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Verrazano Passes First Stakes Test

Verrazano may be the brightest rising star in Todd Pletcher’s ample stable of Kentucky Derby hopefuls. He has been highly touted by racing fans and writers since his February allowance race at Gulfstream Park, where he destroyed the competition over a mile distance....

Triple Crown Nominations Down In 2013

  Just one year after defying the three year trend of decreasing nominations for Triple Crown racing, the number of nominees for horses to run in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness and Belmont Stakes dropped again. In 2012 there were 398 nominations during the...

Wise Dan Takes Two At Eclipse Awards!

Most prognosticators predicted Wise Dan to win Horse of the Year at the Eclipse Awards, but who knows if they were expecting a rout? Wise Dan garnered 194 total votes, while runner up and 2012 Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another placed a very distant second with...

Churchill Downs Opens “The Parlay”!!

For those who have enjoyed going to Churchill Downs for off-track betting, the digs just got a little nicer. On January 16th, Churchill Downs will open The Parlay for OTB patrons, providing a nice environment for bettors to watch and gamble on racing from all around...

Eclipse Awards Puts “Fans First”!

The best that thoroughbred horse racing had to offer in 2012 are going to be honored on Saturday January 19th at the Eclipse Awards. The Eclipse Awards ceremony will be held at Gulfstream Park and televised live on HRTV. This year is going to be special for racing...

Running Without Race Day Medication

Back on July 19th, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced a list of owners that have pledged not to give their two-year-olds medications on race day. The race day medications are generally looked at by fans with skepticism and it’s been...

DerbyDeals.com Thanksgiving News & Notes

Last week DerbyDeals.com updated its “Top 5 Derby Contenders” list for the 2014 Kentucky Derby. At the top of that list was Todd Pletcher’s, Shanghai Bobby. Shanghai Bobby is undefeated and almost certainly will take home an Eclipse award for the top two-year-old of...

Royal Delta Does It Again!

Royal Delta, the reigning champion of the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic, returned to the Breeders’ Cup last week and kept her crown. The four-year-old took a fast trip around the Santa Anita track and was just too strong for unbeaten challenger My Miss Aurelia, as she...

Breeders’ Cup Entries Announced!

It’s finally here! The 2012 Breeders’ Cup will take place over two days this Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita Race Track and features the “Who’s Who” of thoroughbred racing. Top trainers and thoroughbreds from around the world are converging on California for what...

Take Charge Indy Returns at Keeneland!

It doesn’t seem like it’s been nearly six months since the Kentucky Derby, but the upcoming Breeders’ Cup can sometimes cause you to take pause and think back on the race, as well as the Triple Crown season. This past year has been a rough one for the three-year-old...

DerbyDeals.com News & Notes 10/24/2012

Thanks for visiting us at DerbyDeals.com and catching up on a bit of news from the world of horse racing. We hope that when you begin making plans for your trip to Louisville in May for the world famous Kentucky Derby that you will consider us as your first source....

Frankel Retires Perfectly!

Last week we told you that British racing legend Frankel was putting his unbeaten record on the line for the final time at Ascot. Being 13-0 and one of the most celebrated race horses in the world brings quite a bit of pressure to any race, but when it’s known...

DerbyDeals.com News & Notes: 10/5/12

We are one month away from the prestigious Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Race Track in San Diego. Many potential entries have been making or are making their final tune-ups ahead of the event and excitement is starting to build. There are still other stories to keep an...

Favorites Taste Defeat In Philadelphia

Alpha and Questing went into their contests at Parx Racing in Philadelphia on Saturday as favorites, but both came away disappointed. The Pennsylvania Derby looked to be another chance for Alpha to throw in as a colt to be considered for three-year-old of the year,...

DerbyDeals.com News & Notes 9-20

Hopefully this isn’t going to be a sign of things to come, but promising two-year-old Spurious Precision has been euthanized after suffering a broken left knee. The fracture happened at Aqueduct while the colt was working out and training towards a run in the...

Bourbon Courage Wins The Super Derby!

The name Bourbon Courage may not be on the tips of the tongues of racing fans and analysts, but the three-year-old has had two consecutive solid outings at 1 1/8 mile and may be looking forward to competing in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Running for the first...

News & Notes 8/23/2012

This week should be a very exciting time for thoroughbred fans, but some of the luster is gone from the Travers Stakes, also known as the “Mid-Summer Derby”, as yet another top colt in the division has retired. The race usually features the best of the best in the...

The Travers Stakes Still Has Firepower

Although the biggest names in the 2012 three-year-old division are either injured or sidelined with an illness, there is plenty of reason to still be excited about the 143rd Travers Stakes that will take place this Saturday in Saratoga Springs. The purse is $1 million...

Favorites Win Travers Stakes Prep Races

Things couldn’t have went much better for the favorites over the weekend as two prep races for the Travers Stakes took place, setting the stage for what should be a terrific battle at Saratoga on August 25th. The Travers Stakes is known to some as the “Midsummer...

Falls City Handicap

The annual running of the Grade II $175,000 Falls City Handicap will take place Thanksgiving Day at Churchill Downs this week. The Falls City is 1 1/8 miles on dirt for fillies and mares three years and up. It will be a 10 horse field as Churchill only received 17...

Downs After Dark

Today Churchill Downs will have its only “Downs After Dark” program of the fall meet where racing fans can watch live racing under the lights. Churchill Downs began night racing in 2009 with the use of a temporary light system but have since installed permanent...

Keeneland Fall Meet

The sun will shine bright on the old Kentucky home of Keeneland this weekend as the premier racetrack will continue its 74th anniversary celebration by opening its fall meet on Friday. With weather forecasts in the high 70’s and low 80’s, record crowds are expected to...

Day of Dreams in Arc

Paris is known as a place for lovers. Sunday proved it’s also a place for dreamers. Paris is home to Longchamp Racecourse where one of the most prestigious horseraces in the world is run: the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, popularly known as the “Arc.” The Arc was...

Havre de Grace for Horse of the Year?

Saturday at Saratoga saw filly Havre de Grace gallop to the front of the field for Horse of the Year Eclipse honors as she took down seven males in the Woodward Stakes. The four-year-old filly became only the second female to win in the race’s 57 year history. She did...

Close of the Season at the Spa

If you’re anywhere near the Spa this weekend, better get your racing fix one last time. Labor Day weekend sees the 143rd meet at Saratoga Race Course drawing to a close. Saratoga will host four days of fun at the historic race track beginning Friday with Party at the...

Eclipse Award Voters Get It Wrong Again

On Monday night, the connections of Zenyatta were presented with the prestigious Eclipse Award for 2010 Horse of the Year by a vote of 128 to 102 over Breeders Cup Classic winner Blame. In the opinion of this writer, the voters for Zenyatta got it all wrong again....
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