Kentucky Derby contender profile: Storm the Court

Although Storm the Court’s pedigree suggests he might prove best on grass, his early success at Santa Anita indicates he can be a factor on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.

How to calculate fair odds for Kentucky Derby future wagers

Maxfield winning the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (G1) - Keeneland Photo When pondering a Kentucky Derby (G1) future wager, how do you draw the line between fair odds and odds too short to be worth the risk? It’s a multi-faceted question, dependent on timing, basic math and personal opinion. Shorter prices are more acceptable two or three months out from the Derby, when the key contenders are easier to identify. But if you’re looking to place a future wager [...]

Early impressions on the Road to the 2020 Kentucky Derby

Churchill Downs - Coady Photography The first phase of the 2019-2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby—running through the championship-defining Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1)—is complete. Now we can turn our attention to the second phase, in which late-maturing juveniles will seek to steal the spotlight in races like the November 30 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs, the December 7 Remsen Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct and the December 7 Los Alamitos Futurity (G2) at Los Alamitos. It’s [...]

Rating the Derby potential of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runners

Let’s look back at the eight horses who contested the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and use a 1-to-5 scale to rate their potential to make an impact on the 2020 Kentucky Derby.

How to bet the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies

Wicked Whisper winning the Frizette Stakes (G1) at Belmont - Photo by NYRA/Coglianese Photography Horse racing’s future will be on display at Santa Anita Park on November 1. On a day billed as “Future Stars Friday,” the best two-year-old Thoroughbreds of both genders will take the spotlight in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). There’s a strong chance the young runners vying for victory in these championship events will wind up [...]

2019 Breeders’ Cup race order, post times and wagering schedule

Santa Anita - Photo by © Breeders' Cup/Todd Buchanan 2014 Pre-entries for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita were revealed on October 23, along with the official order of championship races and the enticing wagering menu. The action will kick off Friday, November 1 at 10:45 a.m. PT, with five Breeders’ Cup races for juveniles among the ten events on “Future Stars Friday." The following day, a 12-race card featuring nine Breeders’ Cup races for older horses will [...]

John Shirreffs holds strong hand on Road to the Kentucky Derby

Trainer John Shirreffs hasn’t had a major impact on the Derby since Giacomo, but his luck could change in 2020 with Express Train, Honor A. P. and Thunder Code.

2019 Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” Qualifiers

Code of Honor (outside) and Vino Rosso hit the wire together in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) - Photo by Janet Garaguso/Coglianese Photography/NYRA The 2019 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series officially wrapped up Wednesday, October 9, when Sweet Melania cruised to a decisive victory in the $200,000 Jessamine Stakes (G2) at Keeneland. The 86-race series saw 83 different horses secure “Win and You’re In” berths to the November 1-2 Breeders’ Cup. Fourteen championship races will be held over [...]

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Top 5: Eight Rings on top

Eight Rings winning the American Pharoah Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita - © BENOIT PHOTO The $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) is shaping up to be a stellar race. There are plenty of promising 2-year-olds targeting the November 2 championship race at Santa Anita. Just last week we witnessed a couple impressive performances from up-and-coming youngsters with the pedigrees to succeed over classic distances. It’s a testament to the quality of the division that a horse as [...]

Maxfield tops early Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard

The first four prep races on the 2019-2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby have been contested, so the qualification leaderboard is slowly taking shape.