Kentucky Derby Top 10: Early twists and turns

It’s only December, but the 2019-2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby has already taken a few unexpected turns.

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.

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 [...]

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.

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 [...]

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.

Dennis’ Moment cruises to Derby favoritism in Iroquois Stakes

Dennis’ Moment lived up to the hype in Saturday’s $200,000 Iroquois Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs, where he cruised to an uncontested victory and gave the impression he could have won by more if asked.