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Essential Quality reasserts divisional leadership in historic Belmont Stakes
Essential Quality reasserts divisional leadership in historic Belmont Stakes

2021-06-07T20:42:14.710ZKellie Reilly

When champion Essential Quality prevailed over brave frontrunner Hot Rod Charlie in the Belmont S. (G1), he was delivering an historic victory. But history also says that the battle for divisional leadership is ongoing.
Belmont Gold Cup international scouting report: Baron Samedi
Belmont Gold Cup international scouting report: Baron Samedi

2021-06-03T17:34:36.465ZKellie Reilly

Joseph O’Brien has been a trainer for only five years, but he’s already won the Melbourne Cup (G1) that has eluded father Aidan—and he’s done it twice. Both Rekindling (2017) and Twilight Payment (2020) prevailed over his father’s runners at Flemington, and Baron Samedi could put himself on a similar path in Friday’s Belmont Gold Cup (G2).
New York Stakes international scouting report: Thundering Nights
New York Stakes international scouting report: Thundering Nights

2021-06-03T00:09:18.961ZKellie Reilly

Irish trainer Joseph O’Brien is sending two upwardly mobile contenders for turf stakes on Friday at Belmont Park. While the streaking Baron Samedi is the 8-5 morning-line favorite in the Belmont Gold Cup (G2), stablemate Thundering Nights brings top form as a 6-1 chance in the New York S. (G2).
Just a Game international scouting report: Althiqa and Summer Romance
Just a Game international scouting report: Althiqa and Summer Romance

2021-05-31T17:06:42.354ZKellie Reilly

You’ll be seeing double in Saturday’s Just a Game S. (G1) with a pair of gray fillies both sporting the Godolphin blue. Stablemates of Belmont S. (G1) contender Rebel’s Romance from the Charlie Appleby yard, Althiqa and Summer Romance likewise ship to Belmont Park in pursuit of a first Grade 1 laurel.
Belmont Stakes international scouting report: Rebel's Romance
Belmont Stakes international scouting report: Rebel's Romance

2021-05-23T22:50:36.807ZKellie Reilly

Rebel’s Romance earned a Kentucky Derby (G1) ticket with a dominant display in the UAE Derby (G2), but his Godolphin team circled the Belmont S. (G1) as a more suitable target. Trainer Charlie Appleby’s discretion could pay dividends at Belmont Park.
The luckiest (and unluckiest) draws for the Preakness
The luckiest (and unluckiest) draws for the Preakness

2021-05-12T16:46:11.634ZJosh Powell

What's in a number? We examined every Preakness Stakes since 1909 to find out which stall has the luck factor.
Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit faces stiff Triple Crown challenge
Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit faces stiff Triple Crown challenge

2021-05-03T00:15:41.943ZKellie Reilly

Day-after reflections on the Kentucky Derby (G1) involve not only an analysis of how the race was won and lost, but also what it portends for the remaining jewels of the Triple Crown. While Medina Spirit’s victory was both brave and historic, his task only gets tougher from here.
Who is the ultimate Wisconsin Badger?
Who is the ultimate Wisconsin Badger?

2021-05-02T14:33:42.305ZNicolle Neulist

Who is the ultimate Badger? It is Ron Dayne, Mark Johnson, Jessie Vetter McConnell, or Ultimate Badger the horse? Let's examine the case for each.
More Than One Way to Wear Roses
More Than One Way to Wear Roses

2021-04-29T19:42:22.048ZJennifer Kelly

Ron McAnally built a Hall of Fame career training superstars like John Henry and Bayakoa and sent 10 horses to the Kentucky Derby over his 50-year career. Though fourth place is his best finish as a trainer, as co-breeder of leading contender Rock Your World, McAnally is a rarity Derby history. He follows in the footsteps of another legendary breeder/trainer - the “Wizard of the Turf,” John E. Madden.
The best jockeys that have never won the Kentucky Derby
The best jockeys that have never won the Kentucky Derby

2021-04-29T16:11:59.201ZRobert Criscola

A horseman’s greatness is often determined by their success in Triple Crown races, particularly the Kentucky Derby (G1). These five outstanding jockeys are without a win in the "Run for the Roses."
How do you Derby? A Photo Essay with Jamie Newell
How do you Derby? A Photo Essay with Jamie Newell

2021-04-29T14:38:00.000Z

Photo Essay: How do you Derby?
The Name Game: The thread connecting all 20 Kentucky Derby contenders
The Name Game: The thread connecting all 20 Kentucky Derby contenders

2021-04-29T14:22:34.566ZAndrew Brown

Like a Helium balloon, the Essential Quality it takes to contest the Kentucky Derby has once again risen to the top.
One Hundred Years Ago, Colonel Bradley Goes for the One-Two
One Hundred Years Ago, Colonel Bradley Goes for the One-Two

2021-04-27T00:54:38.285ZJennifer Kelly

A century ago, the Kentucky Derby was blossoming into the Run for the Roses, America’s most famous horse race. Names now iconic in Derby history contributed to its growing popularity, these humans and horses synonymous with cascading blankets of roses and icy cups of mint juleps: Regret and Exterminator, Harry Payne Whitney and Colonel Matt Winn. In the 1920s and 1930s, another Kentucky colonel added his name to that list, Edward Riley Bradley.

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