Louisiana Derby

There aren’t many Kentucky Derby prep races older than the Louisiana Derby (G2), held at the Fairgrounds in New Orleans. The historic race dates back to 1894, which makes the Louisiana Derby almost as old the KD itself.   The conditions of the Louisiana Derby have varied widely through the years. It’s been held over four different distances, most recently shifting to 1 3⁄16 miles in 2020. … Continue reading Louisiana Derby

Derby Points Leaders

Here is the current top ten point earners on The Road To The Kentucky Derby, along with their trainers. Don’t panic if you don’t see your Derby favorite listed here. Four weeks of prep races remain and the point-reward scale is increasing. We are seven weeks removed from the Kentucky Derby. That means there is still time to garner points in order to gain entry … Continue reading Derby Points Leaders

Rebel With A Cause

Although the Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn Park dates back to 1961, its significance as a Prep Race for the Kentucky Derby has increased by leaps and bounds since the turn of the century Held annually in the middle of March, the Rebel awards Kentucky Derby qualification points to the top four finishers in a 50-20-10-5 basis, which essentially guarantees the Winner a spot in the gate … Continue reading Rebel With A Cause

HIDDEN STASH In The Tampa Bay Derby

Saturday’s $400,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G2) is Tampa Bay Downs signature prep race  for this years Kentucky Derby. It brings together a competitive field of 3-year-olds vying for a total of 85 qualifying points for the May 1st Run For The Roses. With 50 of those points going to the Winner. The race has attracted a 12 horse field, and is the final contest on … Continue reading HIDDEN STASH In The Tampa Bay Derby

The Tampa Bay Derby

The Tampa Bay Derby (G2) is Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs. The mile & 1/16th contest has long run in the shadow of richer Kentucky Derby prep races at nearby Gulfstream Park. But despite facing fierce competition to attract the best 3-year-olds in Florida, the Tampa Bay Derby has more than held its own as a productive prep for the first Saturday in May. First … Continue reading The Tampa Bay Derby

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 ?

Youthful

The feature race at Gulfstream Park this Saturday is the $300,000 dollar, Grade 2 Fountain Of Youth Stakes.  The FOY is the second official Kentucky Derby qualifier at Gulfstream Park and offers 50-20-10-5 points to the top four finishers. It is run at the distance of 1 1/16 mile, and drew a field of ten 3-year-olds. The Fountain of Youth is named after the mythical spring … Continue reading Youthful

Saratoga Dreaming

Attention Saratoga racing fans – the New York Racing Association (NYRA) has just released more details regarding the upcoming 2021 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course. The 40-day Saratoga season will feature 76 Stakes Races worth $21.5 million dollars in total purses. Last month, NYRA announced that the 2021 summer meet at Saratoga will begin on Thursday, July 15th, and conclude on Monday, September 6th. … Continue reading Saratoga Dreaming

What’s In A Name ?

How do horses get their monikers? Well potential horse owners, here are some of the basics. First, you get a max of 18 characters (including spaces) to come up with a name. When you register a race horse you have to come up with something original. It can’t be vulgar or offensive in anyway. You can’t name a horse with initials or numbers. You can’t … Continue reading What’s In A Name ?