Tag: Road to the Kentucky Derby

Sole Volante surprised the competition and proved he could be a Kentucky Derby contender with a strong finish at last week's Sam F. Davis stakes. (Image: Santa Anita Park)

Sole Volante Joins the Kentucky Derby Futures Board

Sole Volante, a proverbial dark horse, has added his name to the Kentucky Derby futures board by way of a strong stretch run at last week’s Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Downs in Florida. Who is Sole Volante and where did he come from? A strong stretch run that […]

Tiz the Law was throttled back after building a commanding lead by jockey Junior Alvarado to win the 5th race on the card at the Saratoga Race Course waiting to watch one of his horses to work Thursday Aug. 8, 2019 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Managing partner of Sacktoga Stables who owns Tiz the Law said in the winnerÕs circle that this horse was second best horse he has had in the stable.  Sackatoga was the owner of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide who was also trained by Barclay Tagg.   Photo Special to the Times Union by Skip Dickstein

Three Ways to Clear Up a Cloudy Kentucky Derby Picture

The Holy Bull, Robert B. Lewis, and Withers sound like answers to random trivia questions, which actually isn’t far from the truth they will reveal Saturday about several of this year’s Kentucky Derby favorites. The three are actual Derby prep races taking place at three tracks around the United States, […]

With morning-line odds at 7/2, Scabbard is a favorite that opens up many exotic betting opportunities at Lecomte. (Image: Coady Photography)

Lecomte Stakes Offers Early Derby Points, Value Betting Opportunities

Remember War Emblem? The 2002 Kentucky Derby champion ridden by Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza? That’s not today’s trivia question, but the answer to another question: Name the only horse to run the Lecomte Stakes and win the Kentucky Derby. Perhaps War Emblem will have more company this year. Saturday’s […]

Wet weather and a full house expected Saturday in Hot Springs.

Last Chance Saturday: Kentucky Derby Destiny at Stake

Omaha Beach and Improbable at Oaklawn Park and Anothertwistafate and Sueno at Keeneland are leading the way into the final weekend of Kentucky Derby prep races. Saturday marks the final day to earn points towards one of only 20 starting stalls for the race every owner, jockey and trainer covets. […]

Hot favorite Somelikeithotbrown under Tyler Gaffalione flashing home an easy winner in Kentucky Derby prep at Turfway Park. Image: (Coady Photography/Turfway Park)

Kentucky Derby Preps: Two Favorites Falter, Somelikeithotbrown Delights

Three major Kentucky Derby preps Saturday saw two heavily hyped favorites fail to get to the winners’ circle. The third prep, at Turfway Park in Northern Kentucky, produced an impressive winner in Somelikeithotbrown for trainer Mike Maker. A fourth key prep Saturday, the $500,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita […]

Mark Casse send out his Wow horse, War of Will in Risen Star Stakes New Orleans.

Outside Draw Adding Intrigue to Derby Prep in New Orleans

Trainer Mark Casse’s War of Will is the likely favorite in Saturday’s $400,000 Risen Star Stakes, the major Kentucky Derby prep this week at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. But he’ll have to overcome an outside post position if he wants to visit the winner’s circle. The […]

Knicks Go, 5/2 on the morning line, is looking to rebound at Tampa Bay Downs. (Image: Keeneland/Coady Photography)

On the Derby Trail: Knicks Go No Slam Dunk at Tampa Bay Downs

History and a compelling field suggest that Saturday’s 1 1/16 mile $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs is a Kentucky Derby prep race not to be ignored. Despite often playing second fiddle to Gulfstream Park near Miami, Tampa Bay Downs is now an important feeder track for […]

Bob Baffert and 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify Garry Jones /AP

Future is Now for Kentucky Derby Bettors, Bob Baffert Leads the Way

Game Winner and Improbable, both from the stable of Bob Baffert, are expected to attract the most individual Kentucky Derby future book wagering action when the second phase of the popular bet opens Friday. Bettors also have an “all others” option covering any horse not listed by veteran linemaker Mike […]

Harvey Wallbanger blows up tote board in Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Coglianese Photos/Kenny Martin

Harvey Wallbanger Leaves Bettors Tipsy in Holy Bull

Harvey Wallbanger, namesake of the popular 1970s cocktail and a nearly 30/1 long shot, set off explosive payoffs Saturday by pulling off a huge upset at the $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The Kentucky Derby aspirant keyed a $1101.70 one dollar exacta on top of Everfast, the Dale […]

Wow. War of Will ran way ahead of the field to take an easy win -- and 10 Kentucky Derby points -- at the Fair Grounds on Saturday. (Image: Racing Dudes)

Wow Moment: War of Will Takes Big Easy Win at LeComte

War of Will, who carries the barn moniker “Wow,” produced that “wow moment” for Kentucky Derby followers Saturday, handily winning the $200,000, 1 mile-seventy-yard Lecomte Stakes at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Now, the horse racing world’s Derby attention moves into the South on Friday. That’s where Oaklawn Park […]