Kentucky Derby News

Whoa Nellie wins the Pippin Stakes (Coady Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: Chilukki Stakes

A total of nine fillies and mares will go postward in the $100,000 Chilukki Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs on Saturday. The well-matched field lacks a clear standout in what looks to be a mostly wide-open affair. Fox Hill Farms’ Whoa Nellie comes in fresh…

Nov 18, 2020

Essential Quality winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) - Photo by
Which Breeders' Cup Juvenile starters will qualify to the Kentucky Derby?

The $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) ranks as North America’s most prestigious race for 2-year-olds. It’s also an important steppingstone toward the Kentucky Derby, taking place six months before the “Run for the Roses” and awarding 20 qualification points…

Nov 18, 2020

Nay Lady Nay wins the 2019 Mrs. Revere Stakes (Coady Photo/Churchill Downs)
Expert Play of the Week: Mrs. Revere Stakes

A talented field of seven sophomore fillies will travel 1 1/16 miles on the Churchill Downs turf in Saturday’s $200,000 Mrs. Revere (G2). The grassy headliner features a well-matched group lacking a standout, in what could be a very good betting event. The…

Nov 12, 2020

Stunning Sky winning the Valley View (G3) - Keeneland Photo
Study Guide: 2020 Mrs. Revere Stakes

Graded stakes action returns to the Churchill Downs fall meet with the $200,000 Mrs. Revere (G2), a 1 1/16-mile grass race slated to take place on Saturday. The race has drawn a small but competitive field of seven 3-year-old fillies. Hendy Woods Total…

Nov 11, 2020

Authentic wins the 2020 Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby winner Authentic retired from racing

Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Authentic has been retired from racing after capping his 2020 campaign on Saturday with a wire-to-wire victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) at Keeneland. He will stand for a fee of $75,000 at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift…

Nov 9, 2020

Authentic winning the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) - Keeneland Photo
Authentic caps off Derby-winning campaign with Breeders' Cup Classic triumph

With the setting sun providing a picturesque backdrop, Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Authentic wrapped up a stellar 2020 campaign with an emphatic victory in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).The feature race on Breeders’ Cup Saturday at Keeneland, the…

Nov 8, 2020

Essential Quality wins the 2020 Breeders' Cup Juvenile
Essential Quality, Vequist star in Breeders' Cup juvenile events.

The Kentucky Derby (G1) has so far eluded the globally powerful Godolphin breeding and racing operation, but entering 2021 they will have the horse to beat in Essential Quality, who likely notched champion 2-year-old male honors with a come-from-behind…

Nov 6, 2020

Essential Quality romps in the Breeders' Futurity
Pedigree fun facts: 2020 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Six of Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) contenders are sired by past Breeders’ Cup competitors, and several more have other connections to the championships.Both of King Fury’s parents, Curlin and Taris, performed in the Breeders’ Cup. Sire Curlin won the…

Nov 5, 2020

Vequist romps in the Spinaway (NYRA/Coglianese)
Kentucky Derby champ Nyquist’s juveniles compete on Breeders’ Cup Future Stars Friday

Nyquist's Progeny In the Breeders' Cup Mix Five years ago, Nyquist clinched an Eclipse Award in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Keeneland, and the following spring, he turned a rare double by adding the Kentucky Derby (G1). Now Nyquist has chances of scoring…

Nov 4, 2020

Jackie's Warrior winning the Champagne (G1) at Belmont Park - Joe Labozzetta/Coglianese Photography/NYRA
Study Guide: 2020 Breeders' Cup Juvenile

The Road to the Kentucky Derby makes an important stop at Keeneland for Friday's $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1). The 1 1/16-mile race typically crowns the champion 2-year-old male of the year, and because of its significance on the national racing calendar,…

Nov 4, 2020

Simply Ravishing winning the Alcibiades (G1) at Keeneland - Coady Photography
Study Guide: 2020 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies

The Road to the Kentucky Oaks continues on Friday with the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Keeneland. In addition to awarding Kentucky Oaks qualification points on a 20-8-4-2 basis to the top four finishers, the prestigious 1 1/16-mile race…

Nov 4, 2020

Jackie's Warrior winning the Hopeful (G1) at Saratoga (Chelsea Durand/Coglianese Photography/NYRA)
Expert Pick of the Week: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

A fine cast of 14, featuring most of the top 2-year-olds in training, will converge on Keeneland Friday in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1). In addition to the prestige of running well in the race and its lucrative purse, the top-four finishers…

Nov 3, 2020

Authentic (Jamie Newell/
Kentucky Derby alumni reunite in Breeders' Cup Classic

Saturday’s running of the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Keeneland will be a reunion of sorts. A reunion of Kentucky Derby alumni, to be exact. No fewer than six “Run for the Roses” veterans are slated to contest the Breeders' Cup Classic, held…

Nov 2, 2020

Churchill Downs (Coady Photo/Churchill Downs)
Expert Pick of the Week: Race 8 at Churchill Downs on Oct. 31

The expert pick of the week is race 8 at Churchill Downs Oct. 31The 8th Race on the Saturday card at Churchill Downs will feature 11 juvenile fillies traveling 6 furlongs on the dirt. A well-matched field will go postward in the dash, including a few first-time…

Oct 29, 2020

Jackie's Warrior winning the Hopeful (G1) at Saratoga (Chelsea Durand/Coglianese Photography)
Deep field pre-entered for 2020 Breeders' Cup Juvenile

Future Kentucky Derby (G1) contenders will take center stage in the Nov. 6 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Keeneland, a $2 million race that frequently determines the champion 2-year-old male of the season. A total of 15 talented juveniles have been pre-entered…

Oct 28, 2020

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Mac Swiney slogs to victory in Vertem Futurity Trophy

Heavy ground at Doncaster on Saturday prompted Aidan O’Brien to withdraw early favorite Wembley, but the Irish presence still came to the fore in the Vertem Futurity Trophy (G1), thanks to Mac Swiney.  A homebred for trainer Jim Bolger - O'Brien's old boss…

Oct 24, 2020