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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…

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The Arkansas Derby is the last of the 170 point races to qualify for the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby. The first four finishers will attain 100-40-20-10 points, respectively, on the road to Louisville. Currently the 20th ranked horse, Untrapped (6-1), has 34 points; so a top-3 finish on Saturday could vault many of the horses into the Derby. The $1 million Grade …

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The Kentucky Derby trail will be busy from coast-to-coast on Saturday afternoon with three major prep races for the 143rd Run for the Roses on May 6 at Churchill Downs. In New York, the $750,000 Grade 2 Wood Memorial (5:52 p.m. EDT) at Aqueduct will kick things off, followed by the $1 million Grade 2 Blue Grass Stakes (6:17 p.m. EDT) at Keeneland and concluding with the…

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One of the biggest races during the Santa Anita spring meeting takes center stage on Saturday afternoon.  The $1 million Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby for 3-year-olds drew 30 horses bidding for 170 Kentucky Derby qualifying points. The top four finishers will gather 100-50-20-10 points, respectively. The morning line favorite is Iliad (7-2), the second-place finisher in the…

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The First Saturday in April features two big Kentucky Derby prep races, both offering major qualifying points for entry into the big race at Churchill Downs on May 6. The $1 Grade 1 Xpressbet Florida Derby, to be run at 1 1/8-miles at Gulfstream Park, has lured 11 sophomores looking to reap the 100-40-20-10 Derby qualifying points available to the top four finishers. …

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This weekend’s thoroughbred racing calendar includes the richest night in racing in Dubai and three key prep races on the road to the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby. At Meydan Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates races with purses totaling $27 million are on tap with the $10 million Dubai World Cup headlining the card. The races from Dubai will be nationally tele…

The Derby Trail swings down to Hot Springs, Ark. for the $900,000 Grade 2 Rebel Stakes on Saturday featuring 11 colts searching for valuable Kentucky Derby points. The top four finishers will acquire 50-20-20-5 points, respectively, on the Road to the Derby at Oaklawn Park, in the major prep race for the Arkansas Derby.  Bob Baffert has won the last three editions of th…

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Derby Trail  The Kentucky Derby trail returns to California this weekend with the San Felipe and heads up the gulf coast in Florida for the Tampa Bay Derby. Both races will offer the top four finishers Derby qualifying points totaling 50-20-10-5 as we enter the third weekend of the Championship Series of races. Some talented colts will be seeking valuable points, …

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The Kentucky Derby trail heats up this weekend with two key races on the East Coast, at Gulfstream Park and Aqueduct Racetrack. Down in South Florida at Gulfstream, the Grade 2 $400,000 Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes, a key prep race for the Florida Derby, will be run at 1 1/16 miles. In New York, the Grade 3 $300,000 Gotham Stakes will grace the Big A. The 16-race “…

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The Derby trail winds down to Louisiana this weekend and the $400,000 Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds. It is the first race of the Championship Series on the Road to the Kentucky Derby and the top four finishers will earn 50-20-10-5 points, respectively. A full field of 14 will get after the 1 1/16-mile journey around the New Orleans oval looking to solidi…

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It’s time to start paying attention to the 3-year-olds and Saturday’s LeComte S. at the Fair Grounds is the latest Derby trail race with Kentucky Derby points at stake.  The good folks down in Louisiana have had a rough go of it lately with an equine virus causing a quarantine limiting most of the races to the horses on the grounds. One unfortunate horse in the quaranti…