Kentucky Derby

Road to the Derby: Breeders' Cup Juvenile

Debra A. Roma
Good Magic breaks his maiden in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Grade 1, $1,840,000 Breeder’s Cup Juvenile; 1 1/16 miles; Del Mar; Nov. 4, 2017
(20 Derby qualifying points for a win, 8 for second, 4 for third, 2 for fourth)

Winner: Good Magic, by Curlin
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Jose Ortiz
Owner: eFive Racing Thoroughbreds and Stonestreet Stables LLC
Beyer Speed Figure: 100

2018 Kentucky Derby: Iroquois analysis

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2018 Kentucky Derby: Iroquois analysis
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The Tabulator earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 76 for his victory in the Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs.

Grade 3, $150,000 Iroquois Stakes, 1 1/16 miles, Churchill Downs, Sept. 16, 2017

(10 Derby qualifying points for a win, 4 for second, 2 for third, 1 for fourth)

Winner: The Tabulator, by Dialed In
Trainer: Larry Rivelli
Jockey: Jose Valdivia Jr.
Owner: Carolyn Wilson
Beyer Speed Figure: 76

Road to the Derby analysis: Breeders' Futurity

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Free Drop Billy, trained by Dale Romans and ridden by Robby Albarado, wins the Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland.

Grade 1, $500,000 Breeders’ Futurity; 1 1/16 miles; Keeneland; Oct. 7, 2017
(10 Derby qualifying points for a win, 4 for second, 2 for third, 1 for fourth)

Winner: Free Drop Billy, by Union Rags
Trainer: Dale Romans
Jockey: Robby Albarado
Owner: Albaugh Family Stables
Beyer Speed Figure: 79

2018 Kentucky Derby: Champagne analysis

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2018 Kentucky Derby: Champagne analysis
Barbara D. Livingston
Firenze Fire (#12) earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 90 for his victory in the Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park.

Grade 1, $500,000 Champagne Stakes, one mile, Belmont Park, Oct. 7, 2017
(10 Derby qualifying points for a win, 4 for second, 2 for third, 1 for fourth)

Winner: Firenze Fire, by Poseidon’s Warrior
Trainer: Jason Servis
Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.
Owner: Mr. Amore Stable
Beyer Speed Figure: 90

2018 Kentucky Derby: FrontRunner analysis

Shigeki Kikkawa
Bolt d'Oro earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 100 for his victory in the FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita.

Grade 1, $301,380 FrontRunner Stakes, 1 1/16 miles, Santa Anita, Sept. 30, 2017
(10 Derby qualifying points for a win, 4 for second, 2 for third, 1 for fourth)

Winner: Bolt d’Oro, by Medaglia d’Oro
Trainer: Mick Ruis
Jockey: Corey Nakatani
Owner: Ruis Racing LLC
Beyer Speed Figure: 100

Delta cancels Jackpot, Princess for 2017

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Exaggerator, winning the Delta Jackpot in 2015, went on to win the Preakness and the Haskell.

Delta Downs announced Wednesday it was cancelling eight stakes races for 2017 including the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot and the $500,000 Delta Downs Princess Stakes.

Delta said the economic impact from Hurricane Harvey spurred the stakes cancellation, which includes races in October and November worth $2.3 million. Delta is located in Vinton, La., not far from the Texas border. Owned by Boyd Gaming, Delta operates a casino that generates a significant portion of purse money.

Delta considers cancelling Jackpot, Princess

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Delta Downs may cancel eight upcoming stakes races this year, including the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot.

Delta Downs is considering the elimination of eight stakes races in October and November, including the track’s signature race, the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot.

Delta is located in Vinton, La., close to the Texas border and part of an area hard hit by Hurricane Harvey. Delta relies on the Houston metropolitan area, which experienced catastrophic damage from Harvey, for much of its business, and a decline in casino revenues since the hurricane has compromised the purse fund for Delta’s upcoming 2017-2018 race meeting.

European series among changes to Derby points system

A series of races designed to attract a horse from Europe in addition to the series of races similarly designed for a Japanese runner, which debuted last year, are among the highlights of the preps for the 2018 Kentucky Derby, which were announced on Thursday by Churchill Downs.

Spiral gets purse, Derby points cut

Barbara D. Livingston
Animal Kingdom won the Spiral and then the Kentucky Derby in 2011.

The annual showcase event at Turfway Park, the Spiral Stakes, has undergone a reduction in its point value toward Kentucky Derby eligibility and a major purse cut.

McFarland turns cash on Derby into huge overlay

Kevin McFarland found himself back in the winner’s circle at a major tournament this past weekend, winning the Kentucky Derby Betting Challenge and netting more than $272,000 in the process.

“It’s a great tournament,” McFarland said. “I continue to believe that these tournaments have to be on racing’s biggest days. That’s what makes them better.”

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