Brian’s Derby Preps: The Florida Derby

Brian Nadeau is back this year to offer insight and analysis on this year’s road to the Kentucky Derby. A handicapper at Horseplayer Now and Capital OTB, he’ll analyze every official Derby points race and the three Triple Crown races, back at Brooklyn Backstretch for the sixth year. Gulfstream Park: The $1 million Florida Derby at…

Brian’s Derby Preps: The Louisiana Derby

Brian Nadeau is back this year to offer insight and analysis on this year’s road to the Kentucky Derby. A handicapper at Horseplayer Now and Capital OTB, he’ll analyze every official Derby points race and the three Triple Crown races, back at Brooklyn Backstretch for the sixth year. Fair Grounds: The $1 million Louisiana Derby at…

Brian’s Derby Preps: The Sunland Derby

Sunland Park: The Grade III, $800,000 Sunland Derby at 1 1/8 miles (Kentucky Derby qualifying points: 50-20-10-5) While the majority of the field for the Sunland Derby is made up of lightly raced and developing types, there’s plenty of talent from some powerhouse connections, so it’s a race worth following down the road, even if it doesn’t figure to yield…

Before Secretariat…Cicada

Before Secretariat, there was Cicada. A decade before Secretariat became the first colt in 25 years to win the Triple Crown, Christopher Chenery, father of Helen, campaigned a filly who was setting her own records. At two, Cicada started 16 times, winning 11 races and never finishing worse than third; among her victories that year…

Brian’s Derby Preps: The Spiral Stakes

Turfway Park: The Grade III, $500,000 Spiral at 1 1/8 miles (Kentucky Derby qualifying points: 50-20-10-5) There’s little doubt synthetic racing has fallen out of flavor in recent years, which is why it’s a bit surprising that the GIII Spiral will still (essentially) award an automatic starting berth into the Kentucky Derby, but that’s exactly the case…

Correction, a mare who sparked controversy

The child, sitting down with the old man close behind…had been thinking how strange it was that horses who were such fine honest creatures should seem to make vagabonds of all the men they drew about them… Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop Dickens couldn’t possibly have been thinking of Correction when he wrote those…