Blended Citizen Prevails in Competitive Jeff Ruby Steaks

Blended Citizen winning the Jeff Ruby Steaks (gr. III) at Turfway Park - Coady Photography As expected, the $200,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (gr. III) on March 17th at Turfway Park produced a thrilling and competitive finish, with the result remaining in doubt until a few strides before the finish line. However, it remains to be seen how much of an impact the nine-furlong race will have on the Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown. Despite being a Road to the [...]

Paved Beats the Colts in El Camino Real Derby

Paved winning the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields - © Shane Micheli/Vassar Photography Question: When was the last time a filly won a Kentucky Derby prep race? Prior to yesterday, and subject to correction, the most recent example I could think of was Evita Argentina beating colts in the 2009 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) sprinting seven furlongs at Santa Anita. Nine years and one day later, we finally saw another filly prevail in a [...]

Keying Paved in the El Camino Real Derby

Paved breaking her maiden at Santa Anita - © Benoit Photo Every now and then, I’ll see a young horse win for the first time and think to myself “I want to play that horse next time it runs, because I think it could be a star in the making.” Such a horse is set to compete in the February 17th $100,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields, that being #1 Paved. And while the circumstances aren’t quite [...]

Kylemore Looks Competitive in California Derby

Although it doesn’t offer any qualification points for the 2018 Kentucky Derby, the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields is still a race worth watching this Saturday. After all, the 8.5-furlong event is a local prep race for the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields next month—a race that offers a total of 17 Derby qualification points to the top four finishers—so it’s possible that we could see a Kentucky Derby contender emerge from Saturday's race. The [...]