Tuesday morning it was pouring rain and the track was sloppy at Churchill Downs. Several of the Derby horses stayed in the barn today, so I bypassed the nasty weather and instead will use a few photos from earlier.
Analyzing the Top Derby Contenders - My annual analysis of the top contenders to try and select a winner by matching each to the profile of a Kentucky Derby winner using many of the more popular angles and statistical trends.
Derby Contender Graded Stakes Earnings - ranks the top contenders by graded earnings. This is what determines who can get in the starting gate on Derby day. Includes earnings through 4/26. Entries will be draw tomorrow at noon.
Toby's Corner galloped on the Tapeta track at Fair Hill on Sunday with James Slater aboard. Tuesday, it was discovered he has an injury to his left hind leg that will prevent him from running in the Kentucky Derby. This allowed Derby Kitten to get in the field.
Mucho Macho Man gallops over a sloppy track at Churchill Downs. On Tuesday, gallops over a sloppy track at Churchill Downs, although he had never run over a wet track before. Trainer Kathy Ritvo said, "Yeah, it doesn't bother him. He's a cool horse. He does everything so easily."
Stay Thirsty on the inside with three-time Derby-winner Calvin Borel up, edges past older workmate Bridgetown in a five-furlong work at soggy Churchill Downs on Sunday. On Tuesday, he and stablemate Uncle Mo avoided the rain, chill and soggy racetrack to merely walk the shedrow. "It's OK," Pletcher said. "They needed a walk day anyway. We'll go back to the track and train tomorrow. We'll gallop and stand in the gate then; the usual stuff."
Decisive Moment with trainer Juan Arias up, gallops over a sloppy
track on last Wednesday at Churchill Downs. Today he walked under tack at Barn 41 at Churchill Downs on Tuesday morning with trainer Juan Arias up. "It was the weather and racetrack, both. I was waiting to go out and when I saw that the weather didn't break by 8:30 I decided to keep him in. He walked for 45 minutes under tack and now he's walking half an hour by hand," said Arias.
Midnight Interlude jogged under exercise rider Dana Barnes last week. Today he walked the shedrow after working a bullet five furlongs in 1:00.80 over a sloppy track on Monday. "All is well," trainer Bob Baffert said.
Pants On Fire heads to the barn after stepping off the van on Sunday at Churchill Downs. Today he took one clockwise lap around the Churchill Downs oval during the Derby-Oaks training session with regular exercise rider Juan Pizarro up in his first visit back to the track.
Archarcharch gallops over the Churchill Downs track for the first time since last fall with jockey Jon Court in the saddle. Today, he trained in company with stablemate Supreme Ruler going a half-mile work in :52 over a sloppy track under jockey Jon Court.
Kentucky Oaks favorite Joyful Victory rolls through the stretch in her five-furlong Monday work at Churchill Downs. She drew post position 1 for the race on Friday.
Triple Crown quick links:
Oxbow upsets in the Preakness - Oxbow led the entire way in the Preakness Stakes (G1) on Saturday at Pimlico with Itsmyluckyday second and Mylute third. Heavy favorite Orb made a mild move to finish fourth. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Preakness undercard stakes results - There were 7 other stakes on the card, highlighted by the Dixie Stakes (G2) won by Skyring and the Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes (G3) won by Summer Applause. Get the results, charts, and photos for 6 of the races here.
Fiftyshadesofhay wins the Black-Eyed Susan - Fiftyshadesofhay just got up to win the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) on Friday at Pimlico by a neck over Marathon Lady with favorite Emollient 6th. On the undercard, Last Gunfighter won the Pimlico Special (G3). Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Analyzing the Preakness Stakes Contenders for 2013 - My annual analysis using popular angles and statistical trends to see who best matches the profile of a Preakness winner. The big surprise is that Kentucky Derby winner Orb is not in the top group!
Orb wins the Kentucky Derby - Orb was far back early but took the lead in the stretch and drew off to win the Kentucky Derby (G1) by 2 1/2 lengths over longshot Golden Soul and Revolutionary. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
More Kentucky Derby Photos - More photos from the day including more of Orb, the trophy, the roses, Martina McBride, and lots of mud.
Kentucky Derby undercard stakes results - There were 5 other stakes on Derby day including the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1) won by 2012 Horse of the Year Wise Dan and the Humana Distaff Stakes (G1) won by Aubby K. Get the results, charts, and photos for all 5 races here.
Princess of Sylmar upsets in the Kentucky Oaks - She rallied from far back to win the Kentucky Oaks by a half length over Beholder and Unlimited Budget, while favorite Dreaming of Julia was fourth. Get the results, chart, and photos here.
Kentucky Oaks undercard stakes results - There were 5 other stakes on Oaks day including the La Troienne Stakes (G2) won by Authenticity and the Alysheba Stakes (G3) won by Take Charge Indy. Get the results, charts, and photos for all 5 races here.
Kentucky Oaks Entries - A field of 11 fillies will go, with Gulfstream Oaks winner Dreaming of Julia favorite at 3-1 from post 8. Get the post positions, odds, and free past performances here.
Top Kentucky Derby Contenders - my list of the top horses headed to the Derby with profiles for each with photos, stats, and link to more info like past performances and pedigree.
Analyzing the top 2013 Kentucky Derby contenders - My annual analysis of the top contenders to try and select a winner by matching each to the profile of a Kentucky Derby winner using many of the more popular angles and statistical trends. This year there were is a 3-way tie for the top spot: Goldencents, Normandy Invasion, and Overanalyze.
2013 Kentucky Derby And Oaks Security - New enhanced stricter rules will be enforced this year. Be sure to read the rules as many have changed and more things are banned. There will still be magnetic wand searches of all patrons and many things are no longer allowed. Check here to make sure you don't bring anything they will confiscate.
Review: Triple Crown Handicapper 2013 - by Jim Mazur. Includes lots of stats for all 3 races and explains how to use a system of statistically derived negative angles to eliminate the "bad" picks.
Review: Kentucky Derby Greatest Moments - Commemorative DVD from Churchill Downs with video from 27 different runnings along with interviews, photos, and historical info. Definitely recommended for any racing fan!
Review: Churchill Downs - America's Most Historic Racetrack by Kimberly Gatto. An entertaining and informative account of the history of the track and it's most famous race, the Kentucky Derby, with lots of photos. Definitely recommended.