• CRUSH the Derby - Get The 2015 Kentucky Derby Super Screener!Posted 1 day ago
  • Blingismything wins a wild photo in the Wilshire at Santa Anita.Posted 1 day ago
  • Irish Jasper comes from last to upset the Belle Harbor at the Big A.Posted 1 day ago
  • Big Looie upsets Social Inclusion in the latter's first race since the Haskell.Posted 1 day ago
  • Cinco Charlie goes gate to wire in the William Walker at Churchill Downs.Posted 2 days ago
  • Effinex runs to victory in the Excelsior; Wicked Strong finishes third.Posted 2 days ago
  • Mr. Jordan DQ'd at 1-5 in the Tarpon Stakes; Royal Squeeze placed first.Posted 2 days ago
  • Dortmund worked 6F in 1:13.60 (12/22) at Santa AnitaPosted 2 days ago
  • Carpe Diem covers 4F in :48.60 (2/63) at Keeneland on SaturdayPosted 2 days ago
  • El Kabeir drills 4F in :46.81 (3/55) at Belmont on SaturdayPosted 2 days ago

Upstart has more than just a little in common with Funny Cide

Perhaps history will repeat itself and Upstart will pull a Funny Cide in this year's Run for the Roses.

Undefeated Watch

  # UndefeatedTrainer/Last Win
 7Promise Me Silver
Silver City
Bret Calhoun
Instant Racing
Big Brown
Bob Baffert
Santa Anita Derby
 4Lady Eli
Divine Park
Chad Brown
Afleet Alex
Todd Pletcher
Florida Derby
 3Competitive Edge
Super Saver
Todd Pletcher

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DerbyWars March 2015 Leaderboard

HRN's Brian Zipse Says These Contenders Might Just Be Pretenders on Derby Day!

#8 - War Story 

#1 - Mr. Z  (4/21/15)
#2 - Ocho Ocho Ocho  (4/22/15)
#3 - Madefromlucky  (4/23/15)
#4 - Bolo  (4/24/15)
#5 - Itsaknockout  (4/25/15)
#6 - El Kabeir  (4/26/15)
#7 - Stanford  (4/27/15)


2015 Kentucky Derby (G1)

2015 Kentucky Derby: Pre-Post Draw Horse By Horse Analysis

This Saturday, May 2nd, an American horseracing tradition continues. With the historic and fabled Twin Spires of Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentuc...

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Parx Racing, Race 2
Thistledown, Race 8
Turf Paradise, Race 2

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What the Horse Racing Nation is talking about...

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  • Mary Z. · He rides I'm A Chatterbox :) GL to both of them in the Oaks. I like Betty, too, plus about 4 others. · 10 minutes ago
•Jockey to root for: Sebastian Saez began his jockey career riding Saturday's night's 11th race, which with a final post of 11:05 p.m. might be past the 16-year-old's bedtime. Saez is the younger brother of Juan Saez, who started his U.S. career at the end of Churchill's 2014 spring meet and looked like a rising star when he suffered fatal head injuries in a spill at Indiana Grand last fall. Former jockey Julio Espinoza, who was Juan's agent, likewise will mentor and line up the mounts for Sebastian, whose older brother Luis is a prominent New York rider. --- The Courier-Journal He's in the 1st, 3rd and 5th today... Good Luck Kid
American Pharoah equals Bodemeister to me. Similar running styles, and both won the Ark in impressive fashion. Bodemeister nailed in the last 75 yards by a hard charging I'll Have Another. Now, who is this year's I'll Have Another? I'm still trying to figure that one out.
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  • Douglas Rutherford via Disqus · you just answer your own question ( to you ) that's what you think . if anyone would just listen to the man himself that well knows your question , the point is NOBODY SEEMS to want to believe in what Baffert has been saying about AP : ( LAST YEAR ) about 5 weeks before the BCClassic I was talking about how high Baffert was on BAYERN , that he could surprisingly take off and not be caught : I was sounding like a scratched , skipped record over n over about how much Baffert loves his chances to upset the CHROME and BELIEF . . . Yes : I will admit in all honesty - I would have DQ Baffert colt when they left the gate : but they didn't . My Point - as much as I respect Mike Shutty and Alex in what they have put together over the years - I was totally BLOWN AWAY when I hear with my own ears that Mike Shutty on Super Screener was TOSSING BAYERN out completely from the Superfecta . I was in total shock because I know how they get a lot of there input , by talking to the horseman : And how in the world can ANYONE toss out a horse completely WHEN Baffert goes public and say how much he likes BAYERN chances : Anybody that knows Baffert up close and well CAN READ his comments so easily . I just could not believe my ears when Mike tossed that horse out : ( MAY 2 ) ( KENTUCKY DERBY ) I don't think Mike will take that chance again SINCE already knowing how high Baffert is with AP : BODEMEISTER doesn't hold a candle to the form Baffert has AP in for this Derby : Ask Bob him self : this has been Baffert best colt coming into the Kentucky derby : And come Saturday : it will be such a Special win · 6 hours ago
  • jockey2be. · Hoping Upstart! · 52 minutes ago
Bob Baffert confirms to DRF'S Jay Privman that Bayern will run in the 7f Churchill Downs Handicap. "We're sticking with the original plan ," he said. According to DRF
All I can say is Tapit's been a busy boy! ☺
how many horses can run in the derby
Get to know Mubtaahij, the Derby mystery horse!Read More
  • greatest via Disqus · If he runs like how looks,its gonna be good on saturday.Looks like grandpa millinium. · 10 hours ago
  • ILuvTurfRacing · The biggest thing people need to know about Mubtaahij is that he's trained an absolute master in Mike De Kock and you can believe will be 110% ready to run in the Derby. · 1 hour ago
Stellar Wind is the ML favorite for the Oaks at 7/2; she drew post #12. Condo Commando drew post #5; Puca post 14. The complete story is here. http://live.drf.com/nuggets/14106
Safe trip for all entered and you can take this, Honor Code! It won't be easy but you are coming along good and strong.
Comparisons between American Pharoah and Seattle Slew are a little premature.Read More
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  • John Furgele via Disqus · Slew was underrated, a great horse----lets see what happens Saturday before we get crazy. And, until a horse befriends Belmont Park, the TC ain't never gonna happen. Of all the horses out there, Big Sandy is the most intimidating. · 1 hour ago
  • travel_vic · Followed the racing game since the time of the unlucky Tim Tam and in those tens of thousands of races and the dozens I see EVERYDAY.......I have expereinced exactly ONE race won by a major clubhouse turn move, ONE. That was in Baltimore in mid May 1973. Unparalleled. The Derby was a subtle dominance played out on the teletimer. The Belmont was, and is, the standard to which all North American races has to be compared to as perfection. · 1 hour ago
Tuesday's 9th race (4:59pm ET) from Churchill Downs is a $30,000 Maiden Claiming event for 3-year-olds and up traveling one mile on the main track.  #10 Journey Proud (10-1) has been prpular at the claim box recently and his wide, fading 5th on turf last time can probably be excused. His best r...Read More
The Grade III Wilshire Stakes run at one mile over the grass headlined an ordinary eight-race Sunday card. A small field of six fillies and mares competed for the $100,000 purse due to the morning scratches of Moulin de Mougin and Thegirlinthatsong. Despite the compact group, it was a thriller captu...Read More
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  • travel_vic · Santa Rosa is a remarkable little facility..the only FAIR meet with a grass course. WONDERFUL fair there in August as well. Also, if you ever get a chance, little Ferndale is a fun one...tiny 4 furlong track nestled near the Redwoods near Arcata. · 2 hours ago
  • jinlie01 · Forgot to add Keeneland on my list to visit. · 2 hours ago
Posting on LP's page because CC's page doesn't come up on the main page. California Chrome is no longer is being aimed at the J T Lockinge Stakes on May 16 at Newbury, the race that was to have marked his first start in England. Multiple sources in England, including Rae Guest, at whose training yard he is based, and the International Racing Bureau, which worked closely with California Chrome's principal owner Perry Martin to facilitate his move from Dubai to England, reported Tuesday that the new plan for the 2014 U.S. Horse of the Year is to go straight to a race at the Royal Ascot meeting in June. California Chrome had been generally targeting the Prince of Wales's Stakes there. Guest was quoted on the Racing UK website saying "with all the time and climate changes, it's just taken him another week to get over it all." Assistant trainer Alan Sherman is scheduled to fly to England next week and check in on California Chrome. Article on DRF to be posted later today.
  • travel_vic · DUMB move to go to Ascot, really dumb at that level....Their TURF is NOTHING like the putting green he ran over at Del Mar..nothing like it. · 2 hours ago
After weeks of deliberation, Zipse at the Track feels confident that the 2015 Kentucky Derby winner will come from this list of six horses.Read More
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  • zatt · I see Upstart as the 9th choice in the Derby, DavidM9999 ... All of them so far, Chicken Dinner ... some touch choices to make in the next few days, though. · 2 hours ago
  • travel_vic · Group THINK..That is how the MAJORITY Of the news media approach the Derby. When you get the guy who is covering the NBA finals the Stanley Cup and the beginnings of Major League Baseball come over the lend their hands at racing, there are no experts..just clones. · 2 hours ago
With all this year's Kentucky Derby preps run and done, our Managing Editor, Brian Zipse sets HRN's early odds for the 2015 Kentucky Derby.Read More
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  • jjflash67 · Doing a 7 horse tri box. The top 4 and 3 longshots. This is the toughest year in a long time!!!!! · 8 days ago
  • Incitatus4Consul via Disqus · Tough part is constructing tickets here.. I thought last year was tough.. This year is near impossible.. Forget handicapping, its all luck now with this field! Every single colt is good and can win.. My pre-post-position tickets look something like this; $1 - Trifecta Box,= $24 wager / + 'maybe' 1 additional for $60 wager: AP / Dortmund / Carpe Diem with International Star / + Mubtaahij $1 - Trifecta Box,= $24 wager / + 'maybe' 1 additional for $60 wager: AP / Dortmund / Firing Line with Danzig Moon / + Upstart · 2 hours ago
This Saturday, May 2nd, an American horseracing tradition continues. With the historic and fabled Twin Spires of Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky serving as a picturesque stage for top 3-year old runners, all eyes will be fixated upon the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby, the first leg of ...Read More
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  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · what severe speed is in the race? the 2 quickest horses are from the same barn. They are not runoff speed which the Derby is accustomed to. They can both go 46 and kick on. · 3 hours ago
  • jinlie01 · Like the assessment from top to bottom. I am sticking with Upstart as top pick and Carpe Diem (2-3 finishers from BC Juv). Can't wait to see the PP draw. Both have tactical speed and Upstart has solid Beyers in his three preps and I believe he has the foundation to win it all. Carpe Diem also has solid 2yr old and 3yr old races under his belt and I think we haven't seen his best yet. He should be peaking at the right time and can't pass up 5-1 or higher on this one. · 2 hours ago
With so much of the pre-race chatter surrounding the Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Oaks can be somewhat overshadowed. This deep 14-horse field shouldn’t be.Read More
Watch out for firing line had dortmund beat not once but twice. had the fastest 1/1/8 mile speed of any of these horses 147.39 that's impressive.
Dortmund really looks like he is growing up at the right time. He will be tough to pass in the Derby but I thing Carpe Diem will get him at the wire in a photo.
On the Kentucky Oaks front, trainer Bob Baffert said that Maybellene, owned by his wife Jill, and Kaleem Shah’s Luminance likely would not be entered Tuesday for Friday’s $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI). The likely defections would open a spot in the starting gate for Charles Fipke’s Forever ...Read More
  • draynay via Disqus · You are never going to catch Condo ! Wire to wire ! · 7 hours ago

Poll of the Day

Who is your early top pick for the Kentucky Derby?

  • International Star
  • Dortmund
  • Frosted
  • Upstart
  • Carpe Diem
  • American Pharoah
  • other
  • Firing Line
  • Mubtaahij
  • Materiality

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CD 4/28/2015 R9 - Journey Proud can surprise at Churchill Downs

Tuesday's 9th race (4:59pm ET) from Churchill Downs is a $30,000 Maiden Claiming event for 3-year-olds and up traveling one mile on the main track.  #10 Journey Proud (10-1) has been prpular at the claim box recently and his wide, fading 5th on ...

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