Carpe Diem and John Velazquez in the Tampa Bay Derby. SV Photography

Brian’s Derby Preps 2015: The Blue Grass

Keeneland: The Grade I, $1 million Blue Grass at 1 1/8 miles (Kentucky Derby qualifying points 100-50-20-10) #1 Ocho Ocho Ocho (6-1): California invader went undefeated in three starts as a 2-year-old but didn’t run a lick when eight of 10 behind Dortmund and Prospect Park in Santa Anita’s GII San Felipe last month and…

Bull and Bear

Equine Enthusiasts, Start Your…Art Collection

In September, the Keeneland Association in Lexington, Kentucky held its world-renowned September sale of yearling Thoroughbreds; 2,819 racing hopefuls went through the ring, selling for an average of nearly $100,000 each and a total of $280.5 million. Following its boutique, three-week October racing meeting, Keeneland will turn its sales eyes next to the November sale of Thoroughbred…

KEE sign

Brian’s Derby Preps: The Lexington

The road to the Kentucky Derby is nearly at an end, and with it our Kentucky Derby charity league.  John Perotti has taken a commanding lead, but remember that the points in our league go to the top 5 Derby finishers (300-120-60-30-15), leaving plenty of participants in striking distance. Brian Nadeau of Horseplayer Now takes…

Medal Count & Robby Albarado win the Transylvania

Brian’s Derby Preps: The Blue Grass

Keeneland: The Grade I, $750,000 Blue Grass at 1 1/8 miles #1 Asserting Bear: One of the longer shots in the field has some ground to make up on a few of these who beat him when he was fourth in the GIII Spiral at Turfway Park last month and looks a bit out of…