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European Road concludes with Cardinal Conditions Stakes

Thursday’s Cardinal Conditions S. at Chelmsford, just northeast of London, brings the curtain down on the European Road to the Kentucky Derby. No European Road points scorers so far were nominated to the Triple Crown, and neither were the six entrants in the…

Mar 29, 2022

Secret Oath winning an allowance at Oaklawn Park
Secret Oath ready to take on the boys in Arkansas Derby

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas knows how to identify a filly capable of knocking off the boys in a Kentucky Derby (G1) prep, such as Saturday's $1.25 million Arkansas Derby (G1). In Secret Oath, a dominating winner in three starts this winter against…

Mar 28, 2022

Magic Circle wins the 2021 Busanda
Magic Circle ships south for Fantasy

Saturday's $600,000 Fantasy S. (G3) at Oaklawn Park would have been ripe for the taking by Secret Oath. But with that filly entered instead in the Arkansas Derby (G1) later in the card, the Fantasy not only attracted a few additional faces, but likely…

Mar 28, 2022

Slow Down Andy wins Sunland Park Derby (Coady Photography)
Slow Down Andy battles in Sunland Park Derby; Cleopatras Charge stuns Sunland Oaks

Sunday’s Road to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks races at Sunland Park produced thrilling finishes. Favorite Slow Down Andy put himself back into the Kentucky Derby (G1) picture by surviving a pace war in the $500,000 Sunland Park Derby (G3), while the $300,000…

Mar 28, 2022

Epicenter wins the 2022 Louisiana Derby
Epicenter shows different dimension in Louisiana Derby

Displaying a versatility that will come in handy in the May 7 Kentucky Derby (G1), Epicenter rallied from slightly off the pace to register a convincing victory in Saturday's $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds. Known more…

Mar 27, 2022

Echo Zulu wins Fair Grounds Oaks (Photo by Hodges Photography)
Echo Zulu holds Hidden Connection by a nose in Fair Grounds Oaks

Making her first start since early November, leading Kentucky Oaks (G1) contender Echo Zulo gamely remained unbeaten in Saturday’s $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (G2), turning back the bid of Hidden Connection to prevail by a nose. Joel Rosario…

Mar 26, 2022

Crown Pride wins UAE Derby (Dubai Racing Club)
Japanese shipper Crown Pride upsets UAE Derby

Japanese-based Triple Crown nominee Crown Pride could be bound for Churchill Downs after punching his Kentucky Derby (G1) ticket in Saturday’s $1 million UAE Derby (G2) at Meydan. Sent off as a 16-1 shot, Teruya Yoshida’s homebred drove from just off the pace…

Mar 26, 2022

Delicada wins the Fukuryu finale on the Japan Road (Tomoya Moriuchi/
Delicada beats boys in Fukuryu on Japan Road

The Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby culminated in Saturday’s Fukuryu S. at Nakayama, where the filly Delicada defeated males to remain perfect in three starts. Her victory was worth 40 points, enough to top the Japan leaderboard, but none of the Fukuryu top…

Mar 26, 2022

Slow Down Andy winning the Los Alamitos Futurity (G2) - © Benoit Photo
Study Guide: 2022 Sunland Derby

The $500,000 Sunland Derby (G3) at Sunland Park hasn't been contested since 2019 due to COVID-19. But the 1 1/8-mile race is back on the Road to the Kentucky schedule for 2022, with Sunday's renewal offering Kentucky Derby qualification points to the top four finishers on a 50-20-10-5 basis.

Mar 26, 2022

Forbidden Kingdom wins the San Felipe (Photo by Benoit Photo)
Scully inspects storylines surrounding final eight major Kentucky Derby qualifiers

The Road to the Kentucky Derby Championship Series will ramp up over the next three weekends as eight major qualifiers will be offered. All offer the maximum of 170 points to the top four finishers (100-40-20-10), and the final round of prep races will determine…

Mar 24, 2022

Epicenter wins the Gun Runner (Photo by Lou Hodges Jr./Hodges Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: 2022 Louisiana Derby

An excellent field of nine sophomores will travel 1 3/16 miles over the Fair Grounds main surface in Saturday’s $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2). The 2022 Road to the Kentucky Derby challenge series event will reward the top four finishers with qualifying…

Mar 24, 2022

Jasper Great trains for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (Cecilia Gustavsson/
Japan Road: Eight entered in Fukuryu finale

The Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby culminates in Saturday’s Fukuryu S. at Nakayama, worth points on a 40-16-8-4 basis to the top four finishers. No previous points scorers are in the eight-horse field, so the winner will vault to the top of the leaderboard. Triple…

Mar 24, 2022