Racing Roundtable: Takeaways from Florida Derby, Arkansas Derby, Fantasy and more

Tue Apr 02 2024TwinSpires Staff

The Racing Roundtable reconvenes to discuss their Florida Derby (G1) and Arkansas Derby (G1) takeaways, the legitimacy of Thorpedo Anna and Power Squeeze as Kentucky Oaks (G1) contenders, and their thoughts on Dubai World Cup Night.
Growth in Kentucky Derby Day betting virtually unabated in its modern history

Tue Apr 02 2024Vance Hanson

Growth in Kentucky Derby Day is not up for debate. Betting virtually is firmly a part of modern history.
Horses: $122 Billion annually to the US Economy

Tue Apr 02 2024Alastair Bull

For many Americans, Kentucky Derby day is the one big day when they take an interest in horse racing. In the popular mindset, all roads lead to the first Saturday in May at Louisville. But as spectacular as that one day is, it’s merely the high point of a multi-billion dollar industry that employs thousands of people.
Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Catching Freedom

Mon Apr 01 2024J. Keeler Johnson

A perfect pedigree doesn’t guarantee success in the Kentucky Derby (G1), but it doesn’t hurt. And any way you slice it, Catching Freedom is bred to excel in the Derby.
Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: West Saratoga

Mon Apr 01 2024J. Keeler Johnson

It’s only fitting that Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) runner-up 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.
Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Liberal Arts

Mon Apr 01 2024J. Keeler Johnson

Does Liberal Arts have the pedigree to shine racing 1 1/4 miles on the first Saturday in May? At least at first glance, his pedigree gives off mixed signals.
Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Uncle Heavy

Mon Apr 01 2024J. Keeler Johnson

A decade after Social Inclusion set the world abuzz as a possible Kentucky Derby (G1) contender, his son Uncle Heavy is embarking down the same path.
Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Mystik Dan

Mon Apr 01 2024J. Keeler Johnson

Does Mystik Dan have the pedigree to stretch out over 1 1/4 miles in the Kentucky Derby (G1)? That’s an important question Derby handicappers must ponder.
Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Hades

Mon Apr 01 2024J. Keeler Johnson

How far can Hades run? Does he have the stamina to shine over 1 1/4 miles in the Kentucky Derby (G1), or will shorter journeys prove more favorable?
Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Stronghold

Mon Apr 01 2024J. Keeler Johnson

The Kentucky Derby (G1) looms on the horizon for Stronghold, but does he have the pedigree to shine racing 1 1/4 miles on the first Saturday in May? That’s a tricky question that requires a nuanced answer.
Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Otto the Conqueror

Mon Apr 01 2024J. Keeler Johnson

Otto the Conqueror showed unwavering tenacity to win the Remington Springboard Mile at Remington Park by three-quarters of a length, in the process joining the Road to the Kentucky Derby.
Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Sierra Leone

Mon Apr 01 2024J. Keeler Johnson

Racing 1 1/8 miles is no obstacle for Sierra Leone, winner of the Blue Grass (G1) and Risen Star (G2) and runner-up in the Remsen (G2) on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Neither should the 1 1/4-mile distance of the Kentucky Derby (G1) prove problematic for the beautifully bred colt.
Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: No More Time

Mon Apr 01 2024J. Keeler Johnson

A gate-to-wire victory in the Sam F. Davis (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs launched No More Time into the picture as a 2024 Kentucky Derby (G1) contender.