Kentucky Derby Podcast Trilogy Part II

It’s almost Kentucky Derby time. The prestigious race is less than a week away and we took to the airwaves to discuss recent works of Union Rags, Hansen, Dullahan, Went The Day Well and other contenders. Also part of the show is an in depth discussion of pedigree and the Derby. Click the button above […]

The Daily Derby News Blitz – April 29, 2012

Bodemeister prepares for the Kentucky Derby

Only 6 days remain until the 138th Run For The Roses, and this year’s crop is bringing plenty of excitement and intrigue.  A muddy surface at Churchill Downs didn’t stop Bodemeister from turning in an impressive drill this morning.  The Arkansas Derby winner stopped the clock in 0:59.48 for 5 furlongs, which ranked 2nd best […]

The Daily Derby News Blitz – April 28, 2012

After a very slow day of Kentucky Derby news, April 28 has presented us with a bevy of excellent information. Let’s break it down! It was works galore at Churchill Downs. The best move the of day goes to Grade 3 Spiral Stakes victor Went The Day Well. Campaigned by the same connections as Animal […]

Kentucky Derby Profile: Hansen

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This post is just a sneak peak! Want to learn about all of the Kentucky Derby contenders? Check out our Kentucky Derby Guide! Hansen Trainer: Michael J. Maker Starts: 231 Win: 54 (23.37%) Place: 45 Show: 33 Earnings: $2,185,087.00 Jockey: Ramon A. Dominguez Starts: 371 Win: 90 Place: 82 Show: 48 Earnings: $5,447,933.00 Owner:  Kendall Hansen […]

Kentucky Derby Contenders: Bodemeister

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by Robert Boswell Bodemeister Bay colt foaled April 28, 2009 Empire Maker—Untouched Talent by Storm Cat   Owner: Zayat Stables, LLC & Southern Equine Stables Trainer: Bob Baffert Jockey: Mike Smith   On the track: Bodemeister is named for the Bob Baffert’s son, Bode, so you know he has high hopes for this colt. Being […]

The Daily Derby News Blitz – April 26, 2012

  Florida Derby winner Take Charge Indy drilled five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 B at Palm Meadows in Florida. Trainer Patrick Byrne gushed about how easy the move was and says colt is 100% prepared to Run for the Roses. Prior to last year, jockey Calvin Borel had won 3 of the last 4 editions […]

Kentucky Derby Podcast Trilogy Part I

It took five years, but Gradedstakes.com is finally on the radio. Yesterday saw the birth of our radio show which featured guests like Jay Em Ess Stable Racing Manager Samantha Siegel as well as Zayat Stables Racing Manager Justin Zayat. There were a few mistakes as you could expect given it was our first time […]

Kentucky Derby Contender: Union Rags

by Robert Boswell Union Rags Bay colt foaled March 3, 2009 Dixie Union – Tempo by Gone West   Owner: Chadds Ford Stable Trainer: Michael Matz Jockey: Julien Leparoux   On the track: Union Rags won his career debut in July going 5 furlongs at Delaware Park against Maiden Special Weight competition. He then jumped […]

The Daily Derby News Blitz – April 25, 2012

Liaison worked 6 furlongs at Churchill today

The first horse on the outside looking in, Isn’t He Clever, has opted out of a run in the Kentucky Derby.  His new trainer, Steve Asmussen, has decided to point the son of Smarty Jones to the Preakness Stakes instead, or possibly the G2 Woody Steven Stakes.  Without him sitting at the number 21 spot […]

The Daily Derby News Blitz – April 24, 2012

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  Arkansas Derby winner Bodemeister kicked off today’s workout action with a five furlong move at Churchill Downs which he completed in 1:00 4/5 B for trainer Bob Baffert. The three time Derby winning conditioner said that his charge simply floated over the track. Baffert also noted that Liaison will compete in the Kentucky Derby after […]