Veterans Day

Originally posted on :
Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is observed annually on November 11th to honor military veterans.  Perhaps the most largely unrecognized, and sometimes altogether forgotten veterans are the horses that served alongside the soldiers. Since the domestication of the horse, humans and horses have shared a partnership that has been integral to the thriving of civilizations.  Horses were essential in agriculture, transportation,… Continue reading Veterans Day

MAXIMUM SECURITY Jockey Suspended

After MAXIMUM SECURITY was disqualified from his Win in the Kentucky Derby for veering out through the far turn, Kentucky stewards on Sunday assessed his jockey, Luis Saez, a suspension lasting 15 racing days. The ruling, posted Monday to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission website, follows a well-publicized hearing and film review for which Saez hired an attorney to argue that WAR OF WILL, with jockey Tyler Gaffalione, interfered with MAXIMUM … Continue reading MAXIMUM SECURITY Jockey Suspended

Moving On

The May 18th Preakness Stakes (G1) won’t feature the major principals from the Kentucky Derby (G1), as the disqualified MAXIMUM SECURITY and default Winner COUNTRY HOUSE will skip Pimlico.  That said, the middle jewel of the Triple Crown will still offer plenty of intrigue, and Value. Beaten KD favorite IMPROBABLE, who was elevated to fourth, is already confirmed for the Preakness.  Other Derby runners in the mix are the official … Continue reading Moving On

Heavy Is The Head…

COUNTRY HOUSE, the controversial Winner of the Kentucky Derby, will not run in the Preakness Stakes on May 18th in Baltimore because he has shown signs of illness after Saturday’s Run for the Roses, becoming the first KD winner to skip the second leg of the Triple Crown since GRINDSTONE in 1996. Trainer Bill Mott on Tuesday afternoon claimed the colt might be getting sick;  … Continue reading Heavy Is The Head…

Kentucky Derby (Fair Or Foul?)

COUNTRY HOUSE, a 65-1 Long Shot, finished second in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, but became the 145th Winner of the most storied American race, thanks to an historic ruling by the stewards. After examining video and interviewing the jockeys, the officials disqualified first-place finisher MAXIMUM SECURITY for interference at the top of the stretch, and then elevated COUNTRY HOUSE to just the second Win … Continue reading Kentucky Derby (Fair Or Foul?)

Riders Up !

The Prep-Races were over, jockeys had been assigned, and the Post Positions were drawn.  But the fickle finger of fate wasn’t quite through with the 2019 Kentucky Derby.  Late Wednesday afternoon the Morning Line favorite OMAHA BEACH was scratched due to an operable respiratory issue.  He was replaced by Also Eligible BODEXPRESS.  Then on Thursday morning an abscess was discovered on the foot of HAIKAL, who … Continue reading Riders Up !

Derby Field Part II

Here is the second half of the field of twenty for the 2019 Kentucky Derby.  Again, the horses are listed in descending order of the qualifying points they earned throughout the Prep Race season.  Actual Post Positions will be drawn Tuesday morning. 11)  IMPROBABLE  ML 10-1  He’s had two starts and two second-place finishes for this year.  Both were close finishes at Oaklawn Park.  This Bob Baffert … Continue reading Derby Field Part II

A Closer Look At The Derby Field

The 2019 Kentucky Derby is one week away.  So it’s time for the Daily Racing Blog to take a closer look at the field and offer up our thoughts on the twenty contenders.  Here then, is a look at ten of the entrants.  They are listed in order of qualifying points earned.  Post Positions will be drawn on Tuesday and official odds will be assigned as … Continue reading A Closer Look At The Derby Field