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Early Nominations to Longines Kentucky Oaks Close Saturday

Early nominations to the premiere race for 3-year-old fillies, the $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), are due Saturday. The 148th running of the Longines Kentucky Oaks is set for Friday, May 6. Owners and trainers may nominate their fillies by…

Feb 16, 2022

Classic Causeway wins the Sam F. Davis Stakes (Photo by SV Photography)
Kentucky Derby Horse Report: Classic Causeway

Kentucky West Racing and Clarke Cooper’s Classic Causeway earned 10 points on the 2022 Road to the Kentucky Derby challenge series following his impressive 3 3/4-length tally in the $200,000 Sam F. Davis S. (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs on February 12. The three-year-old…

Feb 16, 2022

Hot Rod Charlie wins the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 (Photo by DHRIC)
Kentucky Derby Alumni Update for Feb. 16

With a big weekend coming up at Fair Grounds and stakes-level racing all over the country, familiar faces from the Kentucky Derby and Oaks have been in action through February. Let’s check in on the latest to see the starter, as well as a Derby runner who…

Feb 16, 2022

Smile Happy wins Kentucky Jockey Club (Coady Photography)
Smile Happy back in action in superb renewal of Risen Star

The Kentucky Derby Championship Series begins with Saturday’s $400,000 Risen Star (G2) at Fair Grounds, and this first race worth points on the 50-20-10-5 scale has attracted a terrific cast. Smile Happy, the individual favorite in the Kentucky Derby Future…

Feb 14, 2022

Hidden Connections wins the 2021 Pocahontas
Hidden Connection faces deep cast in Rachel Alexandra return

Hidden Connection, a dominating winner of her first two starts before turning in sub-par effort in the Breeders' Cup last fall, is among a large cast assembled for Saturday's $300,000 Rachel Alexandra S. (G2) at Fair Grounds for three-year-old fillies. The…

Feb 14, 2022

Consigliere wins the 2021 Cattleya (Copyright Japan Racing Association)
Bumper crop of Japanese-based Triple Crown nominees

After Japan’s historic victories in last November’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) and Distaff (G1), a record 21 Japanese-based three-year-olds have been nominated to the 2022 Triple Crown.  Four have scored points on the Japan Road to the Kentucky…

Feb 13, 2022

Classic Causeway wins the Sam F. Davis (Photo by Tampa Bay Downs/SV Photography)
Classic Causeway much the best in Sam F. Davis; Nest rolls in Suncoast

Unraced since a second in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) at Churchill Downs last fall, Classic Causeway opened his three-year-old campaign with an eye-catching victory in Saturday’s $250,000 Sam F. Davis S. (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs. The Road to the Kentucky…

Feb 12, 2022

Blackadder wins El Camino Real Derby (Shane Micheli/Vassar Photography)
Blackadder strikes late in El Camino Real Derby

Just when 3-5 favorite Mackinnon looked like overcoming a troubled start, along came Blackadder to collar him late in Saturday’s $102,700 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields. Both Southern California shippers were sporting the silks of Madaket Stables,…

Feb 12, 2022

Mackinnon winning the Zuma Beach S. at Santa Anita - © Benoit Photo
Study Guide: 2022 El Camino Real Derby

The first of three Road to the Kentucky Derby qualifiers taking place over U.S. synthetic tracks is the $100,000 El Camino Real Derby, contested over the Tapeta surface at Golden Gate Fields.

Feb 10, 2022

Kitten Mischief wins maiden at Aqueduct (Photo by Coglianese Photos)
Expert Pick of the Week: 2022 Sam F. Davis Stakes

An overflow field of 13 sophomores will vie in Saturday’s $250,000 Sam F. Davis S. (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs. The 2022 Road to the Kentucky Derby event will reward the top four finishers with qualifying points on a 10-4-2-1 structure toward the Run for the…

Feb 10, 2022

Make It Big at Gulfstream Park (Ryan Thompson/Coglianese Photos)
Study Guide: 2022 Sam F. Davis Stakes

The Sam F. Davis S. (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs has been a remarkably productive Kentucky Derby prep race, producing 23 Derby starters since 2004.

Feb 10, 2022

Mackinnon wins the Zuma Beach S. at Santa Anita (Photo by Benoit Photo)
Mackinnon meets 10 in El Camino Real Derby

Multiple stakes winner Mackinnon heads an 11-horse field in Saturday’s $100,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields. Contested over 1 1/8 miles on a Tapeta track, the El Camino Real Derby is worth a combined 17 points to the top four finishers (10-4-2-1…

Feb 10, 2022