Afleet Alex’s running line in the official chart for the 2005 Preakness simply says, “clipped heels, stumbled.” It is what happened immediately after that incident that makes Afleet Alex’s performance one of the most remarkable in Preakness history. Afleet Alex comes to mind this year
Tony Bada Bing takes a look at Thoroughbred breeder/owner WinStar Farm’s five likely Kentucky Derby contenders – Audible, Noble Indy, Bolt d’Oro, Justify and Quip compared with 85-year-old, Joe Peacock who’ll get his first Kentucky Derby starter with homebred, Runaway Ghost. While
The last time Buff Bradley celebrated in the winner’s circle after a New Orleans Handicap, it was with his first truly big horse. It’s been a dozen years since Brass Hat rolled down the stretch to win the Grade 2 affair by 2 1/2-lengths, and Bradley has won many important races since
Following on the heels of Matt Shifman’s Top Ten Kentucky Derby winners published here at DDR, Tony Bada Bing talks about his two favorites Derby winners. Of course, stories ensue of hitting a 25-1 shot and a planned Kentucky Derby trip that never happened.
A Derby Day Racing debate with Matt Shifman and Brian Zipse
BRIAN: Let me begin this conversation by stating the obvious … there is a very good reason that no horse has won the Kentucky Derby after not having started as a two-year-old, since 1882.
As you’ll see in his latest video commentary, Tony Bada Bing has at least four reasons why he believes the Bob Baffert trainee, Justify, has the makings of a Kentucky Derby Champion after only two starts as a three-year-old. If Justify continues to run up to his spectacular form,
Good Magic just might end up being a great horse. Heck, he’s already a champion, but he’s not winning the 2018 Kentucky Derby.
I know many were and still might be high on last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner. I’m not, really never was. (I singled Strike Power in my unsuccessful
With a little more than two months until the first Saturday in May, some early followers on the Kentucky Derby Trail may have found their winner six months before the race. Tony Bada Bing cautions (and unfortunately sings) about the inevitability of falling in love with a discovered horse hundreds of days before the Kentucky Derby is run.
Run as a dirt race for the first 14 editions, it was commonplace to see American trained horses do well in the Dubai World Cup. Among the winners were big names like Cigar, Silver Charm, and Curlin, who scored some of the most important victories of their illustrious careers at Nad Al Sheba.
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