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Olympiad wins the Alysheba Stakes (Photo by Coady Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: 2022 Stephen Foster Stakes

A fine field of seven will travel 1 1/8 miles beneath the Twin Spires in the lucrative $750,000 Stephen Foster S. (G2) on Saturday. The feature attracted an excellent cast hailing from top barns in a race that is expected to produce an exciting finish. The…

Jun 30, 2022

Caddo River winning the 2021 Smarty Jones S. at Oaklawn Park (Photo by Coady Photography)
Study Guide: 2022 Stephen Foster Stakes

Caddo River winning the 2021 Smarty Jones S. at Oaklawn Park (Photo by Coady Photography) The second half of the 2022 racing calendar kicks off in a big way on Saturday with a bevy of graded stakes taking place across the United States. One of the richest…

Jun 30, 2022

Lady Rocket wins the Go for Wand Stakes (Photo by Chelsea Durand/Coglianese Photos)
Expert Pick of the Week: 2022 Chicago Stakes

An outstanding field of seven fillies and mares will go postward in Saturday’s $200,000 Chicago S. (G3) at Churchill Downs. The seven-furlong dash features a loaded cast with some of the better one-turn distaffers in training to compete in the fascinating…

Jun 23, 2022

Mo Donegal wins the Belmont Stakes (Photo by Ryan Thompson/Adam Coglianese/NYRA)
Takeaways from 2022 Belmont Stakes

Saturday’s $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1) concluded the 2022 Triple Crown, and form held as 5-2 favorite Mo Donegal proved best in the 1 1/2-mile race. Measure of redemption Mo Donegal established himself as a major Kentucky Derby contender with an…

Jun 15, 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.

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Mo Donegal wins 2022 Belmont (Photo by Chelsea Durand/Coglianese Photos)
Mo Donegal rolls to Belmont victory over stablemate Nest

Fifth to Rich Strike in the Kentucky Derby (G1), Mo Donegal turned the tables as the favorite in Saturday’s $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1). The 2.60-1 choice raced in better position at Belmont Park than he had at Churchill Downs, while the 4-1 Rich Strike had…

Jun 12, 2022

Rich Strike winning the Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs (Photo by Horsephotos.com)
Study Guide: 2022 Belmont Stakes

Rich Strike winning the Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs (Photo by Horsephotos.com) The three-race Triple Crown series comes to a conclusion on Saturday when historic Belmont Park hosts the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1). The 154th running of the 1 1/2-mile…

Jun 11, 2022

Mo Donegal wins the Wood Memorial Stakes (Photo by Chelsea Durand/Coglianese Photos)
Expert Pick of the Week: 2022 Belmont Stakes

Eight sophomores will go postward in the third leg of the Triple Crown on Saturday in the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1). The Test of the Champion is a daunting event run at an ambitious 1 1/2 miles over "Big Sandy" and is a true test of endurance for the…

Jun 8, 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

Rich Strike wins the 2022 Kentucky Derby
Derby winner Rich Strike early third choice in Belmont Stakes

Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Rich Strike will attempt to win two of this season's three classics on Saturday when he lines up against seven others in the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1) at Belmont Park. Trained by Eric Reed and ridden by Sonny Leon, Rich Strike…

Jun 7, 2022

Bob's Edge wins the Whitmore Stakes (Photo by Coady Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: 2022 Aristides Stakes

A talented and well-matched field of eight will go postward in the $200,000 Aristides S. at Churchill Downs on Saturday. The six-furlong dash on the dirt attracted a fine cast in what appears to be a competitive betting contest.Top Gunner has been in very…

Jun 2, 2022

Start of the 2014 Epsom Derby
Did You Know?: Links between the Kentucky Derby and Epsom Derby

The Epsom Derby, the progenitor of the Kentucky Derby, will have its 243rd running at Epsom Downs outside London on Saturday, June 4. Although contested over a different surface (turf) and distance (1 1/2 miles), there are numerous historical links connecting…

Jun 1, 2022

Sconsin wins the 2021 Winning Colors Stakes (Photo by Coady Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: 2022 Winning Colors Stakes

A compact, but talented, field of six will go postward in Monday’s $200,000 Winning Colors S. (G3) at Churchill Downs. The feature on the holiday card is run at six panels on the dirt and led by defending champion Sconsin from the barn of Greg Foley. By…

May 27, 2022

Early Voting after winning the Preakness (Photo by Horsephotos.com)
Takeaways from 2022 Preakness

Patience paid off for the connections of Early Voting, who bypassed a Kentucky Derby loaded with pace in favor of the middle leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness. The lightly-raced colt tracked the speed to the conclusion of the far turn, powering clear…

May 25, 2022

Early Voting wins Preakness (Photo by Horsephotos.com)
Early Voting gets jump on Epicenter in Preakness

Early Voting gave owner Seth Klarman of Klaravich Stables a cherished birthday present at Pimlico on Saturday — a victory in the $1.65 million Preakness S. (G1). Striking the front rounding the far turn, the 5-1 chance got the jump on 6-5 favorite Epicenter…

May 22, 2022

Early Voting wins the Withers Stakes (Photo by Chelsea Durand/Coglianese Photos)
Expert Pick of the Week: 2022 Preakness Stakes

Nine sophomores will compete in the second leg of the Triple Crown on Saturday at Pimlico. The $1.5 million Preakness S. (G1) attracted a fine cast of three-year-olds set to tackle the much-anticipated 1 3/16-mile dirt test. Early Voting gave a fine impression…

May 18, 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

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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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

Tiz the Bomb works at Churchill Downs on April 16, 2022 (Coady Photography)
12 Pedigree fun facts: Tiz the Bomb

Tiz the Bomb has established his class on turf and the all-weather Tapeta surface, as you might expect for a son of 2015 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) hero Hit It a Bomb. Although his dam was also primarily a turf performer, her Hall of Fame sire and broodmare…

Apr 23, 2022

Mo Donegal wins the Wood (Janet Garaguso/Coglianese Photos)
12 Pedigree fun facts: Mo Donegal

You might say that Uncle Mo has “big mo” as a sire in recent weeks. In addition to Mo Donegal’s confirming his status as a major Kentucky Derby (G1) contender in the Wood Memorial (G2), brilliant turf sprinter Golden Pal dominated his prep for Royal Ascot,…

Apr 21, 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.