Lady and The Track | December 8, 2019

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Derby Culture

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 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 […]

Race Of The Week: Rebel Stakes

March 16, 2018 |

By Derek Simon I’m zip for my last nine picks and now have a negative overall ROI (-10 percent) on the Race of the Week, so I was kind of hoping for a slam-dunk selection this week. Apparently, the Racing Gods hate me. As it turns out, the Rebel Stakes (G2), a prep for the […]

Jeff Ruby Steaks Draws Twelve Looking For Derby Points

March 16, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom A full field of 12 is expected to head postward in Saturday’s inaugural running of the Jeff Ruby Steaks (GIII) at Turfway Park, this year’s rebranding of the Kentucky Derby (GI) prep race known previously as the Spiral Stakes, Jim Beam Stakes, Lane’s End Stakes and, once, the Stakes. Jeff Ruby’s […]

Simon Says: Stop It! Justify Is Not Going To Win The Kentucky Derby!

March 16, 2018 |

By Derek Simon I’ve heard all the hyperbole. I’ve seen all the comparisons to great Kentucky Derby champions of the past. But I’m here to tell you that Justify will not win the 2018 Kentucky Derby — or at least he shouldn’t be a short price to do so. The fact that the Bob Baffert-trained […]

First Big Sophomore Matchup Produces Big Drama In San Felipe

March 11, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Saturday’s $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (GII) at Santa Anita Park marked the first big matchup of the best 3-year-old Kentucky Derby (GI) hopefuls in the west in Bolt D’Oro and McKinize. And when all was said and done and the dust settled, racing fans clamoring for some excitement were not disappointed. At the finish […]

Race Of The Week: Gotham Stakes

March 9, 2018 |

By Derek Simon The Kentucky Derby preps get underway in earnest this weekend with three graded stakes races for 3-year-olds scheduled to take place in a 22-minute span on Saturday. The festivities start at 3:20 p.m. Eastern with the Tampa Bay Derby (G2), which drew Flameaway, Vino Rossi and World of Trouble. That race is followed by […]

Tampa Bay Derby Set For Saturday

March 9, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Eleven 3-year-olds were entered for Saturday’s $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby (GII), the centerpiece the Tampa Bay Downs winter racing season. The 1 1/16-mile race offers 50 points to the winner, as well as 20, 10 and 5 to the next three finishers, to make the gate for the Kentucky Derby […]