road to the kentucky derby

Justify ‘Enjoying What He’s Doing’ In Seven-Furlong Tune-Up

Potentially the favorite for next Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, Bob Baffert trainee Justify seemed to embody those expectations on Friday morning at Santa Anita Park. The Scat Daddy colt breezed with a work mate, according to drf.com, in what will be his final major exercise before the biggest test of his young career. Breaking off several lengths […]

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Pletcher Quartet: Vino Rosso Visually Impressive, Geroux Aboard Noble Indy

Of trainer Todd Pletcher’s four contenders for next Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, Wood Memorial winner Vino Rosso was the most visually impressive on Friday morning at Churchill Downs. Working on the outside of Outplay from the half-mile pole, Vino Rosso had John Velazquez up through fractions of :23.40 and :47.20, and was pulling away while galloping out […]

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

The 144th running of the Kentucky Derby is only days away now, and many consider this year’s field to be the strongest in years. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick give their opinions on the prep race results. Who had the most impressive performance? Which colts are being overlooked? […]

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Kentucky Derby Media Poll: Hofburg Makes A Move

The prep races have run, a prospective field is set, and contenders are arriving to Churchill Downs. Now begins days of speculation that reflected in a new 2018 Kentucky Derby Media Poll assembled by HorseRacingNation.com. Little changed in Monday’s rankings, but a panel of experts hinted their choices could be influenced by final workouts and daily training sessions. “We have […]

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Hofburg Breezes Five Furlongs At Payson Park, Ships To Churchill Monday

Juddmonte Farms’ Hofburg breezed five furlongs in company at Payson Park in Indiantown, FL Sunday morning in preparation for a scheduled start in the May 5 Kentucky Derby (G1). The Bill Mott-trained colt was timed in 1:01.40 after breezing for the second time since finishing second in the $1 million XpressBet.com Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park March 31. […]

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Bolt D’Oro ‘Got The Air That He Needed’ In Penultimate Derby Work

Top Kentucky Derby prospect Bolt d’Oro had his penultimate major exercise on Sunday, breezing seven furlongs in 1:24 1/5 at Santa Anita Park. According to drf.com, the 3-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro worked by himself under new rider Victor Espinoza, with fractions of :46.60 and :58.40. “When he works alone, he’s not as excellent, but he’s […]

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Derby Trio Leave Pletcher Smiling After Friday Breezes At Palm Beach

Florida Derby (G1) hero Audible breezed five furlongs in 1:01.40 Friday morning at Palm Beach Downs in preparation for a scheduled start in the May 5 Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs. The Todd Pletcher-trained son of Into Mischief worked in company with Patch in his second workout since registering a three-length triumph in the […]

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Adequan Presents Derby Capsule: A Case For The Pace?

In case you’re not keeping track, we’re only about 360 hours from the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. Then, in two minutes, it’ll be over. The ratio of time spent mulling, hand-wringing and doing mental gymnastics about the Derby to the duration of the event is astronomically high, and I can’t think of anything […]

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Bravazo ‘Just Like We Wanted’ In Six-Furlong Derby Work

Calumet Farm’s Risen Star (Grade II) winner Bravazo breezed six furlongs in 1:15.40 Friday morning at Churchill Downs in preparation for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (GI), which will be staged for the 144th consecutive year on Saturday, May 5. Bravazo breezed in company with stablemates Take Notice and Berko (1:16.40) through splits of :25.20, :37.80, :50.60 and 1:03, before finishing five […]

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Blended Citizen Connections Stick With Derby Plans, Need Defections

After Greg Hall and SAYJAY Racing’s Blended Citizen finished fifth in the Toyota Blue Grass (G2) on April 7, it appeared the colt’s Kentucky Derby dreams were toast. Last Friday, Jack Sisterson, assistant to trainer Doug O’Neill, said the plan was to look for a race to use as a prep for the Belmont (G1) because Blended Citizen […]

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