Read Tales From the Crib and other rich and engaging features related to the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks!

Dennis' Moment

Wagering November 20, 2023

Man o' War

What do Rachel Alexandra, Man o' War and Big Exchange Have In Common?

November 18 at Churchill Downs witnessed an uncommon feat with a win by $16,000 claiming competitor Big Exchange.

Features March 23, 2021

Tales from the Crib: Greatest Honour

Given Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey’s methodology, you’d expect Greatest Honour to be a case study in the virtue of patience. And so it is – but with a rather different twist. Greatest Honour is here because of the determination...

Features March 19, 2021

Tales from the Crib: Concert Tour

When Gary and Mary West’s homebred Concert Tour delivered a tour de force performance in the March 13 Rebel S. (G2) at Oaklawn Park, he elicited quite a comment from trainer Bob Baffert.
“To me, it was kind of an American Pharoah-type run,”...

Features March 11, 2021

Tales from the Crib: Life Is Good

When early Kentucky Derby (G1) favorite Life Is Good extended his unbeaten record to 3-for-3 in the March 6 San Felipe (G2), the manner of his victory became a hot topic of conversation. 
His imperious eight-length romp, in good time, underscored...


Features February 25, 2021

Tales from the Crib: Essential Quality

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum’s decades-long quest for the Kentucky Derby (G1) could reach fruition in 2021. His globally renowned Godolphin operation has more than just promising prospects on the trail. Leading the charge of Godolphin homebreds...

Features September 3, 2020

Tales from the Crib: Major Fed

The hometown hope in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby (G1), Major Fed is an Oldham County native like his veteran Louisville trainer, Greg Foley.
Unlike the other Kentucky-breds raised in the Bluegrass region around Lexington, Major Fed was born and raised...

Features September 3, 2020

Tales from the Crib: Max Player

Nine years after co-owner George Hall celebrated a 24-1 upset of the 2011 Belmont (G1) with Ruler on Ice, his homebred Max Player hopes to spring a surprise of his own in the Kentucky Derby (G1). 
Max Player’s dam, Fools in Love, was a stablemate...

Features August 31, 2020

Tales from the Crib: Finnick the Fierce

If you’re looking for the tug-at-the-heartstrings contender to root for in the 2020 Kentucky Derby (G1), one-eyed Finnick the Fierce qualifies on multiple levels. His dam came from a racehorse adoption facility, and he lost his right eye as a baby...

Features August 30, 2020

Tales from the Crib: Enforceable

“She is the gift that keeps on giving to us.”
Rightly does Bernard Cleary, owner of Clearsky Farms, describe the routine excellence of broodmare Justwhistledixie. Not only are her first five foals all winners, but four are graded stakes victors,...

Features August 29, 2020

Tales from the Crib: Sole Volante

Three decades after Miesque made Breeders’ Cup history by repeating in the 1988 Mile (G1) at Churchill Downs, her descendant Sole Volante goes for Kentucky Derby (G1) glory beneath the Twin Spires. Despite his pedigree, the Derby hopeful was a bargain-basement...