• Disco Partner (5-2) rolls last to first to win the Elusive Quality on the Belmont lawn.Posted 18 hours ago
  • Battalion Runner and Malagacy will NOT run in the Kentucky Derby, per Todd Pletcher.Posted 19 hours ago
  • Thunder Snow confirmed for the Kentucky Derby by Godolphin.Posted 23 hours ago
  • Quiet Business (16-1) powers home to win the Bewitch at Keeneland.Posted 1 day ago
  • Celtic Chaos (7-1) gets up on the wire to win the Affirmed Success.Posted 1 day ago
  • Girvin, the Kentucky Derby points leader, has a quarter crack, via Byron King.Posted 2 days ago
  • Party Boat (7-2) takes the Memories of Silver on the Aqueduct turf.Posted 6 days ago
  • Dolphus (6-5), Rachel Alexandra's half-brother, wins AQU allowance; Shagaf lastPosted 6 days ago
  • Multiplier (4-1) kicks it in late to get past Hedge Fund in the Illinois Derby.Posted 7 days ago
  • Collected (3-5) rolls home much the best in the Californian.Posted 7 days ago
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Per DRF King, Kendall Hansen states Fast and Accurate will be sent to lead in the Kentucky Derby. https://twitter.com/DRFByronKing?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
It's a real shame Mastery is missing the derby because honestly no one is looking too good right now. 90% of preps were dreadfully slow, inconsistent performances, winners with horrible lead changes or sucking wind just past the finish line. Now that preps are wrapped up, going with Always Dreaming, Gunnerva, and Irish War Cry although all three make me nervous- the Pletcher effect, needing a hot pace, and the short space between races- these three could flop as well but they're my best shot!
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  • ILuvTurfRacing · @ruffianlover, Couldn't agree more. He was definitely gonna be my Kentucky Derby horse. Once it became clear he wouldn't be running in the Derby I completely lost interest. · 23 hours ago
  • Meydan Rocks via Disqus · He would have on paper had a real big big chance at the first two. · 11 hours ago
Irish War Cry's final work before the Derby, 6F in 1.13.20 with Rajiv Maragh up, Graham Motion described the work as "Beautiful". Will Ship to Churchill tomorrow.
The 7-time G1 winner is slated to make her 4YO seasonal debut tomorrow in the G2 Mooresbridge Stakes at 10f, being ran this year at Naas Racecourse in Ireland instead of at the Curragh.
We are a week away from the most prestigious race in the World. Unless something drastically changes til post time. The Joker is my pick to win the Run for the Roses. I think he is coming into this race under ideal conditions. He ran super fast as a 2 year old , and followed it up with a developing 3 yo season. There are those that will dismiss him due to his bloodlines.They will say an Into Mischief Colt will never get 10 F . That is a fair argument and one I would never debate. All I know is that this guy is coming into the Derby with a great pattern to possibly run his best race. That is more than I can say about many of the others. They seem to of already run the big race .
Trainer Mike Maker announces that Channing Hill will ride Fast and Accurate in the Kentucky Derby.
what did he do as a 2 year old?????
Kitasan Black holds off late challenges from Satano Diamond & Cheval Grand to win back to back renewals of the G1 Tenno Sho(Spring) under what was a beautifully judged ride by Yutaka Take where he sat in 2nd place throughout and then kicked from the front to go and win his race.
Really nice work this morning! Great gallop out, he didn't want to stop.
PJB56 --- its standard practice for Graham Motion to work a horse 3 weeks after a race. Like he said, he will not change anything just for the derby. He wants to stay in his routine. Now with Battalion Runner and Malagacy, much of the speed is gone. Look for IWC to set in a stalking position 3rd or 4th. I see him having the lead entering the stretch getting the first run on AD and CE. If his speed figs and beyers are correct He might be able to hold off all the late runners.
  • pjb56 via Disqus · Thanks Major Fan. Didn't know Motion did that. I'm like you seeing IWC in the lead at the top of the stretch and hanging on. · 3 hours ago
Nosed out Pakistan Star in 2nd and Werther in 3rd to win the G1 Audemars Piguet QE II Cup for Japan in a race where the first 3/4 was ran at a crawl.
Ranked #20 on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard.
Saw Patch race at the Louisiana Derby; I like the colt. He caught my eye in the paddock, too...and I always like the longshots.
From this morning's Racing Post web-site: Jockey Christophe Soumillon will retain the ride on Thunder Snow at Churchill Downs in this year's renewal of the G1 Kentucky Derby. Soumillon has been aboard on Thunder Snow for his last 3 wins in the G1 Criterium International on turf in France and in both the G3 UAE 2000 Guineas & G2 UAE Derby on conventional dirt in Dubai. I guess trainer Saeed Bin Suroor figures if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
American Freedom worked 6f, April 22nd, in 1:11.00 (h) finishing 1/15.
  • kstott524 via Disqus · Thanks for posting all the works. Any news on when and where he will run again? · 6 days ago
  • Meydan Rocks via Disqus · xbtv dot com/video/morning-sound/bob-baffert-says-blinkers-have-helped-abel-tasman-in-the-mornings-leading-up-to-the-kentucky-oaks/ Next race? · 8 hours ago
A wow work!! American Freedom worked 7f, April 28th, in 1:24.20 (h) finishing 1/3. This colt is ready to fire!
  • Meydan Rocks via Disqus · Baffert says they are coming to Churchill to stir it up. He adds that AF will have a big impact on the overall older horse racing scene this year. xbtv dot com/video/morning-sound/bob-baffert-says-blinkers-have-helped-abel-tasman-in-the-mornings-leading-up-to-the-kentucky-oaks/ · 11 hours ago
Sounds like he's going in the Alysheba on Oaks day??
He is the best of this crop of 3 year old's. His tactical speed makes him capable of staying close to a slow pace and stalking a brisk pace. Leparoux gets his first Derby win, been riding very well the last two years, very well.
Gonna break running .Question is in first 100 yards do you grab and fight or do u let roll and believe horse is best.If he breads out and Goes who will sacrifice.My old friend Warren (30 YES MY SEN-since passed taught me about horses on the muscle ,I bless his soul,but something that stuck with me)this Horse as Great as he looks jumping up flexing is exactly what Warren taught against.It is great for sprinters and Quarter Horses .Classic Distances throw out.After so many Years.This kind of Horse in front of that much Energy.It won't help him.Want a horse alive in post parade ,Not one looking too win a 350 yard Qualifier.
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