04/03/2014 10:39AM

Calder Derby: Ring Weekend taking unconventional path to Kentucky Derby


MIAMI – There are the more traditional ways to get a good 3-year-old to the Kentucky Derby in peak form – important preps like the Florida Derby, Wood Memorial, Santa Anita Derby, Louisiana Derby, Arkansas Derby, and Blue Grass Stakes – or the not-so-traditional ways, as trainer Graham Motion proved so well when using Turfway Park’s Spiral Stakes as the final stepping-stone for Animal Kingdom’s victory in the 2011 Kentucky Derby.