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Barbara D. Livingston
Firenze Fire (#12) earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 90 for his victory in the Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park.
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April 14, 2016
A year ago, the field for the Kentucky Derby shaped up as one of the best and deepest in many years. The five favorites were 13 for 13 as 3-year-olds and all five Grade 1 preps were won by daylight in strong performances. Eight entrants had run Beyer ...
April 11, 2016
The Desormeaux brothers are in the Kentucky Derby, with a horse named Exaggerator, no less.
April 10, 2016
If you woke up Sunday morning more confused than ever about the Kentucky Derby picture, take heart. You have a lot of company.
April 03, 2016
The most anticipated matchup in a Kentucky Derby prep in years that was supposed to take place in Saturday’s Florida Derby never materialized. But don’t be angry with Nyquist. It’s not his fault that, at least on this day, he was just much, much better ...
March 31, 2016
Mohaymen and Nyquist make for a formidable one-two punch in the Florida Derby. The remainder of the field, however, has little to recommend.
That shiver of excitement being felt across the racing landscape can be blamed on the showdown Saturday between marquee 3-year-olds Nyquist and Mohaymen in the $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park.
The Florida Derby, the centerpiece of an interesting Gulfstream Park card on Saturday, could very well reveal the Kentucky Derby winner or, at least, the favorite. And we get to see the rare battle of No. 1 seeds before the Final 20.
March 23, 2016
As we hit the final Saturday of March, six weeks before the Kentucky Derby, I am going to use a 95 Beyer Speed Figure as the cutoff for contenders. I count nine horses on that list, from a high of 101 (Nyquist) to a low of 95 (Cupid, Mohaymen).
March 20, 2016
Cupid is already darn good. He proved that by decisively beating 13 opponents in Saturday’s Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. But Cupid also did enough things wrong in the Rebel to create the tantalizing prospect of how good he might actually be when he ...
March 17, 2016
The wait for fast 3-year-olds officially ended last Saturday when first Destin improved on his 91 Beyer Speed Figure in the Sam Davis with a 100 while winning the Tampa Bay Derby. A half-hour later at Santa Anita, Danzing Candy hit triple digits with a ...