Trainer:James Jerkens Jockey:John Velazquez Foaling Date: 3-23-2006 Pedigree: Elusive Quality - Kobla by Strawberry Road Dosage Profile: 7-3-11-1-0 Dosage Index/CD: 2.38 0.73 2008 Record: 1 Starts: 1 - 0 - 0, $25,800 Best Beyer Figure: 113 Note: Won his only start last year, a maiden special weight at Aqueduct in late November. Lead and faded to 2nd in an allowance at Gulfstream Park to Theregoesjojo then lead and drew off to win the Fountain of Youth over the same rival. Took command on the backstretch in the Florida Derby and held off Dunkirk to win by 2 lengths. Was included in the late Triple Crown nominees released on April 1st. Was announced on 4/6 that he has a quarter crack in his right hind foot. His trainer Jimmy Jerkens noticed it in the winner's circle for the Florida Derby and had a patch put on it right away, before his last workout. Jerkens said, "You hope it was resolved by now, that's for sure, but he's not out of it yet. The fact that he's not lame from it is a good thing." The same specialist who treated Big Brown last year is working on him. On Friday April 24, they found he has developed another quarter-crack, this one on the inside of his right-front hoof. Finally on Monday April 27 they threw in the towel and took him out of the Derby. Chris Baker, farm manager of Edward Evans' Spring Hill Farm said, "There was some tenderness in the foot this morning and he's not 100%. (Trainer) Jimmy (Jerkens) wasn't comfortable breezing him, and without a work, he can't go. He's not going to make the race."
Owner Edward P. Evans was offered $2.5 million for him back in November after his maiden win at Aqueduct but turned it down. Evans recalled, "They said the buyer wanted to win the (Kentucky) Derby. I thought about it and said, 'The owner would like to win the Derby, too.'"
Quality Road out of the Kentucky Derby - Due to his quarter crack problems, Florida Derby winner Quality Road miss the Kentucky Derby. Depending on how quickly they heal, he could still show up for the Preakness or Belmont.
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.