Kentucky Derby News

Tiz the Law romps in the Travers (NYRA/Coglianese)
Must-know facts on 2020 Kentucky Derby contenders

The longest Road to the Kentucky Derby is finally nearing its destination, the “Run for the Roses” held on its latest date ever on the first Saturday in September. Despite the prolonged trail, the clear favorite was also one of the earliest to distinguish himself…

Aug 17, 2020

Henry Faulkner with Alice the goat (Faulkner Morgan Archive)
Henry Faulkner and Alice, his bourbon-swilling goat

“…I got to checking and I found out that she was drinking only bourbon, and she wouldn’t touch anything else . . ." Painter, poet, and performance artist Henry Lawrence Faulkner, a native Kentuckian, created a life filled with as much color and more animals…

Aug 17, 2020

American Monarch wins on debut at Saratoga (NYRA/Coglianese/Chris Rahayel)
American Pharoah, California Chrome, Nyquist celebrate recent winners

As Triple Crown champion American Pharoah continues to prosper as a stallion, fellow Kentucky Derby (G1) winners California Chrome and Nyquist are getting off the mark with their first crop of 2-year-olds. American Pharoah could have had a Derby contender…

Aug 16, 2020

Swiss Skydiver wins the Alabama (
Swiss Skydiver airs in Alabama

One week after Tiz the Law trounced the Travers (G1), Swiss Skydiver responded with a tour de force of her own in Saratoga’s companion prize for fillies, the $500,000 Alabama Stakes (G1). The runaway leader in Kentucky Oaks (G1) points fittingly ran away with…

Aug 15, 2020

Pneumatic wins the 2020 Pegasus Stakes
Pneumatic pads Derby point total with comfortable Pegasus score

A space in the Kentucky Derby (G1) starting gate became more secure for Pneumatic, if his connections so desire, after the son of Uncle Mo rolled to a convincing victory in Saturday's $155,000 Pegasus S. at Monmouth Park, the final 2020 Road to the Kentucky…

Aug 15, 2020

King Guillermo
King Guillermo Blitzes Five Furlongs in :59.40

The action beneath the Twin Spires for the Grade I, $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve ramped up Saturday morning as Victoria’s Ranch’s King Guillermo posted a bullet five-furlong move in :59.40 – the fastest of 46 horses at the distance.           King…

Aug 15, 2020

Pneumatic breaks his maiden at Oaklawn Park (Coady Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: Pegasus Stakes

A field of eight sophomores will travel 1 1/16 miles on the Monmouth Park main surface in Saturday’s $150,000 Pegasus S. The final race on the 2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby series will reward the top four finishers with qualifying points for the Run for…

Aug 13, 2020

As Seen On TV wins the Juvenile Sprint (Coglianese Photos/Lauren King)
Study Guide: Pegasus Stakes

By J. Keeler Johnson The Pegasus Stakes will be held at Monmouth Park on August 15, 2020 and will award Kentucky Derby qualifying points at values of 20-8-4-2.

Aug 13, 2020

Kentucky Derby Update
Churchill Downs Announces Updates To Kentucky Derby Safety Plan

Attendance Will Be Less Than 14% of Total Capacity from Event Record, Maximum of 40% of Seated Capacity  No General Admission; Infield Closed Temperature Checks, Medical Screenings, Physical Distancing, Face Coverings Mandated  LOUISVILLE,…

Aug 12, 2020

Swiss Skydiver wins the 2020 Gulfstream Park Oaks
Swiss Skydiver tops strong field in Alabama

The well-traveled Swiss Skydiver take her show on the road to New York for the first time Saturday when she heads a strong field in the $500,000 Alabama Stakes (G1) at Saratoga. The 1 1/4-mile Alabama is the last of the Road to the Kentucky Oaks series…

Aug 12, 2020

Pneumatic winning at Oaklawn Park (c) Coady Photo
Pegasus last stop for Kentucky Derby hopefuls

Saturday’s $150,000 Pegasus Stakes (G3) at Monmouth Park represents the final qualifying race in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series, awarding points on a 20-8-4-2 scale to the top four finishers, and eight 3-year-olds are set for the 1 1/16-mile race scheduled…

Aug 12, 2020

Whirlaway in the winner's circle at Kentucky Derby 1941
Examining the Names of Kentucky Derby winners

Colorful, creative Thoroughbred names are a necessity since horses active in racing -- at any time, around 450,000 -- cannot have duplicate names. The pool is narrowed slightly each year because The Jockey Club, who approves each moniker, retires the names…

Aug 12, 2020

Kentucky Derby favorite Tiz the Law
Kentucky Derby field nearly set with one series prep remaining

With just one 2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby prep remaining, the Aug. 15 Pegasus S. at Monmouth (offering only 20 Derby qualifying points to the winner), the field for the Sept. 5 Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs is nearly set. Two major contenders…

Aug 10, 2020

Jimmy Winkfield on 1902 Kentucky Derby winner Alan-a-Dale
Historical Jockey Profile: Jimmy Winkfield

The last in a series of great African-American jockeys who won the Kentucky Derby, Jimmy Winkfield went on to achieve fame and fortune across Europe in a career that reads like a gripping novel – or a tale best told by cinema.Winkfield was the 17th, and final,…

Aug 10, 2020

Art Collector wins the Ellis Park Derby and moves on to the Kentucky Derby (Coady Photography)
Art Collector romps again in Ellis Park Derby

One day after Tiz the Law cemented his Kentucky Derby credentials with a runaway victory in the Travers (G1), the up-and-coming Art Collector responded with a thoroughly dominant triumph of his own in the Ellis Park Derby. Victory in the 1 1/8-mile race…

Aug 10, 2020

Tiz the Law wins the 2020 Travers
Tiz the Law ready to hit the road for Kentucky after sparkling Travers score

Tiz the Law will head to Churchill Downs as potentially one of the shortest-priced Kentucky Derby (G1) favorites in years after a resounding, hometown victory in Saturday's $980,000 Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga. Enjoying a three-wide stalking trip under…

Aug 8, 2020