Derby Capsule

Keeneland Select Presents Derby Capsule: The Clock Has Run Out

The date we’ve zeroed in on for the past two months is finally upon us. Our Derby Capsule is chock full of the information we’ve been gathering for weeks, and we’re hoping it’s led us somewhere — possibly to a state of bewilderment but who knows, maybe to the superfecta! In fariness, this has to be […]

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Keeneland Select Presents Derby Capsule: Cracking The Case

When you boil it down, picking the Kentucky Derby winner is like playing a marathon game of Clue. After all we know and the months we’ve spent moving pieces around, will it be the unfazed sophomore in the Florida Conservatory with the undefeated record? Could it be the upstart in the Arkansas Study with the […]

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Keeneland Select Presents Derby Capsule: Tortoises And Hares, Oh My

Out of an estimated foal crop of 21,275 Thoroughbreds born in 2013, we are now down to the 20 colts that will compete in the 142nd Kentucky Derby on May 7, give or take a late defection or two. Will recent trends continue in Louisville, or are we in for a surprise this year? Three […]

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Keeneland Select Presents Derby Capsule: End Of The Road

The long journey that began Sept. 12 ends this weekend with the last of 34 prep races awarding points for the May 7 Kentucky Derby. Much of the field is already solidified but spots remain up for grabs and the results of the Arkansas Derby will play a pivotal role. Even the Lexington Stakes winner […]

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Keeneland Select Presents Derby Capsule: West Coast Bliss

Make no mistake, we are in a golden age of horse racing. And by that I mean the Golden State. California is home to the country’s top horse (California Chrome), the best older mare (Beholder), the leading 3-year-old filly (Songbird), and the top-rated 3-year-old colt (Nyquist). In the realm of revisionist history, we’re a scratch […]

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Keeneland Select Presents Derby Capsule: A Heavyweight Bout Before The Title Fight

In most years, the top Derby contenders take different paths to Louisville because their connections want to run where they can accumulate “easy” points (and money) and not put their colts in a position to fail or overtax themselves. In the modern Derby era, it’s unheard of to have the two Derby favorites, both undefeated, […]

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Keeneland Select Presents Derby Capsule: Grays, Mo’s, And Some Frank Conversation

With just 44 days left until May 7, the Road to the Kentucky Derby ventures south toward the Bayou and across the world to Dubai this weekend. Only eight major preps remain, with seven of them awarding a slam dunk 100 points to the winner, but even a loss can prove a step forward with […]

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Keeneland Select Presents Derby Capsule: The Road Is Never Flat

Beyond unbeaten colts Mohaymen and Nyquist, this year’s Road to the Kentucky Derby appears wide open, and each week we’re seeing relative newcomers move up and handle their business, firing warning shots to the top two. Last weekend, it was the son of Giant’s Causeway, Destin, winning his second consecutive graded stakes in the Tampa Bay Derby and […]

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Keeneland Select Presents Derby Capsule: O’Neill’s Take, Slow Times, Betting The Future?

Tick, tick, tick. The 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby is now just 58 days away. This week’s cancellation of the Sunland Derby as a points race leaves 11 major preps left that will largely determine the top 20 qualifiers or the first Saturday in May. Two of those races take place Saturday on opposite […]

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Keeneland Select Presents Derby Capsule: It’s Time To Get (Kind Of) Serious

If we had a time machine, we could skip traveling the Road to the Kentucky Derby and transport ourselves to the night of May 7 and find out who gets draped in roses at Churchill Downs this year. Of course, that would take all the fun out of it (although it’s a heckuva strategy for […]

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