The Horses

The Kentucky Derby Rules Myth

Kentucky Derby rules

The only rule about winning the most important race in America is that there are no Kentucky Derby rules. There are many ways to skin a cat but players should know there are some methods tried and true and some that just plain don’t work. The major contenders in this year’s McCraken, Gunnevera, Tapwrit, One Liner and Classic Empire all …

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Secretariat, Arrogate Uttered Together


Secretariat and Arrogate were uttered in the same sentence Saturday after he won the $10 Dubai World Cup and the words did not come from some fledgling in racing. Arrogate was not ready for the start, was far back early but settled and rallied like a freight train. None other than Arrogate’s trainer Bob Baffert compared the two horses after …

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Dozen Seek Glory in Spiral Stakes

Spiral Stakes

A dozen seek glory in the nine-furlong Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on Saturday and $500,000 is on the line. Along with the solid purse, the winner of the Spiral Stakes will earn 50 points toward qualifying for the Kentucky Derby. Of the twelve entered, five have won stakes and several will be making their first start on a synthetic …

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Opulent Dubai World Cup on Tap

Dubai World Cup

The opulent Dubai World Cup is on tap on Saturday at Meydan Racecourse and Arrogate didn’t scare anybody away. A total of 13 rivals will challenge the superstar in the $10 million about mile and a quarter classic. They don’t call it the Dubai World Cup for nothing as horses have gathered from around the globe. Awardee is in from …

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Equine March Madness Continues

Equine March Madness

Equine March Madness continues with three important stakes to end the month. The UAE Derby and the Spiral Stakes will be renewed on Saturday March 25 and the Sunland Derby will be run the next day. The $2 million UAE Derby at Meydan Racecourse offers a $2 million purse. It is run at a mile and three sixteenths and it …

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Malagacy Grew Up Beating Rebel Foes

Malagacy grew up

Malagacy grew up beating Rebel Stakes foes at Oaklawn Park on Saturday punching his ticket to the Kentucky Derby. He ran his record to a perfect three for three and earned 50 points toward making the gate at Churchill Downs the first Saturday in May. The way Todd Pletcher’s trainee Malagacy grew up Saturday is that he used his natural …

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Training to Win the Kentucky Derby

training to win the Kentucky Derby

Training to win the Kentucky Derby is quite a bit different than training a horse for any other event. First off, the stage is enormous. Secondly, a trainer is dealing with horses that are maturing and getting better or regressing almost hourly. And thirdly, there is a very small margin for error. The best person training to win the Kentucky Derby in …

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Road to the Kentucky Derby Varies

road to the Kentucky Derby

The road to the Kentucky Derby varies from season to season and most players are aware there is no golden avenue that horses can take. To succeed on the road to the Kentucky Derby there were a few things that can be common to most of the Derby heroes. The spacing between the final prep and when the Kentucky Derby …

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Rebel Stakes Enjoys the Spotlight

Rebel Stakes

Eleven rebels with a cause line up in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park Saturday and the race should clarify a few things about the Triple Crown picture. The Grade 2 $900,000 mile and a sixteenth event has enticed only three stakes winners but the others are hoping to make their mark on this generation. The Rebel Stakes winner will …

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Shaman Ghost Scares Big ‘Cap Foes

Shaman Ghost

Shaman Ghost, who was second to Arrogate in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup, proved it was no fluke when he was scary good Saturday taking the Santa Anita Handicap. He is a ‘house horse, as he is owned by Santa Anita’s owner Frank Stronach, and his connections have options moving forward. My selection, Midnight Storm, did his thing but …

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