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Rosie Napravnik after winning 2012 Kentucky Oaks on Believe You Can (Horsephotos.com)
Historical Jockey Profile: Rosie Napravnik

In a career that spanned just a decade, and voluntarily ended at the top of her game in 2014, Rosie Napravnik scored breakthroughs as a female jockey in a male-dominated sport. The first woman rider to win the Kentucky Oaks (G1) and two Breeders’ Cup events,…

Aug 8, 2020

Art Collector wins the Blue Grass Stakes (Coady Photography)
Study Guide: Ellis Park Derby

By J. Keeler Johnson The Ellis Park Derby will be held at Ellis Park on August 9, 2020 and will award Kentucky Derby qualifying points at the values of 50-20-10-5.

Aug 7, 2020

Uncle Chuck as a foal at Stonestreet Farms
Tales from the Crib: Uncle Chuck

A late-developing Bob Baffert youngster rockets into the Kentucky Derby (G1) picture in the nick of time. That story line has become familiar since Justify’s incredible Triple Crown run in 2018, but Uncle Chuck is taking it to new extremes.Indeed, it took the…

Aug 7, 2020

Tiz the Law wins the Belmont Stakes (Horsephotos)
Study Guide: Travers Stakes

By J. Keeler JohnsonThe Travers Stakes (G1) serves as a Kentucky Derby prep race on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at Saratoga. It will award qualifying points to the Kentucky Derby at the values of 100-40-20-10.

Aug 6, 2020

Art Collector winning the Blue Grass Stakes (c) Coady
Art Collector faces full field in Ellis Park Derby

Blue Grass (G2) winner Art Collector will make his final prep for the Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby in Sunday’s $200,000 Ellis Park Derby. Worth points a combined 85 points (50-20-10-5 scale) to the top four finishers, the penultimate qualifier in the Road to the Kentucky…

Aug 6, 2020

Tiz the Law wins the Belmont Stakes (Coglianese Photos)
Expert Pick of the Week: Travers Stakes

The signature event of the Saratoga meeting will take place on Saturday when eight sophomores travel 1 1/4 miles in the $1 million Travers S. (G1). The 2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby series event will reward the top-four finishers with qualifying points to…

Aug 6, 2020

Future Wager
Tiz the Law 9-5 Morning Line Favorite in Pool 7 Kentucky Derby Future Wager

Sackatoga Stable’s $1 million Belmont Stakes (Grade I) winner Tiz the Law continues to be top of mind with many horseplayers and was made the 9-5 morning line favorite for the final pool of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”), which spans Friday to…

Aug 5, 2020

Tiz the Law wins the 2020 Belmont Stakes
Tiz the Law a strong favorite in eight-horse Travers

Tiz the Law has been made the even-money favorite for Saturday's $1 million Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga, the 1 1/4-mile "Midsummer Derby" which for the first time serves as a prep for the Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby (G1). The once-beaten Tiz the Law has…

Aug 5, 2020

Thousand Words wins the Shared Belief S. (HorsePhotos)
Kentucky Derby Horse Profile: Thousand Words

Albaugh Family Stables LLC and Spendthrift Farm LLC’s Thousand Words broke best and never looked back en route to a score in the $98,000 Shared Belief S. at Del Mar. The two-time graded stakes victor completed 1 1/16 miles on the fast main surface in 1:43.85…

Aug 5, 2020

Art Collector as a foal at Claiborne (Dell Hancock)
Tales from the Crib: Art Collector

There’s something apropos about a colt named Art Collector liking to appraise himself in the mirror as a youngster. But the name of this Kentucky Derby (G1) contender has greater resonance, expressing historic legacies in both his pedigree and upbringing.  The…

Aug 2, 2020

Thousand Words wins the 2020 Shared Belief
Thousand Words upsets Honor A. P. in Shared Belief

Thousand Words grabbed the early lead and fended off multiple challenges to register an upset in Saturday's $98,000 Shared Belief Stakes, the final West Coast prep for the Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby (G1). Under Abel Cedillo, the Bob Baffert-trainee was sent…

Aug 1, 2020

Hopeful Growth wins the Monmouth Oaks (Ryan Denver/Equi-Photo)
Hopeful Growth emphatically turns tables in Monmouth Oaks

Donning blinkers after a fifth in the Delaware Oaks (G3), Hopeful Growth responded to reverse form comprehensively in Saturday’s $212,000 Monmouth Oaks (G3). The 11-1 shot swamped Delaware Oaks winner Project Whiskey in the stretch and drew off to earn 50…

Aug 1, 2020

Pneumatic wins the Pegasus Stakes (Bill Denver/EQUIPHOTO)
Kentucky Derby Horse Profile: Pneumatic

Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Pneumatic picked up 20 qualifying points on the 2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby challenge series following his 2 1/4-length triumph in the $155,000 Pegasus S. at Monmouth Park. Ridden by Joe Bravo, the sophomore clocked 1 1/16 miles…

Aug 1, 2020

Cezanne wins an allowance race at Los Alamitos (Benoit Photo)
Study Guide: Shared Belief Stakes

By J. Keeler JohnsonA field of six race to Del Mar for the Shared Belief Stakes. Held on August 1, 2020, the Kentucky Derby Prep will award points at the values of 50-20-10-5.

Jul 30, 2020

Lucrezia wins the Suncoast (SV Photography)
Lucrezia takes on Delaware Oaks alumnae in Monmouth Oaks

The top six finishers from the July 4 Delaware Oaks (G3) renew rivalry in Saturday’s $200,000 Monmouth Oaks (G3), but three new opponents, led by Lucrezia, add more depth to the Monmouth Park feature. Added as a scoring race on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks,…

Jul 30, 2020

Honor A. P. wins the Santa Anita Derby (Benoit Photo)
Expert Pick of the Week: Shared Belief Stakes

A compact field of six sophomores will contest Saturday’s $100,000 Shared Belief S. at Del Mar. The 2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby challenge series event will reward the top-four finishers with points on a 50-20-10-5 basis. Impressive Santa Anita Derby (G1)…

Jul 29, 2020