Audible Impresses Again in Florida Derby

Audible winning the Florida Derby (gr. I) - Photo by Adam Coglianese Photography While there’s still five weeks remaining until the Kentucky Derby, it appears that the two-time Derby-winning trainer Todd Pletcher is going to hold a very strong hand in the 2018 renewal of the race. Pletcher already has Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner Noble Indy and Rebel Stakes (gr. II) winner Magnum Moon targeting the race, and on Saturday Pletcher showcased arguably his best prospect yet [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Kentucky Derby Top 10 — 3/29/18

Noble Indy winning the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds - Hodges Photography/Lou Hodges, Jr. Question—what do Bravazo, Combatant, Free Drop Billy, Mississippi, Promises Fulfilled, Quip, and Reride have in common? Answer—they’re all contenders for the 2018 Kentucky Derby and they all scored their maiden victories at Churchill Downs, where the Derby is held each year. While experience over the main track at Churchill Downs certainly isn’t a bad thing for a Derby contender, you might be [...]

Keying Audible in the Florida Derby

Audible winning the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park - Photo by Leslie Martin/Coglianese Photography No race has had a better run at producing recent Kentucky Derby winners than the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I), scheduled to be held this Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Five of the last twelve winners of the nine-furlong Florida Derby have gone on to claim victory in the “Run for the Roses,” including the last two Nyquist in 2016 and [...]

Looking for an Upset in the Holy Bull Stakes

Enticed (blue silks) winning the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) - Coady Photography/Churchill Downs It’s an oft-stated fact that outside post positions are a disadvantage in 8.5-furlong and 9-furlong races at Gulfstream Park. With a very short run to the first turn, horses drawn outside are in danger of getting hung wide early in the race. That could certainly be the case in the $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) on Saturday, the first of Gulfstream’s three official [...]