Kentucky Derby News

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

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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

Eucharist wins their maiden at Keeneland (Coady Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: Street Sense Stakes

A field of seven will go postward in the $98,000 Street Sense S. at Churchill Downs on Sunday. The opening day co-feature is part of the 11-race Stars of Tomorrow I card, and it looks like a very competitive event which lacks a standout. In a cast that…

Oct 23, 2020

Salty as Can Be winning her debut at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography
Will the Street Sense and Rags to Riches produce Kentucky Derby and Oaks starters?

Technically, Sunday’s Street Sense S. and Rags to Riches S. at Churchill Downs aren’t official qualifying races for the 2021 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks. But that doesn’t mean future Derby and Oaks contenders won’t emerge from the 1 1/16-mile events.Case…

Oct 22, 2020

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One Ruler takes on Wembley in Vertem Futurity Trophy

Trainer Aidan O’Brien seeks a record-tying 10th win in Saturday’s Vertem Futurity Trophy (G1) at Doncaster, and his Wembley ranks as the early favorite. But rival global power Godolphin has a top chance in One Ruler, making for a fascinating clash in this scoring…

Oct 22, 2020

Monomoy Girl wins the 2018 Kentucky Oaks
Monomoy Girl, Serengeti Empress to carry torch for Kentucky Oaks winners in Breeders' Cup

Although Shedaresthedevil has been put away for the year and will not be contesting next month's Breeders' Cup, both Monomoy Girl and Serengeti Empress will carry the torch for past Kentucky Oaks (G1) winners when they compete in the Breeders' Cup Distaff…

Oct 20, 2020

Breeders' Cup Statue at Keeneland (Coady Photo/Keeneland)
Mucciolo's Most Memorable Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

In 1995, I didn’t know all that much about horse racing. The wagering part I had a solid grasp of, but I was a novice in terms of understanding what goes into producing these remarkable Thoroughbreds, and also what it takes to get them to perform on race…

Oct 16, 2020