Classic Empire the Early Betting Favorite for the Belmont Stakes

There is no Triple Crown hanging in the balance but the Belmont Stakes (G1) on June 10 is setting up to be a competitive affair, with Classic Empire the early betting favorite at 2-1. The 2016 juvenile champion had a tough trip in a fourth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby (G1) and then was run Read Full Story

Classic Empire Has the Best Shot of an Upset in the Preakness Stakes

A field of 10 line up on Saturday in the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico, with Always Dreaming seeking to keep his Triple Crown hopes alive after an impressive victory in the Kentucky Derby (G1) two weeks ago. The Todd Pletcher trainee is at odds of 4-5 to win the second jewel of the Triple Read Full Story

Newcomers Try to Knock Off Derby Champ Always Dreaming in Preakness

Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming landed in Baltimore as the heavy favorite for the Preakness Stakes (G1) and he will face four foes he already beat in Louisville and five newcomers to the Triple Crown scene. Derby winners have fared quite well in the second jewel of the Triple Crown, winning 10 of the Read Full Story

Derby Champ Always Dreaming Heavy Favorite for Preakness Stakes

The Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming will be sent off as the heavy favorite for the Preakness Stakes (G1) next Saturday and could face as many as 10 foes in the second jewel of racing’s Triple Crown. The Todd Pletcher trainee is currently at odds of 10-12 and if those odds hold up the Read Full Story

Rain Could Affect the Running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday

Mother Nature is making her presence felt at Churchill Downs, with Friday’s Kentucky Oaks card hampered by a sloppy track and a yielding turf course, and there could be more of the same on Saturday for the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby. The forecast for Saturday is for cloudy skies and occasional showers with Read Full Story

Wide Open Field Lines Up for 143rd Kentucky Derby on Saturday

The 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby is all set for Saturday with a wide-open field of 20 going to the post for the two most exciting minutes in sports. Last year’s Breeders’ Cup champion Classic Empire was installed as the 4-1 morning line favorite while Florida Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming is the second Read Full Story

Classic Empire, Always Dreaming Co-Favorites in Early Derby Wagering

With just over a week to go before the first Saturday of May, it’s tough to split Classic Empire and Always Dreaming, the current co-favorites in early wagering for the 143rd Kentucky Derby (G1). Both horses are at odds of 5-1, with Irish War Cry the third choice in early Derby betting at 13-2. Classic Read Full Story

Pletcher has Numbers Looking to Improve on Poor Kentucky Derby Record

Todd Pletcher is the most successful trainer in the game, a winner of the Eclipse Award for outstanding trainer seven times and a shoe-in to be voted into the Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Pletcher has been a busy guy in the paddock on the first Saturday of May, saddling 45 runners in the Kentucky Read Full Story

Classic Empire Rebounds with Win at the Arkansas Derby

Classic Empire struck back last Saturday, winning the Arkansas Derby (G1), which stamped his ticket to Louisville as one of the betting favorites for the Kentucky Derby (G1). It has been a roller coaster ride for the talented colt, who became a solid early betting favorite for the Run for the Roses after his victory Read Full Story

Always Dreaming Headed to Louisville as Kentucky Derby Favorite

With just one major prep left to be decided, it appears that the Todd Pletcher trained Always Dreaming will head to Louisville as the betting favorite for the Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs. The colt burst on the scene by winning the Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park in his stakes debut on April Read Full Story