Kentucky Derby News

Honor A. P. with Mike Smith
Honor A. P. to complete Derby preparations in Shared Belief at Del Mar

Honor A. P., widely viewed as the second favorite for the Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby (G1), will get some type of challenge from a combination of Bob Baffert-trained rivals when he turns in his final Derby prep on Saturday in the $100,000 Shared Belief Stakes…

Jul 27, 2020

Country Grammer wins the Peter Pan (G3) (Coglianese Photo/Chelsea Durand)
Mucciolo’s ‘Lucky 7’ Kentucky Derby value horses

With the Kentucky Derby (G1) just six weeks away on Sept. 5, it seems like a good time to commence the daunting handicapping process for the “Run for the Roses." Belmont (G1) star Tiz the Law is clearly the most proven 3-year-old in training right now for Barclay…

Jul 25, 2020

Cazadero (Coady Photo/Churchill Downs)
Way-too-early look at 2-year-olds to watch in the fall Kentucky Derby preps

The 2021 Kentucky Derby season begins on the same day as the 2020 Kentucky Derby Contrary to the title of this story, it’s really never too early to start thinking about the Kentucky Derby. And in this case, we’re not referring to the postponed 2020 Kentucky…

Jul 24, 2020

King Guillermo wins the 2020 Tampa Bay Derby
King Guillermo aims to buck nearly a century of Kentucky Derby history

Prepping for the Kentucky Derby (G1) twice at age three has become an increasingly popular and successful route to victory in America's most famous race. Street Sense (2007), Big Brown (2008), Mine That Bird (2009), Super Saver (2010), Animal Kingdom…

Jul 22, 2020

Country Grammer wins at Aquaduct (Coglianese Photo)
Kentucky Derby Horse Profile: Country Grammer

Paul Pompa Jr.’s Country Grammer earned 50 points on the 2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby following his game triumph in the Peter Pan S. (G3) at Saratoga Race Course. Piloted by Irad Ortiz Jr., the winner completed 1 1/8 miles on the fast main surface in 1:49.79.…

Jul 22, 2020

Country Grammer wins the 2020 Peter Pan
Path to Kentucky Derby narrowing for stakes newcomers

With just four prep races remaining in the 2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby series, there are limited opportunities for any potential stakes newcomers to jump and join the Derby picture in the final weeks leading up to the first Saturday in September. Judging…

Jul 20, 2020

Paris Lights wins the 2020 CCA Oaks
Paris Lights edges Crystal Ball in Coaching Club American Oaks

Paris Lights hounded the pacesetting Crystal Ball for most of Saturday's $339,500 Coaching Club American Oaks (G1), finally wearing down that rival inside the final sixteenth to win the Saratoga feature by a head in what was the stakes debut for both…

Jul 18, 2020

Authentic winning the Haskell (G1) (Equi-Photo/Ryan Denver)
Authentic holds on in Haskell

Authentic held on to win Saturday’s $1 million Haskell (G1) at Monmouth Park, turning back Ny Traffic by a nose in his final Kentucky Derby prep. The son of Into Mischief rebounded from his lone career setback, a runner-up in the June 6 Santa Anita Derby…

Jul 18, 2020

Dr Post wins at Gulfstream Park (Lauren King)
Expert Pick of the Week: Haskell Stakes

An excellent field of seven will travel 1 1/8 miles on the dirt at Monmouth Park in Saturday’s $1 million Haskell Stakes (G1). The 2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby series event will offer qualifying points to the first four to cross the wire on a 100-40-20-10…

Jul 17, 2020

Country Grammer wins the Peter Pan (G3) (Coglianese / Chelsea Durand)
Country Grammer edges Caracaro in Peter Pan Stakes

Country Grammer made a decisive inside move into contention leaving the far turn and gamely defeated Caracaro by a neck in Thursday’s $100,000 Peter Pan (G3) at Saratoga, putting himself into the Kentucky Derby picture with his first stakes win. The…

Jul 16, 2020

Authentic wins the San Felipe Stakes (Benoit Photography)
Study Guide: Haskell

By J. Keeler JohnsonThe Haskell Stakes (G1) will be held at Monmouth Park on July 18, 2020 and will award Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the top four finishers at the values of 100-40-20-10.

Jul 16, 2020

Tonalist's Shape winning the Davona Dale (G2) (Lauren King/Coglianese)
Tonalist’s Shape to face five in CCA Oaks

Winner of the Davona Dale (G2) and Forward Gal (G3), Tonalist’s Shape will seek her first Grade 1 prize in Saturday’s $350,000 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga. The 1 1/8-mile race has been added as a major qualifier in the Road to the Kentucky Oaks…

Jul 15, 2020

Country Grammer wins at Aquaduct (Coglianese Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: Peter Pan Stakes

A field of nine sophomores will contest Thursday’s $100,000 Peter Pan Stakes (G3) during opening day at Saratoga. The 2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby challenge series event will reward the top-four finishers of the qualifying race with points on a 50-20-10-5…

Jul 15, 2020

Authentic wins the 2020 San Felipe
Authentic favored to give Baffert ninth win in Haskell

Run for more than half a century as an invitational, Saturday's $1 million Haskell Stakes (G1) is now a race technically open to all. No invitation is necessary, however, to attract one of trainer Bob Baffert's top 3-year-olds to Monmouth Park as the…

Jul 15, 2020

Candy Tycoon (Coglianese Photography)
Study Guide: Peter Pan

By J. Keeler Johnson The Peter Pan Stakes (G3) will be held at Saratoga on Thursday, July 16, 2020 and will award Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the top four finishers at values of 50-20-10-5.

Jul 15, 2020

Shared Sense winning the Indiana Derby (Coady Photography)
Kentucky Derby Horse Profile: Shared Sense

Godolphin’s homebred Shared Sense picked up 20 points on the “2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby” challenge series following his three-length victory in the Indiana Derby (G3) at Indiana Grand. The sophomore finished 1 ⅛ miles on the fast dirt oval in 1:49.46…

Jul 15, 2020