Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Epic Ride

Wed Apr 24 2024J. Keeler Johnson

Which racing surface is best for Epic Ride? And can he handle the Kentucky Derby’s testing 1 1/4-mile distance? His pedigree hints at the answers.
Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Common Defense

Sun Apr 21 2024J. Keeler Johnson

Top-five finishers in the Louisiana Derby (G2), Rebel (G2), and Southwest (G3) have launched Common Defense into the Kentucky Derby (G1) picture, even though his pedigree is geared toward success on turf more than dirt.
Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Grand Mo the First

Sun Apr 21 2024J. Keeler Johnson

A glance at the pedigree of Kentucky Derby (G1) contender Grand Mo the First reveals the source of his multi-surface versatility.
Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Just Steel

Mon Apr 15 2024J. Keeler Johnson

Just Steel is a capable competitor on dirt, but that’s arguably in defiance of his bloodlines. A glance at his pedigree suggests turf might be his best surface.
Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Just a Touch

Sun Apr 14 2024J. Keeler Johnson

One of the most beautifully bred horses in the prospective 2024 Kentucky Derby (G1) field is Just a Touch, the lightly raced runner-up in the Blue Grass (G1) and Gotham (G3) on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.
Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Society Man

Sat Apr 13 2024J. Keeler Johnson

Running long is a strong suit for Society Man, runner-up in the 1 1/8-mile Wood Memorial (G2) and a maiden winner over the same distance. Stretching out over 1 1/4 miles for the Kentucky Derby (G1) should fit the chestnut gelding just fine.
Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Catalytic

Sat Apr 13 2024J. Keeler Johnson

It’s difficult to say based off Catalytic’s racing record and pedigree whether the Kentucky Derby’s 1 1/4-mile distance is within his wheelhouse.
Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Resilience

Sun Apr 07 2024J. Keeler Johnson

Pedigree handicappers are aware of Resilience’s Kentucky Derby (G1) potential. After all, his pedigree is packed with speed, stamina, class, and—most importantly—Kentucky Derby winners.
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.