Lady and The Track | April 23, 2019

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Kentucky Derby

Give Peace A Chance In Robert Lewis

February 2, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom A field of nine newly turned 3-year-olds, none to have yet reached the winner’s circle as a stakes winner, will line up and face the starter in Saturday’s $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (GIII) at Santa Anita, the second main prep on the Southern California racing calendar with implications for the first […]

Mourinho Kicks Clear For Smarty Jones Victory

January 15, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Phoenix Thoroughbreds’ Mourinho earned his first stakes victory and stamped himself a legitimate Kentucky Derby (GI) contender on Monday with his impressive wire-to-wire victory by 3 ¼ lengths in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park. The Bob Baffert trainee was ridden to victory by regular jockey Drayden VanDyke and earned […]

Smarty Jones Stakes Highlights Great Holiday Card at Oaklawn Park

January 15, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom The route through Arkansas on the Kentucky Derby (GI) trail gets underway today with the 11th running of the Smarty Jones Stakes, named for the much beloved 2004 Derby and Preakness Stakes (GI) winner who swept the Southwest Stakes (GIII), Rebel Stakes (GII) and Arkansas Derby (GI) en route to dual classic winner […]

Instilled Regard Wins Lecomte Stakes With Ease

January 14, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom OXO Equine LLC’s Instilled Regard earned his first stakes victory and took his first step toward the May 5 Kentucky Derby (GI) with a handy 3 ¾ length victory from just off the pace in the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (GIII) at Fair Grounds. The $1.05 million 2-year-old in training purchase is trained […]

Firenze Fire Wears Down Seven Trumpets To Win Jerome

January 13, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Mr. Amore Stables’ Grade 1-winning homebred Firenze Fire returned to his winning ways on Saturday with a half-length victory in the $150,000 Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct. Under jockey Manny Franco, the Jason Servis-trained son of Poseidon’s Warrior closed down the lane from his position near the back of the pack early to […]

Jerome Draws Eight With Derby Hopes

January 13, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom The Jerome Stakes (GIII), the second-oldest stakes race in the country, was several years ago moved to January on the New York racing calendar in order for it to serve as a Kentucky Derby (GI) prep. And though no winner has emerged to even place in any of the Triple Crown races since that […]

Oaklawn Park Set For 2018 Racing Season

January 11, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Oaklawn Park near Hot Springs, Arkansas, kicks off its 114th live racing season on Friday with a nine-race card and a special post time of 12:30 p.m. CT. This year, the meet will be contested over 57 days and offers more than $30 million in purses and 31 stakes races, all conducted […]

Is Mask A Contender Or Pretender On Kentucky Derby Trail

January 10, 2018 |

By Derek Simon Is he worthy of all the hype? In a word, no. Look, I get it. Mask won the Mucho Macho Man by 6 ¼ lengths — under wraps — and earned a 100 Brisnet Speed Figure (BSF) in the process. Over the past 26 years, 23 winners of the Run for the […]

McKinzie Takes Next Kentucky Derby Step With Sham Victory

January 7, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom The Triple Crown Trail’s route through Southern California officially got underway on Saturday as Watson, Pegram and Weitman’s McKinzie took the first Kentucky Derby prep of the new year, winning the $100,000 Sham Stakes (GIII) at Santa Anita Park by 3 ½ widening lengths under regular rider Mike Smith. The Son of Street Sense gave his […]

It’s Never Too Early to Think About the Kentucky Derby

December 19, 2017 |

We’re still four months out from the first Saturday in May, but for horseracing fans it’s never too early to start thinking about the Kentucky Derby. Yes, the Derby itself will last only about two minutes — it’s been called the Fastest Two Minutes in Sports — but that doesn’t mean we can’t have months […]