Kentucky Derby News

Make It Big wins the Juvenile Sprint S. at Gulfstream (Photo by Ryan Thompson/Adam Coglianese)
Classic Causeway heads 13 in Sam F. Davis; Nest returns in Suncoast

Runner-up to unbeaten Smile Happy in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2), Classic Causeway will open his three-year-old season in Saturday’s $250,000 Sam F. Davis S. (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs. The Road to the Derby series qualifier awards 17 points to the top four…

Feb 9, 2022

Smile Happy, White Abarrio Made Co-Individual Favorites at 8-1 in Pool 3 of Kentucky Derby Future Wager; 'All Other 3-Year-Olds' Tabbed at 5-2

The third of five pools for the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) is set for its three-day stand Friday at noon with the pari-mutuel field of “All Other 3-Year-Olds” tabbed as the clear 5-2 morning line favorite while Lucky Seven Stable’s undefeated Smile Happy…

Feb 8, 2022

White Abarrio wins the Holy Bull Stakes (Photo by Lauren King/Coglianese Photos)
Kentucky Derby Horse Profile: White Abrarrio

C2 Racing Stable and La Milagrosa Stable’s White Abarrio picked up 10 points on the 2022 Road to the Kentucky Derby series after posting a 4 1/2-length tally in the $250,000 Holy Bull S. (G3) at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 5. The three-year-old Saffie Joseph…

Feb 8, 2022

Early Voting wins the Withers Stakes (Photo by Chelsea Durand/Coglianese Photos)
Kentucky Derby Horse Profile: Early Voting

Klaravich Stables’ Early Voting earned 10 points on the 2022 Road to the Kentucky Derby series following his commanding 4 1/2-length romp in the $250,000 Withers S. (G3) at Aqueduct on Feb. 5. The Chad Brown trainee led in gate-to-wire fashion in completing…

Feb 8, 2022

Triple Crown
312 Early Nominations to 2022 Triple Crown

A total of 312 3-year-old Thoroughbreds were made eligible to compete in this year’s Triple Crown series when the early nomination phase closed Jan. 29.           Each of the horses from the 2019 foal crop was nominated through a $600 payment to compete…

Feb 7, 2022

White Abarrio stretches clear in Holy Bull (Coglianese Photos)
12 Pedigree fun facts: White Abarrio

White Abarrio is a grandson of North America’s pre-eminent sires of recent years, Tapit and Into Mischief. As you might have guessed, Tapit is the source of his bright gray coat.   Here are his pedigree fun facts: 1. White Abarrio’s sire, Race Day, is…

Feb 7, 2022

Messier wins the Robert B. Lewis (Cecilia Gustavsson/
Messier, Adare Manor dominant at Santa Anita

Odds-on favorites ran away with both features at Santa Anita on Sunday by a combined margin of 28 lengths. The 3-5 Messier was much the best in the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis (G3), and the 2-5 Adare Manor was likewise a league apart in the $196,000 Las Virgenes…

Feb 7, 2022

White Abarrio wins the Holy Bull (Lauren King/Coglianese Photos)
White Abarrio stars in Holy Bull; Girl With a Dream wires Forward Gal

After a checkered third in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2), White Abarrio enjoyed a dream trip to dominate Saturday’s $250,000 Holy Bull (G3) at Gulfstream Park. Trained by Saffie Joseph Jr. and ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, the 6-1 chance was perched in second…

Feb 5, 2022

Early Voting wins the 2022 Withers Stakes
Early Voting untouchable in Withers

If Saturday's $250,000 Withers S. (G3) had been an election, it would have been called early for 13-10 favorite Early Voting, who rocketed out of the starting gate and left his 10 rivals toiling in the 1 1/8-mile Road to the Kentucky Derby prep at Aqueduct. Spurting…

Feb 5, 2022

Cabo Spirit winning the Eddie Logan S. at Santa Anita - © Benoit Photo
Study Guide: 2022 Robert B. Lewis Stakes

By J. Keeler Johnson Santa Anita's Road to the Kentucky Derby takes another turn with Saturday's running of the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis S. (G3). The 1 1/16-mile race has produced several Derby winners through the years, including eventual Horses of the…

Feb 4, 2022

Mandaloun beat familiar foe Midnight Bourbon in the Louisiana S. (Hodges Photography/Lou Hodges Jr.)
Kentucky Derby Alumni Update for Feb. 3

As the winter racing season continues, the racing calendar for the Derby and Oaks alumni is getting more exciting. From allowance-level returns to globetrotting adventures, it’s time to check in with the latest runners!● Mandaloun (2nd across the wire, 2021…

Feb 3, 2022

Cabo Spirit wins the Eddie Logan (Benoit Photo)
Robert B. Lewis, Las Virgenes on tap at Santa Anita

Santa Anita caters to promising three-year-old colts and fillies alike on Sunday, with the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis (G3) on the Road to the Kentucky Derby and the $200,000 Las Virgenes (G3) on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks. Each race offers points on the 10-4-2-1…

Feb 3, 2022