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Cairo Prince Wins the Holy Bull (Race Replay)

There’s a lot to talk about after the 2014 Holy Bull. There’s always just one true winner but the other story lines behind entries that scored some points versus those that did not still remain. While I would love to dive into the respectable finish of Conquest Titan and Intense Holiday along with the questions surrounding Wicked Strong and Coup De Grace, I can’t resist the opportunity to talk more about Cairo Prince.

With a win today and 10 points added to the 4 that he earned when he finished a nose behind Honor Code in the G2 Remsen Stakes, Cairo Prince is now tied for the points lead with 14. So, going into February and final 3 months of the Derby Prep season this contender has earned the attention I’m about to give him.

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Have You Seen the Next Kentucky Derby Winner?

The Juvenile racing season is coming to a close. As with any other year at this time there should be much speculation regarding which of our freshman will make it to the first Saturday in May and which of our hopefuls will prove to be pretenders.

However, instead of ranking our Kentucky Derby contenders let’s conclude the Juvenile season by asking if any of you are certain that you’ve seen the next winner yet. And by that I’m referring to whether or not you have actually watched him (or her) race thus far.

Now, that’s a pretty broad question so let’s break it down a little bit further. Where to begin. How about we start in the most obvious place; is our next Kentucky Derby winner a Juvenile that has already won a Graded Stakes?

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Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Post Position Draw

Barring any last minute scratches it will be a full house in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. For the first time since 2006, 14 young and talented contenders are ready to load into the starting gate.

As in every big race, the bigger the field, the more obstacles there will be. For our two favorites one particular challenge is already in play. Winning from the far outside is never easy. If Havana or Strong Mandate, who will be starting next to each other from post 13 and 14, want to win on Saturday, they and their jockey’s must be prepared to race from a position they would not have chosen otherwise.

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Champagne Stakes Versus the Breeders’ Futurity

There’s a reason certain stakes races are chosen for the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Challenge. When it comes to the Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park and the Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland there’s only one reason that if you win, you’re in; they produce Juvenile champions.

As we approach the 30th anniversary of the Breeders’ Cup this November, it’s important that we recognize just how significant these races have been to the Juvenile division. Specifically, let’s permit the stats to do the talking; 13 of the previous 29 winners stopped here last.

Now that’s what I call a serious Juvenile prep. And since the Champagne and Futurity deserve the credit, and by all means our attention on Saturday, let me ask the Nation a very important question. Which do you prefer or favor?

Need some help? No problem, let’s compare!

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The Juvenile Season is About to Heat Up

The horse racing industry is sizzling in July but the temperature always seems to rise once the gates open up at the Spa. Heating up as well is the Juvenile season.

Besides the G2 Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar, Saratoga features the most exciting Juvenile stakes races for males that contribute to the list of early Breeders’ Cup Juvenile contenders. Among the most recognized Juvenile stakes raced at the spa this summer are the G2 Saratoga Special (Aug 11), G2 With Anticipation (Aug 29) and the G1 Three Chimneys Hopeful.

The only one not mentioned is the one that kicks things off this weekend, the G2 Sanford Stakes. The journey towards the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Kentucky Derby has to begin somewhere and for 7 youthful dreamers, that battle begins on Sunday

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Derby Newsstand, April 2

 

Kentucky Derby 2013 Contenders

Kentucky Derby 2013 Contenders

Kentucky Derby News, Articles and Blogs

2012: A Remarkable 2yo Season for Todd Pletcher — The Kentucky Derby Post
2013 Kentucky Derby – New York’s Top Contenders — A New York State of Racing
2013 Kentucky Derby – The End of Year Sweet 16 — Zipse at the Track
2013 Kentucky Derby Prep Horses To Watch — All Horse Racing
Dates Set for 2013 Derby, Oaks Future Wagers — Bloodhorse
McPeek thinking classics for Frac Daddy — Brisnet

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Kentucky Derby News, Articles and Blogs

KY Derby Points for Uncaptured and OveranalyzeThe Kentucky Derby Post
Kentucky Derby ProfilingDead Heat Debates
The 2013 Kentucky Derby – The Intitial Sweet 16Zipse At The Track
Kentucky Jockey Club top three heading south for the winterKentuckyderby.com

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Kentucky Derby News, Articles and Blogs

2013 Kentucky Derby Logo Revealed (Horse Racing Nation)
Analysis: 2013 Kentucky Derby Points System (The Kentucky Derby Post)
2012 BC Juvenile: Sweet Home California (The Kentucky Derby Post)
The Kentucky Derby is Restricted? C’Mon Man! (Zipse at the Track)
2013 Kentucky Derby Future Odds Released (Horse Racing Nation)
Keep up with I’ll Have Another in Japan (kentuckyderby.com)
Hawthorne can only look to 2014 for Kentucky Derby series(Courier-Journal)
Paynter Beats Laminitis, Still Fights Colitis (BloodHorse)

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Takeaways From the 2012 Triple Crown

And so the pursuit of another Triple Crown continues. The Triple Crown can be described many different ways. However, since the quest has taken a hit in 2012 it leads to the interpretation that it is an impossible feat. Another word that sums things up to date is Curse. But is it? The truth is that the facts don’t lie and right now there aren’t many things that can dismiss this perception.

The 34 years that have passed since Affirmed was crowned in 1978 puts us in the middle of the longest Triple Crown drought of all time. Because the dry spell has carried on this long we’ve also seen more bids unravel in the final leg. Ahead of Secretariat changing the sport in 1973 you had to go back to Citation in 1948 to find the last Triple Crown winner. In those 24 years 7 different horses won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes before they were denied at Belmont Park. But when you add 10 more years to a drought and include I’ll Have Another in 2012, the total of Triple Crown near misses since Affirmed has now climbed to 12.  (more…)