road to the kentucky derby

Cairo Cat Posts 17-1 Upset In Iroquois To Kick Off Road To The Kentucky Derby

Kicking off the points race on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby,” Walking L Thoroughbreds’ Cairo Cat got up late at odds of 17-1 to win Saturday’s Grade 3 Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs. The juvenile son of Cairo Prince, ridden by Brian Hernandez, came up the rail and angled out to run down determined […]

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Asmussen Duo Tops Lineup For Juvenile ‘Win And You’re In’ Iroquois

The “Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve” officially begins Saturday as 12 promising 2-year-olds, led by Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen’s duo of Saratoga Special (Grade II) runner-up Tight Ten and Ellis Park Juvenile winner Tobacco Road, were entered in the 37th running of the $150,000 Iroquois Stakes (GIII) at Churchill Downs. The 1 1/16-mile Iroquois, one of […]

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Churchill Downs Announces Schedule For 2019 Road To Kentucky Derby, Oaks

The official “Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve” will begin Saturday at the home of America’s greatest race as Churchill Downs stages the 37th running of the Grade III, $150,000 Iroquois  for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on opening weekend of its 11-day September Meet. The “Road to the Kentucky Derby,” a series […]

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‘Stay Until May’: Oaklawn Issues Condition Book For New Extended Meet

Oaklawn, the track with the highest purses in the Midwest, has released the first issue of its condition books for the first live season that extends beyond its signature Arkansas Derby Day. The cover of the condition book carries the most important message to horsemen throughout the nation – “STAY UNTIL MAY” – while the […]

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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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