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Road to the Derby: Gary West’s weekly rundown of the top 20 prospects 146th Kentucky Derby

By Gary West Thoroughbred New Service (Number, Horse (Trainer), Starts-Wins-Seconds-Thirds, Earnings, Sire) 1. Dennis’ Moment (Dale Romans) 4-2-0-0 $167,800 Tiznow Dennis’ Moment worked an easy half-mile in 48.05 seconds Sunday at Gulfstream Park in preparation for his seasonal debut in the Fountain of Youth Stakes. And he galloped out strongly, reportedly getting five-eighths in 1:01.42. So what...

Road to the Derby: No Derby preps on weekend schedule, but plenty of workouts to analyze

By Gary West Thoroughbred New Service (Number, Horse (Trainer), Starts-Wins-Seconds-Thirds, Earnings, Sire) 1. Dennis’ Moment (Dale Romans) 4-2-0-0 $167,800 Tiznow It would be a mistake to make too much of a workout, but also a mistake to ignore its insinuation. And so, for the moment, let’s just agree that the recent workout by Dennis’ Moment is intriguing. Saturday at Gulfstream Park, he breezed...

Road to the Derby: This week’s top 20; a look back at Tampa’s Sam Davis, Santa Anita’s San Vicente Stakes

By Gary West Thoroughbred New Service The Kentucky Derby will be run May 2 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, over the classic distance of 1 1/4 miles. Based on points accumulated in designated stakes (including races in Japan and Europe), the field will be limited to 20 starters, with four also-eligibles. (Number, Horse (Trainer), Starts-Wins-Seconds-Thirds, Earnings, Sire) Dennis’ Moment, impressive...

Gary West: Trainer Steve Asmussen knows a Kentucky Derby victory is out there, it just hasn’t happened yet

Have you ever won the Kentucky Derby? That’s the question everyone asks because that’s the race everyone knows. A few races are richer and a few might possess more championship heft, but throughout America’s vast cultural landscape, on the promontory of popular awareness, only the Kentucky Derby sits so high that everyone can see it. And on the first Saturday in May, the entire nation stops to...