Kentucky Derby News

King Fury wins the Lexington (Coady Photography/Keeneland)
King Fury gets back in the ring for Ohio Derby

Scratched from the Kentucky Derby (G1) with a fever, King Fury hopes to resume his progress in Saturday’s $500,000 Ohio Derby (G3) at Thistledown. The 1 1/8-mile test has attracted an intriguing cast of Triple Crown trail veterans and sophomores just now on…

Jun 21, 2021

Sconsin wins the Eight Belles S. (Coady Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: Roxelana Stakes

A graded stakes-quality field of six will go postward in Saturday’s $110,000 Roxelana S. at Churchill Downs. Three contenders who own previous graded tallies will lead the way in the 6 1/2-furlong affair, including the in-form Sconsin. Trained by Greg…

Jun 18, 2021

Mandaloun (Coady Photography)
Mandaloun returns in Pegasus

Grade 2 victor Mandaloun, who crossed the wire second in the Kentucky Derby (G1) in his latest offering, makes his first start since the Run for the Roses in Sunday’s $150,000 Pegasus S. at Monmouth Park. The Brad Cox trainee first served notice that…

Jun 11, 2021

Juliet Foxtrot winning the Jenny Wiley (G1) at Keeneland - Coady Photography
Study Guide: 2021 Mint Julep Stakes

Stakes racing at the Churchill Downs spring meet continues on Saturday with the $150,000 Mint Julep S. (G3). The 1 1/16-mile turf test for fillies and mares has attracted a competitive field of 11, led by Grade 1 winner Juliet Foxtrot.  Mintd Total…

Jun 11, 2021

Juliet Foxtrot wins the Jenny Wiley Stakes (Photo by Coady Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: 2021 Mint Julep Stakes

A field of 11 fillies and mares will travel 1 1/16 miles over the Churchill Downs turf in the Saturday feature, the $150,000 Mint Julep S. (G3). The grassy endeavor is led by the recent Jenny Wiley S. (G1) queen Juliet Foxtrot, who will be tough to upend…

Jun 10, 2021

Essential Quality wins the 2021 Belmont Stakes
Essential Quality back on winning form in Belmont Stakes

Essential Quality capped a huge day for Godolphin on Saturday by giving the worldwide racing behemoth its second transatlantic classic victory of the day, and its first on American soil, in the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1). The reigning juvenile champion,…

Jun 5, 2021

Champion Essential Quality (Coglianese Photos)
Essential Quality leads Kentucky Derby alumni versus Rombauer in 2021 Belmont Stakes

Saturday’s $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1) shapes up as a clash between the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness S. (G1) form. Five horses last seen on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs, including beaten favorite Essential Quality, will test the newfound…

Jun 4, 2021

Essential Quality at the Breeders' Cup (Coady Photography)
Pedigree fun facts: 2021 Belmont Stakes

If champion Essential Quality can rebound in Saturday’s Belmont S. (G1), he would become a record-equaling fourth winner sired by Tapit. The only stallion to achieve that feat is the 19th-century patriarch Lexington, who sired General Duke (1868), Kingfisher…

Jun 3, 2021

Hot Rod Charlie winning the Louisiana Derby (G2) - (Jamie Newell/
Study Guide: 2021 Belmont Stakes

Eight horses are set to battle for supremacy in Saturday's $1.5 million Belmont (G1) at Belmont Park, the third and final leg of the Triple Crown. Preakness (G1) winner Rombauer will be joined in the 1 1/2-mile classic by a half-dozen alumni from the Kentucky…

Jun 2, 2021

Known Agenda wins the Florida Derby (Photo by Derbe Glass/Coglianese Photos)
Expert Pick of the Week: 2021 Belmont Stakes

A field of eight sophomores will run 1 1/2 miles over Big Sandy in the 153rd edition of the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1) on Saturday. The daunting 12-furlong feature headlines a blockbuster day of racing in Elmont, New York, and the third leg of the Triple…

Jun 2, 2021

O Besos at Churchill Downs (Photo by Coady Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: 2021 Matt Winn Stakes

Eight sophomores will travel 1 1/16 miles on the Churchill Downs main surface in Saturday’s $150,000 Matt Winn S. (G3). The well-matched field features a pair of runners who were last seen contesting the Kentucky Derby (G1) here on May 1, and I believe that…

May 27, 2021

O Besos training at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography
Study Guide: 2021 Matt Winn Stakes

Kentucky Derby (G1) alumni Helium and O Besos will square off against a bevy of promising newcomers in Saturday's $150,000 Matt Winn (G3) at Churchill Downs. The 1 1/16-mile race provides an opportunity for talented three-year-olds to get an early start on…

May 27, 2021

Rombauer in the Preakness winner's circle (Bill Denver/Maryland Jockey Club)
Rombauer likely to meet six Kentucky Derby alumni in Belmont Stakes

Preakness S. (G1) upsetter Rombauer is expected to face at least nine rivals in the June 5 Belmont S. (G1), including six last seen in the Kentucky Derby (G1). Here’s the projected cast for the Belmont along with plans for the other Derby graduates. Hot Rod…

May 24, 2021

Frank's Rockette winning the Gallant Bloom H. (G2) at Belmont Park (Photo by Coglianese Photos/Joe Labozzetta)
Expert Pick of the Week: Winning Colors Stakes

A total of six fillies and mares will go postward in the $150,000 Winning Colors S. (G3) at Churchill Downs on Saturday. The six-furlong feature on the main surface boasts a few ultra-talented ladies in the field, and the race will come down to that pair.…

May 20, 2021

Rombauer wins Preakness Stakes 146 (Bill Denver/Maryland Jockey Club)
Rombauer rallies to Preakness glory

Rombauer collared Midnight Bourbon in midstretch and drove to a 3 1/4-length victory in the $1 million Preakness S. (G1) at Pimlico. Last seen finishing third in the April 3 Blue Grass S. (G2) at Keeneland, the Michael McCarthy-trained colt joined the Triple…

May 16, 2021

Ram at Pimlico for the Preakness (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
Pedigree fun facts: 2021 Preakness Stakes

Several Preakness S. (G1) contenders with strong pedigree ties to the middle jewel are longshots. Might that portend an upset brewing at Pimlico on Saturday? Triple Crown champion American Pharoah (2015) is trying to join the exclusive club of Preakness…

May 14, 2021