Kentucky Derby News

Domestic Spending and jockey Flavien Prat win the Manhattan Stakes (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport)
Expert Pick of the Week: Mister D. Stakes

A field of 10 turf standouts will vie in Saturday’s $600,000 Mister D. S. (G1) at Arlington Park. The race formerly known as the Arlington Million is run at 1 1/4 miles and attracted a few heavy hitters that I think that the race will go through. Klaravich…

Aug 12, 2021

Maxfield wins the Matt Winn Stakes (Photo by Coady Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: Whitney Stakes

A stellar field of five of the top handicap horses in training will contest the historic $1 million Whitney S. (G1) at Saratoga on Saturday. The first-place finisher of the “Win and You’re In” challenge series event will earn an automatic berth in the Breeders’…

Aug 5, 2021

Essential Quality wins the Jim Dandy (Joe Labozetta/Coglianese Photos)
Essential Quality fends off Keepmeinmind in Jim Dandy

Heavily favored champion Essential Quality overcame a wide trip, and a strong challenge from Keepmeinmind, to prevail in Saturday’s $582,000 Jim Dandy S. (G2) at Saratoga. The Godolphin homebred had to pull out extra in deep stretch to avert an upset, and defy…

Jul 31, 2021

Essential Quality wins the Belmont (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
Essential Quality preps for Travers in Jim Dandy

Champion Essential Quality will kick off the second half of his campaign in Saturday’s $600,000 Jim Dandy S. (G2) at Saratoga. Freshened since his thrilling Belmont S. (G1) victory over Hot Rod Charlie, the Brad Cox trainee is tuning up for the Aug. 28 Travers…

Jul 29, 2021

C Z Rocket wins the Count Fleet Sprint (Photo by Coady Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: Bing Crosby Stakes

A stout field of nine will travel six panels on the Del Mar main surface in Saturday’s $300,000 Bing Crosby S. (G1). The deep and well-matched cast features some of the fleetest runners on the West Coast in what promises to be a thrilling feature on the…

Jul 29, 2021

Homestretch Club Bar View
Churchill Downs Announces Multi-Year Projects to Transform the Legendary Racetrack

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, July 28, 2021) – Churchill Downs announced three major multi-year capital investments to transform key areas at the home of the Kentucky Derby. These projects will ultimately provide new, unique and extraordinary guest experiences…

Jul 28, 2021

Going Global wins the Honeymoon Stakes (Benoit Photo)
Expert Pick of the Week: San Clemente Stakes

A full field of 12 sophomore fillies will contest Saturday’s $200,000 San Clemente S. (G2).at Del Mar. The mile turf test is led by the exciting Going Global, who shows an unblemished mark from four races since arriving in the U.S. Trained by Phil d’Amato,…

Jul 22, 2021

Mandaloun (pink cap) won the Haskell via DQ (photo by Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO)
Mandaloun wins Haskell via disqualification of Hot Rod Charlie

Mandaloun came up a nose short on the finish line in Saturday’s $1 million Haskell S. (G1), but the three-year-old was elevated to first by the Monmouth Park stewards, who disqualified Hot Rod Charlie for drifting in and clipping heels with Midnight Bourbon…

Jul 18, 2021

Hot Rod Charlie winning the Louisiana Derby (G2) - Photo by Jamie Newell/TwinSpires
Study Guide: 2021 Haskell Stakes

Saturday's $1 million Haskell S. (G1) over 1 1/8 miles at Monmouth Park has drawn a strong field of Triple Crown veterans mixed with intriguing newcomers, all vying for a "Win and You're In" berth to the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1). Following Sea Total…

Jul 15, 2021

Hot Rod Charlie winning the Louisiana Derby (G2) - (Jamie Newell/
Hot Rod Charlie favored over Mandaloun, Midnight Bourbon in seven-horse Haskell

Mandaloun, Midnight Bourbon, and Hot Rod Charlie, the respective second-place finishers in the Kentucky Derby (G1), Preakness (G1), and Belmont S. (G1), highlight a nice edition of Saturday’s $1 million Haskell S. (G1) at Monmouth Park. Seven three-year-olds…

Jul 14, 2021

Hard Love wins the 2021 Woodhaven S. (Coglianese Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes

A superb field of nine sophomores will travel 1 1/4 miles on the Belmont inner turf in Saturday’s lucrative $1 million Belmont Derby Invitational S. (G1). The cast features strong domestic runners, as well as, a pair of stout international contenders, in…

Jul 8, 2021

Will's Secret winning the Martha Washington S. at Oaklawn (photo by Coady)
Fulsome brings three-race win streak to Indiana Derby; Will’s Secret tops Oaks

Three-year-olds will take center stage Wednesday evening in the $300,000 Indiana Derby (G3) and $250,000 Indiana Oaks (G3). The featured events headline a 12-race card at Indiana Grand that features six total stakes. Fulsome is the one to beat in the…

Jul 2, 2021

Happy Saver wins at Belmont Park (Photo by Chelsea Durand/Coglianese Photos)
Expert Pick of the Week: Suburban Stakes

A rematch between the top two finishers of the 2020 Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) will be the headline attraction in Saturday’s $400,000 Suburban S. (G2) at Belmont Park. The unbeaten Happy Saver defeated recent Dubai World Cup (G1) winner Mystic Guide by three-quarters…

Jul 1, 2021

Kentucky Derby Logo 148
Churchill Downs Releases Official Logo for Kentucky Derby 148

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Day, Date, 2021) – Churchill Downs Racetrack today unveiled the official Kentucky Derby 148 logo. Featuring the iconic Twin Spires, the logo honors the legendary setting of “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.” The 148th running of the…

Jun 25, 2021

Maxfield wins the 2019 Breeder's Futurity (Coady Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: 2021 Stephen Foster Stakes

A strong field of nine will travel 1 1/8 miles in Saturday’s $600,000 Stephen Foster S. (G2) at Churchill Downs. The feature on a huge day of racing is led by the once-beaten Maxfield from the barn of Brendan Walsh. A graded stakes winner at two, three,…

Jun 24, 2021

Maxfield winning the Matt Winn S. (G3) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography
Study Guide: 2021 Stephen Foster Stakes

With a $600,000 purse, Saturday's Stephen Foster S. (G2) at Churchill Downs is a major early-summer target for some of the best older horses in training. The fact the 1 1/8-mile race awards a "Win and You're In" berth to the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) only…

Jun 24, 2021