road to the kentucky derby

Omaha Beach Holds Off Improbable In Arkansas Derby

Fox Hill Farm’s Omaha Beach got the jump on Improbable in the run down the backstretch under Mike Smith, then held off that rival to win Saturday’s $1-million, Grade 1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., by one length as the 8-5 favorite. Improbable, the second choice in the wagering in the […]

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Owendale Upsets Anothertwistafate In Lexington Stakes

Rupp Racing’s Into Mischief colt Owendale circled the field on the far turn and ran off to a $27.40 upset in Saturday’s $200,000 Grade 3 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland, with 7-5 favorite Anothertwistafate second, beaten 1 3/4 lengths, in the 1 1/16 mile race for 3-year-olds, and Sueno third. Knicks Go, Shang, Roiland, Harvey Wallbanger, […]

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Improbable Adds Jose Ortiz, Blinkers In Quest To Give Baffert Third Arkansas Derby Victory

Bob Baffert already has two projected Kentucky Derby starters in Roadster and champion Game Winner. The Hall of Fame trainer can add a third when Improbable faces 10 scheduled rivals in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) Saturday at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark. Probable post time for the Arkansas Derby, which goes as the […]

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Triple Crown News Minute Presented By Kentucky Equine Research: On The Bubble?

This year’s Road to the Kentucky Derby points race will come down to Saturday’s last two qualifying preps and both of them will matter. The winner and runner-up of the Arkansas Derby will earn enough points (100 to 1st, 40 to 2nd) to make the field of 20 in Louisville, but depending on who it […]

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Code Of Honor Breezes At Keeneland; Plus Que Parfait Back To Work After Dubai Victory

William S. Farish’s Code of Honor, one of the leading contenders for the $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), worked a half-mile in :49 over a fast track Friday morning at Keeneland. Working at 6:15 a.m. before drenching rain turned the track muddy, Code of Honor completed his final quarter-mile in :23.20 and galloped out […]

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Desormeaux Hopes To Repeat ‘Last Chance’ Points Trend With Sueno In Lexington

Trainer Keith Desormeaux has had starters in the past three runnings of the Kentucky Derby (G1), and a winning run by Silverton Hill’s Sueno in Saturday’s $200,000 Stonestreet Lexington (G3) at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., could extend the string to four. The Stonestreet Lexington is the final prep in Kentucky for the $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented […]

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Triple Crown News Minute Presented By Kentucky Equine Research: High Stakes In Hot Springs

The Road to the Kentucky Derby comes to an end this weekend with a pair of last chances to make the field of 20 on the first Saturday in May. In today’s edition of the Triple Crown News Minute, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the lineup for Saturday’s 100-point Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park […]

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Equibase Analysis: Assessing The Arkansas Derby’s Top Contenders

On the Road to the Kentucky Derby, we are down to two prep races – this Grade 1 Arkansas Derby and the Grade 3 Stonestreet Lexington Stakes at Keeneland. Many more points are on the line in this race, with the winner earning 100 and therefore assured a starting spot in Louisville in three weeks. […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Family Support Strong Behind Vekoma

Brothers Mike and Ted Gatsas have owned Thoroughbred racehorses for 21 years, and race days are an excuse to get the entire family together. This year, their children and grandchildren will have the opportunity to join Gatsas Stables at the pinnacle of the sport when Blue Grass Stakes winner Vekoma enters the starting gate for […]

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Anothertwistafate, Sueno Seek ‘Last Chance’ Points In Lexington Stakes

Peter Redekop’s Anothertwistafate and Silverton Hill’s Sueno, both looking to acquire qualifying points toward the $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), head a field of 10 3-year-olds entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 38th running of the $200,000 Stonestreet Lexington (G3). Run at 1 1/16 miles on the main track, the Stonestreet Lexington will be run as the […]

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