Derby Field- First 10

The road to the 2022 Kentucky Derby began on September 18th, 2021, and ended on April 16th, 2022. All told, there were 37 prep races that carried qualifying points. During the points era, Derby results have become remarkably consistent. After success in the 100-point prep races, Derby Winners usually raced as part of the early pace, getting clear of traffic problems that are so common farther … Continue reading Derby Field- First 10

The Derby Field

Post Positions were drawn, and Morning line odds were assigned at Churchill Downs Monday afternoon for the 2022 edition of the Kentucky Derby. Here then is a preliminary look at the field: 1. MO DONEGAL [ML 10-1] Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr. Trainer: Todd Pletcher. Top Speed Figure: 103 2. HAPPY JACK [ML 30-1 Jockey: Rafael Bejarano. Trainer: Doug O’Neil. Top Speed Figure: 98 3. EPICENTER [ML 7-2] Jockey: … Continue reading The Derby Field

Money To Be Made

As well as being the most exciting two minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby can also be the most profitable 120 seconds for bettors who are able to pinpoint the correct runners to fill out a Trifecta or Superfecta. In 2021, a $1 trifecta of MEDINA SPIRIT (12-1), MANDALOUN (26-1) and HOT ROD CHARLIE (5-1) paid $1,696.90. The 2-1 favorite, ESSENTIAL QUALITY running 4th resulted in … Continue reading Money To Be Made

Empirical Derby Data

The Kentucky Derby is 10 day away. Looking at past trends is one way to put this year’s edition into historical context. It can lead to eye-opening information, or it can be fool’s gold. Trends are often coincidental or muddied by live runners with terrible trips. But if the data pool is big enough, anecdotal information can illuminate a pattern worth knowing. To wit: NEW YORK … Continue reading Empirical Derby Data

Kentucky Derby Upsets

The Kentucky Derby is not only the most anticipated, most watched Thoroughbred race in the world but an essential part of American sports culture. The memories made with each Run For The Roses over the passage of time become legend, not only to day-to-day followers of horse racing but to the general public. While the most memorable Derby’s usually involve a heavily-favored horse Winning and thus etching … Continue reading Kentucky Derby Upsets

Hosting A Kentucky Derby Party

Not going to Louisville for the Derby this year? Neither is the Daily Racing Blog. So what to do on this festive day of horse racing? Perhaps host your own Kentucky Derby gala. “But how do I throw the perfect Kentucky Derby party?” you may be asking yourself. Excellent question. It just so happens that we have a few ideas for doing just that … ESTABLISH THE … Continue reading Hosting A Kentucky Derby Party

Some Triple Crown Reading

The three races that comprise the historic Triple Crown series of races abounds with stories of both people and horses- names that inspire generations of racing fans to dive into the recounting of the tales of these essential moments. As we get ever closer to the first Saturday in May, why not pass the days leading up to Triple Crown by revisiting the names and faces … Continue reading Some Triple Crown Reading

Oats Of Derby Knowledge.

The Kentucky Derby was first held in 1875 and ranks as the longest continuously held major sporting event in the United States. This year will mark the 148th edition of the Run For The Roses, which had been held on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs every year since 1946 before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the postponement of the race in 2020 until September 5th. There is … Continue reading Oats Of Derby Knowledge.

Kentucky Derby Scratches

FORBIDDEN KINGDOM and CLASSIC CAUSEWAY, who both finished last in major prep races in the past 10 days, will not race in 2022 Kentucky Derby. Trainer Richard Mandella said FORBIDDEN KINGDOM would be sent to an equine hospital Monday, two days after he set the pace as the favorite only to fade to the back of the six-horse field in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby. “We … Continue reading Kentucky Derby Scratches

Pletcher Barn Ready For Churchill

Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher will look to secure his third Kentucky Derby (G1) Win after MO DONEGAL punched his ticket to the Run For The Roses with a neck score in the Wood Memorial (G2) last Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. MO DONEGAL, with Joel Rosario up, rallied up the rail through the final turn before angling outside of pacesetter EARLY VOTING to secure the … Continue reading Pletcher Barn Ready For Churchill