Kentucky Derby News

Slow Down Andy winning the Los Alamitos Futurity (G2) - © Benoit Photo
Study Guide: 2022 Sunland Derby

The $500,000 Sunland Derby (G3) at Sunland Park hasn't been contested since 2019 due to COVID-19. But the 1 1/8-mile race is back on the Road to the Kentucky schedule for 2022, with Sunday's renewal offering Kentucky Derby qualification points to the top four finishers on a 50-20-10-5 basis.

Mar 26, 2022

Forbidden Kingdom wins the San Felipe (Photo by Benoit Photo)
Scully inspects storylines surrounding final eight major Kentucky Derby qualifiers

The Road to the Kentucky Derby Championship Series will ramp up over the next three weekends as eight major qualifiers will be offered. All offer the maximum of 170 points to the top four finishers (100-40-20-10), and the final round of prep races will determine…

Mar 24, 2022

Epicenter wins the Gun Runner (Photo by Lou Hodges Jr./Hodges Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: 2022 Louisiana Derby

An excellent field of nine sophomores will travel 1 3/16 miles over the Fair Grounds main surface in Saturday’s $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2). The 2022 Road to the Kentucky Derby challenge series event will reward the top four finishers with qualifying…

Mar 24, 2022

Jasper Great trains for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (Cecilia Gustavsson/
Japan Road: Eight entered in Fukuryu finale

The Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby culminates in Saturday’s Fukuryu S. at Nakayama, worth points on a 40-16-8-4 basis to the top four finishers. No previous points scorers are in the eight-horse field, so the winner will vault to the top of the leaderboard. Triple…

Mar 24, 2022

Combustion winning the Hyacinth S. at Tokyo in Japan (Photo by Tomoya Moriuchi/
Study Guide: 2022 UAE Derby

The $1 million UAE Derby (G2) at Meydan in Dubai awards Kentucky Derby (G1) qualification points to the top four finishers on a 100-40-20-10 basis, virtually guaranteeing Kentucky Derby berths to the top two finishers.

Mar 24, 2022

Slow Down Andy wins the 2021 Los Alamitos Futurity
Slow Down Andy headlines Sunland Park Derby's return from hiatus

The $500,000 Sunland Park Derby (G3) will be staged for the first time since 2019 on Sunday, and Slow Down Andy figures to be a solid favorite in the 1 1/8-mile Road to the Kentucky Derby series prep. The Sunland Park Derby was not held in either 2020…

Mar 22, 2022

Epicenter as a baby with his dam (Photo courtesy of Westwind's Beth Harris)
Tales from the Crib: Epicenter

Epicenter was born and raised in the Bluegrass State, but not anywhere near the epicenter of Kentucky’s Thoroughbred breeding industry. The Kentucky Derby (G1) contender hails from a family farm in Bowling Green, much nearer to Nashville than to Lexington.  Bettersworth…

Mar 21, 2022

Gilded Age breaks his maiden at Churchill Downs (Coady Photography)
Three American-based contenders among international field for UAE Derby

The $1 million UAE Derby (G2) on Saturday’s Dubai World Cup (G1) card has lured a full field of 16 representing countries from all over the map, from the United States and Uruguay to Russia and Japan, along with Emirati-based sophomores. Six entrants are Triple…

Mar 21, 2022

Epicenter wins the Risen Star (Amanda Hodges Weir/Hodges Photography)
Epicenter bids to hold off Call Me Midnight, Rattle N Roll in Louisiana Derby

Saturday’s $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2) is the first U.S. Road to the Kentucky Derby race offering points on the 100-40-20-10 scale. The rematch is on between Epicenter and Call Me Midnight, and Florida shippers Rattle N Roll and Galt add…

Mar 20, 2022

Echo Zulu winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Del Mar (Photo by Horsephotos)
Champion Echo Zulu returns in Fair Grounds Oaks

Last seen capping an unbeaten season in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), Echo Zulu kicks off her sophomore campaign in Saturday’s $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (G2). The champion two-year-old filly tops a small field in this first scoring…

Mar 20, 2022

Forbidden Kingdom wins San Felipe (Photo by Benoit)
Nine pedigree fun facts: Forbidden Kingdom

American Pharoah has carved out an historic legacy as the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. Now the Hall of Famer is poised to join another exclusive club, if his exciting three-year-old Forbidden Kingdom goes on to win the Kentucky Derby (G1). Here…

Mar 19, 2022

Beau Luminarie wins at Churchill Downs (Photo by Coady Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: 2022 Essex Handicap

A well-matched field of eight will go postward in Saturday’s $500,000 Essex H. (G3) at Oaklawn Park. The 1 1/16-mile event boasts numerous legitimate contenders, and it seems imperative to me to find value in the feature. The Rodolphe Brisset-trained…

Mar 17, 2022