When Do Kentucky Derby Winners Typically Debut?

Justify winning the Kentucky Derby - Coady Photography There can be no denying that the 2018 Kentucky Derby victory by Justify has signaled a significant shift in the way that horses are being prepared for that tough test on the first Saturday in May. With horses racing less and less prior to the Kentucky Derby, we knew it was just a matter of time before a talented horse would come along and replicate the fabled 1882 Kentucky Derby [...]

East or West, who holds the stronger Kentucky Derby hand?

It’s a light week ahead on the Road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve, so now’s a good time to take stock of the division following the first 50- points-to-the winner-prep race. With less than seventy-five days until the first Saturday of May racing fans are continuing to formulate opinions on the crop of 2018. With that comes the discussion of whether an East or West Coast based horse is likeliest to find the winners’ circle at this [...]

Handicapping 101: Playing Pedigrees on Muddy Tracks

Always Dreaming winning the 2017 Kentucky Derby - Coady Photography When handicapping major races like the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of data available to help you make your selections. Fractional times? Workouts? Running styles? Pedigrees? Jockey assignments? Post positions? Obscure statistics? It can be hard to weigh all of these factors and come up with confident bets. With so much information available, it can seem counter-intuitive to toss most of [...]

Baffert and Smith Do It Again

For many, the biggest moment this Saturday was Always Dreaming winning the Kentucky Derby. The Derby is always the biggest story in the first weekend of May. Why wouldn't it be? The world's most famous horse race only  happens once a year. But to me, a much bigger story emerged over the weekend. To me, the biggest story was how Bob Baffert and Mike Smith paired up, once again, to win one of the biggest three-year-old horse races of the [...]