Archive for December, 2019

Kentucky Derby 2020 trail starts up

The road to Kentucky Derby 2020 starts up the first week of the new year with three Derby preps nationwide.

The most important is possibly the Sham Stakes at Santa Anita, where Bob Baffert has two runners in Authentic and Azul Coast, who will meet the highly regarded Honor A.P. from the John Shirreffs barn. 

2020 Sham (G3)

*Rating is based on HRN fan votes, which rank the Top Active Horses in training.

On Wednesday, the Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct kick off the new year and the Derby trail for this year’s three-year-old colts and geldings.  The Jerome is led by Independence Hall, an impressive winner of the Grade 3 Nashua stakes back on November 3 at Aqueduct.

2020 Jerome (LS)

In addition to the Sham and the Jerome, on Saturday there is the Mucho Macho Man at Gulfstream Park.  While not a graded stakes, the Mucho Macho Man features south Florida Derby contenders who may progress to the Holy Bull, Fountain of Youth or Florida Derby.