Shigeki Kikkawa
Ax Man, shown winning his maiden Jan. 1, was fourth in the San Vicente Stakes.
Nero, second in the San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 10, and Ax Man, fourth as the favorite in that race, both had easy half-mile drills on Thursday as they ready for their next starts, which could come out of town, trainer Bob Baffert said.Full Story >>
April 24, 2015
Institutional amnesia can be a beautiful thing, but before the 2015 Kentucky Derby is upon us with all its hurricane force, it can’t hurt to take a look at the field of 19 that performed for the pleasure of millions in the 2014 race. From back to ...
April 22, 2015
I still like Dortmund to win the Kentucky Derby, but there is no way I can be as confident as I was with California Chrome last year.
April 16, 2015
The end of the Kentucky Derby prep season this past week marked the third year where Derby berths have been secured under the new points system announced in 2012. On the whole, it has worked well, providing a clearer and more cohesive path to ...
April 09, 2015
After all the preps, we are down to one race and one horse. After the Arkansas Derby, even if American Pharoah wins by daylight, we are still going to have to ask ourselves if this brilliant colt can really win the Derby despite missing two months of ...
April 08, 2015
Let’s make this an annual event. I am sitting on press row at the Final Four. The Santa Anita Derby appears on my laptop during the first half of the first game of semifinals. The horse I have been touting for a month is favored. And nearly runs off my ...
April 02, 2015
This time last year, California Chrome was the talk of the Coast, fresh from a bracing score in the San Felipe Stakes and creeping up the lists of Kentucky Derby contenders. His 5 1/4-length win in the Santa Anita Derby put trainer Art Sherman, Martin, ...
March 25, 2015
I still like Dortmund to win the Kentucky Derby, but I can make a case for 10 other contenders to be part of the superfecta.
March 19, 2015
Royal Son was very impressive winning the John Battaglia Memorial at Turfway Park. I think the 93 Beyer Speed Figure was real and I think it more likely that he would repeat the figure than not in Saturday’s Spiral Stakes.
March 12, 2015
I expect American Pharoah to run huge in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. The field is less than stellar. He looks like lone speed. And he is just that talented.
March 11, 2015
Today, in the second week of March, Dortmund is absolutely my Kentucky Derby horse.