Lady and The Track | December 14, 2018

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Good Magic Back In Top Form For Blue Grass Score

April 7, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom E Five Racing and Stonestreet Stables’ champion Good Magic on Saturday returned to top form and reminded everyone exactly why he earned the crown as last year’s top juvenile with his 1 ½-length victory in the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (GII) at Keeneland. Trained by Chad Brown, the son of […]

Vino Rosso Toasts To Kentucky Derby Qualifying With Wood Memorial Win

April 7, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Trainer Todd Pletcher added yet another powerful runner to this year’s Kentucky Derby picture on Saturday with Repole Stable and Elias Stable’s Vino Rosso, who captured the $1 million Wood Memorial Stakes (GI) at Aqueduct. Under jockey John Velazquez, the chestnut son of Curlin made a bold move from of the pace […]

Race Of The Week: Wood Memorial

April 6, 2018 |

By Derek Simon This Saturday is “Super Saturday,” as three Grade I races offering 170 Road-to-the-Kentucky-Derby points take place. Aqueduct features the Wood Memorial, where Enticed, winner of the Gotham (G3) has been made the 6-5 morning line favorite; Keeneland, which opens on Friday, is the site of the Blue Grass Stakes (weather permitting), where […]

Santa Anita Derby A West Coast Showdown Between Veteran, Neophyte

April 6, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom A field of seven sophomores, including a well-regarded seasoned veteran in Bolt D’Oro and a highly touted new shooter in Justify — both considered to be legitimate Kentucky Derby (GI) contenders — will head postward in the 82nd running of the Santa Anita Derby (GI) on Saturday, the final Kentucky Derby prep […]

Blue Grass Draws Full Field Searching For Kentucky Derby Points

April 5, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom A field of 15 was entered for Saturday’s $1 million Blue Grass Stakes (GII) at Keeneland, the last main prep in the state for the Kentucky Derby (GI) down the highway at Churchill Downs in four weeks. The Blue Grass, for the most part, has been a bit quiet recently as far […]

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 […]