The Haiku Handicapper Presented By Brisnet: 2019 Kentucky Derby

Time to analyze the 2019 Kentucky Derby field, in post position order, in the form of Haiku; a Japanese poem of 17 syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five. #1 – War of Will Honest horse undone By a wonky Fair Grounds trip And a lousy draw #2 – Tax Ex-claimer makes good […]

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Kentucky Derby Pedigree Corner: Bodexpress, Plus Que Parfait, Vekoma,Tacitus

Each day of this Kentucky Derby week, I’ve taken a look at the pedigrees of four Kentucky Derby contenders and how those pedigrees might factor into their ability to succeed at a mile and a quarter. We’ve worked our way up the leaderboard, starting with the lowest point-earners currently in the Derby field and the […]

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Derby Notes: Long Range Toddy, Maximum Security Breeze Monday

Willis Horton Racing’s Long Range Toddy worked a half-mile in :47.80 over a fast track at Churchill Downs in preparation for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (GI). The work was the fifth fastest of 40 at the distance. Also working Monday morning at Churchill Downs was Fern Circle Stables and Three Chimneys Farm’s […]

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Castellano: ‘Key’ To Derby Victory Is To ‘Go With The Flow’

Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano expressed confidence in his Grade 1, $3 million Kentucky Derby mount Vekoma, who he rode to victory in the Grade 2 Blue Grass at Keeneland earlier this month. Castellano guided the George Weaver-trained son of Candy Ride to victory in the Blue Grass, where he drifted out in mid-stretch, […]

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Triple Crown News Minute Presented By Kentucky Equine Research: Weirdos And Wise Guys

The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby is a week and a half away and aside from last minute defections, the field of 20 is set. Each year, there always seems to be one or two quirky horses in the bunch and you can book it — bettors will settle on a “wise guy” horse […]

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Omaha Beach Maintains Leading Position In NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

With the prep races for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve in the books and little action in the handicap ranks, the status quo held in this week’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll and NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. Omaha Beach, who stamped himself as the likely Kentucky Derby favorite off his […]

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Omaha Beach Cruises To Lead In NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

The reign of California-based horses atop the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll continues this week in a new set of hands with Fox Hill Farms’ Omaha Beach taking over the No. 1 position from Roadster in the wake of the former’s triumph in last Saturday’s Grade 1 Arkansas Derby. Omaha Beach earned […]

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Weaver: Vekoma’s Uncharacteristic Gallop Has Always Been His Style

R. A. Hill Stable and Gatsas Stables’┬áVekoma┬álaunched his career for trainer George Weaver with a first-out sprint score at Belmont Park and has since matured into a top Kentucky Derby contender. Weaver said the regally-bred Candy Ride chestnut has made great progress following his September unveiling, having captured the Grade 3 Nashua at the Big […]

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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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