Kentucky Derby

Noble Indy adding blinkers for Louisiana Derby

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.

Derby Watch: Former jockey Bloom living Derby dream with Snapper Sinclair

NEW ORLEANS – Jeff Bloom always has wanted to be in the Derby. When he was a jockey, it was his dream. And he got a derby, all right. It was just a bit north of Louisville in Winnipeg.

Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Snapper Sinclair

Emily Shields
Bravazo (No. 7) narrowly beats Snapper Sinclair in the Risen Star Stakes.

Snapper Sinclair
City Zip–True Addiction, by Yes It’s True

Bred in Kentucky by K & G Stables ($180,000 purchase by Jeffrey Bloom at OBS April 2-year-old sale)

Sparkman: Magnum Moon another good one for Malibu Moon

Barbara D. Livingston
Magnum Moon, by Malibu Moon, wins the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn on March 17.

Although modern genetics wags an admonitory finger, we persist in thinking in terms of sire lines and their defining characteristics. We nod knowledgeably each time a small, muscular, compact horse emerges from the Northern Dancer line, even though descendants of that epochal stallion now come in every shape and size imaginable.

Restoring Hope joins prospective field for Sunland Derby

Restoring Hope is being pointed for the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby on Sunday, said trainer Bob Baffert. The 1 1/8-mile race awards 85 points for the Kentucky Derby on a scale of 50-20-10-5.

2018 Road to the Derby: Rebel Stakes analysis

Grade 2, $900,000 Rebel Stakes; 1 1/16 miles; Oaklawn Park; March 17, 2018

A long journey back to New Orleans for Keith Desormeaux

The first and only starter trainer Keith Desormeaux will have at this Fair Grounds meet comes in the most important race of the meet.

Injury knocks Avery Island off Derby trail

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has confirmed what already had been suspected, that Grade 3 Withers winner Avery Island is now officially off the Derby trail after returning lame from a routine workout at Palm Meadows last Friday.

O'Neill mulls Blended Citizen's Kentucky Derby options

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O'Neill mulls Blended Citizen's options

Trainer Doug O’Neill was awake but dreaming early Sunday morning, a day after his trainee, Blended Citizen, registered a neck victory in Turfway Park’s Grade 3, $200,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks, a Kentucky Derby prep race.

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