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.

Kentucky Derby contender profile: Dennis’ Moment

Dale Romans has hit the board three times in the Kentucky Derby, but the trainer hopes Dennis’ Moment will go one better than his predecessors and reach the winner’s circle on the first Saturday in May.

Kentucky Derby Contender Profile: Maxfield

Maxfield wasn’t supposed to win his debut September 14 at Churchill Downs. Trainer Brendan Walsh knew he had a talented colt, but Walsh was viewing the race as a starting point—a chance for Maxfield to gain experience.

Kentucky Derby contender profile: Tiz the Law

When Tiz the Law powered to victory in the $500,000 Champagne Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park, it was as though time had reversed for his human connections.

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 [...]

Looking for a longshot in the River City Handicap

It’s been a tough year so far for #4 Mr. Misunderstood, the probable favorite in Saturday’s $175,000 River City Handicap (G3) at Churchill Downs.

Kentucky Derby Top 10: Kicking off the road to 2020

The 2019-2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby is already underway, and while consistency has not been a strong suit among the early Derby contenders, we’ve seen flashes of serious talent from at least a dozen colts.

Betting a double on Commonwealth Turf day

Spectacular Gem winning the Jefferson Cup Stakes - Coady Photography Churchill Downs has arranged a competitive afternoon of racing for Saturday, November 9, with the last half of the 11-race card especially appealing. The late Pick 4 sequence starting in the eighth race could feature as many as 42 starters. That kind of sequence can trigger a big payoff, if you’re fortunate enough to uncover the winning combination. Players on a budget will have options, too. The enticing [...]

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.

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.