret Ransom A highly competitive field of 14 sophomore fillies is expected to head postward in Friday’s $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1), including eight graded stakes winners and six others who finished right behind them in various prep races held so far this year. This year’s group […]

How To Make An Oaks Lily

May 4, 2018 |

By USRacing/LATT Staff Once again, the Kentucky Oaks Lily is the Kentucky Oaks official drink for the ninth time, serving it as an alternative to the famous Kentucky Derby drink: the Mint Julep. Here’s how to enjoy it at home, while watching the Oaks of your own home and wagering from your mobile or tablet. […]

Using Running Styles To Identify Contenders And Pretenders In the Kentucky Derby

May 3, 2018 |

Do Running Styles Matter? By Derek Simon Handicapping author William L. Quirin once called early speed the “universal track bias” and, despite the influx of grass racing and synthetic surfaces, statistics show that Quirin’s observation still holds true today. Even in the Kentucky Derby, a race that many believe is about as kind to frontrunners […]

Stallion Stories: Go For Gin

May 2, 2018 |

  The Oldest Kentucky Derby Winner on American Soil in Residence at the Kentucky Horse Park By Margaret Ransom This year marks the 24th anniversary of Go For Gin’s triumph in the 1994 Kentucky Derby (G1), and while he’s not the oldest living Kentucky Derby winner – 1993 winner Sea Hero is reported to be a […]