A thought experiment: imagine if every current NBA player were descended from Wilt Chamberlin, NFL players traced back to Johnny Unitas, and Ted Williams featured prominently in MLB players' genealogies. That's the case in Thoroughbred racing, where a few prepotent patriarchs hold sway -- as...|
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by John Mucciolo A stellar, top-heavy field of sophomores will headline the Run for the Roses in the 141st Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 2. It’s been a long time since we’ve had so many formful results in prep races, which says something about the quality of the better part...|
I'm not a professional work watcher, nor do I play one on TV. And as a further disclaimer, I've been a Carpe Diem fan since his terrific debut sprinting 5 1/2 furlongs at Saratoga. But the Kentucky Derby (G1) contender could hardly have made a better impression in his Saturday drill on a picture-...|
No horses stepped back from the brink last week, leaving the status of five Kentucky Derby hopefuls in limbo as their connections anxiously await any future defections from the prospective 20-horse field. A points system determines eligibility for the Kentucky Derby and Madefromlucky (30 points),...|
One of the things that makes the Kentucky Derby a race like no other is the pace. Whereas most races at 1 1/4 miles or greater produce moderate early fractions, the Kentucky Derby is often run like an elongated version of the All-American Futurity, as horses struggle to find and maintain position...|
Although the Kentucky Derby has a few nicknames, perhaps its most lyrical is the "Run for the Roses." Evocative of the garland of roses draped across the victorious horse in the winner's circle, it conjures up images of past greats sporting the floral adornment at Churchill Downs. Roses have been...|
One of the most talked about and publicized unraced horses is finally set to make his career debut in the second race on April 17 at Santa Anita Park. Cozmic One, the first foal out of the great Zenyatta, will break from the rail in a one-mile maiden special weight event with Victor Espinoza aboard...|
by LAURA PUGH At the conclusion of the Championship Series of the Kentucky Derby Preps, it looks as if my prediction came to be. On my last analysis of the current Derby Top Twenty I wrote “So, what can we expect in round three? I would say expect the top horses to further distance themselves,...|