Derby Fun Facts

The 147th edition of the Kentucky Derby is back where it belongs on the 2021 Triple Crown calendar- the first Saturday in May at  Churchill Downs. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced Churchill to postpone the first jewel of the Triple Crown to September. It marked the first time since 1945 that the race was not held on the first Saturday in May. This year’s Kentucky … Continue reading Derby Fun Facts

Kentucky Derby Primer

The Kentucky Derby is less than three weeks away. It is the most watched horse race of the year in the United States, and is widely considered one of the most important sporting events in the country. Yet there are some people who don’t know a whole lot about horse racing or the Triple Crown. And that’s okay, the Daily Racing Blog is here to … Continue reading Kentucky Derby Primer

Arkansas Derby Winner…

CONCERT TOUR enters the Grade 1, $1 million dollar Arkansas Derby as a deserving favorite. Though it should be noted, he is not a monster on final times or speed figures, but that monster figure might appear on Saturday. The Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park is Race 12 on a card of 13 with a scheduled Post Time of 7:40. Here then is a look … Continue reading Arkansas Derby Winner…

Arkansas Derby

The Road to the Kentucky Derby winds down on Saturday with the running of the $1 million dollar Grade 1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. The 1 1/8 mile historic race boasts an impressive roster of Winners. Highlighted by champions and/or classic Winners AMERICAN PHAROAH, CREATOR, CURLIN, LAWYER RON, AFLEET ALEX, SMARTY JONES, and VICTORY GALLOP just to name a few.   If you’re going … Continue reading Arkansas Derby

Big Wood…Upset

One year ago Aqueduct Racetrack was closed due to the pandemic and no one knew if, or when, there would be a 2020 Triple Crown. The mood was considerably different Saturday when the Grade 2 Wood Memorial returned after a one-year hiatus. Yes, there were masks affixed and vaccine cards were a badge of honor. But in the paddock at the Big A, life was back to … Continue reading Big Wood…Upset

Who Wins The Wood ?

The $750,000, Grade 2 Wood Memorial is one of the only five remaining qualifying races On The Road to the 2021 Kentucky Derby.  A field of nine 3-year-olds will go 1 1/8 miles at Aqueduct on Saturday looking to pick up points available to the top four finishers (100-40-20-10). It is the 10th race on a card of 11, with a scheduled Post Time of 6:00. Here … Continue reading Who Wins The Wood ?

The Wood Memorial

The last stop on the New York Road to the Kentucky Derby is the $750,000 dollar Wood Memorial Stakes this Saturday at Aqueduct Park. The Wood Memorial is named to honor Eugene D. Wood, a New York State politician and horse racing enthusiast who had been a founder and past president of the old Jamaica Racetrack where the race was run until 1960. A field of … Continue reading The Wood Memorial

Top Of The Agenda

Only one Kentucky Derby in the 21st century has been run without a horse trained by Todd Pletcher. This year won’t be the second. The two-time Kentucky Derby-Winning conditioner made his way back to the Run For The Roses this past Saturday when Florida-bred KNOWN AGENDA finished strong to Win the Grade 1, $750,000 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. By doing so he collects 100 qualifying points … Continue reading Top Of The Agenda

AGENDA For The Florida Derby

A field of 11 will contest the $750,000 Grade 1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. This group of 3-year-olds will use this nine-furlong Stake Race as their last chance to accumulate qualifying points for the 2021 Kentucky Derby. With the highest points available (100-40-20-10) on the Derby Trail, the top two finishers are likely to qualify. 1) NOVA RAGS [ML 12-1] Trainer: Bill Mott. Jockey: Junior Alvarado. … Continue reading AGENDA For The Florida Derby

It’s Florida Derby Time

Saturday’s $750,000 dollar, Grade 1 Florida Derby is the marquee race during the winter-spring meet at Gulfstream Park, as well as a crucial prep race for the Kentucky Derby.   The 1 1/8-mile race offers a total of 170 qualifying points for the 147th Run For The Roses on May 1st at Churchill Downs. The point distribution is a 100-40-20-10 scale, awarded to the the top four … Continue reading It’s Florida Derby Time