Kentucky Derby contender profile: Silver Prospector

Since he's a son of the talented turf horse Declaration of War, you might assume Silver Prospector is destined for a bright future on grass. Even Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen seemed to think so at one point.

Kentucky Derby contender profiles: Innisfree and Royal Dornoch

In recent years the only European-based trainer to consistently take aim at the Kentucky Derby has been Aidan O’Brien, who has saddled a half-dozen starters since 2002.

Kentucky Derby contender profile: Eight Rings

Eight Rings has an abundance of talent. That much has never been disputed. The question is whether Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert can convince the promising colt to produce his best on a consistent basis.

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.

2019 Kentucky Derby Contender Profile: Omaha Beach

Omaha Beach (right) holds off Game Winner (left) in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) - Coady Photography It’s been a big year for War Front on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. The 17-year-old Claiborne Farm stallion has already made headlines as the sire of two-time graded stakes winner War of Will, and on Saturday, War Front was back in the spotlight again when his son Omaha Beach fought to a valiant victory in the second division of [...]

Pros and Cons of the Weekend Derby Prep Winners

Mucho Gusto winning the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) - © Benoit Photo Last weekend was a big one on the Road to the Kentucky Derby with three major prep races being held across the country, but if we’re perfectly honest, the results—while intriguing—came up a little disappointing. A sloppy, sealed track led to the scratch of highly-regarded Nolo Contesto from the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita, which allowed Mucho Gusto to romp [...]

2019 Kentucky Derby Contender Profile: War of Will

War of Will winning the Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds - Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir As the old saying goes, a good horse can come from anywhere, so by extension a Kentucky Derby contender must be able to come from anywhere… even if he’s a turf-bred youngster back from a foray in Europe. That, in essence, is the journey of War of Will, who joined the Road to the Kentucky Derby with a decisive [...]