Kentucky Derby Dreaming

Written by Steve Haskin
It used to be that Derby dreams were pretty much confined to the moguls who dominated Thoroughbred racing through their powerful breeding operations and racing stables. These were the true sportsmen, willing to invest fortunes in establishing their massive breeding establishments, mainly throughout the bluegrass of Kentucky. The empires they built sprawled over thousands of acres of rolling hills, making the city of Lexington the “Horse Capital of the World.” But despite dominating the sport for so many decades, sending out their legions of blue-blooded homebreds every year, many of these titans of the Turf never experienced the thrill of winning the Kentucky Derby.

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My 10 favorite Kentucky Derby winners

This Kentucky Derby list will set aside the discussion of qualifying points and prep races to give you my 10 favorite winners of the Run for the Roses. Please note that they are listed in chronological order.

I encourage you to share your favorite Kentucky Derby winners in the comment section below the article.

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West Coast moves to first in my NTRA Top 10

West Coast not only swept to the Eclipse Award as the Champion 3yo Male of 2017 with impressive wins in the Travers and the Pennsylvania Derby, plus a creditable third-place result in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, but he demonstrated that he might be even better at four with a strong second-place finish behind Gun Runner in the Pegasus.

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Instilled Regard heads the Risen Star – 2018 Kentucky Derby Prep

The $400,000 Risen Star (G2) is the second leg of the Fair Grounds Race Course’s road to Kentucky Derby 2018 and the first prep to offer 50 Derby qualifying points to the winner. To be run at a mile and a sixteenth, the race has drawn a field of 10. Four 3-year-olds have returned from the Lecomte (G3) including the top three finishers.

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Kentucky Derby 2018 Top 10 Rankings

On Saturday, Feb. 10, there were two races on the 2018 Kentucky Derby trail, but only one of them carried Derby qualifying points. Both produced upset winners, one at odds of 10-1 and the other at 11-1. In the east, Flameaway was the $22 winner of the Sam F. Davis (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs and out west it was Kanthaka that won the San Vicente (G2) at Santa Anita paying $24.20.

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Kentucky Oaks 2018 Top 12 Rankings

Sure, the Kentucky Derby gets most of the talk this time of the year, but for the fillies, there’s nothing quite like the lilies. Held the day before the Run for the Roses, Kentucky Oaks Day is a citywide holiday in Louisville, attracting well over 100,000 fans to Churchill Downs. The Internet is full of Derby rankings, but you will not find much on the big race for the fairer sex. With that in mind, it’s time to

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Sam F. Davis Preview – 2018 Kentucky Derby Prep

With the 2018 Kentucky Derby less than three months away it is time for the contenders to get out on the race track and prove whether they should be taken seriously on the Derby trail. In the $250,000, Grade 3 Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs; Catholic Boy, Vino Rosso, Flameaway, and Hollywood Star have the opportunity to do just that. Last year the Sam F. Davis was won by

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Is Gun Runner Hall of Fame bound?

What a way to finish a career. On January 27, Gun Runner once again proved that he was the best dirt horse in the world with a sparkling win in the Pegasus World Cup. It was his seventh win, with one second, in his final eight starts, while racing at the highest level. Not only did he complete a powerful Horse of the Year season off in 2017, but he ended his 2016 season, just as he started

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Road to Kentucky Derby 2018 schedule and results

Since the Road to the Kentucky Derby qualifying system was initiated in 2013, the number of points requires to get in the 20-horse field has ranged from 10 in the first year to 32 in 2016. Twice the total was 20 in 2014 and 2015 with 30 points needed last year.

Check back here each week for up-to-date results on the Derby trail

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Charting the Kentucky Derby Contenders

Derby Day Racing will provide in-depth coverage of Kentucky Derby 2018 from the Derby trail to the first Saturday in May.

To kick things off, DDR has prepared a spreadsheet of the top Derby contenders and then sorted it 3 ways to focus on qualifying points earned, trainers, and sire of the horses.

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What is Derby Day Racing?

Derby Day Racing has arrived!

So just what is Derby Day Racing? The first answer is the one with the most sizzle — a new and exciting partnership on the horse racing scene. This collective is so much more, though. A clearinghouse for the industry, come to Derby Day Racing for everything in the sport. It is our vision to create a truly comprehensive community

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Opportunity: 2yo Partnership of 2018

Derby Day Racing is forming a new 2018 two-year-old partnership. We will purchase three juveniles this spring, either at the upcoming sales, or by way of a private purchase.

The trio will be trained by two-time Breeders’ Cup winning trainer, Buff Bradley, who will also be involved in the selection of the horses purchased.

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Why Derby Day Racing?

At Derby Day Racing, the goals are simple:

– Bring more people into this great game

– Have fun

– Win races

– Take care of the horses.

Derby Day Racing believes in multi-horse

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