The Twin Spires at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography The Kentucky Derby could have some significant international flavor this year. With two spots in the starting gate set aside for the top qualifiers from two groups of prep races in Japan and Europe, figuring out how the international contenders fit into the mix will be a challenge for handicappers. One of the names to keep an eye on is Gronkowski, who launched himself on to the Derby trail with a [...]
We look back at an extremely busy (and confusing) weekend of racing as three of the big final Derby preps were run. Recapping the Santa Anita Derby, the Blue Grass Stakes, and the Wood Memorial and much more!
Saturday afternoon Thoroughbred fans had the chance to watch a trio of Grade I, $1 million Kentucky Derby preps at three different ovals and the results may have helped clear a muddied Derby picture. In the first of those three Derby preps, Outwork narrowly captured the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct for trainer Todd Pletcher and owner-breeder Mike Repole. His victory hardly validated Outwork as a serious Derby hopeful, but his third win in four career starts earned him a spot [...]