Discreetness Draws Post 14 in Southwest Stakes

Collected winning the Sham Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita – © Benoit Photo Discreetness, who won the first leg of Oaklawn Park’s Kentucky Derby prep series when he defeated Gordy Florida in the January 18th Smarty Jones Stakes, will start from the far … Continued

The Derby Journey, Part 2: The Smarty Jones Stakes

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress – It’s hard to believe that the first half of January has already passed, but then again, time flies on the road to the Kentucky Derby…

Smarty Jones Stakes Contenders Post Workouts

During the final days of 2015, several contenders for the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes turned in workouts at Oaklawn Park as they gear up for the first Kentucky Derby prep race of the Oaklawn meet. The most prominent worker was Discreetness, winner … Continued

Synchrony Heads for Smarty Jones Stakes

The impressive two-year-old Synchrony, who won a 7 1/2-furlong allowance race at Churchill Downs last time out, is expected to make his next start in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park on January 18th. On December 17th, Synchrony gave the track … Continued

Thoughts on Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1

Breeders’ Cup Photo © Later today, the first Future Wager Pool for the 2016 Kentucky Derby will open for wagering, and bettors will have a chance to lock in solid odds on their early favorites for the Kentucky Derby. The pool will … Continued

Up-and-Coming 2yos Impress at Churchill Downs

Breeders’ Cup Photo © Although they’ve generally been lost in the shuffle of a few quiet post-Breeders’ Cup weeks, a number of talented two-year-olds with Kentucky Derby potential have impressed in maiden and allowance races at Churchill Downs over the last twelve … Continued

Diamonds in the Rough: October 12, 2015

On October 11th, a pair of intriguing maiden special weight races for 2yos were held at Keeneland, and it appears likely that the winners could be bound for Kentucky Derby prep races in the near future. Let’s take a quick look … Continued