• Cinco Charlie goes gate to wire in the William Walker at Churchill Downs.Posted 15 hours ago
  • Effinex runs to victory in the Excelsior; Wicked Strong finishes third.Posted 19 hours ago
  • Mr. Jordan DQ'd at 1-5 in the Tarpon Stakes; Royal Squeeze placed first.Posted 21 hours ago
  • Dortmund worked 6F in 1:13.60 (12/22) at Santa AnitaPosted 22 hours ago
  • Carpe Diem covers 4F in :48.60 (2/63) at Keeneland on SaturdayPosted 22 hours ago
  • El Kabeir drills 4F in :46.81 (3/55) at Belmont on SaturdayPosted 22 hours ago
  • Derby points leader International Star worked 4F in :50.80 (8/9) at Churchill TrainingPosted 22 hours ago
  • Kitten's Point gets there late to win Keeneland's Bewitch.Posted 1 day ago
  • Keen Ice is now in at #20 for the Kentucky Derby following the defection of Madefromlucky.Posted 1 day ago
  • Get Happy Mister rides the rails to victory in the San Simeon.Posted 6 days ago

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Comments on American Pharoah after winning the 2015 Arkansas Derby Victor Espinoza “I SLOWED HIM DOWN A LITTTE BIT” “This was the first time I rode him that he was behind another horse, but I just went by him like he was standing still. Into the stretch, it didn’t feel like I was going that fast, and I was excited. I wanted to let him run a little, but I looked back and I was so far in front, I SLOWED HIM DOWN A LITTTE BIT. He did it all on his own, basically. Bob Baffert didn’t want me to win by that many lengths, but sometimes you can’t help it. I know it’s only three weeks until the Kentucky Derby and you want to save as much as you can for that race. But with a horse like him, he does things so easy; it was all I could do.” Trainer, Ron Moquett "Today we saw a great race by a superhorse.” Jockey Mike Smith When he saw that horse kick clear, he was just going to do enough to get second and he did. At that point it didn't matter if it was two lengths or 10 lengths, second is still second. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas “Bob had him trained to the minute. He's special.”
has the look of key conteder. rated fine against soso field in arky,dont take if price is to short,reminds me of bellamy road,1st quarter time will seal his fate,needs to rate, post will determine the chances
another front runnerer to be on the or close to 1st turn,lets see the draw,use underneath only
Is Calvin riding derby?
Looks like no alysheba for him
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  • Sullivan · Shug doesn't keep a string at Churchill. I would imagine they'll go for the Westchester or Alysheba, depends on if they are more afraid of Palace Malice or Race Day · 1 day ago
  • Jbyrnes1 · Leaves for Churchill downs tomorrow morning · 1 hour ago
Honor Code, winner of the G2 Gulfstream Park Handicap at Gulfstream Park on March 7, worked four furlongs in 47.60 seconds Sunday morning at Belmont Park in preparation for Friday's Grade 2, $400,000 Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs. Honor Code, working inside of stablemate Peter Island, was timed by Vesce in splits of 12.60 seconds, 24.20 and galloped out five furlongs in 59.20, six furlongs in 1:12.40 and seven-eighths in 1:27.80. "He went good," trainer Shug McGaughey said from Belmont. "Went off in 24-and-change finished up good, galloped out good." Honor Code was scheduled to van to Churchill from Belmont on Monday, McGaughey said. Article on DRF to be posted later today.
California colts should set up a perfect trip for AP : Keep in mind , there will be 12 colts that wont come close to out breaking AP based on how they want to run in the race . So can factor those 12 down to 7 other colts that AP will need to contend to on the break . Baffert wants VE to postion AP about 6 to 8 legnths off the pace early : so this break should not bother AP much at all . And if VE gets too good of a break , he has already been warned , order not to go to the lead , rate him back to settle in about 6 off the lead . Baffert / Zayats has this colt 94% from my understanding , and from that alone , there is not a colt in this group even capable of competing with his fitness : Keep in mind - last year when AP was only at 74% as a 2 yr old while destroying our JBC winner TEXAS RED with authority : Then take another look at how bad TEXAS RED beat CARPE DIEM / UPSTAR then focus on where these colts are now and their preps to get here ! With AP coming into the Derby now at about 94% , this tells me DORTMUND , FIRING LINE , OCHO OCHO , BOLO , MR Z will all have to go like hell to have a prayer against AP . This should put AP about in a perfect trip for AP : Yes , of course post positions will play a major factor : but at this time - with all the good luck , clean race - this is some what how Baffert has AP / VE Derby running in mind
  • Ricky via Disqus · People keeping mentioning the horses he beat when he was two. He did beat Texas red at 1 1/16, setting his own pace of 6f at 1:12. AP had the rail and the perfect trip with no one pushing him. He beat calculator, who is a good horse but not on the level that some of the derby horses by 3 lengths of the perfect trip. The race Texas red won was same distance, but a pace of 1:10 and several more horses. Saying he beat this horse 6 months ago has no baring on this weekends race. This logic shows that one lucky Dane beat ap and then was beaten by dortmond. True AP won off a fast pace from a suicidal front runner with no chance last race. But who did he beat? Far right? Mr z? His performance was great, he might be the one. But what happens when he doesn't get the perfect trip for the first time since his maiden? · 1 hour ago
Champion sprinter Work All Week, unraced since winning the Breeder’s Cup Sprint at Santa Anita Nov. 1, breezed five furlongs in 59 1/5 seconds on a “good” track Sunday at Churchill Downs Trackside as he prepares for his first start of 2015. Trackside clocker Richard McCreey caught Work All Week in splits of 12 2/5, 24, 35 2/5, and 47 3/5. He galloped out six furlongs in 1:12 2/5. Regular rider Florent Geroux was aboard for the breeze, and McCreery said the jockey never moved on the horse. It was the fifth breeze this year for Work All Week, and second at Trackside, Churchill’s off-track training facility located about 5 miles away from the main facility. Earlier this morning before the workout, trainer Roger Brueggemann said Work All Week would possibly return in the Grade 3 Aristides at Churchill Downs May 30. According to DRF
he isent loosing this race,no way!!!! hes the best horse my only question is can he get the mile and half to get the t.c.the first two he should win a lot easier then everyone thinks.AP,F.L .DORTMOUND
goodness, is this horse cursed or something? he always gets in injury when he finally gets a chance to show us what he's got.
  • travel_vic · My vet friends have always said that chronic and repetitively injured animals usually have a biomechanical fault in their stride. See the same thing in human athletes and have read many articles in sports medicine literature that backs up that assertion in humans. · 1 day ago
  • Williemicky via Disqus · The phenomenon that is Shared Belief has certainly captured my heart and mind as a long time fan of the sport. I look forward to each of his races with great anticipation and feel somewhat cheated that the anticipated battles of this summer will not take place. But to be fair to this champion we should remember that after his return from hoof problems in May, 2014, he raced nine times in ten+ months with four G1 and two G2 wins. Best of all, he should be back after sufficient rest to provide more of the thrilling finishes that are his trademark. · 2 hours ago
In my opinion, the "Curse of Apollo" is more of a statistical aberration rather than a legitimate handicapping factor. The reason why so few horses without a 2yo campaign have won or hit the board is simply that so few of them have actually competed in KD. If a horse like this has proven competitive in KD preps, I don't even use the "Curse" as a factor. Here is a good article debunking the "curse".... http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/market-watch/archive/2014/04/24/debunking-the-curse-of-apollo.aspx
  • https://www.facebook.com/fiddl · I agree, it's only a matter of time before a horse does it. I don't think this is the year though... Materiality in another crop possibly, but I doubt this one. I'm not saying he has no chance, but I don't see it. · 3 hours ago
the only stakes race I'm betting on this weekend before Derby weekend...going with Blingismything with T. Baze up!
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  • jinlie01 · I looked over at #2 Thegirlinthatsong and if she goes off at 6-1 or higher she could get some of my money on her...La Canada winner at 5-1 or higher? Her turf form is definitely not as strong as her dirt but she has run against solid competition and a Gr. 2 winner at SA. Huge underlay! · 3 hours ago
  • jinlie01 · I meant overlay...I think Birdlover might be the underlay. Just clearing that up Mary! · 3 hours ago
American Pharoah, in his final work before the Kentucky Derby, goes five furlongs in 58.62 seconds on the watch of Daily Racing Form's Mike Welsch, and galloped out six furlongs in 1:12.01, all doing it on his own, ears pricked, no urging from the rider. It was an effortless work and he was clipping off a steady series of sub :12 eighth mile splits along the way and doing so as easy as can be before galloping out six furlongs in a strong 1:12.01. Ahmed Zayat says the performance was "jaw-dropping" and is looking forward to the Derby May 2nd. According to DRF
All I can say is Tapit's been a busy boy! ☺
I love Frosted,hope it will win the Derby.
Blazing Speed proves much the best in taking out the G1 Audemars Piguet QE II Cup, by far the biggest win of his career to date.
Dundonnell sits a perfect trip and takes advantage of an early speed duel between Gold-Fun & Peniaphobia to overhaul Gold-Fun late and win The Sprint Cup at Sha Tin, his biggest win in Hong Kong since being sold by Juddmonte to go race in that country. Great ride by jockey Stephane Pasquier who came in from France to ride Dundonnell in The Sprint Cup and Smoking Sun in the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup.
I think she's a cinch in the oaks. Wouldn't be surprised to see her pay $10-$12 to win. I like ima chatterbox too but stellar wind is very good. I'm def gona bet some oaks-derby doubles with stellar wind. An exacta over chatterbox and a nice win ticket.
AP has 4th or 5th written all over him....
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  • Dave Joyal via Disqus · Only if he falls coming out of the gate or gets boxed behind a wall of horses like Afleet Alex did in his attempt, This horse has a ton of speed and I feel is going to run out front and pull away in a week · 9 hours ago
  • Douglas Rutherford via Disqus · AP has 1st or 20th written all over him - · 9 hours ago
Today he worked a half in 49.70 with the final 3 furlongs in 35.30. Hmmm. Looks pretty good people. Just sayin.



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Growing up across the river from the Bluegrass State I was able to spend a lot of summer days at Ellis Park, Henderson, KY. 


Likewise, the first Saturday in May was always a celebrated family event. In 2000, I made my inaugural Kentucky Derby appearance and since, I have made it an annual tradition because there’s no other city, or weekend, in the racing world like Louisville, KY on Derby Day. 


Although the story of a Kentucky Derby winner is legendary, a champions trail is what The Kentucky Derby Post is all about. The coverage begins when Juvenile season starts and continues until the field is set, the picks are in and the roses are earned. But the road does not stop there. The elusive quest for the next Triple Crown is ongoing so I invite my readers to remain in the saddle through all three jewels as we wait for the next Champion of Champions to arrive. Cheers.





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