Rating the First Round of 2019 Kentucky Derby Preps

Game Winner winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) - Coady Photography With the running of Sunday's Remington Springboard Mile, the last North American Kentucky Derby prep race of the year entered the history books, bringing to a close the first stage of qualification for the 2019 “Run for the Roses.” From September through December, nine Road to the Kentucky Derby prep races were conducted across the country, and while the majority offered the same number of qualification [...]

Kentucky Derby Contender Profile: Cairo Cat

Cairo Cat (left) rallies to defeat Tight Ten in the Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Kentucky Derby dreams can begin anywhere, anytime. If not for a rainy day at Saratoga, it’s very possible that Cairo Cat would never have emerged as the early leader on the list of qualifiers for the 2019 Kentucky Derby. Suffice to say, Cairo Cat has come a long way since his debut on July 21st at Saratoga, when he [...]

Iroquois Stakes: Cairo Cat Wins First Prep Race for 2019 Kentucky Derby

Cairo Cat (left) rallies to defeat Tight Ten in the Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Pinch yourself—is it a dream? No, it’s real. It seems hard to believe, but the first miles on the road to Louisville for the 2019 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) were officially traveled on Saturday when a dozen promising two-year-old vied for supremacy in the $150,000 Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs, where 7 ½ months from now [...]

How to Bet the Iroquois Stakes

Hog Creek Hustle winning his debut at Ellis Park - Coady Photography It seems hard to believe, but the 2018-19 Road to the Kentucky Derby kicks off this Saturday with the running of the $150,000 Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs, which also serves as a “Win and You’re In” prep race for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I). Suffice to say, there’s a lot on the line in this 8 ½-furlong race, and if one [...]

2018-19 Road to the Kentucky Derby Kicks Off With Iroquois Stakes

Coady Photography The journey ultimately comes full circle; it begins where it ends, and ends where it begins. That journey, of course, is the 2018-19 Road to the Kentucky Derby, which kicks off on September 15th with the running of the Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. It’s only fitting that the Road to the Kentucky Derby should begin at the track where the historic “Run for the Roses” will be held [...]

Breeders’ Cup Among Highlights of September and Fall Meets at Churchill Downs

The Twin Spires at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Starting this Friday and continuing through the end of November, Churchill Downs racetrack—home of the Kentucky Derby—will host a pair of race meets that will showcase some of the most accomplished older horses and the most promising young runners in the sport of Thoroughbred racing. The first meet, scheduled for September 14th through September 30th, will offer eight stakes races (five of them graded) that could serve as springboards to [...]

Bolt d’Oro seeks third grade I in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Bolt d'Oro dominates the field for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Photo: Benoit Photos. There’s one major question heading into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Saturday: is Bolt d’Oro for real? The son of Medaglia d’Oro has swept all before him in three starts in California. He won his maiden well, rallied from well back to win the Del Mar Futurity (G1), and produced an outstanding effort to rout his opposition in the FrontRunner Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita. [...]

Road to the Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile: The Tabulator

The Tabulator wins the Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs (Coady Photo/Churchill Downs) The Tabulator wins the Iroquois Stakes The Road to the 2017 Kentucky Derby is officially under way, with The Tabulator earning the first 10 points in the series by winning the 1 1/16-mile Iroquois Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs Sept. 16. The Tabulator, who is trained by Larry Rivelli for owner Carolyn Wilson, sat outside the lead before running clear in the stretch, and his margin [...]