Turfway paddock

Brian’s Derby Preps 2015: The Spiral

Turfway Park: The Grade III, $550,000 Spiral at 1 1/8 miles (Kentucky Derby qualifying points: 50-20-10-5) While the Spiral runs the risk of being racing’s version of the Edsel, it did draw a solid field this year with runners from name barns like Amoss, Casse, Maker and Pletcher, so there’s some potential here, no doubt.…

American Pharoah and Victor Espinoza in the FrontRunner at Santa Anita Park.  Benoit photo

Brian’s Derby Preps 2015: The Rebel Stakes

Oaklawn Park: The Grade II, $750,000 Rebel at 1 1/16 miles (Kentucky Derby qualifying points 50-20-10-5) #1 The Truth or Else (4-1): Tricky read woke up in a big way when he added Lasix and was second in the local prep, the GIII Southwest last month, and certainly seems as if he’s turned the corner…

One of the backyard denizens, taken in more hospitable times

NYRA Comes Through for the Oklahoma Cats

Last Friday morning, the thermometer in Saratoga Springs read -8 degrees.  On February 24th, it was -17.  In weather like that, most sensible human beings throw another log on the fire or grab another blanket, pour a hot drink, and refuse to leave the house. But not Michele Jennings, who regardless of temperature or precipitation,…

Dortmund Martin Garcia San Felipe Benoit

Derby Preps Coast to Coast: Favorites emerging?

Saturday saw Kentucky Derby Championship Series prep races coast to coast, with 85 points each available in races in New York, Florida, and California, and a Kentucky Oaks prep in Arkansas thrown in for good measure. Under the Kentucky Derby points system instituted in 2012, the 20 horses who earn the most points in a…