Kentucky Derby Trail 2015

I love following the 3YO division, and in particular, the races that lead to the Kentucky Derby.

As usual,  I’m just as interested in understanding the prep races — each with particular nuances – as I am with predicting the eventual Derby winner. I’m also interested in the race from an owner’s and trainer’s point of view — how to qualify and get in the gate at Churchill in May — and I pay special attention to the quirks and strategies of the qualifying schedule.

Here’s the previews so far with race replays. Click on the race title (in bold) for the race preview. I will also do recaps throughout the season.

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile 


Delta Jackpot


Kentucky Jockey Club

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Los Alamitos Futurity






Smarty Jones

Holy Bull



Smarty Jones:


Holy Bull:




Robert B. Lewis:


El Camino Real Derby:




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Check this page and for continued coverage, previews, schedule analysis and recaps.

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