Kentucky Derby News

Keepmeinmind Rallies to Win Grade II, $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club

Keepmeinmind, who was made the 2-1 favorite after a third-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) 22 days ago, rallied down the middle of the stretch from last to run down Smiley Sobotka and win Saturday’s 94th running of the $200,000 Kentucky…

Nov 28, 2020

Lemon Pop wins the Cattleya Stakes at Tokyo (
Lemon Pop passes first Japan Road to Kentucky Derby test in Cattleya Stakes

Godolphin has a major Kentucky Derby (G1) contender in unbeaten Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) hero Essential Quality, but Sheikh Mohammed’s global operation now has the first winner on the Japan Road too – unbeaten Lemon Pop. The Kentucky-bred overtook pacesetter…

Nov 28, 2020

Sittin On Go wins the Iroquois (Coady Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes

A field of nine fine juvenile prospects will go postward in Saturday’s $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) at Churchill Downs. The 1 1/16-mile event offers qualifying points on the 2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby on a 10-4-2-1 basis to the top four finishers.…

Nov 27, 2020

Sittin On Go winning the Iroquois (G3) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography
Study Guide: 2020 Kentucky Jockey Club

The Road to the Kentucky Derby heads into winter with the $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (G2), part of the "Stars of Tomorrow" program on Saturday at Churchill Downs. The competitive 1 1/16-mile race will award 17 Kentucky Derby qualification points, split 10-4-2-1…

Nov 27, 2020

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Third Keepmeinmind Heads Saturday's Grade II, $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club

Cypress Creek and Arnold Bennewith’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) third-place finisher Keepmeinmind will be in search of his first-career victory against a competitive field of nine 2-year-olds, which includes stakes winners King Fury and…

Nov 27, 2020

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Study Guide: 2020 Cattleya Stakes

The Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby kicks off on Saturday with the Cattleya Stakes at Tokyo Racecourse. The 1,600-meter event awards qualification points to the top four finishers on a 10-4-2-1 basis.

Nov 27, 2020

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Godolphin’s Lemon Pop intrigues in Cattleya Stakes on Japan Road to Kentucky Derby

The Japan Road to the 2021 Kentucky Derby begins in Saturday’s Cattleya Stakes at Tokyo, and Godolphin has a good-looking prospect in Lemon Pop. A smart winner of a newcomers’ race here Nov. 7, the Kentucky-bred bids to follow up against 10 rivals including…

Nov 26, 2020

Simply Ravishing
Grade I Winner Simply Ravishing Tops Saturday's $200,000 Golden Rod

Harold Lerner LLC, Magdalena Racing and Nehoc Stables’ $350,000 Alcibiades (Grade I) winner Simply Ravishing will lead a field of 10 promising juvenile fillies that were entered in Saturday’s $200,000 Golden Rod (GII) at Churchill Downs.           The…

Nov 25, 2020

By My Standards winning the Alysheba (G2) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography
Study Guide: 2020 Clark Stakes

The final week of racing at the Churchill Downs fall meet is highlighted by the $500,000 Clark (G1). The 1 1/8-mile race has drawn a deep and competitive field with lots of logical contenders for handicappers to consider, setting the stage for enticing payoffs. Crafty…

Nov 25, 2020

Speaker's Corner breaking his maiden at Belmont Park - Coglianese Photography/NYRA
Four horses to bet in the first round of Kentucky Derby future wagers

Horseplayers will have an opportunity to lock in enticing odds on their favorite Kentucky Derby (G1) contenders thanks to a pair of future wager pools open for betting Thursday through Sunday.Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1 and the Kentucky Derby Sire Future…

Nov 25, 2020

Finite winning the 2019 Golden Rod (G2) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography
Study Guide: 2020 Chilukki Stakes

The Churchill Downs fall meet continues on Saturday with the $100,000 Chilukki (G3). Held over a mile on the main track, the competitive race has drawn eight fillies and mares, including former Road to the Kentucky Oaks standout Finite. New Roo Total…

Nov 19, 2020

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