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Tiz the Bomb winning the Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) at Turfway Park (Photo by Coady Photography)
Kentucky Derby Horse Profile: Tiz The Bomb

Magdalena Racing’s Tiz The Bomb picked up 100 points on the 2022 Road to the Kentucky Derby challenge series leaderboard after posting a decisive 2 1/4-length victory in the $600,000 Jeff Ruby Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park on April 2. The Kenny McPeek pupil…

Apr 5, 2022

Cyberknife wins Arkansas Derby (Coady Photography)
Cyberknife thrusts through in Arkansas Derby; Yuugiri all heart in Fantasy

Long well-regarded Cyberknife thrust himself into the Kentucky Derby (G1) with a breakthrough in Saturday’s $1.25 million Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park, where favored filly Secret Oath was third. Earlier in the $600,000 Fantasy (G3), a gutsy Yuugiri booked…

Apr 3, 2022

White Abarrio wins the 2022 Florida Derby (Photo by Lauren King/Coglianese Photos)
White Abarrio triumphs in Florida Derby; Kathleen O. best in Gulfstream Oaks

Florida DerbyWhite Abarrio on Saturday fulfilled trainer Saffie Joseph's long-time dream of winning the $1 million Florida Derby (G1), and now heads back to Churchill Downs for a crack at the May 7 Kentucky Derby (G1). "It means everything," Joseph said.…

Apr 3, 2022

Tiz the Bomb winning the Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) at Turfway Park (Photo by Coady Photography)
Tiz the Bomb wins again in Jeff Ruby Steaks; Candy Raid upsets Bourbonette Oaks

The Road to the Kentucky Derby and Road to the Kentucky Oaks continued on Saturday with a pair of lucrative qualifiers at Turfway Park. Both produced impressive winners, but only one was expected. Jeff Ruby Steaks The $600,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3), a Kentucky…

Apr 2, 2022

Classic Causeway wins the Tampa Bay Derby (Photo by SV Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: 2022 Florida Derby

An excellent field of 11 sophomores will travel 1 1/8 miles on the Gulfstream Park dirt in Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1). The 2022 Road to the Kentucky Derby challenge series event will reward the top four finishers with qualifying points on a…

Mar 31, 2022

Secret Oath (Coady Photography)
Study Guide: 2022 Arkansas Derby

The $1.25 million Arkansas Derby (G1) is the richest Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race, awarding $750,000 to the winner. It's also lucrative as far as Kentucky Derby qualification points are concerned, awarding 100-40-20-10 points to the top four finishers.

Mar 31, 2022

White Abarrio winning the Holy Bull S. (G3) at Gulfstream Park (Photo by Lauren King/Coglianese Photography)
Study Guide: 2022 Florida Derby

The $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park ranks among the most important Road to the Kentucky Derby qualifiers. The 1 1/8-mile race has produced 24 Kentucky Derby winners since 1953, including three in the last decade.

Mar 31, 2022

Cabo Spirit winning the Eddie Logan S. at Santa Anita - © Benoit Photo
Study Guide: 2022 Jeff Ruby Steaks

Dirt horses, turf types, and synthetic stars will all face off in Saturday's $600,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.

Mar 31, 2022

Crown Pride wins UAE Derby (Dubai Racing Club)
10 Pedigree fun facts: Crown Pride

As a colt from Japan who won the UAE Derby (G2) on Dubai World Cup night, Crown Pride brings international flair to the Kentucky Derby (G1). But his pedigree sports familiar influences, including duplications of supersires Sunday Silence and Mr. Prospector. Here…

Mar 31, 2022

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Dark Moon Rising ascends in Cardinal Conditions on European Road

Going into the final event on the European Road to the Kentucky Derby, Thursday’s Cardinal Conditions S. at Chelmsford, much of the focus was on the trio coming out of the points race at Kempton. But they were all upstaged by Dark Moon Rising, who scored a…

Mar 31, 2022

Slow Down Andy wins the Sunland Derby (Photo by Coady Photography)
Kentucky Derby Horse Profile: Slow Down Andy

Reddam Racing homebred Slow Down Andy picked up 50 points on the 2022 Road to the Kentucky Derby challenge series following his half-length triumph in the $500,000 Sunland Park Derby (G3) on March 27. The Doug O’Neill trainee negotiated 1 1/8 miles on the…

Mar 31, 2022

Simplification wins the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park (Photo by Adam Coglianese Photograpy)
Simplification installed as 5-2 choice in 11-horse Florida Derby; Kathleen O tops Gulfstream Oaks

Fountain of Youth (G2) winner Simplification will look to bolster his Kentucky Derby credentials when he lines up for Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park. The 5-2 morning line favorite tops a deep 11-horse field that includes Charge…

Mar 30, 2022