2021 Kentucky Derby Preview & Predictions: Essential Quality The Big Draw

Brad CoxBrad Cox was mighty relieved when favorite Essential Quality was allocated gate 14 at Churchill Downs for Saturday’s 2021 Kentucky Derby. There was a strong chance that his star trainee would be starting from the dreaded inside gate at one point during the draw on Tuesday morning. No horse has won the Run for the Roses from that position since 1986.more…

Stock Rises After 12/1 Arkansas Derby Score

Steve AsmussenThe $1 million 2021 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park is the final prep race for the Kentucky Derby on May 1 and it did not go to plan for the 3/10 favorite Concert Tour on Saturday (April 10). After a high-speed duel with Caddo River on the pace, he was unable tomore…

Rock Your World Scores on Dirt Debut in Santa Anita Derby

Rock Your WorldRock Your World won his first race on dirt from the front, easily beating the odds-on favorite Medina Spirit in the $750,000 2021 Santa Anita Derby on April 3. He scored by four and a quarter lengths, gaining the necessary 100 points to reserve a stall in the Kentucky Derby on May 1 at Churchill Downs.more…

Swiss Skydiver Stunning in Beholder Mile

Kenny McPeekSwiss Skydiver completely outclassed her rivals in the grade 1 2021 Beholder Mile for fillies and mares at Santa Anita Park on March 13. She was favorite by a narrow margin at 7/5 but won so easy it was a beautiful thing to watch, especially for her trainer Kenny McPeek who decided to let her have a run much earlier thanmore…

IndyCar Series Preview, News & Guide 2021

Dixon: IndyCar PreviewScott Dixon claimed the sixth IndyCar Series title of his career in 2020, and there is little reason to think he won’t again be among the primary contenders for what would be a record-equaling seventh championship in the 2021 season.more…

Breeders’ Cup Legend Goldikova Dies: Relive Her Racing Career

GoldikovaAnyone who loves racing has heard of Goldikova even if they were too young to pay attention when she won her third Breeders’ Cup Mile on the turf at Churchill Downs in 2010. Her passing at the age of 16 was announced on January 6 by Pierre-Yves Bureau, racing manager for her ultra-wealthy owners and breeders, the Wertheimer brothers.more…

Domestic Spending Triumphs in Hollywood Derby

Irad Ortiz JrDomestic Spending succeeded in spectacular, stalking style in the $303,000 Hollywood Derby by a head under the super cool Irad Ortiz Jr on November 28 at Del Mar. Run over a mile and a furlong on turf, it was a first Grade 1 score for this son of Kingman owned bymore…

Maxim Rate Magnificent in Goldikova Stakes

Maxim RateMaxim Rate scored in the Grade 2 Goldikova Stakes in emphatic style on Sunday (October 25) at Santa Anita. She started second favorite at 12/5 in this race for fillies and mares run over a mile but won with the ease of an odds-on shot in amore…

Kentucky Oaks beckons for Alabama heroine Swiss Skydiver

Kenny McPeekSwiss Skydiver was the 23/20 (+115) favorite in the 140th Alabama Stakes for fillies and mares at Saratoga on August 15 and triumphed in the style of one starting at a much shorter price. Now she heads firmly for the Kentucky Oaks and a clash with Gamine on September 4 at Churchill Downs.more…