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  1. Santa Anita Derby field down to nine

    Jay Privman

    The Grade 1, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on Saturday took a one-two punch this week when Premier Pegasus, the favorite, and top contender Jaycito were withdrawn.

    Story | Conversation | April 06, 2011
  2. Let the Horse of the Year debate begin

    Jay Privman

    The five leading contenders for Horse of the Year were all in the Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday at Churchill Downs, the debate over who should be Horse of the Year seems certain to last at least another two months.

    Story | Conversation | November 08, 2010
  3. Kentucky Derby works: Saturday, April 24

    Jay Privman

    Saturday morning at Churchill Downs was all about the rain, the sloppy racetrack, and trainer Todd Pletcher, who made the biggest splash by working five of his Derby contenders, but not the likely Derby favorite Eskendereya.

    Story | Conversation | April 24, 2010
  4. Filly in Derby 'a possibility,' Pletcher says

    Jay Privman

    The filly Devil May Care, considered one of the leading contenders for the Kentucky Oaks on April 30, could be entered instead in the Kentucky Derby on May 1, a scenario her trainer, Todd Pletcher, termed "a possibility" on Tuesday morning.

    Story | Conversation | April 20, 2010
  5. Sidney's Candy crushes San Vicente

    Jay Privman

    Sidney's Candy, rebounding from a surprisingly flat try in his comeback race six weeks ago, added his name to the list of top Kentucky Derby contenders with an overpowering, 4 1/4-length victory in the Grade 2, $150,000 San Vicente Stakes.

    Story | Conversation | February 15, 2010
  6. Lookin at Lucky back at top of the class after CashCall Futurity ...

    Jay Privman

    Lookin at Lucky clinched an Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old male, set himself up to be one of the leading contenders for next year's Kentucky Derby, and gave trainer Bob Baffert his fourth win of the day.

    Story | Conversation | December 19, 2009
  7. Square Eddie out of Kentucky Derby with shin problem

    Jay Privman

    Kentucky Derby contender Square Eddie is out of the Run for the Roses.

    Story | Conversation | April 28, 2009
  8. Derby for Papa Clem; surgery for Old Fashioned

    Jay Privman

    The first two finishers in Saturday's Arkansas Derby are both headed to Kentucky, but only the victorious Papa Clem will go to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby on May 2. Runner-up Old Fashioned will go to Lexington for knee surgery.

    Story | Conversation | April 12, 2009
  9. Pioneerof the Nile overcomes troubled trip

    Jay Privman

    It was the first start of the year for Pioneerof the Nile, a race he did not need to win, and he did not have the best of trips.

    Story | Conversation | February 07, 2009
  10. Big steps for 3-year-olds

    Jay Privman

    When Pioneerof the Nile won the CashCall Futurity seven weeks ago, he immediately became a leading West Coast contender for the Kentucky Derby, a position enhanced by the spiriting to Dubai of Midshipman, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner.

    Story | Conversation | February 06, 2009
  11. Range of goals for Blue Grass runners

    Jay Privman

    There are 12 horses entered in the Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday at Keeneland, and while they range in ability from one of the elite contenders for the Kentucky Derby to several starry-eyed dreamers, all is not what it may seem on paper.

    Story | Conversation | April 11, 2008
  12. Even with three major Derby contenders, Asmussen's fingers crosse...

    Jay Privman

    Trainer Steve Asmussen stood outside Pyro's stall at his Fair Grounds barn on Wednesday morning, admiring the best of his three prospects for this year's Kentucky Derby. Asmussen probably was a little envious, too.

    Story | Conversation | March 06, 2008
  13. Crown of Thorns injured, will miss Derby

    Jay Privman

    Crown of Thorns, the winner of the Robert Lewis Stakes earlier this month at Santa Anita and one of the top contenders for the Kentucky Derby, has "a little bit of a stress fracture" in his left front leg and will need several months to recuperate.

    Story | Conversation | February 21, 2008
  14. BC Juvenile: Prep or not to prep?

    Jay Privman

    Trainers of Breeders' Cup Juvenile contenders are still considering whether or not to run their 2-year-olds once more before Oct. 27.

    Story | Conversation | September 20, 2007
  15. Curlin aims to defy 125-year-old Derby angle

    Jay Privman

    Arkansas Derby winner Curlin has emerged as the May 5 Kentucky Derby favorite despite not racing as a 2-year-old. No contender has won the Derby without a 2-year-old campaign in 125 years.

    Story | Conversation | April 17, 2007
  16. Ravel injured and off Derby trail

    Jay Privman

    Todd Pletcher trainee Ravel, formerly one of the leading contenders on the Kentucky Derby trail, is out with an injury to his left front leg.

    Story | Conversation | March 21, 2007