Mike Tirico is taking the reins from Tom Hammond as a host of NBC’s Triple Crown horse racing coverage. Tirico adds the job to his recently announced duties as host of the network’s prime-time Olympics coverage starting next winter in South Korea.
Irap was the 31-1 surprise winner of the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, and it looks like he’ll be one of five competitors from that race to go on to next month’s Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Trainer Ian Wilkes also said McCraken got what he needed from Saturday’s Blue Grass Stakes.
Keeneland’s big Kentucky Derby prep race, the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, plays out Saturday evening on the race course’s opening weekend. Here’s everything you need to know to get set for the 93rd running of the Blue Grass:
Always Dreaming came out of his Florida Derby win healthy and will stay put for a couple of weeks before heading to the Kentucky Derby, trainer Todd Pletcher said. Always Dreaming posted the fastest winning time at the Florida Derby — the signature race at Gulfstream Park — since Alydar in 1978.
Always Dreaming won Saturday’s Grade 1 Florida Derby. Girvin won Saturday’s Grade 2 Louisiana Derby. This year, however, the favorite for Kentucky Derby 143 is likely to come out of Saturday’s Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.
Kitten’s Cat is nothing if not consistent, and that was enough to make the 3-year-old colt owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey of Nicholasville, the 4-1 favorite for Saturday’s Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park.