Lady and The Track | April 20, 2019

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Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby Road: Audible Makes Noise but Mendelssohn Is A Monster

April 4, 2018 |

By Derek Simon On the Kentucky Derby road, some contenders have switched gears and moved into the fast lane, while others have hit speed bumps or made pit stops that have allowed rivals to pass them by. There are plenty of highs and lows and peaks and valleys in the months leading up to the […]

Audible Sounds Final Kentucky Derby Notice In Florida Derby

April 2, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners and WinStar Farm’s Audible on Saturday silenced any doubters as to whether he was Florida’s leading candidate for the Kentucky Derby (GI) with his three-length victory in the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1). In doing so, he provided trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez […]

Race Of The Week: Florida Derby

March 30, 2018 |

By Derek Simon Since 1997, five of the 38 Kentucky Derby entrants that competed in the Florida Derby won the Run for the Roses, making it the single most productive prep over the past 21 years. (The Santa Anita Derby has also produced five Kentucky Derby winners, but from 56 starters.) This year, a field […]

Kentucky Derby Road: Todd Pletcher’s Stock Quickly Rising

March 30, 2018 |

By Noel Michaels Trainer Todd Pletcher, who won the Kentucky Derby last year with Always Dreaming, is loaded again this year, as he goes for a third win in the Run for the Roses. Pletcher’s 3-year-olds have surged into the spotlight the last two weeks with victories in both the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park and the Louisiana Derby at Fair […]

Simon Says: Does Anybody Want To Win This Year’s Derby?

March 29, 2018 |

By Derek Simon Does anybody want to win this year’s Kentucky Derby? I mean, seriously? After watching the Louisiana Derby on Saturday, which came on the heels of a subpar Rebel Stakes, a terrible Tampa Bay Derby and a God-awful Gotham, I have doubts. I mean, the figures weren’t bad. Noble Indy earned the highest Equibase […]

Noble Indy Guarantees Kentucky Derby Slot With Louisiana Derby Win

March 26, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom WinStar Farm and Repole Stable’s Noble Indy punched his ticket into the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby with a neck victory in the $1 million Louisiana Derby (GII) at Fair Grounds Race Course. The 3-year-old Todd Pletcher-trained son of Take Charge Indy earned 100 points for his initial stakes victory and added to […]

Race Of The Week: Louisiana Derby

March 23, 2018 |

By Derek Simon No horse that used the Louisiana Derby (G2) as its final Kentucky Derby prep has ever gone on to wear the roses on the first Saturday in May and this edition of the race demonstrates why. It’s not exactly a who’s who of racing royalty. Yeah, trainer Todd Pletcher has a couple of entries […]

Guide To The 105th Louisiana Derby At Fair Grounds

March 21, 2018 |

By Annie Johnson Editor, Antebellum Turf Times Our guide to the Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby will make anyone an expert on the history of the state’s richest thoroughbred race, to be held for the 105th time on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Post time for the Derby, which has been scheduled as race 11 on the 14-race card, […]

Magnum Moon Shines Brightly In Rebel

March 19, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Robert and Lawana Low’s Magnum Moon earned 50 points toward making the Kentucky Derby starting gate with a 3 ½-length romp in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (GII) at Oaklawn Park Saturday. The Todd Pletcher-trained son of Malibu Moon was ridden to his first career stakes victory by regular jockey Luis Saez and […]

Blended Citizen Scores in Jeff Ruby Steaks

March 19, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Greg Hall and Sayjay Racing’s (Steve Young) Blended Citizen tested the Kentucky Derby waters further on Saturday and picked up an additional 20 points toward making the gate with his impressive come-from-behind neck victory in the $202, 400 Jeff Ruby Steaks (GIII) at Turfway Park. The son of Proud Citizen is trained […]