Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Let's Go To The Races - May 5-6, 2017
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The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports,
the Kentucky Derby is America's race for
3-year Thoroughbreds held annually
 on the first Saturday in May.


Kentucky Derby TV Coverage
11am ET             May 3    Post Position Draw                Live
4-6pm ET            May 4    Derby Access                        NBC Sports Network; TVG
12-6:20pm ET     May 5    Kentucky Oaks                      NBC Sports Network; TVG
12-2:30pm ET     May 6    Kentucky Derby Undercard  NBC Sports Network; TVG
2:30-7:20 ET       May 6    Kentucky Derby                    NBC
                                              (Derby Post Time: 6:34)

YouTube Kentucky Derby channel - Workouts and more

The week of the Derby, a menu of the races Friday and Saturday will appear in this space.  The races will be arranged by Time Order and you will have a link to the race card entries.  A printable file will also be provided with a 1-page race summary and full list of the horses entered in each race. This will aid in the viewing of each of the races, and hopefully will enhance your viewing experience.  The information provided below is to help you get acquainted with each horse in the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby.

There will also be many "undercard" races throughout Friday and Saturday, and information will be provided as many of those races are Graded Stakes, some at the highest level.

Betting the Horses - 1-2-3
I recommend TwinSpires -- Best interface, least intrusive
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Not required to bet - watch races around the world

Videos, Profiles, Handicappers, Workouts
DRF Breeding Report - 4-25 Oaks & Derby horses Paradise Woods, Gormley, Irap
DRF Out of the Gate - Apr 21, 2017
Daily Live Stream from Churchill Downs for workouts
XBTV Video on Demand Triple Crown coverage
Pedigree Report - DRF - 4-18-17 - Video
DRF Matt Bernier Show - 4-21-17 - Pays tribute to Tepin
Ray Paulick Friday Report - 4-21-17
Jarod Horak - 4-20-17 - Irish War Cry, Gunnevera, and Classic Empire  

Kentucky Derby.com News
The News Ticker - Headlines of the day
Daily Racing Form - DRF

Rating the Kentucky Derby Hopefuls
Thoroughbred Daily News 4-18-17 - Top 20
Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen - 4-25-17
Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen - 4-18-17
Bill Oppenheim, TDN: Rating the top tier

DRF Derby Watch
Could Hence pull a Kentucky Derby Upset
How fast the contenders finished
Down the Stretch KY Derby Edition- Free PPs
DRF  - Commentary & Odds by DRF's top Handicappers
Past Performances - Top 20 by points
Past Performances - Top 20 by points - Brisnet

Road to the Derby
All Derby Prep Races Results/Analysis

Derby Horses
Derby Leaderboard
Horse by Horse guide including free Past Performances & Race Replays
Horse Profiles/Videos/Race Record
Click on a horse's name for race record, race chart & replay/pedigree
Fast and Accurate
Irish War Cry
J Boys Echo
Lookin at Lee
Practical Joke
State of Honor
Thunder Snow

Kentucky Derby  YouTube Channel - Horse profiles, videos for workouts

Kentucky Derby web site Workouts grid
Kentucky Derby - You Tube Channel - Look for individual workout videos

4-24-17 - McCraken
DRF Mike Welsch Churchill Downs - workouts
Kentucky Derby channel - YouTube - workouts and more
Irap - 4-22-17 - Keeneland (fast) 1mi 1:44 (Breezing)  BloodHorse report
Gormley Workout 4-22-17
Practical Joke - 4-21-17 - 4f Dirt(fast) Breezing 49.8  
Derby Horses Daily Workouts Grid - Click on a
Workout Primer - Evaluating workouts - Time isn't everything
Equibase - Search for Individual Horse Workouts
Basics for Evaluating workouts
Time and Class - It's all relative
Basics to know
On the track, there are four different speeds at which a horse moves. A “jog” is another term for the trot, a two-beat diagonal gait. As speed increases into the “gallop” the rider will shift his or her weight forward, rise up out of the saddle and travel 16 – 18 seconds per furlong (220 yards). A “two-minute-lick” is characterized by a horse going one mile (8 furlongs) in two minutes, i.e. 15 seconds per furlong. The fastest speed at which a horse will exercise is “breezing”, where a horse will travel approximately 12 seconds per furlong. Most workouts for horses leading up to the Derby will be "breezing" at about 12 seconds per furlong.

General News
UPI Weekend Racing Report - 4-21-17
The One That Got Away - Bob Baffert's Mastery
The News ticker - Raceday360

Oaks Horses
Oaks Leaderboard
Horse by Horse guide including free Past Performances & Race Replays
Down the Stretch KY Derby/Oaks Edition- Free PPs
KY Oaks PPs
Videos, profiles, livestreaming coverage

Watchmaker: Let's not forget the Kentucky Oaks horses
Watchmaker Kentucky Oaks Grid / Odds  - Printable file

Farrell  Miss Sky Warrior  Ever So Clever  Sailor's Valentine  Paradise Woods  Salty 
It Tiz Well  Abel Tasman  Daddy's Lil Darling  Chanel's Legacy  Taquilita 
Yorkiepoo Princess  Lockdown  Ghalia  Wicked Lick
Time Ordered Races / Entries - Printable file - This section will move to the top of the blog the week of the Derby as times and entries are drawn for each race.

Kentucky Juvenile S  CD  May 4 $100,000  2yo  5f  R  CARD

Vagrancy H G3  Bel   $200,000  4+ f/m  6.5f  R  CARD
ALYSHEBA S G2  CD   $400,000  4+  8.5f  R  CARD
EDGEWOOD  G3  CD   $150,000  3yo f  8.5f T R  CARD
EIGHT BELLES S G2  CD   $200,000  3yo f  7f R  CARD
LA TROIENNE G1  CD   $300,000  4+ f/m  8.5f  R  CARD
KENTUCKY OAKS G1 CD   $1,000,000  3yo f  9f R  CARD
TWIN SPIRES TURF SPRINT G3T  CD   $150,000  3+  5f T R  CARD

Fort Marcy S G3  Bel   $150,000  4+  9f T R  CARD
Sheepshead Bay S G2  Bel   $200,000  4+ f/m  11f T R  CARD
Westchester S G3  Bel   $200,000  4+  8f  R  CARD
AMERICAN TURF G2  CD   $300,000  3yo 8.5f T R  CARD
CHURCHILL DISTAFF TURF MI G2  CD   $300,000  4+ f/m  8f T R  CARD
CHURCHILL DOWNS G2  CD   $500,000  4+  7f  R  CARD
HUMANA DISTAFF G1  CD   $300,000  4+ f/m  7f  R  CARD
KENTUCKY DERBY G1  CD   $2,000,000  3yo  10f  R  CARD
PAT DAY MILE G3  CD   $250,000  3yo  8f  R  CARD
WOODFORD RES. TURF CLASSIC G1  CD   $500,000  4+  9f T R  CARD
Parx Derby  PRX   $100,000  3yo  8.32f  R  CARD
Senorita S G3T  SA   $100,000  3yo f  8f T R  CARD
New Providence S  WO   $125,000  3+ S  6f AW R  CARD


Friday, April 14, 2017


Let's Go To The Races - Apr 15-16, 2017
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Time Ordered Races / Entries - Printable file 


Classic Empire delivers in Arkansas Derby
Team Casse celebrates Classic Empire return to form
Derby Points Standing - Final as of 4-16-17
Printable Points Standing Grid - PDF

The Lady shows her heels to the competition in the Giant's Causeway in her seasonal bow!

BloodHorse: Lady Aurelia all class in Giant's Causeway
The globe-trotting, Cartier Award-winning bay filly earned every style point in her first outing since last September when she whipped her way off the final turn and showed older rivals how it was done with a 2 1/2-length victory in the $100,000 Giant's Causeway Stakes over the Keeneland lawn.



Joe Kristufek answers the crucial question in this article from America's Best Racing

With the 50 points he earned in the Rebel, Malagacy already has enough. Here’s what the remaining horses most likely need to do in the Arkansas Derby in order to qualify.

Horses (current points)
4th (10 points) or better 
Untrapped (34 - currently 20th)
Classic Empire (32)

3rd (20 points) or better 
Conquest Mo Money (20)
Sonneteer (20)

2nd (40 points) or win (100 points)
Petrov (13)
Lookin at Lee (12)
Silver Dust (1)
Rowdy the Warrior (2)
Rockin Rudy (0) New shooter
Grandpa’s Dream (0) New shooter
One Dreamy Dude (0) New shooter

Arkansas Derby Previews
Classic Empire?  He's back -- well, maybe!
DRF: Matt Bernier - Dan Illman
Andy Serling previews the Arkansas Derby
Mike Watchmaker - Matt Bernier Ark Derby
Classic Empire aims to regain luster in Arkansas Derby
Arkansas Derby 'Cheat Sheet'
Five Questions to be answered in Arkansas Derby
James Scully: Untrapped should get trip in Arkansas Derby
Kellie Reilly: Five things to know about the Arkansas Derby
John Mucciolo weighs in on Arkansas Derby & Lexington Stakes

XBTV - Live streaming Arkansas Derby - Oaklawn Park
Twin Spires - live streaming - Requires account

Stellar Wind blows into Oaklawn for Apple Blossom
The man who raised Lady Eli and his rapport with his horses
Lady Eli makes seasonal bow in star studded Jenny Wiley
Lady Aurelia faces elders in Giant's Causeway
TDN: Derby Top 20 for April 11

Analysis:  Why Blue Grass result casts doubts over much of the Road to the Kentucky Derby
James Willoughby analyzes all the major Derby trial races and what they reveal.  This article is about the Blue Grass Stakes last weekend.  He will wrap up his series after this weekend's last major Derby prep, the $1Million G1 Arkansas Derby.
Santa Anita Derby - Gormley   At the link, scroll down to access the rest of the Derby preps as analyzed by Willoughby

Derby Qualifying races - race by race analysis by Jay Privman
Arkansas Derby by the numbers



Time Ordered Races / Entries - Printable file
Race Entries Index

After a race has been completed, click on CARD for replay at BloodHorse

5:30 ET  Maker's 46 Mile G1T  Kee  $300,000  4+  8f T  R9  CARD
5:42 ET  Fantasy S G3  OP  $400,000  3yo f  8.5f  R8  CARD
6:10 ET  APPLE BLOSSOM H G1 OP  $600,000  4+ f/m  8.5f  R9  CARD

Stellar Wind comes back in style in Apple Blossom victory  Replay
Ever So Clever stamps Oaks ticket in Fantasty Stakes win
American Patriot denies Heart to Heart in Makers 46 Mile

4:24 ET  Ben Ali S G3  Kee  $200,000  4+  9f R7  CARD
4:44 ET  Plenty of Grace S  Aqu  $100,000  4+ f/m  8f T R7  CARD
4:53 ET  Jacques Cartier S  WO  $100,000  4+  6f AW R8  CARD
4:57 ET  Giant's Causeway S L  Kee  $100,000  3+ f/m  5.5f T R8  CARD
4:57 ET  Count Fleet Sprint H G3 OP  $400,000  4+  6f  R7  CARD
5:30 ET  Los Angeles H G3  SA  $100,000  3+  6f  R4  CARD
5:33 ET  Northern Spur  OP  $150,000  3yo  8.5f R8  CARD
5:34 ET  Lexington S G3  Kee  $200,000  3yo  8.5f  R9  CARD
6:09 ET  Oaklawn H G2  OP  $750,000  4+  9f  R9  CARD
6:12 ET  JENNY WILEY S G1 KEE  $350,000  4+ f/m  8.5f T R10  CARD
7:18 ET  ARKANSAS DERBY G1  OP  $1,000,000  3yo  9f  R11  CARD

Result - Replay - Tough beat for Lady Eli as Dickinson prevails at wire

4:53 ET  Star Shoot S  WO  $100,000  3yo f  6f AW  R8  CARD
6:30 ET  MSW $54,000 1 1/8 mi Turf R6  CARD *
6:37 ET  Copper Top Futurity  Sun  $110,000  2yo S  4.5f  R8  CARD
7:05 ET  Sunland Park H  Sun  $150,000  3+  9f   R9  CARD

*ZICONIC MAIDEN, 2ND TIME ON TURF This will be his 6th attempt. He was a well beaten second last time out on the turf, but he was closing at the end after a late start at the gate. John may have seen something about the way he was coming at the end that has led him to continue him on the turf. Here is the replay for his last try on the turf at a mile, and his race on Sunday looks to give him the extra distrance the last race indicated he might like. He looks like he knows what his job is in the last time out. Santa Anita Race 4 - Mar 19 - 1 mi Turf

Japan Racing 
2:40 a.m. ET  Satsuki Sho Japanese Two Thousand Guineas G1  JRA  $1,785,000  3yo  10f T R  CARD    Preview    RESULT - REPLAY  RESULT
FIRST LEG OF JAPANESE TRIPLE CROWN. Featuring Japan's most accomplished and promising 3 years olds, the race goes off at 2:40 a.m. ET Sunday morning (11:40 p.m. PT, Saturday). Because of the hour in the U.S., you might wish to catch the replay. Usually the English version is posted Monday, but the race replay can be found at the Japan racing site following the race.

"By far the most fascinating runner to be nominated, FAN DII NA, the FILLY by Deep Impact is unbeaten in three starts, and is coming off a five-length victory in the Grade 3 Flower Cup over 1,800 meters at Nakayama in March. The eye-catching filly is bidding to become the first filly to win the race since Hide Hikari in 1948."


Breeders Cup Challenge features 81 races in 2017
Scuba looks to continue winning says in Ben Ali
Aidan O'Brien Stable Tour
Aidan O'Brien stable tour - ATR
Arrogate tops World's Best Racehorse rankings
Green Gratto delivers and so does his trainer
NBC Sports plans 11 BC Challenge program broadcasts


Friday, April 7, 2017

April 8-9, 2017 SA Derby, Blue Grass, Wood Memorial

Let's Go To The Races - Apr -8-9, 2017
This is a non-commercial blog
Time Ordered Races / Entries - Printable file 



DRF Out of the Gate - Video

XBTV - Live streaming
Twin Spires - live streaming - Requires account
XBTV Video on Demand - Workouts
Also: FS2 - Fox Sports2 Satuday 3-5:30 EDT - Aqueduct
Internatonal - Australia  - Royal Randwick


All cards can be found at this link and then select Race # ==>>> ALL FIELDS
12:35 a.m. ET AUSTRALIAN OAKS G1  A$1,000,000, 3yo, f, 2400mT  R6
1:15 a.m.   ET  QUEEN ELIZABETH S. G1, A$4,000,000, 3yo/up, 2000mT R7
1:55 a.m.   ET  SYDNEY CUP H. G1, $2,000,000, 3yo/up, 3200mT R8
2:35 a.m.   ET  COOLMORE LEGACY S. G1,  A$1,000,000, 3yo/up, f/m, 1600mT  R9
R7:  TIPS: 9. Winx, 4. The United States, 1. Hartnell, 3. Happy Clapper
R8:  TIPS: 1. Who Shot Thebarman, 3. Almoonqith, 7. Big Duke, 2. Libran
R9:  TIPS: 1. Silent Sedition, 3. Heavens Above, 17. Foxplay, 5. Zanbagh
Note:  Winx' Queen  Elizabeth run will be on TVG and TwinSpires will live stream the Australia races

North America
3:25 ET  Bay Shore S G3  Aqu  $250,000  3yo  7f  R6  CARD
3:53 ET  Commonwealth S G3  Kee  $250,000  4+  7f     R6  CARD
4:28 ET  Shakertown S G2  Kee  $200,000  3+  5.5f T    R7  CARD
4:30 ET  Evening Jewel S  SA  $200,000  3yo f S  6.5f   R4  CARD
4:40 ET  Excelsior S G3 Aqu  $150,000  4+  10f    R8 CARD
5:00 ET  Royal Heroine S G2  SA  $200,000  4+ f/m  8f T   R5  CARD
5:03 ET  Madison S G1  Kee  $300,000  4+ f/m  7f     R8  CARD
5:15 ET  CARTER H G1  Aqu  $400,000  4+  7f    R9  CARD
5:30 ET  SANTA ANITA OAKS  # G1 SA  $400,000  3yo f  8.5f  R6  CARD
5:38 ET  Arkansas Breeders'  OP  $100,000  3+ S  8.5f     R8  CARD
5:40 ET  ASHLAND S # G1  Kee  $500,000  3yo f  8.5f     R9  CARD
5:52 ET  WOOD MEMORIAL S * G2  Aqu  $750,000  3yo  9f   R10  CARD 
6:09 ET  Carousel H L  OP  $150,000  4+ f/m  6f     R9  CARD
6:17 ET  BLUE GRASS S * G2  Kee  $1,000,000  3yo  9f  R10  CARD
6:25 ET  Gazelle S G2  Aqu  $300,000  3yo f  9f     R11  CARD
7:12 ET  SANTA ANITA DERBY *  G1 SA  $1,000,000  3yo  9f     R8  CARD
7:00 ET  Providencia S G3T  SA  $150,000  3yo f  9f T    R9  CARD
7:30 ET  Echo Eddie S  SA  $200,000  3yo S  6.5f   R10  CARD

3:38 ET  Distaff H G3  Aqu  $150,000  4+ f/m  7f     R5  CARD
4:57 ET  Adena Springs Beaumont S G3  Kee  $150,000  3yo f  abt 7f   R8  CARD
5:17 ET  Danger's Hour S  Aqu  $100,000  4+  8f T    R8  CARD

International - Japan
2:40 a.m. ET  Oka Sho Japanese One Thousand Guineas G1T  JRA  $1,645,000 a 3yo f  8f T Preview  CARD
Two Frankel fillies are in this race, and Christope Lemaire, will ride the unbeaten Soul Stirring, as he did for her dam, Stacelita. The other filly is Mi Suerte.