Emily Shields
Noble Indy most recently was third in the Risen Star Stakes last month.
Trainer Todd Pletcher already has taken down the Holy Bull Stakes with Audible and the Rebel Stakes with Magnum Moon, but if he wins a third Kentucky Derby prep race, the $1 million Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds, Pletcher will be bucking his own history.Full Story >>
March 23, 2012
He said it and nailed it on the nose. “Eight hundred thousand isn’t what it used to be,” insisted Dustin Dix, Sunland Park director of racing operations and the man who put together the $800,000 Sunland Derby, to be run Sunday at Sunland Park.
March 22, 2012
The Triple Crown season starts for real this weekend. How do I know? Follow the money. On Saturday, at Turfway Park in northern Kentucky, the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes offers a purse of $500,000. On Sunday, just down the road from El Paso and across ...
February 01, 2012
Cracked heels are usually a problem in January, what with the cold weather, dry skin, and a natural shyness about regular exfoliation. Then there’s Garrett Gomez and Robby Albarado, who took the problem to extremes.
January 20, 2012
Kids start getting excited about Christmas before Thanksgiving. Little girls shop for Easter bonnets as the winter snows begin to melt, and there are enterprising young men who stock up on Fourth of July fireworks even as the excitement of Valentine’s ...
January 08, 2012
Trainer Mike Maker continued his dominance of Turfway Park when he swept the top two spots Saturday night in the 24th running of the $50,000 Turfway Prevue at the Florence, Ky., track.
May 08, 2011
Graham Motion’s work with Animal Kingdom was exceptional because he defied so many precedents in the Derby. His European-style training regimen got Animal Kingdom ready to deliver a powerful effort.
May 06, 2011
None of the Derby entrants has yet run a race good enough to stamp himself clearly as a potential Derby winner. It makes sense to look for a horse on the improve.
May 03, 2011
Trainers who win the Kentucky Derby usually do so because they make the race their single-minded focus. With every promising young colt in their barns, they think, long-range, about the first Saturday in May. That’s why Bob Baffert, Todd ...
April 07, 2011
Racing fans will scrutinize Saturday’s Wood, Santa Anita Derby, and Illinois Derby, plus other major preps next week, but it's likely the Derby picture will not be clearer.
March 30, 2011
2011 Triple Crown nominations: Full list of horses nominated for the 2011 Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes. Uncle Mo and To Honor and Serve head the list of 364 horses. Includes top Beyer Speed Figures for each horse.