kentucky derby 144

The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Kentucky Derby Takeaways?

There were several storylines heading into last Saturday’s 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. The one that prevailed was Justify’s demolition of the 136-year-old Curse of Apollo, that a horse failing to start at 2 hadn’t won the Derby since 1882. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss what […]

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Preakness Notes: Barring Muddy Track, Bolt d’Oro To Run; Good Magic Decision Monday

Owner/trainer Mick Ruis confirmed Thursday that Bolt d’Oro is a candidate for the May 19 Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course. Bolt d’Oro, who finished 12th behind victorious Justify in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby (G1) over a sloppy Churchill Downs track, galloped a mile and a half at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. Thursday morning. “We’re going to see how he’s training up to it, […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Richard Couple Justify-ing Their ‘WinStar Dreams’

The colt exhales, steam from his nostrils wafting up to greet the cool winter air. He lowers his head, licking his lips as the tension melts away. This is a defining moment, one that will set his course for years to come. The man steps to his side, pressing down on the colt’s back with […]

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Horseplayers’ Lament: How Could We Have Hit That Derby Day Score?

I’m certain I’m not the only horseplayer kicking themselves over missed opportunities on Derby day. Oh, what could’ve been! I find it helps to deconstruct race results after the fact — both as a learning tool for future wagers and as a way to either feel better about it or instill hope that a big […]

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Kentucky Derby Chart Revised With New Margins Mid-Pack

Equibase issued a new version of the chart for Kentucky Derby 144 Tuesday, one that sees dramatic revisions in the margins between horses in the middle of the pack. According to Daily Racing Form, speed figure makers expressed concerns that some of the margins had to be off. Among them, 10th place finisher Solomini was listed […]

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Bloodlines: Justify’s Derby Win Checks Another Box For Storm Cat

With his game victory under trying conditions in the May 6 Kentucky Derby, Justify brushed a couple of tedious talking points into the dustbin of history. The most obvious is the wretched “curse of Apollo,” as the unbeaten colt became first Kentucky Derby winner in more than a century not to race as a 2-year-old. […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Clean Start Puts Justify In The History Books

It was always about the break. Trainer Bob Baffert has seen how a bad break can cause the best horse in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby to lose. It happened in 2010 with Lookin At Lucky, who had the misfortune of drawing the inside post in a field of 20, then leaving the starting gate […]

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Triple Crown News Minute Presented By Equine Equipment: Bombs Away?

The 144th running of the Kentucky Derby is just a day away, and thankfully this Derby week has been fairly uneventful. We’ve had no scratches and the always fickle Louisville weather has been kind. In this edition of the Triple Crown News Minute, Scott Jagow has the latest developments plus a look at some intriguing […]

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The Friday Show Presented By NYRA’s Loyalty Program: Who’s The Kentucky Derby Winner?

The 144th running of the Kentucky Derby will provide lasting memories to at least one group of people connected to the winner and maybe many more. All week, we’ve been asking connections and others to recall their favorite Derby memory to this point. In this edition of The Friday Show hosted by Scott Jagow and […]

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Equibase Analysis: Sorting Out The Derby Half Dozen

The depth and breadth of talented horses assembled for the 2018 Grade 1, $2 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve cannot be understated. Some may think there’s a standout in undefeated Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby winner Justify, but others may feel the talented colt doesn’t have enough experience, having not started as a […]

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