• Gotham gladiators to renew rivalry in Wood Memorial

    Undefeated Samraat was on his way to Florida Sunday afternoon, one day after running his winning streak to five and landing atop the Kentucky Derby leaderboard with his gritty victory over Uncle Sigh and In Trouble in the Grade 3, $500,000 Gotham at Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • 'All Others' Overall Choice, Cairo Prince Gets Narrow Edge as Individual Choice in Derby Futures Pool 3

    It was no surprise when the Mutuel Field (#24), or “All Others,” ended up as the overall favorite in the third of four pools in Churchill Downs Racetrack’s 2014 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW), but the small edge that Cairo Prince (#3), the favored individual horse, held over several KDFW rivals underscored the narrow margins that separate major players now working their way toward the famed “Run for the Roses” on the first Saturday in May.

    The ‘All Others’ wagering interest, installed as the 6-1 favorite for KDFW Pool 3 in Churchill Downs handicapper Mike Battaglia’s morning line odds, was the solid 3-1 favorite when wagering in the Feb. 27-March 1 pool concluded at approximately 4:15 p.m. (all times Eastern) on Saturday.  Betting was halted just before post time for the $500,000 Gotham Stakes (Grade III) at Belmont Park, Saturday’s stop on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” point series that determines the eligibility of 3-year-old Thoroughbreds to be part of the maximum field of 20 horses for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on Saturday, May 3.

    But there were close quarters behind the favored Mutuel Field, and Holy Bull (GII) winner Cairo Prince emerged as 9-1 overall second choice and edged several rivals to be the favored horse among 23 individuals in the pool’s 24 wagering interests. Close behind the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Cairo Prince at 11-1 was the Shug McGaughey-trained duo of Top Billing (#20) and Honor Code (#9), with the former being the actual third choice.

    Next in line at 12-1 was Candy Boy (#5), the John Sadler-trained winner of the Robert B. Lewis (GII) at Santa Anita; unbeaten 2-year-old champion Shared Belief (#16, 15-1), who has yet to make his 2014 debut for Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer; Bayern (#2, 17-1), who romped by 15 lengths in a recent allowance race for three-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert; and the Steve Asmussen-trained Tapiture (#19, 17-1), an impressive winner of the Southwest Stakes (GIII) at Oaklawn Park.  Gotham winner Samraat (#15) closed at odds of 30-1.

    A total of $334,326 was wagered during three days of KDFW Pool 3 betting that opened on Thursday, Feb. 27 at noon. Win wagering totaled $239,389 and there was $94,937 in the exacta pool.

    Combined betting in the first three pools of the KDFW 2014 stands at $952,654. The year’s fourth and final pool is set for March 27-29.

    The Kentucky Derby Future Wager, introduced by Churchill Downs in 1999, offers racing fans the opportunity to bet on contenders for America’s greatest race at odds that could be significantly more attractive than those available on the day of the race. The wager is a $2 minimum win bet and exacta betting is also offered. The minimum exacta wager is $2, but is available in $1 increments in the form of an exacta box or wheel or part-wheel combinations that total at least $2.

    There are no refunds or scratches in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. If Churchill Downs determines during a pool that injury, illness or some other circumstance would prevent one of its wagering interests from competing in the Kentucky Derby, wagering on that horse would be suspended immediately.

    Click here for KDFW Pool 3 final odds and $2 will pays.

    For a complete list of KDFW Pool 3 exacta payouts, click here.

  • Untapable Edges 'All Others' to be Favorite in 2014 Kentucky Oaks Future Bet

    A 9 1/2-length romp by Winchell ThoroughbredsUntapable (#23) in last week’s Rachel Alexandra (Grade III) at Fair Grounds made her a rising star on the road to the 140th running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI), and the authority of that victory left such a strong impression that the daughter of Tapit closed as the narrow overall favorite among 24 wagering interests in Churchill Downs2014 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (“KOFW”).

    The Steve Asmussen-trained Untapable, who also won September’s Pocahontas (GII) at Churchill Downs and is unbeaten in two starts over the Kentucky Oaks track, edged the always popular Mutuel Field, or “All Others” (#24), to be the 5-1 favorite when wagering in the three-day Kentucky Oaks Future pool concluded at 4:45 p.m. (all times Eastern) on Saturday.

    The “All Others” bet, which includes all 3-year-old fillies other than the 23 individual wagering interests in the Kentucky Oaks Future Pool, also closed at 5-1, but slightly more was wagered on Untapable to make the Asmussen filly the overall bettor’s choice. Should Untapable win the Oaks, she would return $12 for a $2 wager, while the Mutuel Field would return $13.60 if one of its members won the race on Friday, May 2, the eve of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) at Churchill Downs.

    Several other fillies attracted strong support in the 2014 Kentucky Oaks Future Pool, which opened its wagering at noon on Thursday, Feb. 27.  Chief among them was the Charles Fipke’s Unbridled Forever (#22, 8-1), winner of the Silverbulletday at Fair Grounds last time out for trainer Dallas Stewart. Stewart also trained the filly’s dam, Lemons Forever, who scored the biggest upset in the history of the Kentucky Oaks when she won its 2006 renewal at odds of 47-1. The Todd Pletcher-trained Onlyforyou (#12, 9-1), winner of the recent Davona Dale (GII) at Gulfstream Park to remain unbeaten in four career races, was the pool’s overall fourth choice at the close of wagering.

    Also drawing solid support in the KOFW pool were Dame Dorothy (#6, 13-1), unbeaten in two starts for Pletcher and her owner, celebrity chef Bobby Flay; Ria Antonia (#15, 14-1), winner via disqualification of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI) and now trained by two-time Kentucky Oaks winner Bob Baffert; She’s a Tiger (#18, 15-1), the champion 2-year-old filly of 2013 despite a disqualification from first to second in the Breeders’ Cup race and winner of the Del Mar Debutante for trainer Jeff Bonde; and Spinaway (GI) winner Sweet Reason (#20, 17-1), fourth as the favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI).

    Wagering during the three-day KOFW pool totaled $81,234, which included $54,571 in win bets and $26,662 in exacta wagers.

    The Kentucky Oaks Future Wager provides racing fans the opportunity to wager on candidates for the Kentucky Oaks well in advance of America’s premier race for 2-year-old fillies at odds that could be much more attractive than those available on the day of the race. It is a $2 minimum win wager and also provides exacta betting. Exactas are also $2 minimum bets, but can also be made in $1 increments in boxes, wheels and part-wheel combinations if the wager totals at least $2. Winning payouts in the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager are determined by the odds that were in place at the conclusion of betting in the pool.

    Click here for final odds and $2 will pays for the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager.

    For complete list of $2 exacta payouts for Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, click here.

  • Samraat stars in Gotham thriller

    After entering the stretch drive on even terms with Uncle Sigh and In Trouble, My Meadowview's homebred Samraat out-dueled his rivals to the wire in Saturday's Grade 3, $500,000 Gotham, gamely posting a narrow victory on the inner track at Aqueduct. The Richard Violette Jr.-trained colt remained unbeaten in his fifth career start, recording his second straight graded stakes triumph after taking the Withers on February 1, and Samraat essentially guaranteed himself a spot in the Kentucky Derby field.

  • Shared Belief 'doing well' at Golden Gate

    Dan Ward, assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, issued a Saturday update on Shared Belief. Last year's undefeated champion two-year-old male continues to recover from a quarter-crack in his right front foot at Golden Gate Fields.

  • Gala Award earns laurel in Palm Beach

    Although Coolmore was out of luck in Saturday's Grade 2 Swale at Gulfstream, with the scratch of Havana and the upset of No Nay Never, the ownership team of Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Susan Magnier received some consolation when Gala Award prevailed soon afterward in the Grade 3, $150,000 Palm Beach. Making his stakes debut off a maiden win over the local turf, the Todd Pletcher sophomore held on by a half-length from the closing Mr Speaker.

  • Awesome Baby wires Santa Ysabel

    Kaleem Shah Inc.'s Awesome Baby has proven to be a horse of a different color this season, wiring the Santa Ynez in her three-year-old debut on January 4 and duplicating that effort Saturday with a 2 3/4-length victory in the Grade 3, $100,000 Santa Ysabel at Santa Anita Park.

  • Solitary Ranger leads one-two Catalano finish in Battaglia

    Susan Moulton's Solitary Ranger set all the pace in Saturday's $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial at Turfway Park, posting a 4 3/4-length decision under jockey Florent Geroux. Stablemate Poker Player came rolling late to provide trainer Wayne Catalano with a one-two finish in the 1 1/16-mile event.

  • Kentucky Oaks Future Wager Final Odds & Will Pays

    Click here for final odds and will pays for the 2014 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager.

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  • Final Odds & Will Pays for Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3

    Click here for final odds and will pays for Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3.


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  • Cairo Prince turns in five-furlong breeze

    Cairo Prince continued his preparations for the $1 million Florida Derby on March 29 by breezing a sharp five furlongs Saturday morning at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream Park's satellite training facility.

  • Unbeaten Onlyforyou Leads Pletcher Battalion of 17 Among 121 Fillies Nominated to 140th Longines Kentucky Oaks

    The names of 121 3-year-old fillies – including 17 from the sprawling stable of six-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher – are included on the roster of nominees to compete in the $1 million-guaranteed Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies scheduled to be run for the 140th consecutive year at Churchill Downs on Friday, May 2.

    The 1 1/8-mile sister race to the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum Brands! (GI) has, like the Derby, been run annually without interruption since those events made their respective debuts at the track then known as the Louisville Jockey Club in 1875. The Longines Kentucky Oaks is traditionally run on the eve of the Kentucky Derby and its 2014 renewal will be televised live on the NBC Sports Network.

    Pletcher has saddled three winners of the Kentucky Oaks, a group that includes champions Ashado and Rags to Riches and King of Prussia Stable’s 2013 winner Princess of Sylmar. The Pletcher-trained array of 2014 early Oaks nominees is headed by Glencrest Farm LLC’s unbeaten Onlyforyou, a daughter of Malibu Moon who counts Gulfstream Park’s Davona Dale (GII) and Forward Gal (GII) among her four career triumphs.

    Other Pletcher trainees on the roster of Kentucky Oaks nominees include Alto Racing’s Sweet Whiskey, winner of Gulfstream Park’s Old Hat; unbeaten Dame Dorothy and Busanda winner Fierce Boots, both owned by celebrity chef Bobby Flay; Repole Stable’s Stopcharginmaria and Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings and Philip Steinberg’s Got Lucky, the 1-2 finishers in Aqueduct’s Demoiselle (GII); and Repole’s Our Amazing Rose, a romping winner in her lone start last fall at Saratoga.

    Outside of Pletcher’s universe, the roster of Oaks nominees features the most accomplished members of this year’s crop of 3-year-old fillies. Heading that list is Mark Dedomenico, Allen Aldrich, Lisa Hernandez, Stuart Downey and Philip Lebherz’s She’s a Tiger. The Jeff Bonde trainee was the champion 2-year-old filly of 2013, winner of the Del Mar Debutante (GI) and runner-up in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI) at Santa Anita. In the latter, She’s a Tiger finished first, but was demoted to runner-up when stewards disqualified her for interference in the homestretch.

    Other marquee names among the nominees include Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC’s Untapable, the Steve Asmussen-trained winner of the Rachel Alexandra (GIII) at Fair Grounds and the Pocahontas (GII) at Churchill Downs; Christopher Dunn and Loooch Racing Stable’s Ria Antonia, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner now trained by two-time Kentucky Oaks winner Bob Baffert; Arnold Zetcher and Michael Tabor’s Fashion Plate, the front-running winner of Santa Anita’s Las Virgenes (GI) for trainer Simon Callaghan; and Charles Fipke’s homebred Unbridled Forever, winner of the Silverbulletday at Fair Grounds and the daughter of Lemons Forever, who won the 2006 Kentucky Oaks at odds of 47-1 in the biggest upset in the history of the race. Dallas Stewart trains Unbridled Forever and was the trainer and co-owner of her dam.

    Other accomplished early nominees include Spinaway (GI) winner Sweet Reason, who finished fourth for trainer Leah Gyarmati as the favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies; Rosalind, runner-up in Keeneland’s Alcibiades (GI) and third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies; Please Explain, winner of the Suncoast at Tampa Bay Downs; Bird Maker, runner-up in Churchill Downs’ Golden Rod (GII); Alcibiades winner My Conquestadory; Santa Ynez (GII) winner Awesome Baby; Davona Dale runner-up House Rules; Aragorn Ami, winner of Oaklawn Park’s Martha Washington; Delta Princess (GIII) winner Tepin; and Fiftyshadesofgold, winner of the Two Altazano at Sam Houston.

    The 2013 running of the Longines Kentucky Oaks attracted 120 early nominations.

    The Oaks field is limited to 14 starters and up to four fillies designated as “also-eligible” to start. Eligibility to compete in the Oaks is determined by points amassed during the “Road to the Kentucky Oaks” system, which determines the eligibility of nominees to compete in the race. If one of more horses should scratch from the Longines Kentucky Oaks by 9 a.m. (Eastern) on the morning of the race, fillies from the “also-eligible” list with the highest respective point totals would be allowed to compete.

    Although Princess of Sylmar won the 2013 Longines Kentucky Oaks, it was runner-up Beholder who earned the Eclipse Award presented to the nation’s champion 3-year-old filly at year’s end. Beholder was the 17th Kentucky Oaks winner or participant since 1972 to be named champion of her division. Blind Luck won the 2010 Kentucky Oaks to conclude a string of four consecutive Kentucky Oaks winner to earn championship honors. The others were Rachel Alexandra (2009), Proud Spell (2008) and Rags to Riches (2007). Rachel Alexandra and Rags to Riches defeated males in Triple Crown races in their subsequent starts, with the former defeating Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird in the Preakness (GI) on her way to Horse of the Year honors, and Rags to Riches edged eventual two-time Horse of the Year Curlin in a dramatic renewal of the Belmont Stakes (GI).

    Other Kentucky Oaks winners named as 3-year-old filly champions include Ashado (2004), Bird Town (’03), Farda Amiga (’02), Silverbulletday (’99), Open Mind (’89), Tiffany Lass (’86), Davona Dale (’79) and Susan’s Girl (’72). Fillies that failed to win the Oaks but were named divisional champions include Wait a While (3rd in ’06), Banshee Breeze (2nd in ’98), Go for Wand (2nd in ’90) and Wayward Lass (3rd in ’81). Believe You Can, winner of the 2012 Oaks, and 2011 winner Plum Pretty were among three Eclipse Award finalists in their respective 3-year-old seasons.

    A late nomination period for Longines Kentucky Oaks 140 is underway through Wednesday, April 9. A nomination of any 3-year-old filly to the Oaks during the late nomination phase will require payment of a $1,500 fee. A final opportunity to make a filly eligible for the Kentucky Oaks is available through the race’s supplemental nomination process. That process requires payment of $30,000 fee at the time of entry to the 2014 Longines Kentucky Oaks on Tuesday, April 29.  

    Click here for the complete roster of early nominees to the 2014 Longines Kentucky Oaks.

  • McGaughey discusses sophomore squad

    Mr Speaker will get back on turf for the Grade 3, $150,000 Palm Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park Saturday. The dark bay colt made a dashing rally up the fence to win the Dania Beach Stakes on the sod in December, but trainer Shug McGaughey opted to experiment with the main track for the Holy Bull Stakes on January 25. Though forwardly placed early in that competitive test, the three-year-old son of Pulpit didn't find another gear and tired to finish seventh, 10 3/4 lengths behind the romping winner Cairo Prince.

  • Darley buys majority interest in Cairo Prince

    Darley has announced that it has purchased a majority interest in the three-year-old colt, Cairo Prince, a runaway winner of the Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park on January 25. The colt will stay in the barn of current trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and race in the colors of Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin Stable, along with owners Terry Murray, Paul Braverman, Harvey A. Clarke and Craig W. Robertson III.

  • Ihtimal romps by record margin in UAE Oaks

    Godolphin's Ihtimal, a dominant winner of the February 6 U.A.E. One Thousand Guineas, turned the classic double by an even more emphatic margin in Thursday's Group 3, $250,000 U.A.E. Oaks at Meydan. Asserting her superiority at the top of the stretch, the Saeed bin Suroor pupil widened her advantage to a record 10 lengths at the wire.

  • Smart Cover returns on turf but Derby remains goal for Romans

    Smart Cover, injured running second to stablemate Cleburne in the Grade 3 Iroquois at Churchill Downs last fall, returns to the races in Saturday's Grade 3 Palm Beach on the Gulfstream Park turf.

    Trained by Dale Romans for Donegal Racing, Smart Cover drew post seven of  13 in the nine-furlong Palm Beach, and will be ridden for the first time by Corey Lanerie. On Wednesday, Lanerie was named winner of the George Woolf Memorial Award in a nationwide vote of his peers.

  • Awesome Baby heads eight-filly field in Santa Ysabel

    Awesome Baby, a gate-to-wire winner of the Grade 2 Santa Ynez going 6 1/2 furlongs on January 4, heads a field of eight three-year-old fillies entered in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Santa Ysabel at 1 1/16 miles Saturday at Santa Anita.

  • Kentucky Derby Report -- Feb. 27

    Wildcat Red and Intense Holiday guaranteed themselves a spot in the Kentucky Derby, earning 50 points for their respective wins in the Fountain of Youth and Risen Star, and the contrast between races was extreme.

  • NBC Sports Group and Churchill Downs Reach Landmark 10-Year Kentucky Derby Extension

    NBC Sports Group and Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) have reached a 10-year agreement extending NBCSG’s exclusive rights to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Longines Kentucky Oaks through 2025, it was announced today.

  • Gary West's Kentucky Derby Championship Series Review: Risen Star & Fountain of Youth


    By Gary West, Special to KentuckyDerby.com

    NEW ORLEANS, La. – Sometimes this venerable sport can be the simplest of games, reduced to a formula that’s no more complicated than the fastest horse wins, even if he only has to be the fastest horse for a half-mile, which seemed to be the case Saturday at Gulfstream Park in Florida, where Wildcat Red won the Fountain of Youth Stakes. Meanwhile, a more complicated formula emerged in New Orleans, where circumstances finally yielded to perseverance, as Intense Holiday won the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds.