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

2023 Kentucky Derby (Never Too Early)

As the two-year-old racing season concludes, the road to the 2023 Kentucky Derby is open and traffic will get a bit heavier as the Prep Races begin in earnest.   If you’re new to horse racing you might have questions about how all of this works.  Well wonder no more, the Daily Racing Blog is here to help.  Here is a basic overview about qualifying for the Run for the Roses. … Continue reading 2023 Kentucky Derby (Never Too Early)

2022 Racing In Review

The 2022 horse racing season is coming to a close. There is certainly much to look back on, but for the sake of brevity and attention span, we’ll limit our trip down memory lane to a four race sprint. THE KENTUCKY DERBY: A horse acquired for a claiming tag is not supposed to go on to Win the Kentucky Derby. In fact, no one had done … Continue reading 2022 Racing In Review

Mother/Trainer History Maker ?

As 2022 comes to a close, Brittany Russell is looking to make history. The Laurel Park-based trainer has already reached career highs with 442 starters, 98 Wins and $4.3 million dollars in purse earnings. She became just the fourth woman to Win a meet title in Maryland at the spring meet at Laurel. It just so happened the mother of two clinched that honor on … Continue reading Mother/Trainer History Maker ?

Right Down Santa Claus Lane

SANTA CLAUS (foaled in 1961) was a British-bred Irish trained race-horse and sire.  As a three year-old in 1964 the dark-coated bay stallion had his best year on the turf.  There is no doubt that, back in the day, SANTA CLAUS brought a lot of joy to the older boys and girls that believed in him. His most notable achievements were Winning the Irish 200 Guineas Stakes, … Continue reading Right Down Santa Claus Lane

West Coast Racing

The holiday season annually brings west coast racing fans a gift they might actually want – albeit a day late, so let’s call it horse racing’s version of Boxing Day in southern California. On December 26th Santa Anita Park begins its winter racing season. The track celebrates its traditional post-Christmas opening day, which marks the start of a new season of racing at the Arcadia … Continue reading West Coast Racing

Dirty Money

For all of the sun and fun rolled into summertime racing, the fall/winter racing season in the northeast occasionally brings inclement weather. Unlike baseball, Horse Racing usually goes on before, during, and after a rain/snow storm and there are some general handicapping concepts that you should keep on hand for… a rainy day. First off, keep in mind that racetracks can be like apples and … Continue reading Dirty Money

NYRA Downgrades

On Friday afternoon the American Graded Stakes Committee released its list of graded stakes races for the for 2023 season. The list included five races that were downgraded from Grade I status to Grade II contests. Included in the downgrades were prestigious NYRA races for older dirt horses- the Woodward Stakes as well as the Cigar Mile will now be considered Grade II’s. Also dropping … Continue reading NYRA Downgrades

The Art Of The Derby

The Kentucky Derby is five months away. And while it is still too early to have any horses entered in the annual contest, it’s apparently not too soon to announce the Official Art of the Kentucky Derby. And yes, that’s a real thing. Last week Churchill Downs released the 2023 Official Art of the Kentucky Derby, which will be provided by renowned international artist, Romero Britto. … Continue reading The Art Of The Derby