Kentucky Derby & Bourbon

Churchill Downs Incorporated announced on Monday that Churchill Downs Racetrack has renewed its relationship Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon. The agreement ensures that Woodford Reserve will be the presenting sponsor of the Kentucky Derby through 2027. Woodford Reserve has been the Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby since 1999 and the presenting sponsor for the past four years. “We are thrilled to welcome back Woodford Reserve … Continue reading Kentucky Derby & Bourbon

Prep Amendments

In our previous column we wrote about Kentucky Derby Prep races and the point system used to gain entry in order to run on the first Saturday in May. Well, we forgot to mention the minor adjustments that were made to said system last September. Churchill Downs Racetrack officials made slight modifications to the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Points will now be awarded to … Continue reading Prep Amendments

Shhh ! It’s A Secret

Kentucky Derby Winner RICH STRIKE is not running in the Preakness in order to rest up for the Belmont Stakes. Regardless, the 147th running of the $1.5 million dollar Grade 1 Preakness May 21st at Pimlico should still be an exceptionally exciting race. Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks Winner SECRET OATH will attempt to become the seventh filly in history to Win the race, following in the footsteps of … Continue reading Shhh ! It’s A Secret

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

Who Wins The Arkansas Derby?

The $1.25 million, Grade 1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park offers Kentucky Derby contenders the opportunity to compete for the top-level points (100-40-20-10) at a distance of a 1 1/8 miles. With the Run for the Roses less than six weeks away, this will be the last chance for the horses in this field to gather Derby qualifying points. There will be an urgency about Winning points … Continue reading Who Wins The Arkansas Derby?

Fillies, Preps, & The Derby

By 1988, D. Wayne Lukas had established himself as one of America’s top trainers. The Kentucky Derby, however, had eluded him; he had not yet Won it despite having 12 starters since 1981. WINNING COLORS by being Victorious in the 1988 Santa Anita Oaks, established herself as a Derby prospect. She crushed the competition in a dominant gate-to-wire performance in the Oaks Winning by eight lengths. … Continue reading Fillies, Preps, & The Derby

Kentucky Derby Headwear

Churchill Downs has announced that Christine Moore will continue on as a featured milliner for this year’s Kentucky Derby. Moore became a featured milliner of the Kentucky Derby in 2018. Her exceptionally popular hats for women and men are available for purchase at or at her shop in Herald Square in New York City. Her work has become iconic in the horse racing industry over the … Continue reading Kentucky Derby Headwear

The Road To The Derby

The Road to the Kentucky Derby is a series of select races that award a sliding scale of points to the Top 4 finishers. This has determined preference for the 20-horse Kentucky Derby (Grade I) field since 2013. The 1 ¼-mile classic for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds will be run at the historic Louisville, Kentucky racetrack for the 148th consecutive year on Saturday, May 7th, 2022. As was … Continue reading The Road To The Derby

2022 Kentucky Derby Art

Today Churchill Downs released the 2022 Official Art of the Kentucky Derby by Kentucky artist Aimee Griffith. This is the sixth year in a row that Churchill Downs has, fittingly, tapped a Kentucky artist for this honor. Griffith, who was born and raised in Bardstown and resides in Lexington, utilizes watercolor as her primary medium because of the luminosity, the gradients and unexpected nature of … Continue reading 2022 Kentucky Derby Art

How Do You Get To The Derby ?

This is the time of year when the Daily Racing Blog as well as every thoroughbred publication writes about the Road To The Kentucky Derby. While we (and others) just assume horse-players know what we’re referring to, there may be some newcomers to the game who would like a little more information. The Road to the Kentucky Derby point system was created in 2012 to establish a … Continue reading How Do You Get To The Derby ?