The Road to the Kentucky Derby will take a big turn on Saturday with the running of the $1 million dollar, Grade 2 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds. Two hundred Kentucky Derby qualification points are up for grabs in the 1 3/16-mile race, divided in 100-40-30-20-10 fashion among the first five finishers. The Winner is all but guaranteed a spot in the Derby starting gate, and the … Continue reading Louisiana Derby; Let History Be Your Guide
The road to the Kentucky Derby via Fairgrounds reaches its end on Saturday with the $1 million dollar, Grade 2 Louisiana Derby. The entrants will travel 1 3/16 miles in this race, making the Louisiana Derby the longest Derby prep. The Louisiana Derby is one of the oldest Derby prep races, first held back in 1894. Since 1973, the race has been run as a Grade 2, … Continue reading Louisiana Derby Historical Winners
Javier Castellano is a four-time Eclipse Award Winning jockey and a member of racing’s Hall of Fame. On Sunday he will be accompanied by friends, family members, and a number of his fellow riders at Santa Anita, where he will accept the prestigious George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award Trophy in a Winner’s Circle ceremony. Castellano, 45, immigrated from his native Venezuela in 1997, was one of … Continue reading Castellano To Receive George Woolf Award
The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has announced plans to install a synthetic track at Belmont Park. The one-mile synthetic oval will be located to the inside of the inner turf course and will serve as the fourth Belmont racing surface to complement the existing main track and two turf courses. This project, among others, is part of the NYRA FY2023 capital budget, which was … Continue reading Belmont Park To Get Synthetic Surface
Over 100 people, including union members, backstretch workers, trainers, veterinarians and farmers gathered Monday in Albany, NY. in support of a plan to modernize Belmont Park. The plan, according to a press release, promises significant new job creation and as much as $1 billion in one-time economic impacts while freeing up 110 acres of state-owned land at Aqueduct Racetrack for future development. The project was … Continue reading Belmont Park Makeover ?
The Grade 3, $400,000 dollar Tampa Bay Derby is Saturday. It is the second of two official prep races at Tampa Bay Downs on the road to the Kentucky Derby. The 1 1/16-mile race has a full field of twelve 3-year-olds who will compete for the 50-20-15-10-5 points that go to the top five finishers that are eligible. Here’s a look at those entrants. 1. LORD … Continue reading Who Wins The Tampa Bay Derby ?
The Road to the Kentucky Derby heads south this Saturday to Tampa Bay Downs, which hosts the $400,000, Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby. In addition to the lucrative purse, this 1 1/16-mile race has a total of 100 Derby qualifying points up for grabs, with 50 going to the Winner, 20 to 2nd, 15 to 3rd, 10 to 4th, and 5 to 5th. The Tampa Bay Derby was first held in … Continue reading The Tampa Bay Derby
In February Churchill Downs named three renowned and recognizable hat designers as a featured milliner of the 149th Kentucky Derby. From master milliners of classic creations to celebrity stylists and fresh fascinators, this year’s collection of illustrious designers can top off any Derby ensemble. Christine A. Moore returns for the sixth consecutive year of bringing fashion’s finest millinery creations to the Derby. Moore was the first to … Continue reading Featured Derby Hats
The Grade 2, $400,000 Fountain Of Youth Stakes is Saturday. It is the second of three official prep races at Gulfstream Park on the road to the Kentucky Derby. The 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth offers a total of 100 qualifying points for Derby 149, distributed to the top five finishers on a 50-20-15-10-5 basis. Here is a look at the field for this year’s edition of … Continue reading Who Wins The Fountain Of Youth ?
The Fountain Of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park is an important stop on the Road To The Kentucky Derby. The 1 1/16-mile race with a storied history has long ranked as one of the most important Triple Crown preps. Thirteen horses have used the Fountain of Youth as a springboard to success on the first Saturday in May. Can the rich history of the Fountain of … Continue reading Fountain Of Youth Trends