Kentucky Derby

Derby Preps: Winter Wrap-Up

Snow still covers the racetracks and crab shacks on much of the eastern edge of the Derby trail. Even so, the Kentucky Derby winter prep season is over.
March 1 marks the final Derby prep on Aqueduct’s winter surface, and Gulfstream has run the last of its 8.5-furlong preps. From here on, most horses enter […]

Kentucky Derby Futures Pool 3 Preview

By our reckoning, Pools 1 and 2 churned up just one value play. We grabbed Noble Moon in Pool 1 at 63-1. He is 1 of just 7 horses from Pool 1 who remain on the Pool 3 list. A few horses just missed our value point in Pool 2, including Bobby’s Kitten who […]

Derby Preps: Gotham Stakes

The Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct features two horses who staged a thrilling gate-to-wire duel in the Withers Stakes last month. The winner, Samraat (5-2), will line up as the favorite again, while runner-up Uncle Sigh (3-1) enters the race as the morning line 2nd choice. That’s a lot of misdirected money filling the pools, so […]

Derby Preps: Fountain of Youth

Oh, the energy of youth! It’s on full display today at Gulfstream Park, with 13 horses entered in the Fountain of Youth Stakes. Many will navigate 2 turns for the first time in their careers. How they ration their bountiful energy will play a big part in how they perform in the race.

A handy […]

Kentucky Derby Prep: R. B. Lewis Stakes

Nobody ships 3-year-old Derby prospects as successfully as Bob Baffert. For example, his winning percentage in Oaklawn Park stakes races in the past few years rings up well above 50%. So why do we find two top Baffert 3-year-olds in the same race at Santa Anita?

Chitu (7-2) enters this 8.5-furlong race off of two […]

Kentucky Derby Futures Pool #2 Preview

Derby prognosticators…prepare to dance in a minefield. Churchill Downs rolls out its 2nd futures pool this week. About 30% of bets from Pool #1 last November already blew up. And only 9 of the 23 listed horses in Pool #1 show up on the list for Pool #2.

The analysis for Pool #1 included […]

Kentucky Derby Preps: Cash Call Futurity

Later today Hollywood Park offers the year’s final showcase for top 2-year-olds. Thirteen horses will line up for the Cash Call Futurity at 1-1/16th miles.

Two horses trained by Jerry Hollendorfer will vie for favoritism:

Tamarando (4-1), winner of the Real Quiet Stakes on this track in his most recent outing. He defeated Electric Eddie, who is […]

Kentucky Derby Futures Pool 1

Churchill Downs now offers you the chance to bet the Kentucky Derby very early. Kind of like betting on which immature green fruit will ripen perfectly months from now. Futures Pool #1 lists 23 two-year-old prospects, many of whom have yet to race around two turns. Quite a risky venture.

One aspect of this pool raises […]