Rating the First Round of 2019 Kentucky Derby Preps

Game Winner winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) - Coady Photography With the running of Sunday's Remington Springboard Mile, the last North American Kentucky Derby prep race of the year entered the history books, bringing to a close the first stage of qualification for the 2019 “Run for the Roses.” From September through December, nine Road to the Kentucky Derby prep races were conducted across the country, and while the majority offered the same number of qualification [...]

2019 Kentucky Derby Contender Profile: Long Range Toddy

If you’re looking for a 2019 Kentucky Derby contender with the pedigree to excel running 1 ¼ miles on the first Saturday in May, then you’ll be excited to check out Long Range Toddy, who burst onto the Derby scene with a hard-fought victory in the Remington Springboard Mile on December 16th. All of Long Range Toddy’s immediate ancestors were successful running a mile or farther, including his Florida Derby (gr. I)-winning sire Take Charge Indy, his dam Pleasant Song, [...]

Long Range Toddy Hangs On in Remington Springboard Mile

In a race packed with traffic-filled trips, big middle moves, and dramatic late rallies, Long Range Toddy managed to defy the overall race trends and emerge victorious in the $400,000 Remington Springboard Mile on December 16th at Remington Park. One of five horses representing trainer Steve Asmussen (who sent out nearly half the field), Long Range Toddy’s tactical speed allowed him to secure a perfect position early on in the one-mile test, settling a length off the pace while outside in [...]

Betting Out-of-State Shippers in the Remington Springboard Mile

Dunph winning the Spendthrift Juvenile Stallion Stakes - Coady Photography Since its inaugural running in 2009, the $400,000 Remington Springboard Mile Stakes at Remington Park has been rising steadily in prestige, attracting better horses and stronger fields to the extent that it was added to the Road to the Kentucky Derby series last year. As a result, it’s growing tougher for the local runners to defend their home turf, which is why I’ll be leaning toward out-of-state shippers [...]

Greyvitos Joins Derby Trail With Remington Springboard Mile Victory

Greyvitos winning the Bob Hope Stakes (gr. III) at Del Mar - ©Benoit Photo Racing fans across the country were up a bit later than usual last night to watch an intriguing renewal of the $400,000 Remington Springboard Mile Stakes at Remington Park. The one-mile race offered Kentucky Derby qualification points for the first time in its brief history, but although twelve horses faced the starter, in the end all eyes were on the impressive winner Greyvitos. Coming [...]

Combatant Could Offer Value in Competitive Springboard Mile

Combatant breaking his maiden at Churchill Downs (Coady Photography) The $400,000 Remington Springboard Mile on December 17th at Remington Park has been rapidly gaining prestige since its inaugural running in 2009, and this year—for the first time—the race will offer Kentucky Derby qualification points to the top four finishers. Perhaps as a result, the race has drawn a large and competitive field of twelve lightly-raced juveniles. Steve Asmussen, by far the leading trainer at the current Remington meet with [...]