Triple Crown

Wood Memorial winner Toby’s Corner out of Derby

Dianne Cotter’s Bellamy Road colt Toby’s Corner has been withdrawn from consideration from the 137th Kentucky Derby on Saturday because of lameness in his left hind leg, according to published reports. The winner of the Wood Memorial and conqueror of then-unbeaten 2-year-old champion Uncle Mo was scheduled to van to Kentucky today from his Fair […]

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Zito has special bond with PDI #1 Dialed In

It’s been clear for weeks now that trainer Nick Zito feels something different for his potential Derby favorite, Dialed In.  What’s behind Zito’s unique affinity for the horse? “There are certain things this horse has done, starting from Mark Johnson’s race call from where he said, ‘How did Dialed In win?’ ” Zito said. “Then […]

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Drape: Handicapping the Derby requires humility

New York Times turf writer Joe Drape reveals his Derby handicapping past – one filled with near-misses, too many forgettable picks and the occasional, seemingly elusive triumph: Yes, I’ve been close. I picked last year’s winner, Super Saver, to finish second. I wrote that he liked a wet track and had won at Churchill Downs […]

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Novak: Trainers try to keep their cool under intense pressure

At Kentucky Confidential, turf writer Claire Novak looks at the intense pressures of training a Kentucky Derby hopeful during Derby week.  From the scrutiny of owners to the myriad things that can go wrong to the throng of reporters, some of whom have never covered the sport, trainers can understandably get a little on edge: […]

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Asmussen: Get off the bandwagon, please

Trainer Steve Asmussen wants no part of having this year’s Derby “buzz” horse.  But he just might have the one in Nehro, who has gained quite a following in recent weeks after finishing second by a neck in both the Louisiana and Arkansas derbies. “I don’t want any ‘Mushes’ on the bandwagon,” Asmussen said slyly. […]

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The Derby field: What are they thinking?

Meet Kerry Thomas, equine psychologist.  One of his favorite sayings: “The mental capacity of the equine controls the physical output of the athlete.” With that in mind, Thomas “handicaps” the Derby field for Kentucky Confidential – from a mental perspective.  After watching race replays of many of the contenders, he draws some intriguing conclusions… Dialed […]

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New smart phone app available for Preakness

Press Release The Maryland Jockey Club today announced the release of a free mobile application for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry smartphones. The app was available for download on Apple Thursday, April 28 and will provide instant, real-time access to the latest Preakness® Stakes updates, including news releases, historical data, blogs and wagering information. The app […]

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Equispace: Derby degrees of separation

The Equispace blog has published its annual Degrees of Separation post, looking at the Derby contenders one by one: The AMC Gremlin Division: My dad bought my mom an American Motors Corporation (AMC) Gremlin back in 1975 (or thereabouts) and it was a thing of beauty. Bright red, sleek gold stripes, the works. Problem was, […]

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Paulick Report Derby Guide: Friday PM Update

As we count down the final days until Kentucky Derby 137, we have created a Paulick Report Derby Guide to help you keep track of the latest developments with each of the Derby contenders.  We will be updating this guide throughout Derby week with the latest news, comments and workout notes (courtesy of Churchill Downs […]

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Repole: In it for the long haul

Owner Mike Repole has no intention of being a flash in the pan in the sport of Thoroughbred racing.  At a Sunday news conference at Churchill downs, Repole, who owns Derby contenders Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty, talked about his significant investment in the sport ($3-3.5 million a year on horses) and his commitment to […]

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