Road to the Kentucky Derby

Fierceness Comes Out Of Florida Derby In 'Great' Shape

'TDN Rising Star' and champion 2-year-old Fierceness (City of Light) exited his 13 1/2-length romp in Saturday's GI Curlin Florida Derby in "great" condition according to a social media post by owner Repole Stables. The post, accompanied by a photo of the colt with his winning flowers, reads: "Good morning from Fierceness. He came out of the race great. What a thrilling and epic performance! Happy and healthy Easter to all." With a leaderboard-topping 136 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, Fierceness is bound for Louisville along with...

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Japan's Forever Young Remains Undefeated in UAE Derby, On to Kentucky

Veni, vidi, vici. He came, he saw, he conquered. Like Julius Caesar, Susumu Fujita's Forever Young (Jpn) (Real Steel {Jpn}--Forever Darling, by Congrats) came prepared for battle and lived up to the hype, stamping himself as a potential superstar and giving Japan a third consecutive victory--and fourth since 2016--in the $1-million G2 UAE Derby at Meydan Racecourse on Dubai World Cup Day. The pacesetter Auto Bahn (Arg) (Asiatic Boy {Arg}) held second, while the sole U.S. representative, Pandagate (Arrogate), was third. The UAE Derby offers GI Kentucky Derby points on...

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'Rising Stars' Muth, Timberlake Lead Arkansas Derby Field

In a field of 10, 'TDN Rising Stars' GISW Muth (Good Magic) and GISW Timberlake (Into Mischief) have drawn the seven and two gate spots, respectively, and lead the charge in Oaklawn's feature GI Kentucky Derby prep race, the GI Arkansas Derby. Muth, 8-5 on the morning line, will attempt to give Bob Baffert his fifth win in the contest, but hasn't started since finding the winner's enclosure in the GII San Vicente S. Jan. 6 at Santa Anita. The colt is ineligible for the Derby points and to run...

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Catching Freedom Upsets Track Phantom, Wins Louisiana Derby

Eyeballing the quarter pole in Saturday's GII Louisiana Derby, it may have seemed that the Albaugh Family's Catching Freedom (Constitution) had far too much to do to even get a piece of it. However, what seemed like a foregone conclusion to some proved nothing more than a fleeting illusion as the colt closed by leaps and bounds to get up just in time to win by 1 1/4 lengths, earning 100 Kentucky Derby points in the process. Breaking from the 12 hole, GIII Lecomte S. scorer Track Phantom (Quality Road)...

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Endlessly Gets 100 Derby Points With Jeff Ruby Steaks Win

Endlessly continued his near-perfect roll with an emphatic four-length victory in Turfway's GIII Jeff Ruby Steaks Saturday. The win gave the Amerman Racing homebred 100 points, good enough to place him in second behind GII Louisiana Derby scorer Catching Freedom on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard. Lucky Jeremy (Lookin At Lucky) went to the front early, leading the field into the first turn through an initial quarter in :23.33. Meanwhile, Endlessly took up position toward the back under Umberto Rispoli, several lengths off the lead. Exiting the far turn, Lucky Jeremy...

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Fountain Of Youth Runner Up Le Dom Bro Confirmed For Florida Derby

Le Dom Bro (Mucho Macho Man) will train towards a start in the GI Curlin Florida Derby, his connections announced Saturday. The GII Coolmore Fountain of Youth S. runner up worked a half mile in :49 4/5 Saturday morning at Palm Meadows. "He went really well," said owner Vincente Stella. "We are looking at the Florida Derby 100 percent. He's a very happy horse. He's going really well." The winner of the Fountain of Youth, Dornoch (Good Magic), also worked a half mile Saturday morning in :49 4/5 and will...

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Endlessly Leads Field Of 12 In Jeff Ruby Steaks

MGSW Endlessly (Oscar Performance) will ship to Kentucky to take on 11 rivals in Saturday's GIII Jeff Ruby Steaks, a 100-point race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Named the 5-2 morning-line favorite, Endlessly last took the El Camino Real Derby to get back in the winner's circle off his only career defeat came in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. Turfway Park's signature race drew 14 total entries for 12 spots including two runners who are cross-entered into the GII Louisiana Derby also on Saturday. Other entries...

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Louisiana Derby: Track Phantom Draws Widest, Named 3-1 Morning-Line Favorite

GII Risen Star S. runner up Track Phantom (Quality Road) headlines the field for Saturday's GII Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds. The race draw also named the GIII Lecomte S. winner, who will break widest of the field in gate 12, as the 3-1 morning-line favorite. The field listed with their morning-line odds from the rail out include: Triple Espresso (Omaha Beach) (20-1), 'TDN Rising Star' Hall of Fame (Gun Runner) (8-1), Antiquarian (Preservationist) (12-1), 'TDN Rising Star' Agate Road (Quality Road) (8-1), Catching Freedom (Constitution) (4-1), Awesome Ruta...

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Godolphin's Encino Gets By Epic Ride In John Battaglia Upset

Godolphin homebred Encino broke his maiden over course and distance Jan. 26 and parlayed that right into points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby with a win in Saturday night's John Battaglia Memorial S. at Turfway Park. Debuting as the beaten favorite, albeit by only a neck, over a mile on the Tapeta Dec. 29, the Brad Cox trainee stepped up with a gate-to-wire run second-time out in a better than it seemed half-length win. Sent at 5-1 Saturday behind race favorite Epic Ride, Encino broke nearly widest of...

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Rebel Goes to Timberlake in Classy Effort

Two turns? It turns out there's no problem. When Timberlake (c, 3, Into Mischief--Pin Up {Ire}, by Lookin At Lucky) finished a somewhat rank, then flat, fourth in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile last November, questions swirled about his ability to get two turns. Trainer Brad Cox brushed the questions aside and let the horse do the talking. A freshened Timberlake, making his first start of the year in Oaklawn's GII Rebel S. Saturday, captured the $1.3-million race by a resounding two lengths over Kenny McPeek trainees Common Defense (Karakontie...

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Keeneland's 2024 Spring Stakes Schedule Features 100th Toyota Blue Grass

In addition to awarding a season record $8.1 million for their 19 stakes races over the course of the meet running from Apr. 5-26, Keeneland will also celebrate the 100th running of the $1-million GI Toyota Blue Grass S. this spring. A total of $1.5 million is being contributed to the stakes purses from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund (KTDF), pending approval from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. "Lucrative purses and outstanding competition make Keeneland's Spring Meet a highlight of the racing calendar for horsemen, horseplayers and fans during the...

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Linda Rice Looks Forward with Hot Fudge, Returning Stakes Horses

Conditioner Linda Rice reports that Garland of Roses victress Hot Fudge (Liam's Map) has come out of her first stakes victory 'feeling great' after taking the listed eight days removed from visiting the winner's circle in an optional claimer. She is unbeaten since her return from a near six-month layoff, and her 2023 campaign has seen the filly take home five wins in seven starts. "That filly, we've had a few strange things happen with her when she was young, and then she had such a nice winter. We elected...

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