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Chocolate Gelato wins the Frizette (Photo by Joe Labozzetta/Coglianese Photos)
Chocolate Gelato tastes sweet victory in Frizette

Repole Stable’s Chocolate Gelato made a splash on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks in Sunday’s $400,000 Frizette (G1) at Aqueduct. The 1.65-1 favorite off a towering maiden win at Saratoga, the Todd Pletcher filly professionally handled her first stakes test,…

Oct 3, 2022

Belbek wins the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Photo by Horsephotos.com)
Belbek surprises in Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere

Nurlan Bizakov’s homebred Belbek sprang an 18-1 surprise in Sunday’s Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (G1), the opener on a banner Arc Day at ParisLongchamp. The longest shot on the board after being beaten in his past two stakes appearances, the Andre Fabre trainee…

Oct 2, 2022

Blazing Sevens wins Champagne at Aquedcut (Photo by Janet Garaguso/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Blazing Sevens splashes to convincing Champagne win

A non-threatening third over a wet track in the Sept. 5 Hopeful (G1) at Saratoga, Blazing Sevens relished the sloppy conditions in Saturday’s $500,000 Champagne (G1) at Aqueduct, rallying to win going away by a 3 1/4-length margin. The Chad Brown-trained…

Oct 1, 2022

Verifying captures his debut at Saratoga (Photo by Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
Pedigree fun facts: 2022 Champagne Stakes

All six entrants in Saturday’s Champagne (G1) have pedigree ties to the historic contest for two-year-olds.Triple Crown champion Justify has two chances to sire a Champagne winner in his first crop – Verifying, the 9-5 morning-line favorite, and Champions Dream.…

Oct 1, 2022


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RED TR-Racing’s Rich Strike, a last-minute addition to the Kentucky Derby (G1) field from the also-eligible list on Friday morning, rallied from far back to pull an 80-1 upset of Saturday’s 148th Run for the Roses. In deep stretch, the onetime maiden claimer rolled past favored Epicenter and Zandon to spark a $163.60 win mutuel.

Derby Updates
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European Road: Irish shippers loom large in Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere

Sunday’s Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (G1) kicks off “Arc Day” at ParisLongchamp, with the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) the focal point of a fantastic card. The Lagardere is a scoring opportunity on the European Road to the Kentucky Derby, offering points on the…

Sep 30, 2022

Leave No Trace wins the Spinaway (Photo by Janet Garaguso/Coglianese Photos)
Leave No Trace, Vedareo meet flashy maiden winners in Frizette

The Road to the Kentucky Oaks goes through New York on Sunday, as seven fillies square off in the $400,000 Frizette (G1). Held at Aqueduct because of construction at Belmont Park this fall, the one-turn mile affair is worth points on the 10-4-3-2-1 scale to…

Sep 29, 2022

Gulfport wins the Bashford Manor Stakes (Photo by Coady Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: 2022 Champagne Stakes

A talented field of six juveniles will travel one mile on the Aqueduct main surface in Saturday’s $500,000 Champagne S. (G1). The all-important two-year-old dash acts as a 2023 Road to the Kentucky Derby series event, with the top five finishers earning…

Sep 29, 2022

Top Recruit wins Ellis Park Juvenile (Photo by Coady Photography)
Study Guide: 2022 Champagne Stakes

The 2022-23 Road to the Kentucky Derby is making a prominent stop at "Belmont at the Big A" (Aqueduct) for Saturday's $500,000 Champagne S. (G1). The historic one-mile race for two-year-olds has produced 17 Kentucky Derby starters since 2010, including Derby winner Super Saver.

Sep 29, 2022

Gulfport wins the Bashford Manor S. at Churchill Downs (Photo by Coady Photography)
Gulfport among six in Champagne

The second of 37 qualifiers in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series, Saturday’s Champagne S. (G1) at Aqueduct has attracted Gulfport, a smashing 12-length winner of the Bashford Manor S. at Churchill Downs in June. Six juveniles will compete in the one-turn…

Sep 29, 2022

The Foxes wins the Royal Lodge (Photo by Eclipse Sportswire)
European Road upsets: The Foxes gets up in Royal Lodge, Crypto Force takes Beresford

The 2022-23 European Road to the Kentucky Derby got off to an unpredictable start on Saturday, as odds-on favorites were overturned in both points races. The Foxes came out on top of a tight finish in the Royal Lodge (G2) at Newmarket, where the 2-7 Flying…

Sep 24, 2022

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European Road to Kentucky Derby kicks off with Beresford, Royal Lodge

The first two scoring races on the European Road to the Kentucky Derby are set for Saturday, about 15 minutes apart. The Beresford (G2) at the Curragh is scheduled to go off at 8:35 a.m. (ET), followed by the Royal Lodge (G2) at Newmarket at 8:50 a.m. (ET).…

Sep 22, 2022

Curly Jack wins the Iroquois Stakes (Photo by Coady Photography)
Kentucky Derby Horse Profile: Curly Jack

Michael McLoughlin’s Curly Jack picked up 10 points on the 2023 Road to the Kentucky Derby challenge series following his one-length victory in the $299,250 Iroquois S. (G3) at Churchill Downs on Sept. 17. The two-year-old colt finished off 1 1/16 miles…

Sep 22, 2022

Tawny Port wins the Ohio Derby at Thistledown (Photo by J.J. Zamaiko Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: 2022 Pennsylvania Derby

A fantastic field of 11 three-year-olds will travel 1 1/8 miles on the Parx main surface in Saturday’s lucrative $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (G1). The well-matched group is highlighted by a quartet of Grade 1-winners and promises to be a thrilling contest. I…

Sep 21, 2022

Curly Jack wins the Iroquois (Photo by Coady Photography)
Curly Jack takes lead on Road to Kentucky Derby with Iroquois win

Michael McLoughlin’s Curly Jack is the early points leader on the 2023 “Road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve” after the Good Magic colt won Saturday’s 41st running of the $299,250 Iroquois (Grade III) for 2-year-olds by one length over Honed…

Sep 18, 2022

Fun and Feisty wins the Pocahontas (Photo by Coady Photography)
Fun and Feisty powers home in Pocahontas

Fun and Feisty, owned by Michael Mackin’s Lucky Seven Stable of Louisville, displayed a powerful late kick down the stretch and comfortably won Saturday’s 54th running of the $300,000 Pocahonatas (Grade III) for 2-year-old fillies by 3 1/2 lengths over Shoplifter…

Sep 17, 2022

Echo Again wins maiden at Saratoga (Photo by Coglianese Photos)
Expert Pick of the Week: 2022 Iroquois Stakes

An excellent field of nine juveniles will travel 1 1/16 miles over the Churchill Downs main surface in Saturday’s $300,000 Iroquois S. (G3). A trio of good-looking unbeaten prospects will lead the way in the competitive tilt in what promises to be an exciting…

Sep 16, 2022

Tales from the Crib
Follow the Road to the Roses all the way back to the barn, with Kellie Reilly
Simplification as a weanling at Keeneland November (Photo by Kelcey Loges/Taylor Made)
Tales from the Crib: Simplification

The single Florida-bred in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby (G1), Simplification represents the Sunshine State in more ways than one. Owners Tami Bobo and Tristan de Meric are likewise from Ocala, and he’s raced exclusively at Gulfstream Park so far.  Simplification’s…

May 5, 2022

White Abarrio with Alisson Herrera (Photo courtesy Edilberto Herrera)
Tales from the Crib: White Abarrio

As a young gray colt stood in the ring at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s Winter Mixed Sale in January 2020, few took any interest. His sire was finding it difficult to establish himself in the ultra-competitive stallion market, and he was the first foal…

May 2, 2022

Cyberknife at birth (Photo courtesy of Ramsey Farm)
Tales from the Crib: Cyberknife

From one perspective, Cyberknife is well named. Owner Al Gold of Gold Square wanted to highlight the non-invasive cancer treatment that restored his health while preserving his quality of life. The equine Cyberknife, fittingly, has given him his biggest victory…

May 1, 2022

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Pedigree Fun Facts
Verifying captures his debut at Saratoga (Photo by Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
Pedigree fun facts: 2022 Champagne Stakes

All six entrants in Saturday’s Champagne (G1) have pedigree ties to the historic contest for two-year-olds.Triple Crown champion Justify has two chances to sire a Champagne winner in his first crop – Verifying, the 9-5 morning-line favorite, and Champions Dream.…

Oct 1, 2022

Echo Again impressed in his debut at Saratoga (Photo by Coglianese Photos)
Pedigree fun facts: 2022 Iroquois Stakes

Connections to the late Queen Elizabeth II and Hall of Famer Zenyatta are among the pedigree fun facts to be discovered in Saturday’s Road to the Kentucky Derby kickoff, the Iroquois (G3) at Churchill Downs.Damon’s Mound is a direct matrilineal descendant of…

Sep 15, 2022

Rich Strike training for the Belmont Stakes (Photo by Adam Coglianese)
Pedigree fun facts: 2022 Belmont Stakes

Rich Strike captured the Kentucky Derby (G1) that had eluded his sire and grandsire, and now he’ll try to improve on their performances in the Belmont S. (G1). Sire Keen Ice and grandsire Curlin both improved from the Derby to the Belmont. Keen Ice, seventh…

Jun 7, 2022

Secret Oath poses after the Kentucky Oaks (Photo by Coady Photography)
Pedigree fun facts: 2022 Preakness Stakes

The sire line of Curlin was responsible for 80-1 Kentucky Derby (G1) upsetter Rich Strike, and now the Hall of Famer goes for an encore with a couple of longshots in the 2022 Preakness (G1).Curlin belongs to an exclusive club of Preakness heroes who have gone…

May 18, 2022

Rich Strike wears the roses after the 2022 Kentucky Derby (Photo by Coady Photography)
Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike’s pedigree fun facts

With his dramatic late surge to upset the Kentucky Derby (G1) at 80-1, Rich Strike evoked memories of his sire, Keen Ice, who ran down Triple Crown star American Pharoah in the 2015 Travers (G1). Rich Strike’s dam, Gold Strike, was accomplished herself. Canada’s…

May 9, 2022

Secretariat wins the 1973 Kentucky Derby
Pedigree fun facts for 2022 Kentucky Derby

From dominant sire lines to deep maternal families, the 2022 Kentucky Derby (G1) field has connections to past editions of the “Run for the Roses.” Pioneerof the Nile and Uncle Mo have already sired a Derby winner. Two sires of contenders are already…

May 4, 2022

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Kentucky Oaks 148
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Most recently a troubled third versus the boys in the Arkansas Derby (G1), Briland Farm’s homebred Secret Oath imposed her will back among fillies in Friday’s $1.25 million Kentucky Oaks (G1). In the process, she gave Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas a record-tying fifth victory in the Churchill Downs feature.