Kentucky Derby News

Classic Causeway wins the Tampa Bay Derby (Photo by SV Photography)
Classic Causeway rolls in Tampa Bay Derby

Classic Causeway continued to burnish his Kentucky Derby credentials in Saturday’s $400,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G2), dominating the Championship Series qualifier on the lead. Irad Ortiz Jr. was up on the odds-on favorite, who has now recorded two straight convincing…

Mar 12, 2022

Classic Causeway the day after he was born (Courtesy of Ashford Stud)
Tales from the Crib: Classic Causeway

Classic Causeway was always going to be a sentimental rooting interest in the Kentucky Derby (G1), as one of only three registered foals bequeathed by the “Iron Horse” Giant’s Causeway in his final crop. But the blaze-faced chestnut has the added appeal of…

Mar 11, 2022

Strike Hard (Coglianese Photos/Lauren King)
Study Guide: 2022 Tampa Bay Derby

​The Road to the Kentucky Derby continues on Saturday with the $400,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G2), a lucrative qualifier worth 50-20-10-5 points to the top four finishers.

Mar 10, 2022

Classic Causeway wins the Sam F. Davis Stakes (Photo by SV Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: 2022 Tampa Bay Derby

A full field of 12 three-year-olds will travel 1 1/16 miles on the dirt in Saturday's $400,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G2). The 2022 Road to the Kentucky Derby challenge series test will reward the first four to cross the wire with qualifying points on a 50-20-1-5…

Mar 10, 2022

Road to the Kentucky Derby Championship Series Heads to Tampa Bay Downs

The Road to the Kentucky Derby Championship Series will make its final stop at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday where Kentucky West Racing and Clarke Cooper’s two-time winner Classic Causeway tops a field of 12 3-year-olds that entered the 42nd running of the $400,000…

Mar 10, 2022

Simplification wins Fountain of Youth (Ryan Thompson/Coglianese Photos)
Nine pedigree fun facts: Simplification

Simplification became the second major winner on the 2022 Road to the Kentucky Derby for hot young sire Not This Time, after Epicenter.  The two exciting contenders have even more in common, however, than their sire. Both Simplification and Epicenter are…

Mar 10, 2022

Simplification wins the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park (Photo by Adam Coglianese Photograpy)
Three Takeaways from 2022 Fountain of Youth Stakes

The Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park will guarantee the winner a spot in the Run for the Roses, awarding a 50-point prize as a Road to the Kentucky Derby series qualifier, and Simplification continued his rise in the three-year-old ranks with a convincing…

Mar 10, 2022

Classic Causeway wins the 2022 Sam F. Davis
Classic Causeway tops dozen in Tampa Bay Derby

Classic Causeway, an impressive track-and-distance winner of the Sam F. Davis (G3) last month, will attempt to achieve an increasingly rare double on Saturday by also winning the $400,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G2) at Tampa Bay Downs. The 1 1/16-mile Tampa Bay…

Mar 9, 2022

1994 Kentucky Derby winner Go for Gin (Photo courtesy of Churchill Downs)
Go for Gin, 1994 Kentucky Derby winner, dies at 31

Go for Gin, who splashed his way through the slop at Churchill Downs to win the 1994 Kentucky Derby (G1), has died at the age of 31. The cause of death, which occurred Tuesday, was heart failure, according to officials at the Kentucky Horse Park. Go for…

Mar 9, 2022

Forbidden Kingdom wins the San Felipe (Photo by Benoit Photo)
Three Takeaways from 2022 San Felipe Stakes

The San Felipe (G2) has yielded multiple Kentucky Derby winners in the last decade, and the 1 1/16-mile race produced a top contender last Saturday. Makes it look easy Forbidden Kingdom stretched out to two turns like a superstar, dominating by a…

Mar 9, 2022

Morello wins the Gotham S. (G3) at Aqueduct (Photo by Chelsea Durand/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Three Takeaways from 2022 Gotham Stakes

Kentucky Derby points were offered at a one-turn mile in the Gotham S. (G3), the third of four qualifiers at Aqueduct in 2022. Sharp score to remain unblemished Morello did not disappoint as the even-money favorite, winning geared down by 4 1/2 lengths. After…

Mar 9, 2022

San Felipe Winner Forbidden Kingdom Made 5-1 Overall Favorite in Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 4

The fourth of five pools for the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) is set for its three-day stand Friday-Sunday with MyRacehorse and Spendthrift Farm’s recent $400,000 San Felipe (Grade II) winner Forbidden Kingdom tabbed by veteran morning line oddsmaker Mike…

Mar 8, 2022