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1dJay Privman | Daily Racing Form

Strong form showing in this Derby field

1dJay Privman | Daily Racing Form

Strong form showing in this Derby field

This year will be just the fourth since the current Kentucky Derby points system to determine the starting field has been in effect -- one based on points -- and the implications are noticeable.

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Race of the Day: Friday, Apr. 29 (11:27)

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DRF's Matt Bernier breaks down the biggest headlines and handicaps the best races at 12:00 pm ET every Friday.

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Kentucky Derby Works Report: Thursday (1:15)
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1dJay Privman | Daily Racing Form

Jockey Garcia, trainer Baffert have falling out

Jockey Martin Garcia, will not be in Kentucky for Derby week and has no scheduled mounts at Los Alamitos on Thursday or Friday, all after taking time off following a falling out with Bob Baffert.

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1dJay Privman | Daily Racing Form

Alternates see path to Kentucky Derby

One interesting aspect of the entry process is that Churchill allows up to 4 also-eligibles, so even for those on the outside looking in, they could get an extra 48 hours to draw into the Derby.

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Belmont Park Preview: Opening weekend (5:03)
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4dMike Watchmaker

Kentucky Derby may not set up for closers

If you think this automatically means that the Kentucky Derby will fall apart late after a fast early pace just like the four preps that immediately preceded it, think again.

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Kentucky Derby Works Report: Wednesday (0:57)
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2dJim Dunleavy | Daily Racing Form

Another horse quarantined at Parx

A seventh horse at Parx Racing tested positive for the equine herpesvirus on Monday and was scheduled to be moved to the track's isolation area Tuesday morning.

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Kentucky Derby Works Report: Tuesday (1:15)
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Horse Racing weekend recap (2:39)
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3dJay Privman | Daily Racing Form

Zenyatta, Rachel Alexandra top Hall of Fame inductees

The outstanding female racehorses Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta, along with jockey Ramon Dominguez and trainer Steve Asmussen make up the 2016 induction class to the Hall of Fame.

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Kentucky Derby Works Report: Monday (1:13)
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5dJim Dunleavy | Daily Racing Form

Stanford shows speed to win Classic

Trainer Todd Pletcher said earlier in the week he thought Stanford was a good fit for the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic because of his tactical speed. Saturday he was proven right.

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5dMarty McGee | Daily Racing Form

Geroux guides Da Big Hoss to Elkhorn win

Jockey Florent Geroux got some momentum for the upcoming Kentucky Derby weekend when giving Da Big Hoss a perfect ride Saturday in winning the Grade 2, $250,000 Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland.

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Kentucky Derby Works Report (1:24)
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6dMike Watchmaker

Horseplayers deserve consistency

Wednesday's fifth race at Aqueduct was largely unremarkable in a sporting sense. But this race proved to be important. It illustrated a problem that appears to be getting worse.

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The Derby Is Ny

Trainer Doug O'Neill discusses Kentucky Derby race favorite Nyquist. Plus, LA Times writer John Cherwa analyzes the field and discusses Songbird's defection from the Oaks.

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Charles Town Pick 4: Apr. 23 (10:13)
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7dJay Hovdey

California Chrome gets break to greet fans

The 2014 Horse of the Year and freshly minted Dubai World Cup winner has become one of the main attractions of the suddenly booming Kentucky horse-farm-tour business.

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7dMarty McGee | Daily Racing Form

Cathryn Sophia eyes Oaks without Songbird

The defection of heavily favored Songbird from the Kentucky Oaks has swayed the connections of other 3-year-old fillies to reconsider their prior decisions to withdraw their horses from the race.

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Kentucky Derby Watch Review (6:10)
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8dJay Hovdey

Tepin heads to Royal Ascot more refined

If everyone agrees that the best 3-year-old filly in the land is Songbird and the best older mare is Beholder, where do we put Tepin? Anywhere you want.

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8dJay Privman | Daily Racing Form

Jockey Espinoza looks to win third straight Derby

Victor Espinoza will try to become the first jockey to win the Kentucky Derby three straight years when he pilots Whitmore in this year's Derby on May 7 at Churchill Downs.

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8dDavid Grening | Daily Racing Form

No Derby Day mounts for jockey Ortiz

Through the first 110 days of 2016, Jose Ortiz leads the nation in races won (112) and purse money won ($5,260,264), and he's on an incredible run at the Aqueduct spring meet.

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11dMike Watchmaker

Arkansas Derby another dull prep race

What do the Arkansas Derby, Wood Memorial, Blue Grass, and Santa Anita Derby have in common this year aside from being Grade 1, $1 million events? They were all fast early, slow late races.

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Creator rallies late to win Arkansas Derby

Creator used a strong late kick to pull away and win the Arkansas Derby by 1-1/4 lengths Saturday, giving trainer Steve Asmussen his third victory in the $1 million race.

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Weekend Wrap: Arkansas Derby (8:45)
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11dMarty McGee | Daily Racing Form

Leparoux rides Lightstream to Beaumont victory

Lightstream capped a huge weekend for 10-time Keeneland riding champion Julien Leparoux when he rallied to win the Grade 3, $150,000 Beaumont Stakes before a sun-splashed Sunday crowd of 20,403.

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11dDavid Grening | Daily Racing Form

Paulassilverlining beats Cavorting in Distaff 'Cap

Paulassilverlining rebounded from her disappointing runner-up finish in the Correction Stakes last month and spoiled the return of Cavorting in Sunday's $200,000 Distaff Handicap.

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12dByron King | Daily Racing Form

Tepin dominates in Jenny Wiley victory

Saturday Tepin did more than win the Jenny Wiley Stakes -- she ran quickly, completing 1-1/16 miles on a firm grass course in a 1:40.53, eclipsing a stakes record that stood for over 20 years.

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Not an Exaggeration

Co-owner of recent Santa Anita Derby winner Exaggerator -- Matthew W. Bryan -- looks ahead to Louisville. Plus, analyst Bob Ehalt assesses the Kentucky Derby field.

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