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"All Others" is 5-2 Favorite in Kentucky DerbyFutures Pool 2, With Texas Red A Narrow Individual Choice

As expected, the Mutuel Feld (#24), known to many racing fans as “All Others,” was the betting favorite when Pool 2 of Churchill Downs Racetrack’s Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) closed Sunday evening, but that wagering interest was not the overwhelming favorite it was expected to be and Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) winner Texas Red (#21) emerged from a tight battle to be the favored individual horse at the end of three days of brisk betting.

Dortmund records gutsy Robert B. Lewis win over Firing Line

Dortmund and Firing Line hooked up in the Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) in late December, with the former getting the win in a three-horse photo on the wire in track record-setting time.

Far From Over makes remarkable recovery in Withers

Despite stumbling leaving the gate and trailing for much of Saturday's $250,000 Withers (G3) at Aqueduct, Far From Over (Blame) refused to be beaten in the 1 1/16-mile inner dirt test.

'All Others' A Cinch To Be Strong Favorite In Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2

The mutuel field (#24), known to many racing fans as “All Others”, has been the favorite in each of Churchill Downs Racetrack’s Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) pools that have opened a calendar year since the wager was created in 1999, and there is no reason to expect that history will not be served when the opening pool of 2015 completes its Friday-through-Sunday (Feb. 6-8) run on Sunday evening.

G.H. Mumm Named 'Official Champagne of Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs'

G.H. Mumm has been named the “Official Champagne of the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs Racetrack” after a three-year partnership was finalized between the two companies in late January.

American Pharoah gets back to work

Champion American Pharoah returned to the worktab Monday for the first time since he was scratched from the November 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) with an injury.

Callback refuses to yield in Las Virgenes

Spendthrift Farm LLC's Callback (Street Sense) wired Saturday's $301,000 Las Virgenes S. (G1) at Santa Anita Park by a half-length over Light the City (Street Sense).

Take Charge Brandi just holds in Martha Washington

Willis D. Horton's Take Charge Brandi's (Giant's Causeway) lackadaisical run in the stretch of Saturday's $100,000 Martha Washington S. nearly cost her the race as Sarah Sis (Sharp Humor) offered a game late bid along the inside.

Champions American Pharoah, Take Charge Brandi, 34 Pletcher Hopes Among 429 Early Triple Crown Nominees

Zayat Stables LLC’s American Pharoah, the Eclipse Award winner for champion 2-year-old colt of 2014, and Willis D. Horton’s Take Charge Brandi, who mounted a year-end charge to earn the honor of America’s 2014 juvenile filly champion, head an accomplished roster of 429 3-year-old Thoroughbreds made eligible to compete in the 2015 Triple Crown during the early nomination phase for the series of three classic races that includes the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), the $1.5 million-guaranteed Preakness (GI) and the $1.5 million-guaranteed Belmont Stakes (GI).

Scully's Kentucky Derby 141 Update - Jan. 28

Gulfstream Park played host to last week’s lone scoring race, the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G2) on January 24, and Upstart proved to be a smashing winner, romping home to a 5 ½-length decision in the 1 1/16-mile contest.

Upstart much the best in Holy Bull

Ralph M. Evans' Upstart zoomed up on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard Saturday, thanks to a 5 1/2-length conquest of the Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream.

Birdatthewire upsets Forward Gal

Forum Racing's Birdatthewire was facing a big class test off a maiden win last out, but the Dale Romans trainee passed with flying colors in Saturday's $200,000 Forward Gal (G2) at Gulfstream.

Gorgeous Bird, Khozan win at Gulfstream

In the races prior to Saturday's Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park, a couple of up-and-comers stamped themselves as three-year-olds to follow.

Scully's Kentucky Derby 141 Update

The Kentucky Derby is limited to 20 three-year-old Thoroughbreds and a points system determines eligibility, with a series of 35 select races awarding points on a sliding scale to the top four finishers. The point values increase as we get closer to the first Saturday in May.

Upstart faces nine in Holy Bull

Upstart (Flatter), the New York-bred ridgling who held his own against some of the leading juveniles in the country last fall, might go off a slight favorite when he returns to the track Saturday for the $400,000 Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park.

By the Moon returns to action in Forward Gal

Eleven three-year-old fillies will travel seven furlongs in the $200,000 Forward Gal (G2) at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, a prelude for the Davona Dale (G2) and Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2).

Far Right flies up inside to take Smarty Jones

In an eventful running of the $150,000 Smarty Jones at Oaklawn on Monday, Far Right (Notional) flew up the inside to seize victory in the one-mile race for three-year-olds when even-money favorite Mr. Z (Malibu Moon) blew a commanding lead by veering out badly in the stretch.

International Star closes fast to take Lecomte

International Star (Fusaichi Pegasus) is increasingly living up to his moniker. The three-year-old colt registered the second Grade 3 win of his career on Saturday with a 9-1 upset score in the $200,000 Lecomte at Fair Grounds.

It was the second win in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series for International Star, who also landed the Grey (G3) at Woodbine in Canada last fall. The 10 qualifying points he earned for Saturday's win now puts him in a tie for first with 21 points.

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I'm a Chatterbox does all the talking in Silverbulletday

Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's homebred I'm a Chatterbox sprang a front-running upset in Saturday's $125,000 Silverbulletday S. at Fair Grounds, earning 10 points toward the Kentucky Oaks.

Overprepared stretches out for Busanda win

Repole Stable's Overprepared (Quality Road) was one of the three new entrants when Friday's Busanda S. at Aqueduct was redrawn, and ended up wiring the mile-and-70-yard event under jockey Irad Ortiz Jr.

The Todd Pletcher-trained bay filly stopped the clock in 1:44 3/5 and earned 10 points toward a starting berth in the Kentucky Oaks on May 1 at Churchill Downs.