Kentucky Derby News

Combustion winning the Hyacinth S. at Tokyo in Japan (Photo by Tomoya Moriuchi/
Study Guide: 2022 UAE Derby

The $1 million UAE Derby (G2) at Meydan in Dubai awards Kentucky Derby (G1) qualification points to the top four finishers on a 100-40-20-10 basis, virtually guaranteeing Kentucky Derby berths to the top two finishers.

Mar 24, 2022

Slow Down Andy wins the 2021 Los Alamitos Futurity
Slow Down Andy headlines Sunland Park Derby's return from hiatus

The $500,000 Sunland Park Derby (G3) will be staged for the first time since 2019 on Sunday, and Slow Down Andy figures to be a solid favorite in the 1 1/8-mile Road to the Kentucky Derby series prep. The Sunland Park Derby was not held in either 2020…

Mar 22, 2022

Epicenter as a baby with his dam (Photo courtesy of Westwind's Beth Harris)
Tales from the Crib: Epicenter

Epicenter was born and raised in the Bluegrass State, but not anywhere near the epicenter of Kentucky’s Thoroughbred breeding industry. The Kentucky Derby (G1) contender hails from a family farm in Bowling Green, much nearer to Nashville than to Lexington.  Bettersworth…

Mar 21, 2022

Gilded Age breaks his maiden at Churchill Downs (Coady Photography)
Three American-based contenders among international field for UAE Derby

The $1 million UAE Derby (G2) on Saturday’s Dubai World Cup (G1) card has lured a full field of 16 representing countries from all over the map, from the United States and Uruguay to Russia and Japan, along with Emirati-based sophomores. Six entrants are Triple…

Mar 21, 2022

Epicenter wins the Risen Star (Amanda Hodges Weir/Hodges Photography)
Epicenter bids to hold off Call Me Midnight, Rattle N Roll in Louisiana Derby

Saturday’s $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2) is the first U.S. Road to the Kentucky Derby race offering points on the 100-40-20-10 scale. The rematch is on between Epicenter and Call Me Midnight, and Florida shippers Rattle N Roll and Galt add…

Mar 20, 2022

Echo Zulu winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Del Mar (Photo by Horsephotos)
Champion Echo Zulu returns in Fair Grounds Oaks

Last seen capping an unbeaten season in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), Echo Zulu kicks off her sophomore campaign in Saturday’s $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (G2). The champion two-year-old filly tops a small field in this first scoring…

Mar 20, 2022

Forbidden Kingdom wins San Felipe (Photo by Benoit)
Nine pedigree fun facts: Forbidden Kingdom

American Pharoah has carved out an historic legacy as the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. Now the Hall of Famer is poised to join another exclusive club, if his exciting three-year-old Forbidden Kingdom goes on to win the Kentucky Derby (G1). Here…

Mar 19, 2022

Beau Luminarie wins at Churchill Downs (Photo by Coady Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: 2022 Essex Handicap

A well-matched field of eight will go postward in Saturday’s $500,000 Essex H. (G3) at Oaklawn Park. The 1 1/16-mile event boasts numerous legitimate contenders, and it seems imperative to me to find value in the feature. The Rodolphe Brisset-trained…

Mar 17, 2022

Un Ojo as a foal (Cypress Creek Equine)
Tales from the Crib: Un Ojo

Un Ojo’s life changed forever one winter night in Kentucky, prompting his name – “one eye” in Spanish. Early in 2020, a severe storm ripped through Cypress Creek Equine’s farm near Midway, when the yearlings were out in the paddock. The future Rebel (G2)…

Mar 17, 2022

Classic Causeway wins the Tampa Bay Derby (Photo by SV Photography)
Takeaways from 2022 Tampa Bay Derby

The second of two qualifiers at Tampa Bay Downs, the $400,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G3) awarded 85 points (50-20-10-5 scale) toward a berth in the Kentucky Derby on May 7. Back-to-back convincing wins Classic Causeway sprinted clear at the break and rolled unopposed…

Mar 16, 2022

Un Ojo is led out for the Rebel Stakes (Coady Photography)
Nine pedigree fun facts: Un Ojo

You might imagine that a one-eyed gelding who pulled a 75-1 upset in a major race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby wouldn’t have much of a pedigree. But Un Ojo, the surprise package in the $1 million Rebel (G2), has fine bloodlines all around.  Here are…

Mar 14, 2022

Secret Oath wins Honeybee (Coady Photography)
Star filly Secret Oath adds luster to Arkansas Derby

Oaklawn Park’s Road to the Kentucky Derby has lacked a standout this season, but the Hot Springs trail will heat up with star filly Secret Oath taking on the boys in the Apr. 2 Arkansas Derby (G1). Trainer D. Wayne Lukas gave fellow Hall of Famer Gary Stevens…

Mar 13, 2022