Kentucky Derby 137

Mucho Macho Man on the sidelines at Saratoga

Of the three-year-olds that ran in all three legs of this year’s Triple Crown, we know the likely path for two of them.  Derby winner Animal Kingdom is recovering from an injury and won’t race again until next year.  Preakness champion Shackleford is set to go in both the Haskell and the Travers. The third […]

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Motion moves forward without top stars

Trainer Graham Motion has had a great year so far, but he’s still thinking about “what might have been.”  Motion will summer at Saratoga, but he won’t have his top three-year-olds with him in Animal Kingdom and Toby’s Corner.  Both colts are recovering from injuries, and Motion hopes they’ll be back on the racetrack next […]

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Beyer: Triple Crown has something to build upon

Washington Post writer Andrew Beyer writes that while the Triple Crown race results may have been disappointing to some, as a whole, the series had a pretty good year with strong live attendance and wagering interest.  To build upon that success, Beyer suggests a couple of tweaks for next year.  One is reducing the field […]

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Jerardi: Shackleford shouldn’t slow down Belmont pace

Turf writer Dick Jerardi, writing for the Daily Racing Form, has an interesting perspective on the Belmont’s potential pace scenario.  Jerardi doesn’t agree with the assumption that Shackleford won the Preakness by slowing things down in the middle of the race.  He says Shackleford won the race in the early stages.  He believes horses like […]

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Veitch: The top ten three-year-olds

With two legs of the Triple Crown complete and an eye toward the Belmont and Travers, Michael Veitch gives his top ten ranking of this year’s three-year-old crop: 1. Animal Kingdom (6) The Derby winner has steady form and has not been worse than second in his career. He followed the Run for the Roses […]

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Scheinman: How Barry Irwin learned to speak his mind

At the Preakness 136 website, John Scheinman shares the highlights of a long phone interview with Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin.  Irwin has had plenty of time to reflect on his controversial post-Derby comments about “lying trainers,” and he admitted to Scheinman at the beginning of their interview that he needed to “learn to keep […]

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HRI – Zast: Irwin was right about one thing

Horse Race Insider Vic Zast says the media got so caught up in Barry Irwin’s post-Derby comments about trainers, they seemed to ignore Irwin’s chastisement of turf writers for relying on historical trends too much when covering the modern Derby: “Turf writers, like handicappers, thrive on statistics. The Derby is loaded with them. The race’s […]

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Turfway, Vinery hope to capitalize on Derby winner

In winning the Kentucky Derby, Animal Kingdom did something no horse has done since Lil E. Tee in 1992 – win the Derby off a victory in the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park.  Animal Kingdom also became the first Derby champion to win the race in his first start on dirt, something else Turfway Park […]

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Setting the Preakness morning line

There is no guarantee the winner of the Kentucky Derby will be the betting favorite for the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico, contested two weeks after the Run for the Roses. In fact, of the 24 Derby winners to contest the Preakness since 1986 (Grindstone suffered a career-ending injury […]

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The Breeders’ Cup Forum: for Irwin, discretion isn’t better part of Valor

Barry Irwin first crossed my radar in 1980, when I began working in the Los Angeles office of the Daily Racing Form. His name came up in a conversation, and the Form’s West Coast editor turned all shades of purple and started cursing under his breath. Irwin had quit the paper not that long before […]

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