Collected and Martin Garcia in the Sham Stakes. Photo courtesy Santa Anita.

Brian’s Derby Preps 2016: The Lexington

 by Brian Nadeau of Horseplayer Now and Capital OTB TV.  Keeneland: The GIII, $150,000 Lexington at 1 1/16 miles (Kentucky Derby qualifying points 10-4-2-1) While this year’s Lexington likely won’t send anyone to the Kentucky Derby, as no one can secure a berth with a win, there’s some intrigue, as a few classy runners from major barns take…

Zulu and John Velazquez. Gulfstream Park photo.

Brian’s Derby Preps: The Blue Grass

 by Brian Nadeau of Horseplayer Now and Capital OTB TV.  Keeneland: The GI, $1 million Blue Grass at 1 1/8 miles (Kentucky Derby qualifying points 100-40-20-10) #1 Looking for a Kiss (50-1): Gigantic longshot will make his first start for Tomlinson after two modest runs for Romans and will need a monumental jump in his form to even…

Fioretti and Sophie Doyle win the G3 Thoroughbred Club of America. Keeneland photo.

Sophie Doyle: Flying High in America

On the Friday of Breeders’ Cup weekend, Sophie Doyle was enjoying a rare recreational day at the racetrack. She’d been out in the morning as usual to work horses at Keeneland, then traded her riding clothes for a dress and heels to watch her brother James ride Birchwood in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf for…

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Keeneland, Churchill Lead the Way in Aftercare Partnership

At the close of the second Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit in March 2008, the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and The Jockey Club, underwriters and hosts for the event, released eight recommendations, developed by the working groups that participated in that summit held in Lexington, Kentucky. Recommendation #7 reads: “Find solutions for unwanted…

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…