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Rocket Can in the Holy Bull (Photo by Coglianese Photography)
Inside the Kentucky Derby Podcast: Holy Bull and Robert B. Lewis Stakes Recap

3-2-1 Blast Off! Rocket Can successfully launched up the leaderboard after a victory in the Holy Bull stakes this past weekend. Darren and KK breakdown the action from Gulfstream Park on today’s show and what they saw from contenders in this past weekend’s…

Feb 6, 2023

Rocket Can wins the Holy Bull (Photo by Lauren King/Coglianese Photos)
Rocket Can lifts off in Holy Bull

Frank Fletcher Racing Operations’ Rocket Can blasted into the Kentucky Derby (G1) picture by capturing his stakes debut in Saturday’s $250,000 Holy Bull (G3) at Gulfstream Park. Striking the front on the far turn and holding off unheralded stablemate Shadow…

Feb 5, 2023

Red Carpet Ready wins the Forward Gal (Photo by Coglianese Photos)
Red Carpet Ready stays perfect in Forward Gal

Ashbrook Farm and Upland Flats Racing’s Red Carpet Ready strutted her stuff in Saturday’s $125,000 Forward Gal (G3) at Gulfstream Park, extending her record to a perfect 3-for-3. The Rusty Arnold trainee, who romped in her first two starts at Churchill Downs,…

Feb 4, 2023

Rocket Can at Churchill Downs (Photo by COADY Photography)
Inside the Kentucky Derby Podcast: Holy Bull and Robert B. Lewis Stakes Preview

With the Withers at Aqueduct being postponed due to weather, the Holy Bull Stakes becomes the prep race to watch this weekend. There will be another race at Santa Anita Park in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes however, all of the horses in that field are unable to…

Feb 2, 2023


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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
Arctic Arrogance winning the Sleepy Hollow S. at Aqueduct (Photo by Chelsea Durand/Adam Coglianese)
Arctic Arrogance, Hit Show among six in Withers

Update: Frigid weather has prompted Aqueduct to cancel racing on Friday and Saturday. The Withers is postponed one week, to Feb. 11, with entries to be redrawn next Wednesday. Saturday’s $250,000 Withers (G3) is the second of four Kentucky Derby (G1) qualifiers…

Feb 1, 2023

The Kentucky Derby is the most daunting betting task in North American horse racing.
Betting Smarter: Four Tips for Betting the Kentucky Derby for the first time

The Run for the Roses, which is contested on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs on an annual basis, is the most popular horse race in North America. It features the top three-year-olds in training going against each other over a demanding distance…

Feb 1, 2023

White Abarrio winning the Holy Bull S. (G3) at Gulfstream Park (Photo by Lauren King/Coglianese Photography)
Study Guide: 2023 Holy Bull Stakes

The Road to the Kentucky Derby is making a stop at Gulfstream Park for Saturday's $250,000 Holy Bull S. (G3), a 1 1/16-mile event that has produced Kentucky Derby (G1) winners Go for Gin (1994), Funny Cide (2003), and Barbaro (2006) over the past 30 years.

Jan 31, 2023

Starting Gate at Oaklawn Park (Photo by COADY Photography)
Inside the Kentucky Derby Podcast: Southwest Stakes Recap

Odds-on favorite Arabian Knight took home the victory in the Southwest Stakes. Darren and KK breakdown the action from Oaklawn Park on today’s show and what they saw from contenders in this past weekend’s prep races. They also cover some updates from around…

Jan 30, 2023

Legacy Isle finished first but was disqualified in the Mucho Macho Man (Photo by Coglianese Photos)
Holy Bull attracts eight; fillies compete in Forward Gal

Gulfstream Park hosts scoring races for both the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Oaks (G1) on Saturday. The $250,000 Holy Bull (G3) and the $125,000 Forward Gal (G3) each offer points on the 20-8-6-4-2 scale to the top five finishers. Holy Bull (G3) A stepping…

Jan 30, 2023

Wet Paint revels on the off track in the Martha Washington (Photo by Coady Photography)
Wet Paint splashes home in Martha Washington

Godolphin’s homebred Wet Paint was an apt winner of Saturday’s $200,000 Martha Washington S. on a rainy day at Oaklawn Park. Rallying from last to first in her stakes debut, the Brad Cox filly picked up 20 points toward the Kentucky Oaks (G1).Wet Paint reveled…

Jan 29, 2023

Arabian Knight wins Southwest at Oaklawn Park (Photo by Coady Photo)
Arabian Knight best in Southwest

Arabian Knight made all the running as the odds-on favorite in Saturday’s $750,000 Southwest (G3) at Oaklawn Park, winning comfortably by a 5 1/2-length margin. John Velazquez piloted the son of Uncle Mo for Zedan Racing Stable (Amr Zedan). A Road to…

Jan 29, 2023

Jace's Road running in the Gun Runner (Photo by Hodges Photography)
Inside the Kentucky Derby Podcast: Southwest Stakes Preview

Oaklawn Park will feature the next key stakes race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby this weekend. The Southwest Stakes will be the proving ground for a number of horses with points currently on the leaderboard. On today’s show Darren and KK preview the Southwest…

Jan 26, 2023

Essential Quality winning the 2021 Southwest S. (G3) at Oaklawn Park (Photo by Coady Photography)
Study Guide: 2023 Southwest Stakes

The $750,000 Southwest S. (G3) at Oaklawn Park has risen steadily in prominence as a Road to the Kentucky Derby qualifier. The race has churned out Kentucky Derby (G1) winners Lil E. Tee (1992) and Smarty Jones (2004), and since 2010 the 1 1/16-mile race has produced 19 Derby starters.

Jan 25, 2023

Instant Coffee wins the Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds (Photo by Hodges Photography/Jamie Newell)
Takeaways from 2023 Lecomte Stakes

The first of three Road to the Kentucky Derby series qualifiers at Fair Grounds in 2023, Saturday’s Lecomte (G3) awarded points on a 20-8-6-4-2 scale to the top five finishers. Instant Coffee rallied to win going away by a 2 1/2-length margin, moving to…

Jan 24, 2023

Corona Bolt turns for home in the Sugar Bowl (Photo by Hodges Photography/Jan Brubaker)
Southwest, Martha Washington showdowns on tap at Oaklawn Park

Trainer Brad Cox has won three of the past five scoring races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, and he’ll try to keep the momentum going in Saturday’s $750,000 Southwest (G3) at Oaklawn Park. The Cox trio of Corona Bolt, Jace’s Road, and Hit Show will square…

Jan 23, 2023

Instant Coffee running in the Lecomte Stakes (Photo by Hodges Photography)
Inside the Kentucky Derby Podcast: Lecomte Stakes Recap

After a big win in the Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds this past weekend, Instant Coffee jumps up the leaderboard as a horse to watch on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Darren and KK breakdown the Lecomte on today’s show and what they saw from contenders in…

Jan 23, 2023

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
Blazing Sevens training for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (Photo by Coady Photography)
12 Pedigree fun facts: Blazing Sevens

Runner-up to Triple Crown champion Justify in the 2018 Kentucky Derby (G1), Good Magic has several well-credentialed sons from his first crop who can bid for the roses that eluded him. Blazing Sevens became his first Grade 1 winner in the Champagne (G1).…

Jan 23, 2023

Victory Formation wins Smarty Jones (Photo by Coady Photography)
12 Pedigree fun facts: Victory Formation

From the first crop of 2017 Belmont (G1) winner Tapwrit, Victory Formation is helping to put his young sire on the map. Here are 12 pedigree fun facts to know about Victory Formation: 1. Tapwrit is the third of his sire Tapit’s record-tying four Belmont…

Jan 22, 2023

Instant Coffee after his Kentucky Jockey Club victory (Photo by Coady Photography)
12 Pedigree fun facts: Instant Coffee

Instant Coffee helped Bolt d’Oro to become the champion freshman sire of 2022. Bolt d’Oro’s progeny earned more than the offspring of his old rivals on the racetrack, Good Magic and Justify, who finished second and third, respectively, on the first-crop sires’…

Jan 16, 2023

Forte at the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (Photo by Coady Photography)
12 Pedigree fun facts: Forte

Ten years after highly-regarded Violence was knocked off the Triple Crown trail by injury, his son Forte ranks as a leading candidate for the 2023 Kentucky Derby (G1). Adding to the father-and-son dynamic is that Todd Pletcher has trained both.Here are 12 pedigree…

Jan 14, 2023

Connect beats Gun Runner in 2016 Pennsylvania Derby (Photo by Equi-Photo)
Pedigree fun facts: 2022 Gun Runner

Monday’s Gun Runner S. honors the star of the 2016 Fair Grounds Road to the Kentucky Derby who went on to become the 2017 Horse of the Year.Ironically, one of the main contenders, Hayes Strike, is by an old rival of Gun Runner. His sire, Connect (by Hall of…

Dec 23, 2022

Dubyuhnell breaks his maiden at Aqueduct (Photo by Coglianese Photos)
Pedigree fun facts: 2022 Remsen Stakes

Street Sense and Curlin, the respective winners of the first two jewels of the 2007 Triple Crown, are prominent in the pedigrees of two major contenders in Saturday’s Remsen (G2). Kentucky Derby (G1) hero Street Sense is the sire of the Remsen’s morning-line…

Dec 2, 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.