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Street Sense wins the 2007 Kentucky Derby
Pedigree fun facts: 2020 American Pharoah Stakes

Some fine pedigrees are on display in Saturday’s American Pharoah Stakes (G1), including offspring of Kentucky Derby (G1) and Breeders’ Cup winners.Notable Exception is by 2007 Derby winner Street Sense, the first Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion to wear the…

Sep 25, 2020

Trainer Aidan O'Brien has won 19 of the last 24 renewals of the Beresford - © Jamie Newell/Horsephotos.com
Study Guide: 2020 Beresford Stakes

The European Road to the Kentucky Derby continues on Saturday at the Curragh in Ireland, where the Beresford (G2) will take place. The one-mile race will hand out qualifying points on a 10-4-2-1 structure to the top four finishers.

Sep 25, 2020

The European Road to the Kentucky Derby gets underway on Saturday.
Study Guide: 2020 Royal Lodge Stakes

The 2020-21 European Road to the Kentucky Derby kicks off on Saturday with the Royal Lodge (G2) at Newmarket in England, awarding points to the top four finishers on a 10-4-2-1 basis. The one-mile turf race is also a "Win and You're In" qualifier for the Nov.…

Sep 25, 2020

Photo courtesy of Santa Anita Park
Expert Pick of the Week: American Pharoah Stakes

Eight juveniles will go postward in Saturday’s $300,000 American Pharoah (G1) at Santa Anita. The winner of the 1 1/16-mile event will earn an automatic entry to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) on November 6 at Keeneland as part of the “Win and You’re In”…

Sep 24, 2020

Weston (second from right) overtakes Girther (right) to win the Best Pal at Del Mar © BENOIT PHOTO
Study Guide: 2020 American Pharoah Stakes

The American Pharoah (G1) will be held on Saturday at Santa Anita and will award Road to the Kentucky Derby qualifying points on a 10-4-2-1 basis to the top four finishers. A competitive field has turned out to contest the 1 1/16-mile race, which also serves…

Sep 24, 2020

Authentic wins the Kentucky Derby
Fresh faces outnumber Kentucky Derby alumni trying Authentic in Preakness

With the expected news that Kentucky Derby (G1) runner-up Tiz the Law would bypass the Oct. 3 Preakness (G1), only a couple of rivals from Churchill Downs are advancing along with Derby winner Authentic to Pimlico.Mr. Big News and Max Player, the respective…

Sep 24, 2020

Road to the Kentucky Derby logo
European Road to 2021 Kentucky Derby begins with Royal Lodge, Beresford

The 2021 European Road to the Kentucky Derby launches Saturday with the first two scoring races, held within about 90 minutes of each other in Great Britain and Ireland. The Royal Lodge (G2) at Newmarket is set for 8:50 a.m., and the Beresford (G2) at the Curragh…

Sep 24, 2020

Princess Noor winning the Del Mar Debutante (c) Benoit
Spielberg tops eight-horse American Pharoah; Princess Noor the one to beat in Chandelier

Hall of Fame trainer and six-time Kentucky Derby winner Bob Baffert has the leading contenders for a pair of 2-year-old stakes at Santa Anita Saturday, with Spielberg topping a field of eight males in the $300,000 American Pharoah (G1) and Princess Noor towering…

Sep 24, 2020

Sittin On Go wins the Iroquois (Coady Photography)
Early look at 2020 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile contenders

The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) will be contested on November 6 at Keeneland, and it’s never too soon to take a peek at the stars of today, and potentially tomorrow. A trio of important “Win and You’re In” races for juveniles remain to be run this fall…

Sep 20, 2020

Authentic wins the Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby winner Authentic will face new challengers in Preakness

In a year when the COVID-19 pandemic has forced a total makeover of the Triple Crown trail, there is a fragment of familiarity going into the Oct. 3 Preakness Stakes (G1): the Kentucky Derby (G1) winner is set to tackle a few foes from Churchill Downs plus…

Sep 15, 2020

Authentic Doing Well Morning After Derby 146 Victory
Authentic Doing Well Morning After Derby 146 Victory With Preakness Next On Agenda

LOUISVILLE, KY (Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020) – It wasn’t the usual morning-after scene around Barn 33 on Sunday as only a smattering of media and cameras were on hand waiting for the shedrow’s Hall of Fame trainer to lead out his latest Kentucky Derby hero. But after…

Sep 6, 2020

Kentucky Derby Post-Race News Conference Transcript
Kentucky Derby Post-Race News Conference Transcript

JIM MULVIHILL: Ladies and gentlemen, we're going to be starting with a toast to the winning connections led by Churchill Downs Track President, Kevin Flannery.KEVIN FLANERY: Bob, John, welcome. Congratulations, once again. This is a position you all have been…

Sep 6, 2020

Authentic Claims the Garland of Roses in a Historic 146th Kentucky Derby
Authentic Claims the Garland of Roses in a Historic 146th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve

LOUISVILLE, KY., (September 5, 2020) – A historic Kentucky Derby saw Authentic claim the Garland of Roses in what was the first time the race had ever occurred on Labor Day weekend.Authentic, owned by Spendthrift Farm, LLC, Myracehorse.com, Madaket Stables,…

Sep 6, 2020

Quote from Dr. Anderson re: Thousand Words Late Scratch
Quote from Dr. Anderson re: Thousand Words Late Scratch

JIM MULVIHILL: Ladies and gentlemen, before we get to the winner's presser, I would like to introduce Kathleen Anderson. She's the American Association of Equine Practitioners on‑call vet. And she's going to give us an update on what happened in the paddock…

Sep 6, 2020

Kentucky Derby Trainer, Jockey Quotes
Kentucky Derby Trainer, Jockey Quotes

LOUISVILLE, KY (Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020) –TRAINER QUOTESBob Baffert (Authentic, first) – “Unbelievable. I’m worried about Jimmy (Barnes). He broke his arm, what happened. All I can say is this horse ran out of his mind. Johnny V. –perfect ride. I owe it all…

Sep 6, 2020

Digital Age Catches Factor This Late To Win $1 Million Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic
Digital Age Catches Factor This Late To Win $1 Million Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic

LOUISVILLE, KY (Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020) – Klaravich Stables’ Digital Age (IRE) collared pace-setting Factor This in deep stretch to score a three-quarter length victory to win the 34th running of the $1 million Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic (GI) for 4-year-olds…

Sep 6, 2020