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2020 Kentucky Derby post position draw - Coady Photography
Everything you need to know about the 2020 Kentucky Derby post positions

Post positions for the 2020 Kentucky Derby were drawn on Tuesday morning, triggering the annual debate among bettors as to which horses drew well, which drew poorly, and which might enjoy ideal trips in the “Run for the Roses.” Some assumptions will be anecdotal,…

Sep 1, 2020

Kentucky Derby 146 Post Draw by Coady Photography
Tiz the Law 3-5 Favorite in Field of 18 for Saturday's 146th Running of the $3 Million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve

LOUISVILLE, KY (Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020) – Sackatoga Stable’s Tiz the Law, dominating winner of the Travers (GI) and Belmont Stakes (GI) has been installed as the 3-5 morning line favorite in a field of 18 horses entered for Saturday’s 146th running of the $3…

Sep 1, 2020

Art Collector
Art Collector Out of Kentucky Derby

GOSHEN, Ky. (Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020) – Bruce Lunsford’s Art Collector, winner of Keeneland’s Grade II Toyota Blue Grass Stakes and the $200,000 RUNHAPPY Ellis Park Derby in his last two starts, is out of Saturday’s $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford…

Sep 1, 2020

Finnick the Fierce as a foal (Blu-Sky Stables)
Tales from the Crib: Finnick the Fierce

If you’re looking for the tug-at-the-heartstrings contender to root for in the 2020 Kentucky Derby (G1), one-eyed Finnick the Fierce qualifies on multiple levels. His dam came from a racehorse adoption facility, and he lost his right eye as a baby due to…

Aug 31, 2020

Monomoy Girl
Champion Monomoy Girl Tops Field of Eight for La Troienne

LOUISVILLE, KY (Monday, Aug. 31, 2020) – Michael Dubb, Monomoy Stables, The Elkstone Group and Bethlehem Stables’ Monomoy Girl, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2018, headlines of a field of eight for Friday’s 35th running of the $500,000 La Troienne presented…

Aug 31, 2020

Max Player
Kentucky Derby Update: Monday, Aug. 31, 2020

LOUISVILLE, KY (Monday, Aug. 31, 2020) – George Hall and SportBLX Thoroughbred’s Max Player completed his major preparations for Saturday’s $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (GI) by working a half-mile in :49.80 over a fast track. Late…

Aug 31, 2020

Oaks Post Position Draw
Gamine, Swiss Skydiver Top Field of Nine for $1.25 Million Longines Kentucky Oaks

LOUISVILLE, KY (Monday, Aug. 31, 2020) – Robert Lund Petersen’s brilliant two-time Grade I winner Gamine and Peter Callahan’s Swiss Skydiver, winner of the Alabama (GI) in her most recent start, headline a field of nine 3-year-old fillies entered Monday for…

Aug 31, 2020

Mike Smith aboard Justify after the 2018 Kentucky Derby - Coady Photography
Meet the 2020 Kentucky Derby jockeys

Aug 31, 2020

Enforceable head shot (Coady Photography)
Tales from the Crib: Enforceable

“She is the gift that keeps on giving to us.”Rightly does Bernard Cleary, owner of Clearsky Farms, describe the routine excellence of broodmare Justwhistledixie. Not only are her first five foals all winners, but four are graded stakes victors, and three have…

Aug 30, 2020

Attachment Rate
Kentucky Derby Update: Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020

Jim Bakke and Gerald Isbister’s Attachment Rate worked five furlongs in 1:01.20 over a fast main track Sunday morning at Churchill Downs as he completed his major preparations for Saturday’s 146th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford…

Aug 30, 2020

Sole Volante as a foal (Carrie Gilbert/Flaxman Holdings)
Tales from the Crib: Sole Volante

Three decades after Miesque made Breeders’ Cup history by repeating in the 1988 Mile (G1) at Churchill Downs, her descendant Sole Volante goes for Kentucky Derby (G1) glory beneath the Twin Spires. Despite his pedigree, the Derby hopeful was a bargain-basement…

Aug 29, 2020

Tiz the Law - Credit Susie Raisher
Kentucky Derby Update: Saturday, Aug. 29

Kentucky Derby hopefuls worked on three fronts Saturday morning highlighted by Sackatoga Stable’s Tiz the Law’s five-furlong work in :59.21 over a fast track at Saratoga.Beneath the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs, John Oxley’s Enforceable worked a half-mile…

Aug 29, 2020

Kentucky Derby trophy (Coady Photography)
Five fast facts: 2020 Kentucky Derby sires

Both well-established and up-and-coming young sires are represented by progeny in the 2020 Kentucky Derby (G1). We’ll have more on the contenders’ bloodlines in the “Pedigree fun facts,” but in the meantime, here are five fast facts on some of the noteworthy…

Aug 29, 2020

Baby Ny Traffic in the hay (Gallagher's Stud)
Tales from the Crib: Ny Traffic

Ny Traffic is one of those improbable success stories that fuel hopes and dreams in racing – a colt who’s risen from humble beginnings to become a Kentucky Derby (G1) contender. The “other” New York-bred in Derby 146, Ny Traffic might not have the flair of…

Aug 28, 2020

Art Collector
Friday Shaping Up As Major Work Day for Derby and Oaks Hopefuls

Mother Nature may hold the key to what could be a major work day Friday at Churchill Downs. Rain is forecast to begin overnight Thursday and continue into training hours Friday morning with more rain predicted to begin Friday afternoon and continuing…

Aug 27, 2020

Authentic at Monmouth (Bill Denver/Equi-Photo)
Tales from the Crib: Authentic

“Did we just see the next Rachel Alexandra?” So marveled the New York Post after Peter E. Blum’s homebred filly Flawless looked just that in her scintillating career debut at Belmont Park on May 23, 2010. Unfortunately, she sustained an injury next time out…

Aug 27, 2020