Thursday, May 3, 2012


A quick reference tool meant to help the newer fan (like me!) 

NOTE:   AFTER A RACE HAS BEEN RUN, you can return here, click on the CARD to view the Results and watch a REPLAY. 


COUNTDOWN TO THE CROWN:   Everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-but-didn't-know-what-to-ask site!!  A must-read" is Jeremy Plonk's weekly rundown on the Road to the Derby.  DRF: Week 18 - May 3, 2012   He covers the week that was as well as looking toward the upcoming weekend. 

Kentucky Derby media schedule

FRIDAY:  NBC Sports (formerly Versus) 4-6 ET.  

SATURDAY: Virtually ALL DAY coverage at Churchill Downs for Saturday!!!!  NBC Sports (formerly Versus) be have coverage from 11-4 ET, and NBC will pick up the action from 4-7, with a 30 minute wrap on NBC Sports channel from 7-7:30 ET. Of course, HRTV and HRRN (Radio) will carry full coverage both days.

Under each race description below, in addition to the card, in most instances, there are links to read more about a particular race and the runners.

Full cards are shown below, listed in time order, all adjusted to ET.
Just want a simple list of the races, time ordered?  Click here

DON'T FORGET:  Even if you can't watch the U.S. races live, you can come back here after the race has run, click on the CARD listed under the race, and watch a REPLAY!  Let's go to the races!

DRF: Workouts for Derby runners

DRF: Road to Derby - Prep races and replays See what the runners did in their last preps; click on a horse's name, and DRF will take you to that horse's page with videos of his past races, his workouts, and pedigree.

Note:  Times may fluctuate.  All times adjusted for EDT

Friday, May 4

1:26 ET La Troienne S |G2| Churchill Downs| $300,000| 4&up| f&m| 1 1/16 mi | Race 6
Plum Pretty, St. John's River, Absinthe Minded

2:08 ET Eight Belles S | G3| Churchill Downs| $100,000a| 3yo f| 7f | Race 7
CARD   Baffert trained, Contested, favorite for the Eight Belles

3:02 ET Edgewood S Churchill Downs| $150,000a| 3yo f| 1 1/16 miT | Race 8
CARD    Stephanie's Kitten, Disposablepleasure

3:52 ET Alysheba S |G2| Churchill Downs| $300,000| 4&up| 1 1/16 mi | Race 9
CARD      Mucho Macho Man and Nate's Mineshaft both looking to extend win streaks to 5.  Mucho Macho Man, in his last 3 wins produced triple digit Bris speed ratings.

4:44 ET American Turf S |G2| Churchill Downs| $200,000a| 3yo| 1 1/16 miT | Race 10
CARD      Full field drwn for American Turf for 3 year olds  Gung Ho, third in the Blue Grass S, and Silver Menace are the favorites for American Turf.  Race also includes Blueskiesnrainbows, early pacesetter and third place finisher in the Santa Anita Derby.

5:45 ET Kentucky Oaks |G1| Churchill Downs| $1,000,000| 3yo f| 1 1/8 mi | Race 11
Grace Hall, On Fire Baby,

Saturday, May 5

1:19 ET Twin Spires Turf Sprint S |G3| Churchill Downs| $125,000a| 4&up| 5fT | Race 6

2:08 ET Churchill Downs S |G2| Churchill Downs| $400,000| 4&up| 7f | Race 7

2:59 ET Distaff Turf Mile S |G2| Churchill Downs| $200,000a| 4&up| f&m| 1 miT | Race 8

3:49 ET Humana Distaff S |G1| Churchill Downs| $300,000| 4&up| f&m| 7f | Race 9

4:02 ET Beaugay S |G3| Belmont| $150,000| 3&up| f&m| 1 1/16 miT | Race 7
CARD   Winter Memories making her 2012 debut  Winter Memories leads Beaugay field

4:03 ET Senorita S |G3| Hollywood Park| $100,000g| 3yo f| 1 miT | Race 5

4:44 ET Woodford Reserve Turf S |G1| Churchill Downs| $500,000| 4&up| 1 1/8 miT| Race 10

5:06 ET Fort Marcy S |G3| Belmont| $150,000| 3&up| 1 1/16 miT | Race 9

6:24 ET Kentucky Derby |G1| Churchill Downs| $2,000,000| 3yo| 1 1/4 mi | Race 11

7:30 ET Mervyn LeRoy H |G2| Hollywood Park| $150,000| 3&up| 1 1/16 mi | Race 10
CARD   Morning Line set for Mervyn Leroy H

News/California:  ZENYATTA TO GET A STATUE AT SANTA ANITA.  Zenyatta to get a statue across from John Henry at Santa Anita.  The unveiling is scheduled to take place at the 2012 Breeders Cup, scheduled at Santa Anita in November.  DRF: Zenyatta gets John Henry treatment at Santa Anita
Missed your favorite race?  BloodHorse has a searchable results page with Race Replay Videos by Date, Track, or Race Type.  BloodHorse Race Results page - Domestic & Internat'l

Links to past races for each horse entered
Graded Stakes Database - Powerful database / Race Videos
Thoroughbred Report - Companion to Graded Stakes Database

For more on current racing activity, browse through the stories, videos and options at:  Daily Racing Form, BloodHorse, Thoroughbred Times.   HRTV Racing Calendar
Useful tools:

Chewin' the Fat is a new international show based in Australia covering horse racing.

Cloudy's Knight - Video 41 minutes

The story of Charismatic - ESPN
I've given a page to this story. Charismatic - 5 videos of the ESPn broadcast

COOL TIP:  Come back here after the races and click on the cards for the featured races below and see the RESULTS and Order of Finish, as well as VIDEO REPLAY of the race.  Also:  to get the results for all the races on a particular day, this is BloodHorse's results page:  Race Results  There will be a "short list" but scroll down and click on "View Full List".  Most will have videos of the races!! Easy way to get a roundup of a day's racing action quickly!!

New to the sport or just want a place to learn more?
Check the following sites:

Stakes Entries - Video Replays

Seventeen stakes races with purses of more than $3 million are scheduled for the 26-day season, which commences November 10 and continues through December 18.

BloodHorse has a great video replay site to watch all the stakes action:
You can watch all stakes races for a particular DAY, or by TRACK, or a combination.  You can also watch INTERNATIONAL and DOMESTIC racing action!  Because these are links and not embedded videos, the site loads quickly.
DRF: Weekend stakes preview - videos

Note:  There are free sites to watch online: check out or NTRA Live Stream or sign up for a free account at  You can also catch the replays right after the big races at   Calracing has live coverage of races - Will need to register  Check frequently at DRF as they live stream many of the Derby Preps and marquee races:

A really good site for the new fan:

NOTE: In order to enjoy and use the functionality of the various sites below, some sites may require you to register, however, there is no charge for most of what you will want access to.  If you want to go to the next level and actually place bets and learn more about handicapping, some of these types of services have a fee, but this is strictly your choice whether to use these services.

DRF Grid: Today's Action - Upcoming & Prior Race Days - Click on any track "day", and pull up that day's entries for each of the races
DRF - Starts with ACTIVE tracks - Click on the DAY next to the track name to see that day's full race card. 

Simple Alpha List of American Graded Stakes by Stakes Name, by Grade I, II, III

This includes a list of all American tracks

Useful web sites 
Twin Spires Race viewer - One of the best individual race video sites - You will need to register, free

Links to blogs and other sites I have found useful:


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