A quick reference tool meant to help the newer fan (like me!)
ACROSS THE POND - IT'S DERBY TIME!
WHILE the five-day Royal meeting at Ascot later in the month may be seen as the pinnacle of the Flat season, Epsom’s meeting at the start of June features arguably the most prestigious race in the world, the Derby.
First run in 1780, the race takes its name from Edward Smith Stanley, the 12th Earl of Derby, who won the coin toss between himself and Sir Charles Bunbury over who the new race would be named after. Although his name never earned the same place in racing history, Bunbury got some compensation when his horse Diomed won the first running. Internationally, 140 other countries now hold a Derby.
The Derby attracts a huge one-day sporting crowd with in excess of more than 125,000 people descending on the Downs on Derby Day every year. Read more at source
Thoroughbred racing around the world: The historic Epsom Derby and an ambitious new stakes program in Pennsylvania take center stage on the weekend racing schedule.
With a week to go before the Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park has an important festival Saturday for New York-breds. Hollywood Park has graded stakes both Saturday and Sunday, as does Woodbine in Canada.
In Japan, sprinters tackle 1,000 meters in Sunday's Group 1 Yasuda Kinen in Tokyo. And French 3-year-olds will be tested at 2,100 meters in Saturday's Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly.
The early bird gets the worm -- and also gets to see the big race at Epsom. Read more at source
HRTV plans to cover all of the races from the UK for both days. TwinSpires will also carry the meet. There should be several YouTube sites that will upload the race replays. All of the race replays will also be available in the following day's TDN. RacingUK's YouTube channel Direct link to RacingUK to watch free replays of races: RacingUK web site - free replay videos
Following are links for the races for the two days, along with background information. The focus of the two-day festival is on the Epsom Derby, however, there are important races over the two days, and links for all the races and horse profiles are included below.
Race details below.
The major races in the U.S. are below the section on the Epsom Derby and the French Derby.
Best summary and links to racecards, comparison of odds
Investec Ladies' Day
Results day by day:
DAY ONE - RESULTS PAGE
DAY TWO - RESULTS PAGE
OAKS DAY - May 31 - DAY ONE
8:35 a.m. ET Princess Elizabeth Stakes (G 3) (F/M) Cl1 1m114y Card
9:10 a.m. ET Wealth & Investment Handicap Cl2 1m2f18y Card
9:45 a.m. ET Diomed Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 1m114y Card
10:20 a.m. ET Investec Mile (Handicap) Cl2 1m114y Card RACE REPLAY
11:00 a.m. ET Investec Oaks (Group 1) (Fillies) Cl1 1m4f10y Card RACE REPLAY
Show all racecards for this meeting on one page
Entries and Form Watch - First Day - Everything in one place
DAY ONE - RESULTS PAGE
Derby Tips - Day One - Click on "Betting Preview"
Sheikh Fahad buys into Oaks favorite, Secret Gesture
DERBY DAY - June 1 - DAY TWO
8:35 a.m. ET Investec Out of The Ordinary Handicap Cl2 1m2f18y Card
9:05 a.m. ET Investec Woodcote Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 6f Card
10:15 a.m. ET Investec Specialist Bank "Dash" (Heritage H'cap) Cl2 5f Card
Epsom Derby Horse profiles
Dawn Approach * Battle of Marengo * Ocovango * Chopin * Libertarian * Galileo Rock * Festive Cheer * Mirsaale * Flying The Flag * Ocean Applause * Ruler Of The World * Mars
FRANCE - PRIX DU JOCKEY CLUB (French Derby)
SUNDAY - June 2
9:15 a.m. ET 3:15 p.m. Paris time
Prix du Jockey Club (Group 1) Chantilly £696,829 (3yo) (Turf) 1 1/4 mi CARDDettori to ride Team Valor's First Cornerstone in French Derby
Story of Saonois, 2012 winner of the French Derby 2012
NYTimes profile of 2012 winner, Saranois BloodHorse on 2012 French Derby hero!
Next start for Saranois: Sandown, July 6, Coral-Eclipse (British C'ship Series G1)
U.S. THIS WEEKEND
Only three races in the U.S. of any significance (to me, at least) this weekend:
SATURDAY, JUNE 1
2:51 ET - Aristides S.-GIII, Churchill Downs, $100,000, 3yo/up, 6f R5 CARD
7:26 ET - Penn Mile, Penn National $500,000, 3yo, 1mT R4 CARD
7:35 ET - Californian S.,GII, Hollywood Park, $150,000, 3yo/up, 1 1/8m R8 (AWT) CARD
Penn National card live streamed by DRF - click here
Noble Tune leads inaugural Penn Mile lineup
That Handicapping Show video - Penn Mile
Other racing action:
BloodHorse race entries index
Belmont Park: New York Showcase Day features 7 stakes
Jon and Joel talk with Ray Paulick about the upcoming Belmont Stakes on June 8
Belmont Stakes - Watchmaker's early odds and horse profiles
Jeremy Plonk's Countdown to the Crown - Week 22
Racing Roundup - UPI
Midnight Lucky targets Saratoga
NEWS - INTERNATIONAL
Big race entries - A look ahead