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Morello winning the Gotham S. (G3) at Aqueduct (Photo by Chelsea Durand/Coglianese Photos)
Study Guide: 2022 Wood Memorial

First contested in 1925, the $750,000 Wood Memorial (G2) at Aqueduct has produced 20 Kentucky Derby winners through the years, including half a dozen Triple Crown winners.

Apr 7, 2022

Forbidden Kingdom winning the San Felipe S. (G2) at Santa Anita (Photo by Horsephotos.com)
Study Guide: 2022 Santa Anita Derby

Half a dozen horses will face the starter in Saturday's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (G1) at Santa Anita, an important 1 1/8-mile Road to the Kentucky Derby qualifier awarding 100-40-20-10 points to the top four finishers.

Apr 7, 2022

Smile Happy as a newborn (Photo courtesy of Xavier Moreau)
Tales from the Crib: Smile Happy

Foaled just steps away from where 2006 Kentucky Derby (G1) star Barbaro was born, Smile Happy hopes to add to the legacy of his Nicholasville, Kentucky, birthplace on the first Saturday in May. Smile Happy was bred in partnership by Xavier Moreau’s Moreau Bloodstock…

Apr 7, 2022

Forbidden Kingdom wins the 2022 San Vicente
Forbidden Kingdom, Messier clash in Santa Anita Derby; Santa Anita Oaks draws five

The debate over who is the West Coast's top prospect for the Kentucky Derby (G1) will be decided Saturday in the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (G1) over 1 1/8 miles. The Santa Anita Derby will mark the second meeting between Messier and Forbidden Kingdom.…

Apr 6, 2022

Mo Donegal after the 2021 Remsen (Photo by Joe Labozetta/Coglianese Photos)
Mo Donegal faces unbeaten Early Voting, Morello in Wood Memorial

Trainer Todd Pletcher has won the $750,000 Wood Memorial (G2) six times since 2010, and last year saddled Bourbonic and Dynamic One for a 453-1 exacta in the nine-furlong Kentucky Derby (G1) prep. The Hall of Famer doesn't have longshots of that magnitude…

Apr 6, 2022

Smile Happy wins Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs (Photo by Coady Photography)
Smile Happy tops 12 in Blue Grass

A rallying second in the Feb. 19 Risen Star (G2) at Fair Grounds, Smile Happy will attempt to get back into the win column in Saturday’s $1 million Blue Grass (G2) at Keeneland. The major qualifier in the Kentucky Derby series awards points on a 100-40-20-10…

Apr 6, 2022

Derby At-Home Menu
Williams Sonoma Partners with the Kentucky Derby® to Inspire At-Home Race Day Celebrations

Experience Kentucky Derby Day with Limited Edition Capsule Collection, At-Home Recipes from Chef Kelsey Barnard Clark, Virtual Cooking Event, and More The historic Churchill Downs Racetrack and Woodford Reserve® announced today a partnership with specialty…

Apr 6, 2022

White Abarrio wins Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park (Photo by Lauren King/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Three Takeaways from 2022 Florida Derby

The $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park, a major Road to the Kentucky Derby series qualifier awarding 170 points toward a berth in the first leg of the Triple Crown, is expected to produce at least three Kentucky Derby starters. Two new Kentucky Derby…

Apr 6, 2022

Cyberknife wins Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park (Photo by Coady Photography)
Three Takeaways from 2022 Arkansas Derby

A major qualifier in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series, the $1.25 million Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park shifted location on the calendar this year, moving from three to five weeks out from the first Saturday in May. The top two finishers from the…

Apr 6, 2022

Nest wins the 2021 Demoiselle
Nest faces seven in Ashland on Keeneland's opening day

Hoping to follow in the hoofsteps of stablemate Malathaat, Nest will use Friday's $600,000 Ashland S. (G1) at Keeneland as a potential springboard toward the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (G1). The Todd Pletcher-trained filly is one of eight in Friday's 1 1/16-mile…

Apr 5, 2022

KDFW
Louisiana Derby Winner Epicenter Made 5-1 Favorite in Final Pool of Kentucky Derby Future Wager

Fans will have the final pari-mutuel opportunity to bet on this year’s Kentucky Derby in advance of the May 7 race beginning Thursday at noon (all times Eastern) through Saturday at 4:30 p.m. for Pool 5 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”).Pool 5 of…

Apr 5, 2022

Cyberknife wins the Arkansas Derby (Photo by Coady Photography)
Kentucky Derby Horse Profile: Cyberknife

Gold Square, LLC’s Cyberknife picked up 100 points on the 2022 Road to the Kentucky Derby challenge series leaderboard following his 2 3/4-length tally in the $1.25 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on April 2. The Brad Cox pupil negotiated 1 1/8 miles…

Apr 5, 2022