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Tiz the Bomb wins the 2022 John Battaglia Memorial
Tiz the Bomb seeks more Turfway success in Jeff Ruby

Saturday's $600,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) at Turfway Park features a gate load of classic hopefuls. But for potential race favorite Tiz the Bomb, the Kentucky Derby (G1) is not the classic he might ultimately end up in. Win or lose on Saturday, the connections…

Mar 30, 2022

Triple Crown
UAE Derby Runner-up Summer Is Tomorrow Among Seven Late Triple Crown Nominees

Michael Hilary and Negar Burke’s $1 million UAE Derby (Grade II) runner-up Summer Is Tomorrow was among seven 3-year-olds that were made eligible to compete in the 2022 Triple Crown with a late $6,000 late nomination payment that was due Monday.          …

Mar 30, 2022

Epicenter wins Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds (Photo by Amanda Hodges Weir/Hodges Photography)
Three Takeaways from 2022 Louisiana Derby

A major qualifier in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series, the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) awarded points on a 100-40-20-10 scale to the top four finishers, and it produced a top contender for this year’s Run for the Roses on May 7. Change…

Mar 30, 2022

Official Derby Race Day Menu
Churchill Downs Racetrack Announces Official Race Day Menu Sporting Traditional Louisville Dishes

Foodies can enter to win a taste of the Kentucky Derby® delivered to their doorstep in new sweepstakes Churchill Downs Racetrack today announced the official menu of the 148th Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve. Additionally, for the first time,…

Mar 30, 2022

Road to Kentucky Derby logo
European Road concludes with Cardinal Conditions Stakes

Thursday’s Cardinal Conditions S. at Chelmsford, just northeast of London, brings the curtain down on the European Road to the Kentucky Derby. No European Road points scorers so far were nominated to the Triple Crown, and neither were the six entrants in the…

Mar 29, 2022

Secret Oath winning an allowance at Oaklawn Park
Secret Oath ready to take on the boys in Arkansas Derby

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas knows how to identify a filly capable of knocking off the boys in a Kentucky Derby (G1) prep, such as Saturday's $1.25 million Arkansas Derby (G1). In Secret Oath, a dominating winner in three starts this winter against…

Mar 28, 2022

Magic Circle wins the 2021 Busanda
Magic Circle ships south for Fantasy

Saturday's $600,000 Fantasy S. (G3) at Oaklawn Park would have been ripe for the taking by Secret Oath. But with that filly entered instead in the Arkansas Derby (G1) later in the card, the Fantasy not only attracted a few additional faces, but likely…

Mar 28, 2022

Slow Down Andy wins Sunland Park Derby (Coady Photography)
Slow Down Andy battles in Sunland Park Derby; Cleopatras Charge stuns Sunland Oaks

Sunday’s Road to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks races at Sunland Park produced thrilling finishes. Favorite Slow Down Andy put himself back into the Kentucky Derby (G1) picture by surviving a pace war in the $500,000 Sunland Park Derby (G3), while the $300,000…

Mar 28, 2022

Epicenter wins the 2022 Louisiana Derby
Epicenter shows different dimension in TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby

Displaying a versatility that will come in handy in the May 7 Kentucky Derby (G1), Epicenter rallied from slightly off the pace to register a convincing victory in Saturday's $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds. Known more…

Mar 27, 2022

Echo Zulu wins Fair Grounds Oaks (Photo by Hodges Photography)
Echo Zulu holds Hidden Connection by a nose in Fair Grounds Oaks

Making her first start since early November, leading Kentucky Oaks (G1) contender Echo Zulo gamely remained unbeaten in Saturday’s $400,000 TwinSpires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (G2), turning back the bid of Hidden Connection to prevail by a nose. Joel Rosario…

Mar 26, 2022

Crown Pride wins UAE Derby (Dubai Racing Club)
Japanese shipper Crown Pride upsets UAE Derby

Japanese-based Triple Crown nominee Crown Pride could be bound for Churchill Downs after punching his Kentucky Derby (G1) ticket in Saturday’s $1 million UAE Derby (G2) at Meydan. Sent off as a 16-1 shot, Teruya Yoshida’s homebred drove from just off the pace…

Mar 26, 2022

Delicada wins the Fukuryu finale on the Japan Road (Tomoya Moriuchi/Horsephotos.com)
Delicada beats boys in Fukuryu on Japan Road

The Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby culminated in Saturday’s Fukuryu S. at Nakayama, where the filly Delicada defeated males to remain perfect in three starts. Her victory was worth 40 points, enough to top the Japan leaderboard, but none of the Fukuryu top…

Mar 26, 2022