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After several months of highlighting Derby preps in this space, it’s time to take a deep breath and return to our weekly racing notes for a week. Next week we’ll unveil our Derby Degrees of Separation post, a yearly rite of Derby passage, ranking the 20 probable starters. Check out last year’s column to see how well I fared (self-rated at a B+ rating). So what’s going o…

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The Arkansas Derby is the last of the 170 point races to qualify for the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. The first four finishers will attain 100-40-20-10 points, respectively, on the road to Louisville. Currently the 19th ranked horse, Solomini (2-1), has 34 points; so a top-three finish on Saturday could vault many of the horses into the Derby. Gronkowski, the 20th …

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The 144th Kentucky Derby is shaping up to be a whale of a race. Three major prep races in the books on Saturday afternoon pumped up the Derby field scheduled to race a classic mile-and-a-quarter on Saturday, May 5. In the most anticipated race of the day, the undefeated Justify ($3.80) went gate-to-wire to win the Santa Anita Derby over the NTRA's No. 1 ranked 3-year…

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The last major weekend of Kentucky Derby prep races are scheduled for this afternoon with valuable qualifying points on the line for the 144th Run for the Roses on May 5 at Churchill Downs. In New York, the $750,000 Grade 2 Wood Memorial (5:55 p.m.) at Aqueduct will kick things off, followed by the $1 million Grade 2 Blue Grass Stakes (6:23 p.m.) at Keeneland and conclu…

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Saturday’s two big prep races both produced serious win candidates for this year’s Kentucky Derby. Sitting five weeks out from Kentucky Derby 144, the serious contenders have started to separate from the pretenders on the Derby Trail that will culminate in Louisville on May 5. Florida Derby: Audible ($5.20), the Holy Bull winner, won the 67th Florida Derby with a pat…

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Everyone knows Buffalo native and New England Patriots All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski heads to the Kentucky Derby annually. This year, his namesake will be in the gate in Louisville on the First Saturday in May. Phoenix Throughbred's Gronkowski, a 3-year-old son of Lonhro (AUS) out of a Lookin at Lucky mare, garnered his fourth straight win on Friday in the Burrado…

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The Derby Trail swings down to New Orleans for the $1 million Grade 2 Louisiana Derby on Saturday featuring 10 colts searching for valuable Kentucky Derby points. The top four finishers will acquire 100-40-20-10 points, respectively, on the Road to the Derby at the Fair Grounds.  It is the first of seven races offering the winner 100 points and assuring a spot in the ga…

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It’s the time of the year to start searching for a Derby contender to root for in the Run for the Roses. In selecting your Derby horse, it's just as important as selecting the right sauce for your chicken wing. With only a handful of 50 point races remaining in the Derby Championship Series, we’ll soon move on to the 100-point races where the top two finishers are al…

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The Kentucky Derby trail winds through three different tracks this weekend with action set for both coasts.  Tampa Bay Downs (Tampa Derby), Aqueduct (Gotham) and Santa Anita (San Felipe) will all host major prep races on Saturday. All three races will offer the top four finishers Derby qualifying points totaling 50-20-10-5 as we enter another weekend of the Championship…

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The Kentucky Derby trail leads to South Florida and the Fountain of Youth Stakes on Saturday afternoon. Good Magic (7-5), the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and 2-year-old champion of 2017 headlines the Grade 2 $400,000 Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth Stakes. A key prep race for the Florida Derby, the Fountain of Youth is a 1 1/16 mile trek around the Gulfstream Park ova…

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The 16-race "Kentucky Derby Championship Series" kicks off this weekend with the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds Race Course. It’s fitting that the kick off was during Mardi Gras week in the Big Easy and the thoroughbred racing world will be tuned in to the Fair Grounds this weekend. Points to the top four finishers of the race will be distributed on a 50-…

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The Derby trail winds down south to the Gulf Coast and Tampa Bay Downs this weekend for the $250,000 Grade 3 Sam F. Davis. The 1 1/16-mile affair will be contested by seven colts seeking valuable Derby points. Last year’s Davis runner-up Tapwrit, ended up going on to become the Belmont Stakes winner. The race is worth 10-4-2-1 Kentucky Derby qualifying points and is …

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The second annual Pegasus World Cup delivered again with increased handle, a crowning moment for a thoroughbred champion and smiles all around. Some backdrop after having a week to digest the made-for-TV event in year two….. Frank Stronach definitely knows how to throw a party. With stars from the music world like Ludacris, Pharell and Post Malone (really, I’m not su…

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It’s time to start paying attention to the 3-year-olds and Saturday’s Lecomte S. at Fair Grounds is the latest Derby trail race with Kentucky Derby points at stake. A full field is scheduled to leave the gate at 6:03 p.m. ET from the New Orleans track in Race 9. The entries are looking to capitalize on the 10-4-2-1 Derby points available to the top four finishers. Th…

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After months of highlighting Derby preps in this space, it’s time to take a deep breath and return to our weekly racing notes for a week. Next week we’ll unveil our Derby Degrees of Separation post, an annual rite of Derby passage, ranking the 20 probable starters. So what’s cooking in the Space Kitchen as we head full steam ahead into Triple Crown season? -   Is the…