kentucky derby

Faster Fillies? Average Race Times Decrease For Filly Stakes, But Not Colts

A look at the average winning times of four Grade 1 stakes races produced a startling revelation: in both the Mother Goose and the Kentucky Oaks, final times have decreased by between one to two seconds since 1960. According to thoroughbredracing.com, the equivalent races for colts (Belmont and Kentucky Derby) initially showed via the average final […]

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Derby Winner’s Half-Sister Positive Spirit Runs Away With Demoiselle

Mike Ryan’s homebred filly Positive Spirit defied her 11-1 odds on Saturday at Aqueduct, dominating the G2 Demoiselle by at 10 1/2 lengths in her fourth career start. The 2-year-old daughter of Pioneerof the Nile and half-sister to Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming was ridden by Manny Franco for young trainer Rodolphe Brisset, and covered […]

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Historic Remsen ‘Ignites The Flame’ For Triple Crown Dreamers

The calendar will insist it is indeed fall when a seven-horse field of talented juveniles break from the gate in the 105th running of the Grade 2, $250,000 Remsen on Saturday as part of Cigar Mile Day at Aqueduct Racetrack. Despite the colder temperatures and early sunsets that serve as hallmarks of racing at the […]

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‘Hey, We’re Back In This’: Jones Excited About 2-Year-Old Super Steed

Trainer Larry Jones has a promising new 2-year-old in his stable, a son of Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, and the veteran trainer hopes his young charge can make it back to Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May. Super Steed showed his potential beneath the Twin Spires on Saturday’s Stars of Tomorrow II […]

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Game Winner Closes As 5-1 Second Choice In Kentucky Derby Future Wager

With the Kentucky Derby still 23 weeks away, the pari-mutuel field of “All Other 3-Year-Old Colts and Geldings” closed as the 6-5 favorite in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) and the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) winner Game Winner was the clear 5-1 second choice. Other horses that attracted […]

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Baffert-Trained Horses Dominate Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1

Seven horses conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer and four-time Kentucky Derby winner Bob Baffert, are among the 24 betting interests in Pool 1 of the 2019 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which kicks off a four-day run at Churchill Downs on Thanksgiving Day. Unbeaten Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) winner Game Winner heads the Baffert arsenal and is […]

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‘Developing’ Dunph Seeking Derby Trail Head Start In Kentucky Jockey Club

Three Diamonds Farm and Joseph Besecker’s undefeated 2-year-old colt Dunph will attempt to land his third career victory in next Saturday’s $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (Grade II) at Churchill Downs – a race that awards 10 points to the winner on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve.” “It would be nice […]

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On Verge Of Another Milestone, Velazquez Thinking About Next Big Horse

As John Velazquez pondered his riding career through the years, he kept two things in mind. He might retire soon after he turned 45; he would surely not ride past 47. Things change. As Velazquez nears his 47th birthday on Nov. 24, there is no hint that a Hall of Fame career that made him the runaway […]

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NBC Sports Beefs Up Road To Kentucky Derby Coverage With Magazine Series, Two More Preps

As the home of horse racing in the United States,NBC Sports will expand its programming in 2019, collaborating with Churchill Downs on a new magazine-style series, and adding a pair of crucial prep races. In partnership with Churchill Downs, NBC Sports will debut a new Road to the Kentucky Derby series this spring, leading up to NBC’s coverage of the […]

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I’ll Have Another Returning To America, To Stand At Ballena Vista Farm In California

I’ll Have Another, a U.S. champion and dual classic winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, is returning to the United States, relocating to Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona, Calif., for the 2019 breeding season after standing his first six seasons in Japan. After winning the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, I’ll Have Another […]

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