Breeders’ Cup Roundup: Sept. 25, 2023

Mon Sep 25 2023J. Keeler Johnson

Pennsylvania Derby (G1) winner Saudi Crown is expected to target the Breeders’ Cup, with both the Classic (G1) and the shorter Dirt Mile (G1) being viable options.
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Maiden Watch: Asmussen trainees score at Churchill

Mon Sep 25 2023J. Keeler Johnson

A pair of second-time starters from the Steve Asmussen barn graduated in seven-furlong maiden special weights at Churchill Downs last Friday, emerging as possible Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and/or Road to the Kentucky Derby contenders.
Churchill Downs Early Pick 5: Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Wed Sep 20 2023Kevin Kilroy

One week into the Churchill Downs Fall meet and the Early Pick 5 payouts are averaging just over $10,000. This five-figure trend will likely continue on Wednesday as the sequence has several vulnerable morning line favorites, including one who will surely be singled on the majority of tickets.
First-crop sires: State-bred winners keep Maximus Mischief hot

Tue Sep 19 2023J. Keeler Johnson

One month has passed since we introduced Maximus Mischief as the early leader among first-crop sires of 2023. It’s safe to say he remains a dominant force among young stallions.
Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: West Saratoga

Tue Sep 19 2023J. Keeler Johnson

It’s only fitting that West Saratoga won the one-mile Iroquois (G3) at Churchill Downs, the first leg of the 2023-24 Road to the Kentucky Derby. The gray colt is bred top and bottom for success in the spring classics.
Brereton C. Jones: Former Kentucky Governor's four noted Thoroughbred connections

Tue Sep 19 2023Vance Hanson

Brereton C. Jones, who along with his wife Libby founded Airdrie Stud in 1972 and later served one term as governor of Kentucky from 1991-95, died on Sept. 18 at the age of 84.
Racing Roundtable: 2024 Derby, Oaks trails kick off and Master of the Seas

Tue Sep 19 2023TwinSpires Staff

A scaled-down version of the Racing Roundtable looks back at the first preps for the 2024 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Kentucky Oaks (G1), a top turf miler, and other notes of interest from the weekend.
Breeders’ Cup Roundup: Sept. 18, 2023

Mon Sep 18 2023J. Keeler Johnson

The Saturday card at Woodbine in Canada featured three Grade 1 stakes awarding “Win and You’re In” berths to the Breeders’ Cup.
First-crop sires: Omaha Beach runners hit targets from Del Mar to France

Mon Sep 18 2023Kellie Reilly

Since our opening salvo on Omaha Beach’s juveniles, the freshman sire has added four more winners, for a total of 11, and increased his tally of stakes performers. Let’s catch up with his recent stakes results before focusing on his latest progeny in the win column.
Monday Morning Message with Jason Beem Sept. 18, 2023

Mon Sep 18 2023Jason Beem

Jason discusses the career of jockey Gary Boulanger and his connection to the rider who announced his retirement this past weekend.
The Science of Horse Racing: Bits

Fri Sep 15 2023Jennifer Kelly

From a simple snaffle to a Norton, the right bit is just as important as the saddle and the blinkers you see on your favorite Thoroughbred.
Jason Beem's Thursday Column for Sept. 14, 2023

Thu Sep 14 2023Jason Beem

Jason looks back at his first ever Canadian Triple Crown race to attend in person, the Prince of Wales Stakes.
Catching My Eye: Closing Day at Colonial Downs

Tue Sep 12 2023Kevin Kilroy

Kevin Kilroy goes over horses of interest as he analyzes closing day at Colonial Downs.