When Do Kentucky Derby Winners Typically Debut?

Justify winning the Kentucky Derby - Coady Photography There can be no denying that the 2018 Kentucky Derby victory by Justify has signaled a significant shift in the way that horses are being prepared for that tough test on the first Saturday in May. With horses racing less and less prior to the Kentucky Derby, we knew it was just a matter of time before a talented horse would come along and replicate the fabled 1882 Kentucky Derby [...]

How Pace Makes the Race: Part 2

Palace Malice passes Oxbow in the 2013 Belmont Stakes - Photo by Joe Labozzetta/Coglianese Photography In an article on Bet America last week, I discussed how the 2013 Triple Crown series is a perfect example of how pace can make a race. When Orb produced a huge late rally to win the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), he looked like a star in the making, but the pace of the race—with a very fast opening half-mile and a very [...]

How Pace Makes the Race: Part 1

Oxbow winning the 2013 Preakness Stakes - Jim McCue Photography Pace makes the race. It’s an indisputable fact of Thoroughbred horse racing that the pace at which a given race unfolds can have an effect on the outcome. A slow pace can favor front-runners, allowing them to finish strongly and hold off late runners. A fast pace can do exactly the opposite, tiring out the leaders and setting the race up for horses rallying from behind. I can’t [...]