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Rattle N Roll wins the Breeders' Futurity (Photo by Coady Photography)
Kentucky Derby Horse Profile: Rattle N Roll

Lucky Seven Stable’s Rattle N Roll earned 10 points on the 2022 Road to the Kentucky Derby following his emphatic 4 1/4-length romp in the $500,000 Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland on Oct. 9. The juvenile colt clocked 1 1/16 miles on the fast main strip…

Oct 15, 2021

Lady Speightspeare wins the Natalma S. (Photo by Michael Burns)
Expert Pick of the Week: 2021 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes

A standout field of 10 sophomore fillies will travel nine furlongs on the Keeneland turf in Saturday’s $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup S. (G1). The prestigious affair has attracted an enticing cast of three-year-olds this season, both from the…

Oct 14, 2021

Rattle N Roll wins the 2021 Breeders' Futurity
Rattle N Roll shakes up juvenile picture in Breeders' Futurity

Rattle N Roll made a big move into contention around the far turn, stormed past 19-10 favorite Classic Causeway entering the stretch, and drew off to convincingly win the $500,000 Breeders' Futurity (G1) at Keeneland on Saturday. The Breeders' Futurity,…

Oct 9, 2021

Jack Cristopher wins the Champagne Stakes (Photo by Janet Garaguso/Coglianese Photos)
Kentucky Derby Horse Profile: Jack Christopher

Jim Bakke, Gerald Isbister, Coolmore Stud, and Peter Brant’s Jack Christopher earned 10 points on the 2022 Road to the Kentucky Derby following his triumph in the $500,000 Champagne S. (G1) at Belmont Park on October 2. He clocked one-mile on the fast main…

Oct 9, 2021

Double Thunder wins the Bashford Manor (Coady Photography)
Pedigree fun facts: 2021 Breeders’ Futurity

If Classic Causeway can stay unbeaten in Saturday’s Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland, he would become a record-equaling third winner sired by Giant’s Causeway. Nicknamed the “Iron Horse,” Giant’s Causeway is responsible for back-to-back Breeders’ Futurity scorers…

Oct 9, 2021

Juju's Map wins Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland (Photo by Coady Photography)
Juju’s Map romps in Alcibiades

Juju’s Map drew off to an eye-catching victory in Friday’s $400,000 Alcibiades S. (G1) at Keeneland, picking up 10 points toward a Kentucky Oaks (G1) berth in the qualifier. Brad Cox trains the promising Liam’s Map filly for Albaugh Family Stables, and Florent…

Oct 8, 2021

Rattle N Roll breaking his maiden at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography
Study Guide: 2021 Breeders' Futurity

Opening weekend at Keeneland's prestigious fall meet is highlighted by the $500,000 Breeders' Futurity (G1), a 1 1/16-mile steppingstone toward the 2022 Kentucky Derby. The Breeders' Futurity awards Kentucky Derby qualification points to the top four finishers…

Oct 7, 2021

Great Escape wins maiden at Churchill Downs (Photo by Coady Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: 2021 Breeders’ Futurity

Great Escape is poised to break through for his first stakes tally when he takes on a huge field of 13 juvenile prospects in the $500,000 Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland. The 1 1/16-mile contest on the main strip serves as a “Win and You’re In” challenge…

Oct 7, 2021

Double Thunder wins the Sapling S. (Photo by Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO)
Double Thunder, Stellar Tap among a baker’s dozen in Breeders’ Futurity

A total of 17 Kentucky Derby qualifying points will be offered in Saturday’s $500,000 Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland. The 1 1/16-mile race will offer a “Win & You’re In” berth for the Nov. 5 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Del Mar. Double Thunder…

Oct 6, 2021

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Alcibiades draws a dozen Oaks hopefuls

Trainer Kenny McPeek will take two shots at a record-equaling sixth victory in the $400,000 Alcibiades S. (G1) at Keeneland on Friday, which will award 2022 Kentucky Oaks (G1) qualifying points of 10-4-2-1 to the top four finishers. McPeek, who has won two…

Oct 5, 2021

Echo Zulu stays perfect in the Frizette (Photo by Susie Raisher/Coglianese Photos)
Echo Zulu extends dominance over a mile in Frizette

After romping in sprints at Saratoga, unbeaten Echo Zulu not only aced her mile test in Sunday’s $400,000 Frizette (G1) at Belmont Park. The 0.35-1 favorite carried her speed so effectively that she increased her winning margin over the extra distance.Trained…

Oct 4, 2021

Angel Bleu winning the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Photo by ScoopDyga)
Angel Bleu stays on best in Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere

Marc Chan’s Angel Bleu thrived on the heavy going at ParisLongchamp to score a new career high in Sunday’s Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (G1) on Arc Day. Ridden by Frankie Dettori, the Ralph Beckett pupil reeled in longtime leader Noble Truth and edged away by three-quarters…

Oct 3, 2021

Jack Christopher wins the 2021 Champagne
Jack Christopher much the best in Champagne

Jack Christopher emerged as New York's leading juvenile male on Saturday with a dominating performance in the $500,000 Champagne S. (G1) at Belmont Park. Sent off as the 17-10 favorite in his stakes debut, Jack Christopher rated in second behind Gunite…

Oct 2, 2021

Corniche wins the American Pharoah Stakes (Photo by Benoit)
Corniche draws off in American Pharoah; Ain’t Easy romps in Chandelier

Smashing performances from Corniche and Ain’t Easy highlighted Friday’s opening day program at Santa Anita. Corniche broke on top and dictated terms throughout in the $300,000 American Pharoah (G1), scoring by an easy 3 1/4-length margin. Speedway Stables…

Oct 2, 2021

Practical Joke (outside) gets up in the 2016 Champagne (Photo by Joe Labozzetta/Coglianese Photos)
Pedigree fun facts: 2021 Champagne Stakes

Two of the entrants in Saturday’s Champagne S. (G1) will try to emulate their sires by winning the historic feature for two-year-olds at Belmont Park.Wit is from the first crop of Practical Joke, hero of the 2016 Champagne. Commandperformance is by Union Rags,…

Oct 2, 2021

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European Road: Nine set for Jean-Luc Lagardere on Arc Day

Sunday’s Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (G1) on the European Road to the Kentucky Derby has attracted British, Irish, and German shippers take on the French at ParisLongchamp. Also a “Win and You’re In” for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1), the about seven-furlong…

Oct 1, 2021

Gunite winning the Hopeful S. (G1) at Saratoga (Photo by Coglianese Photos/Susie Raisher)
Study Guide: 2021 Champagne Stakes

The 2021-22 Road to the Kentucky Derby continues with Saturday's $500,000 Champagne S. (G1) at Belmont Park. The historic one-mile race—won in the past by such racing legends as Count Fleet, Seattle Slew, and Spectacular Bid—awards 17 Kentucky Derby qualification points, split 10-4-2-1 among the top four finishers.

Sep 30, 2021

Rockefeller winning his debut at Del Mar (Photo by Benoit Photography)
Study Guide: 2021 American Pharoah Stakes

California's Road to the 2022 Kentucky Derby gets underway with Friday's $300,000 American Pharoah S. (G1) at Santa Anita. The 1 1/16-mile prize awards Kentucky Derby qualification points to the top four finishers on a 10-4-2-1 basis, while the winner receives a fees-paid berth to compete in the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) at Del Mar.

Sep 30, 2021

Corniche (Photo by Benoit Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: American Pharoah Stakes on Oct. 1

A fine field of seven two-year-old prospects will go postward in Friday’s $300,000 American Pharoah S. (G1) at Santa Anita. The first-place finisher of the “Win and You’re In” event will be rewarded with a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Del Mar…

Sep 29, 2021

Gunite wins the Hopeful S. (G1) (Photo by Coglianese Photos/Susie Raisher)
Gunite, Wit highlight six in Champagne

The top two finishers from the Sept. 6 Hopeful S. (G1) at Saratoga, Gunite and Wit, head six runners in Saturday’s $500,000 Champagne S. (G1). One of four stakes at Belmont Park, the mile race is the first Road to the Kentucky Derby series qualifier in New…

Sep 29, 2021


Tales from the Crib
Follow the Road to the Roses all the way back to the barn, with Kellie Reilly
Like the King as a foal (Sparks View Farm)
Tales from the Crib: Like the King

“Babysitter” isn’t normally the kind of experience listed on the resume of a Kentucky Derby (G1) contender, but that was the reason why Like the King was purchased as a weanling. Like the King was bred by Roddy and Perry Harrison’s Horseshoe Racing. The small-scale…

Apr 27, 2021

Midnight Bourbon as a foal (Stonestreet Farm)
Tales from the Crib: Midnight Bourbon

Handsome is as handsome does, as the saying goes. But Midnight Bourbon often runs up to his movie-star good looks. The striking son of Hall of Famer Tiznow was bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, Barbara Banke’s farm that is also responsible for three…

Apr 26, 2021

Rock Your World as a Keeneland September yearling (Photos by Z/Keeneland)
Tales from the Crib: Rock Your World

Ron McAnally will be remembered forever for training the legendary John Henry, the rags-to-riches gelding with an indomitable character, and fellow Hall of Famers Bayakoa and Paseana. But now at the age of 88, the horseman has a chance of adding an extraordinary…

Apr 26, 2021

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Pedigree Fun Facts
Double Thunder wins the Bashford Manor (Coady Photography)
Pedigree fun facts: 2021 Breeders’ Futurity

If Classic Causeway can stay unbeaten in Saturday’s Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland, he would become a record-equaling third winner sired by Giant’s Causeway. Nicknamed the “Iron Horse,” Giant’s Causeway is responsible for back-to-back Breeders’ Futurity scorers…

Oct 9, 2021

Practical Joke (outside) gets up in the 2016 Champagne (Photo by Joe Labozzetta/Coglianese Photos)
Pedigree fun facts: 2021 Champagne Stakes

Two of the entrants in Saturday’s Champagne S. (G1) will try to emulate their sires by winning the historic feature for two-year-olds at Belmont Park.Wit is from the first crop of Practical Joke, hero of the 2016 Champagne. Commandperformance is by Union Rags,…

Oct 2, 2021

Guntown breaks his maiden at Ellis Park (Coady Photography)
Pedigree fun facts: 2021 Iroquois Stakes

The Road to the 2022 Kentucky Derby commences in Saturday’s Iroquois S. (G3) at Churchill Downs, where several exquisitely-bred juveniles will try to live up to their pedigrees.Triple Crown champion American Pharoah has a promising runner in Husband Material,…

Sep 16, 2021

Sea Hero statue at Saratoga (NYRA/Coglianese Photos)
Pedigree fun facts: 2021 Travers Stakes

Leading sire Tapit has yet to sire a Travers S. (G1) winner, but that gap on his resume can be filled at Saratoga Saturday by his champion son Essential Quality. Tapit is the paternal grandsire of last year’s Travers star, Tiz the Law, but his own sons have…

Aug 27, 2021

Essential Quality at the Breeders' Cup (Coady Photography)
Pedigree fun facts: 2021 Belmont Stakes

If champion Essential Quality can rebound in Saturday’s Belmont S. (G1), he would become a record-equaling fourth winner sired by Tapit. The only stallion to achieve that feat is the 19th-century patriarch Lexington, who sired General Duke (1868), Kingfisher…

Jun 3, 2021

Ram at Pimlico for the Preakness (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
Pedigree fun facts: 2021 Preakness Stakes

Several Preakness S. (G1) contenders with strong pedigree ties to the middle jewel are longshots. Might that portend an upset brewing at Pimlico on Saturday? Triple Crown champion American Pharoah (2015) is trying to join the exclusive club of Preakness…

May 14, 2021

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