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.

Press Conference
Race Sequence


Press Conference

Last to first Abel Tasman


Scroll down to the "Horses" section
for individual profiles 



XBTV Kentucky Derby and Oaks Previews
More from XBTV


Kentucky Derby TV Coverage
11am ET             May 3    Post Position Draw                Live
4-6pm ET            May 4    Derby Access                        NBC Sports Network
12-6:20pm ET     May 5    Kentucky Oaks                      NBC Sports Network
12-2:30pm ET     May 6    Kentucky Derby Undercard  NBC Sports Network
2:30-7:20 ET       May 6    Kentucky Derby                    NBC
                                              (Derby Post Time: 6:46)

From Abigail Anderson
"Let's Hear It For The Girls", a Kentucky Oaks retrospective

Relive the end of the 37 year drought as American Pharoah becomes only the 12th horse in history to win all three legs of the American Triple Crown
American Pharoah - 12th Triple Crown winner - 2015
Secretariat's 1973 Triple Crown - Ends 25 year drought
All 12 Triple Crown winners - Profiles
Love of the Thoroughbred - Love Letter

THE STORY - Seattle Slew had something to prove, along with his trainer Billy Turner, and his jockey Jean Cruget.  The knock on Slew was he had not really been tested, he had had it too easy. The jockey, Jean Cruget, it was thought that he might be distracted by some negative criticism he had received for a ride in an earlier race. The trainer, 36-year-old Billy Turner, who had never been to this level before, somewhat surprisingly handled with grace and patience the often chaotic atmosphere that is part and parcel of the annual running of the Kentucky Derby

Some familiar names in the ABC Wide World of Sports presentation of the 103rd running of the Kentucky Derby: Jim McKay, Howard Cosell, and race caller Chick Anderson.  Pre-race and post-race coverage, from the call to post to the winner's circle, travel back in time to those 'thrilling days of yesteryear' and listen to Gentleman Jim McKay and the inimitable nasal delivery of Howard Cosell, as they set the stage for Chick Anderson's call of the 103rd running of the Kentucky Derby. How the story unfolded - From the BloodHorse archives

THE RACE: Video: Seattle Slew wins the 1977 Kentucky Derby

More of the story:  A Horse named 'Sue'

TIME CAPSULE: 2009 - Mine That Bird '50-1' 
This video tells the whole story of how the race unfolded, including the famous overhead replay showing the breathtaking rail-skimming trip that Calvin "Bo-Rail" Borel devised when his horse got squeezed out of the gate in the 2009 Kentucky Derby.  The amazing overhead replay, with Gary Stevens' description of how it all unfolded begins at 7:28 on the tape.

Steve Haskin: The Real Story Behind the '50-1' shot

Betting the Horses - 1-2-3
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Rain? No problem for these horses! Derby by the numbers


After a race has been run, return here and click on the CARD for a replay.

Time Ordered Races / Entries - Printable File
Race Index

Click on the CARD to view the entries for each race

5:45 ET  Kentucky Juvenile S  CD  May 4 $100,000  2yo  5f  R 10 CARD

12:35 ET  LA TROIENNE G1  CD   $300,000  4+ f/m  8.5f  R12  CARD
1:17 ET  ALYSHEBA S G2  CD   $400,000  4+  8.5f  R6  CARD
2:00 ET  TWIN SPIRES TURF SPNT G3  CD   $150,000  3+  5f T R7  CARD
2:53 ET  EIGHT BELLES S G2  CD   $200,000  3yo f  7f R8  CARD
5:04 ET  EDGEWOOD  G3  CD   $150,000  3yo f  8.5f T R10  CARD
6:12 ET  KENTUCKY OAKS G1 CD   $1,000,000  3yo f  9f R11  CARD

1:13 ET  HUMANA DISTAFF G1  CD   $300,000  4+ f/m  7f  R6  CARD
1:55 ET  CHURCHILL DISTAFF G2  CD   $300,000  4+ f/m  8f T R7  CARD
2:45 ET  PAT DAY MILE G3  CD   $250,000  3yo  8f  R8  CARD
3:37 ET  AMERICAN TURF G2  CD   $300,000  3yo 8.5f T R9  CARD
4:28 ET  CHURCHILL DOWNS G2  CD   $500,000  4+  7f  R10  CARD
5:25 ET  WOODFORD TURF CLASSIC G1  CD   $500,000  4+  9f T R11  CARD
6:46 ET  KENTUCKY DERBY G1  CD   $2,000,000  3yo  10f  R12  CARD

XBTV: Debating the KY Derby, Aaron, Millie, Zoe, Jeff 
XBTV Reaction to the Derby post position draw
Video: Laffit Pincay & Jeff Siegel discuss who will be the pacesetters
XBTV Video on Demand Triple Crown coverage
XBTV Workout videos with details of work
Matt, Dan, and Mike on the Derby Post Position Draw
DRF Videos - Clocker Reports - Friday
DRF Videos - Clocker Reports - Saturday
DRF Videos - Clocker Reports - Sunday
DRF Videos - Clocker Reports - Monday
DRF Videos - Clocker Reports - Tuesday
DRF Videos - Clocker Reports - Wednesday
DRF Videos - Choose from a menu for categories
TwinSpires Turf Talk - Gary Young - Ep.7 - Thursday - Gary Young Picks
TwinSpires TurfTalk - Gary Young - Ep.6 - Wednesday
TwinSpires Turf Talk - Gary Young - Ep.5 - Tuesday
TwinSpires Turf Talk - Gary  Young - Ep.4 - Monday
TwinSpires Turf Talk - Gary Young - Ep.3 - Sunday 
TwinSpires Turf Talk - Gary Young - Ep.2 Saturday
TwinSpires Turf Talk - Gary Young - Ep.1 - Friday
Look for him on YouTube and Twitter, also - He's amazing; he's the expert even the experts go to!
TwinSpires  YouTube channel
DRF Special Kentucky Oaks Edition of Out of the Gate - Thorough Analysis
Daily Racing Form - DRF
Kentucky Derby.com News
America's Best Racing - Jockey Club Fan Site
The News Ticker - Headlines of the day
Will Classic Empire prove to be Mark Casse's work of genius?
The One That Got Away - Bob Baffert's Mastery
Well known trainer Bob Baffert for the first time in many years will have no entry in this year's Kentucky Derby.
For Jerry Moss, the hits just keep on coming
Bob Ehalt: Why Irish War Cry is my choice in the Run for the Roses
John Sparkman: A P Indy line dominant in Derby

Rating the Kentucky Derby Hopefuls
TDN: Classic Empire Mildly Favored in Derby 143
Thoroughbred Daily News 5-2-17 - Top 20 (Final)
Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen -5-2-17 (Final)
Bill Oppenheim, TDN: Rating the top tier
DRF: Mike Watchmaker & Jay Privman handicap Derby
Kentucky Derby Entries Bris Speed Ratings
Forbes weighs in with A Preview of the Favorites

DRF Jay Privman on Post Position draw
TwinSpires Vance Hanson on the Post Position draw
DRF Derby Watch
Past Performances - Top 20 by points
TDN: Monday's trackside report
TDN: Tuesday's Trackside report
TDN: Wednesday's Trackside report
DRF: Timeform Pace Projector - Pace makes the race

Road to the Derby
All Derby Prep Races Results/Analysis
BloodHorse - all Derby Prep Races - replays

Derby Horses

Kentucky Derby Cheat Sheet
Irish War Cry
J Boys Echo
Lookin at Lee
Practical Joke
Royal Mo *
State of Honor
Thunder Snow

*Royal Mo is on the "bubble", ranked #21 of the horses who have qualified. Only 20 horses can run in the Derby, so he needs for a horse to withdraw to be able to get in the gate Derby day.

Past Performances Derby / Oaks
Kentucky Derby  YouTube Channel - Horse profiles, videos for workouts
All Derby Prep Races - Replay each race
TwinSpires  YouTube channel

TwinSpires: Workout Videos - By Horse   
Companion to TwinSpires Work Videos - Workout details
TDN: Sunday's Trackside Derby report
Kentucky Derby You Tube channel

Workout Basics
Workout Primer - Evaluating workouts - Time isn't everything
Equibase - Search for Individual Horse Workouts
Collated list of workouts by horse - details
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.
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
TwinSpires Videos and Workouts

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

Thorough analysis of the Kentucky Oaks runners and some of the undercard races

Paradise Woods: Filly looked like something special, now she's ready to prove it!

Click on a filly's name for a profile, race replays, pedigree, more
Paradise Woods   Paradise Woods behind the scenes - A star from day 1
Miss Sky Warrior 
Ever So Clever 
Sailor's Valentine 
It Tiz Well 
Abel Tasman 
Daddy's Lil Darling 
Chanel's Legacy 
Yorkiepoo Princess 
Wicked Lick
All Oaks Prep Races - replays


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