The 24th running of the Indiana Derby (G3) is this Saturday at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino. Indiana Derby Day is always the most exciting day of racing in the Hoosier State. For the general racing fan it may just be another Derby on the 3-year-old calendar. But for me, it’s so much more.
Justify, an unraced colt just four months ago became the 13th Triple Crown winner last Saturday. There are no words to sum up his magnificence both in talent and physique. He is the rarest of athletes – able to deliver on his promise and potential each time he’s competed. The only tarnish on his royal sheen
We are not quite halfway through 2018 on the calendar, but with completion of the Belmont Stakes comes the unofficial break from the first half of the season to the next. With plenty of historic racing already in the books, let’s hand out the Mid-Season Awards to the horses that would win the hardware if the season
As Editor’s Note powered to victory in the Belmont Stakes, giving his trainer D. Wayne Lukas yet another victory in the Triple Crown series, a young trainer wondered what kind of Triple Crown hell he was in. Just five weeks earlier,Bob Baffert had seen his first ever Kentucky Derby starter, Cavonnier
When the Breeders’ Cup was first contested back in 1984, I felt just like a kid on Christmas morning. Opening that day’s racing form was as great a feeling as tearing open the most carefully wrapped gift under the tree. While Christmas morning has long since become more about giving
There is no doubt that the Herculean-built Justify and his rapid ascension from unraced three-year-old to double Classic winner is worthy of a Greek chorus singing of his feats and quite possibly cautioning him against the sandy tides of Belmont Stakes’ history. Yes, Justify is an imposing, athletic figure seemingly conceived through lightning bolts.
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.