Kentucky Derby News

Enforceable took a big step forward in the Lecomte (Hodges Photography/Jan Brubaker)
Expert Pick of the Week: Blue Grass Stakes

A baker’s dozen of 3-year-olds will contest Saturday’s $600,000 Blue Grass Stakes (G2) at Keeneland. The ultra-competitive field will also act as a major 2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby challenge series event, with points going to the top four finishers on…

Jul 10, 2020

Monarch of Egypt becoming the first winner for American Pharoah
Monarch of Egypt gets chance in European Road finale in Ballysax

American Pharoah, who has the top two on the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby, has a chance of furnishing the European Road leader as well with Monarch of Egypt in Sunday’s Ballysax Stakes (G3) at Dundalk. The Aidan O’Brien trainee meets fellow Triple Crown…

Jul 10, 2020

Swiss Skydiver
Study Guide: Blue Grass

By J. Keeler Johnson The Blue Grass Stakes (G2) will be held at Keeneland Racetrack on July 11, 2020 and will award Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the tune of 100-40-20-10.

Jul 9, 2020

Shared Sense winning the Indiana Derby (Coady Photography)
Shared Sense best in Indiana Derby; Shedaresthedevil rolls in Oaks

Trainer Brad Cox swept both qualifiers at Indiana Grand on Wednesday evening, with Shared Sense joining the Kentucky Derby trail in the $300,000 Indiana Derby (G3) and Shedaresthedevil enhancing her Kentucky Oaks credentials in the $200,000 Indiana Oaks (G3). Shared…

Jul 9, 2020

Art Collector wins a Churchill Downs allowance
Art Collector steps up, Swiss Skydiver takes on boys in Blue Grass

The three-month delay in running the $600,000 Blue Grass Stakes (G2) at Keeneland has resulted in two unique occurrences in Saturday's Road to the Kentucky Derby prep. First, favoritism might fall on a horse that has not yet won a stakes. Secondly, for…

Jul 8, 2020

Venetian Harbor wins the 2020 Las Virgenes
Venetian Harbor will take catching Ashland

Venetian Harbor set things up nicely for Swiss Skydiver in the May 1 Fantasy (G3) by setting a torrid pace, but with that rival taking on the boys Saturday in the Blue Grass (G2), there might be no stopping the California invader in the $400,000 Ashland…

Jul 8, 2020

Necker Island wins at Churchill Downs in 2019 (Coady Photography)
Study Guide: Indiana Derby

By J. Keeler Johnson The Indiana Derby (G3) will be held at Indiana Grand on July 8, 2020 and will award Kentucky Derby qualifying points at 20-8-4-2.

Jul 8, 2020

Danon Pharaoh wins the Japan Dirt Derby (Yuki Shimono)
Danon Pharaoh upsets Japan Dirt Derby

The Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby concluded with an upset in Wednesday’s Japan Dirt Derby. As heavy favorite Cafe Pharoah retreated through the field to endure his first career loss, it was the other colt by American Pharoah – Danon Pharaoh – who powered…

Jul 8, 2020

Necker Island (Coady Photo/Churchill Downs)
Expert Pick of the Week: Indiana Derby

A well-matched field of 10 sophomores will travel 1 1/8 miles in Wednesday’s $300,000 Indiana Derby (G3). The feature on a huge day of racing at Indiana Grand acts as a qualifying race on the 2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby challenge series, with points going…

Jul 7, 2020

Wicked Whisper winning the Frizette Stakes (G1) (Coglianese Photo)
Shedaresthedevil heads Indiana Oaks; Wicked Whisper back for Beaumont Stakes

Contenders for the Sept. 4 Kentucky Oaks (G1) will square off in a pair of weekday prep races, with Wednesday’s $200,000 Indiana Oaks (G3) at Indiana Grand and Friday’s $100,000 Beaumont Stakes (G3) at Keeneland. Both races have been added to the Road to…

Jul 7, 2020

Winning Impression in front at Oaklawn
Winning Impression among 10 pursuing Derby points in Indiana Derby

Fourth when making his stakes debut in the first division of the Arkansas Derby (G1), Winning Impression has been installed as a slight 3-1 morning line favorite in Wednesday's $300,000 Indiana Derby (G3) at Indiana Grand. Scheduled for 7:45 p.m. ET, the…

Jul 6, 2020

Uncle Chuck (Benoit Photography)
Kentucky Derby Horse Profile: Uncle Chuck

Who is Uncle Chuck? Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s Uncle Chuck picked up 20 points on the 2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby following his four-length victory in the $150,000 Los Alamitos Derby (G3). The winner clocked 1 1/8 miles on the fast track in…

Jul 6, 2020

Cafe Pharoah wins the Unicorn
Cafe Pharoah looks to stay hot in Japan Dirt Derby

The runaway leader in the points standings for the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby, Cafe Pharoah looks to remain perfect in the series finale in Wednesday’s Japan Dirt Derby. The exciting American Pharoah colt tops a field of 13 in the about 1 1/4-mile test…

Jul 5, 2020

Uncle Chuck wins the 2020 Los Alamitos Derby
Uncle Chuck registers comfortable win in Los Alamitos Derby

Uncle Chuck officially joined the Kentucky Derby (G1) fray on Saturday with an expected and popular victory in the $150,000 Los Alamitos Derby (G3). In a field reduced to four following the scratch of Anneau d'Or, Uncle Chuck was made an overwhelming 2-5…

Jul 4, 2020

Project Whiskey stuns the Delaware Oaks on July 4, 2020 (Hoofprints, Inc)
Project Whiskey joins Kentucky Oaks trail with Delaware Oaks upset

Project Whiskey stretched out to two turns with a 38-1 upset in Saturday’s $300,000 Delaware Oaks (G3). Unplaced in her last two starts at sprint distances, the Butch Reid-trained winner posted a half-length decision and received 20 points toward a berth…

Jul 4, 2020

Anneau d’Or gallops at Oaklawn Park (Coady Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: Los Alamitos Derby

A compact but talented field of five will contest Saturday’s $200,000 Los Alamitos Derby (G3). The 2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby challenge series contest will reward the top-four finishers with points on a 20-8-4-2 basis towards the Run for the Roses on September…

Jul 2, 2020