John Asher's Kentucky Derby 136 Update for Friday, March 26

SOUTH / PLETCHER’S DISCREETLY MINE HEADS BAKER’S DOZEN IN LOUISIANA DERBY – E. Paul Robsham’s Discreetly Mine, a front-running winner of Fair Grounds Risen Star (GII) on Feb. 20, figures to have more company on the front end Saturday has he faces a dozen foes in the 97th running of the $750,000 Louisiana Derby (Grade II) at the New Orleans track.

John Asher's Kentucky Oaks Update for Friday, March 26

SOUTH / JODY SLEW LIKELY FOR TODAY’S FAIR GROUNDS OAKS – Martin Racing Stable’s Jody Slew, winner of Fair Grounds’ Silverbulletday (GIII) and Tiffany Lass, is expected to be in the starting gate with 10 other 3-year-old fillies in Friday’s 44th running of the $300,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (Grade II) at New Orleans’ Fair Grounds.

Connemara rates as the 9-5 favorite in Lane's End

El Camino Real Derby (G3) hero CONNEMARA (Giant's Causeway) is the only graded stakes winner in the 10-horse field entered in Saturday's $500,000 Lane's End S. (G2) at Turfway Park, and that fact explains his status as the 9-5 favorite on the morning line. A major Kentucky Derby (G1) prep, the 1 1/8-mile Polytrack test anchors the 12-race program that features six stakes.

Jill Byrne's Weekend Prep Preview March 26-28

Jill Byrne analyzes the upcoming Derby prep races

Awesome Act records final major work for Wood Memorial

AWESOME ACT (Awesome Again) breezed six furlongs in 1:14 over the fast Belmont Park training track Thursday morning in his first serious move since posting a 1 1/4-length score in the Gotham S. (G3) on March 6. The move was likely his final serious timed work before an expected start in the $750,000 Wood Memorial (G1) at Aqueduct on April 3.

Taste of Derby 'Finish Line' and 'Winner's Circle' Menu Ideas with Levy Restaurant's Executive Chef Jo Jo Doyle

Conveyance brings speed to Sunland Derby

A front-running winner of the San Rafael S. (G3) and Southwest S. (G3), CONVEYANCE (Indian Charlie) will make his final Kentucky Derby (G1) prep against eight rivals in Sunday's $800,000 Sunland Derby (G3).

From the Farm to the Track

Jill Byrne talks about what it takes to get a horse from the farm to the track

Eskendereya, Lookin At Lucky Favored in Final March 26-28 Pool of Churchill Downs 2010 Kentucky Derby Future Wager

Zayat Racing Stable’s Eskendereya, a dazzling 8 ½-length winner of the Fountain of Youth (Grade II) at Gulfstream Park, and Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman’s Lookin At Lucky, America’s reigning 2-year-old champion and winner of Oaklawn Park’s Rebel (GIII) in his 2010 debut, loom as the likely favorites heading into the third and final three-day pool of Churchill Downs’ 2010 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”).

'Road to the Kentucky Derby' Begins This Saturday

Like every prolific sporting championship, the Kentucky Derby® is the culmination of months – even years – of preparation, determination and the heart-felt desire to win America’s greatest race for horses.  For many, the chance to compete in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and not making the cut means saying goodbye to a dream.