Mo Town Makes Sophomore Debut in Risen Star at Fair Grounds

The stakes for Kentucky Derby (G1) hopefuls rise starting on Saturday as the first 50-point prep race, the $400,000 Risen Star (G2) at Fair Grounds is on tap. A field of 14 was entered with 13 likely to start. The connections of So Conflated are going to scratch after drawing the outside 14 post to […]

Uncontested Looking for Uncontested Lead in Southwest at Oaklawn Park

The Wayne Catalano trained Uncontested will be looking for a similar trip he got in his gate to wire score in the Smarty Jones Stakes when he takes on a dozen foes in Monday’s $500,000 Southwest (G3) at Oaklawn Park. Under jockey Channing Hill the colt wired the field in the slop in the Smarty […]

Hollendorfer Seeks Seventh El Camino Real Derby Victory

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is looking for his seventh win in the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (G3) at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday when he sends out the 7-5 morning line favorite Sheer Flattery. The El Camino Real Derby is a Road to the Kentucky Derby points race with 10-4-2-1 points up for grabs to […]

McCraken Leads Field in Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs

A field of nine led by the undefeated McCraken will line up on Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs in the $250,000 Sam F. Davis (G3) with Derby points on the line. The Sam F. Davis winner earns 10 points toward entry into the Run for the Roses and the race serves as a prep for […]

Irish War Cry Becomes Derby Contender in Latest Odds

Updated futures betting shows Irish War Cry has overtaken Classic Empire in the betting to win the Kentucky Derby after beating him in the $350,000 Holy Bull at the weekend. Classic Empire still heads the points standings on 32 points, ahead of El Areeb and Gormley, who both have 20, but his lackluster performance has […]

Kentucky Derby Point Races Come up Chalky on Saturday

We have three Road to the Kentucky Derby points races coming up on Saturday and it will be tough to find prices as we have a couple of solid favorites and a five-horse field. Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion Classic Empire makes his three-year-old debut at Gulfstream Park in the $350,000 Holy Bull (G3) and was […]

Lecomte Draws Competitive Field in First Fair Grounds Derby Points Race

The Road to the Kentucky Derby via the bayou gets underway on Saturday with a competitive field lining up in the $200,000 Lecomte (G3) at Fair Grounds. An outbreak of the equine herpesvirus at Fair Grounds has prevented horses from shipping in or out of the track, and the weather looks lousy with rain in […]

Smarty Jones Kicks Off Road to Derby Through Oaklawn Park

A field of eight three-year-olds will line up on Monday in the $150,000 Smarty Jones, the first of four Road to the Kentucky Derby points races to be run at Oaklawn Park. The Wayne Catalano trained Uncontested is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the Smarty Jones. The colt was fourth in the Kentucky Jockey […]

Baffert Looks for Fifth Sham Win With American Anthem

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will send out the promising American Anthem as he seeks to win the $100,000 Sham Stakes (G3) for the fifth time on Saturday at Santa Anita. The son of Bodemeister broke his maiden in his debut at Del Mar on Dec. 3 going six furlongs and stretches out to […]

Road to Derby: Takaful Short Priced Favorite in Jerome at Aqueduct

The Road to the Kentucky Derby picks back up on Monday with a field of seven going to the post in the $150,000 Jerome (G3) at Aqueduct led by the promising Takaful. The colt is looking to bounce back off a third-place finish as the beaten favorite in the Remsen (G2) on the main track […]