Triple Crown

Rees: Why they can and can’t win the Derby

Louisville Courier-Journal turf writer Jennie Rees goes through the Derby field one by one and describes the reasons why each one will or won’t be draped in roses come Saturday: Nehro Why he can win: He has closed well to finish second by a neck in both the Louisiana Derby and Arkansas Derby. He’s bred […]

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Clay: Smaller field would produce better Derby

Turf writer John Clay, making the case for reducing the Derby field from 20 to 14, suggests one of the reasons this Derby crop looks uninspiring is that we just don’t know all that much about the 20 starters: “After all, possible Derby contenders use fewer races to prepare for the race, but there are […]

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PDI #5 Mucho Macho Man: Ambassador to Georgia?

Every once and while, a Kentucky Derby runner has the opportunity to draw attention to the sport in a regional way.  In 2004, Smarty Jones’ bid for the Triple Crown helped make Pennsylvania legislators more aware of racing, and they supported expanded gaming at the state’s racetrack to help bolster the industry. This year, Mucho […]

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Kentucky Derby barn notes 4-30-11

KENTUCKY DERBY 137 BARN NOTESSaturday, April 30, 2011 *       ANIMAL KINGDOM GETS DIRT TEST IN SIX-FURLONG SATURDAY WORK*       SHACKLEFORD WORKS BULLET FIVE FURLONGS IN :58.80*       BOREL HAS GET-ACQUAINTED RIDE ON TWICE THE APPEAL*       TWINSPIRED GETS FINAL DERBY TUNEUP AT TRACKSIDE ANIMAL KINGDOM/TOBY’S CORNER – Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom answered any questions about his readiness […]

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Drape: Motion quietly confident with Derby hopefuls

New York Times turf writer Joe Drape takes us behind the scenes of the Graham Motion training operation as Motion prepares two horses for Kentucky Derby 137.  Motion is hopeful both Toby’s Corner and Animal Kingdom will run next Saturday and run well: Motion has made the trip to America’s most famous race twice before […]

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Saturday works: PDI #14 Animal Kingdom takes to dirt

There were probably some anxious moments Saturday morning for the connections of Animal Kingdom as he stepped onto the Churchill Downs track.  To date, he’s raced exclusively on turf or synthetics, but trainer Graham Motion and owner Barry Irwin said they were very happy with the colt’s six-furlong move in 1:13.17. “I don’t think he […]

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Twice The Appeal = Mine That Bird?

The Louisville Courier-Journal talks to Twice The Appeal owner Jeff Brown about his colt’s story.  So far, it sounds a little bit like Mine That Bird’s Derby path.  Certain to be a Derby longshot, Twice The Appeal also won the Sunland Derby and picked up Calvin Borel to ride: “I don’t want to go to […]

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Kentucky Confidential: The Beyers and Sheets don’t flatter this bunch

John Scheinman at Kentucky Confidential talks to Andrew Beyer and Len Friedman about their ratings systems and how the Kentucky Derby field stacks up historically.  It’s not a pretty picture: “I would say this,” Beyer said, warming up. “With the exception of Uncle Mo’s 2-year-old performances, which were certainly outstanding, you look at the horses […]

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Zipse: Derby contenders and pretenders

Zipse At The Track – er, excuse us – Zipse At The Derby breaks down the Kentucky Derby field into six categories, from The Scary Crew to the Dark Horse Specials.  His top two with a week to go: Nehro – Getting better with every start and it looks like he is one of the […]

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Gomez lands ride on PDI #10 Master of Hounds

European shipper Master of Hounds added appeal to his Derby prospects Friday when two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Garrett Gomez signed on to ride. “I’m just excited that the horse is coming over and I think he’s got a good shot,” Gomez said. “We’ve been waiting on Aidan O’Brien and Coolmore because we think this horse […]

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