O’Brien Trio Embark on Derby Trail in Patton Stakes

Following a lengthy winter hiatus, the European Road to the Kentucky Derby will resume on March 1 with the one-mile Patton Stakes at Dundalk in Ireland. Last year, the Patton marked the successful seasonal debut for Mendelssohn, a highly-regarded colt campaigned by Ireland’s leading trainer Aidan O’Brien. Mendelssohn’s victory in the Patton served as a springboard to a productive 2018 campaign that included a romping victory in the UAE Derby and a start in the Kentucky Derby. O’Brien appears to [...]

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Berth Available in KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes

This weekend is going to be a big one in terms of “Win and You’re In” prep races for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. The attention of North American racing fans will be primarily focused on Sunday’s Summer Stakes (gr. I) at Woodbine, but given the impressive history of success by foreign raiders in the Juvenile Turf, it could pay to keep an eye on Saturday’s KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes (Eng-II) at Leopardstown, a [...]

Analyze It Faces International Challengers in Secretariat Stakes

Analyze It winning the Transylvania Stakes (gr. III) - Keeneland Photo It’s not hard to imagine that Analyze It will feel a sense of relief when he heads to the starting gate for Saturday’s $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. I) at Arlington Park and realizes that, for once, he will not be joined by Catholic Boy. Analyze It is a head and a neck away from being undefeated in five starts, with those narrow losses coming against Catholic Boy [...]

Old Melbourne Cup rules burned by Rekindling

The Melbourne Cup has been a race horsemen and punters have had some set ideas about for a number of years. Prior to 1993, it was felt that a horse always needed to run on Derby day at Flemington, four days beforehand, to tune up for the big race. Twelve-time winning trainer Bart Cummings also used to want horses to have run a total of 10,000 meters (about 9 ¼ miles) in spring lead-up races to be fit enough to [...]

Trainer Profile Aidan O’Brien

The great Aidan O'Brien may not be as well known to American horseplayers as he is to horseplayers in other nations. Make no mistake, O'Brien is the most famous horse trainer in the rest of the world. He trained Found to a win in the Breeders' Cup Turf last year. He also trained Hit It A Bomb to a win over Airoforce in the 2015 BC Juvenile Turf. O'Brien trains for the leading thoroughbred owners John Magnier, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and [...]