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Kentucky Derby Horses

Preakness Stakes Horses



Master Fencer Bids Farewell to Keeneland with Breeze

Belmont Stakes Post Position Draw Set on Tuesday

Top Preakness Runners Eye Belmont Stakes

Belmont Stakes Probables and Possibles: Looking Good

War of Will Rides the Rail to Win Preakness

Mucho Gusto Leads the Way in Laz Barrera

Lexitonian ($36) Upsets in Chick Lang

King for a Day Takes Sir Barton

West: My Horse Against Your Horses for $5 Million Each

Link: Saez Appeals Suspension

Federal Lawsuit: West v KHRC, et al

Saez Suspension 67 Percent More Than Other Suspensions Combined

War of Will Leads Pimlico Arrivals for Preakness

Stewards Suspend Saez for 15 Days

Global Campaign Options Open
Sir Winston to Belmont Stakes

Global Campaign Gallops in Peter Pan

Link: Video Given to Stewards Shows Maximum Security Struck from Rear 3-5 Times

Link: Servis Says Maximum Security May Miss Belmont with Injuries

Link: No Belmont for Sick Country House

War of Will Back on Track

West: There Will Be Litigation

Derby Horses Doing Well on Sunday
Plans for the Future

NBC Says Derby Drama Helped Ratings

Wagering on Derby Program

Country House Made Kentucky Derby
Winner by Stewards

Laughing Fox Gets Up in Oaklawn Handicap

Thomas, Calhoun Strike in Pat Day Mile with Mr. Money

Digital Age's Time Is Now in American Turf

Serengeti Empress Wins Kentucky Oaks

Mandella Explains Omaha Beach Situation in Detail

TDN: Spendthrift Buys Omaha Beach Breeding Rights

Tesio Is A Landslide for Alwaysmining

Franco Does What He Has To Do for Spinoff

Omaha Beach Won't Be Denied in Arkansas Derby

Owendale Rallies Wide in Stonestreet Lexington

Roadster Cruises to Santa Anita Derby Win

Tacitus Overcomes Adversity in Wood Memorial

Florida Derby Won by Unchallenged Maximum Security

Plus Que Parfait Turns It Around in UAE Derby

Cutting Humor Wins Sunland Derby in Record Time

By My Standards Upsets Louisiana Derby

Kentucky Derby Picture Shifts With Wins of Long Range Toddy, Omaha Beach

Tacitus Emerges in Tampa Bay Derby

Haikal Goes and Gets 'Em in Gotham

Somelikeithotbrown Ices Jeff Ruby Competition

Code of Honor Takes the Stage in Fountain of Youth 

Super Speed Southwest Shocker

War of Will Takes Fast Lane on Derby Road

Connections of Anothertwistafate Thinking Bigger Than Preakness

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On fast dirt unless noted

May 25, A Thread of Blue 49:88 Breezing training track 27/88 at BEL
May 25, Code of Honor  37:33 Breezing 10/17 at BEL
May 25, Cruel Intention  1.02:40 Handily 41/57 at SA
May 25, Demarchelier 1.01:33 Breezing firm turf 2/6 at BEL
May 25, Dream Maker 48:80 Breezing 16/68 at CD
May 25, Federal Case 48:53 Breezing firm turf 1/12 at BEL
May 25, Garter and Tie 50:71 Breezing 64/80 at GP
May 25, Gray Attempt  50:40 Breezing 57/68 at CD
May 25, Henley's Joy  59:20 Breezing 1/6 at CD
May 25, Honest Mischief 1.00:44 Breezing 8/28 at BEL
May 25, Intrepid Heart 49:16 Breezing 26/56 at BEL
May 25, Joevia 48:80 Breezing 12/56 at MTH
May 25, King of Speed 1.03:80 Handily 52/57 at SA
May 25, Landofthepharaohs  48:00 Breezing 4/72 at IND
May 25, Last Judgemnt 59:91 Breezing 2/28 at BEL
May 25, Night Ops 49:00 Breezing 21/68 at CD
May 25, Nolo Contesto 48:40 Handily 7/76 at SA
May 25, Not That Brady 50:09 Breezing training track 31/61 at SAR
May 25, Outshine 49:16 Breezing 26/56 at BEL
May 25, Sir Winston 1.01:48 Breezing 14/28 at BEL
May 25, Sombeyay 49:32 Breezing 13/88 at BEL
May 25, Spinoff  59:91 Breezing 2/28 at BEL
May 25, Standard Deviation  49:54 Breezing training track 21/61 at SAR
May 25, Tax 49:87 Breezing training track 26/88 at BEL
May 25, The Right Path  48:00 Breezing 1/8 at CNS

May 24, Mind Control 1.00:60 Breezing 1/11 at MTH
May 24, Mr Money 47:00 Breezing 2/52 at CD
May 24, Philosophy 50:60 Breezing 16/21 at KEE
May 24, Seismic Wave 48:80 Breezing training track good 3/17 at SAR
May 24, Wicked Indeed 1.00:00 Breezing 1/5 at ELP

May 22, Classy John 49:80 Breezing 24/38 at CD
May 22, High Crime 48:00 Breezing 1/9 at CDT
May 22, Magic on Tap 37:40 Handily 5/9 at LA
May 22, Master Fencer 52:00 Breezing 31/32 at KEE
May 22, Maximum Security 53:80 Breezing 20/21 at MTH
May 22, Metropol  37:40 Handily 5/9 at LA
May 22, Much Better 48:00 Breezing 6/38 at CD
May 22, Ninth Street  1.01:00 Breezing 1/14 at LAD

May 21, Big Scott Daddy  1.02:00 Handily 17/37 at SA
May 21, Bourbon in May 37:80 Breezing 7/15 at MTH
May 21, More Ice  1.15:00 Handily training track 1/8 at SA
May 21, Roadster 49:80 Breezing 23/41 at SA

May 20, Dunph 1.00:40 Breezing 1/10 at CDT
May 20, Limonite 1.00:40 Breezing good 3/28 at CD
May 20, Seismic Jolt 47:23 Breezing 2/10 at GP
May 20, Sir Truebador 1.01:40 Breezing 10/28 at CD

May 19, Complexity 48:23 Breezing training track 1/50 at SAR
May 19, Demarchelier 1.01:55 Breezing good turf 6/12 at BEL
May 19, Durkin's Call 49:00 Breezing training track 8/48 at BEL
May 19, Fortin Hill 49:67 Breezing training track 17/50 at SAR
May 19, Hoffa's Union 48:80 Breezing synthetic 32/54 at WO
May 19, Knicks Go 1.01:80 Breezing firm turf 4/6 at KEE
May 19, Long Range Toddy 51:40 Breezing 55/64 at CD
May 19, Magnificent McCool 1.00:76 Breezing good turf1/12 at BEL
May 19, Mucho 48:33 Breezing good turf 8/25 at BEL
May 19, Nitrous 1.01:78 Breezing 7/10 at BEL
May 19, Olympic Runner 48:00 Breezing synthetic 9/54 at WO
May 19, Spinoff 48:72 Breezing training track 5/48 at BEL
May 19, Standard Deviation 49:98 Breezing training track 28/50 at SAR
May 19, Tobacco Road 1.02:60 Breezing 14/21 at CD
May 19, Topper T 1.01:66 Breezing good turf  9/12 at BEL
May 19, Whiskey Echo 1.01:80 Breezing 8/21 at CD

May 18, Avie's Flatter 58:80 Breezing synthetic 2/58 at WO
May 18, Cruel Intention 59:60 Handily 4/21 at LA
May 18, Growth Engine 1.01:40 Breezing 12/21 at MTH
May 18, Henley's Joy 48:00 Breezing 6/33 at CD
May 18, Honest Mischief 1.01:02 Breezing 3/11 at BEL
May 18, King of Speed  1.03:60 Handily 61/71 at SA
May 18, Last Judgment 48:48 Breezing training track 7/72 at BEL
May 18, Mihos 50:02 Breezing training track 29/72 at BEL
May 18, Night Ops 48:80 Breezing 24/56 at CD
May 18, Not That Brady 51:29 training track 37/41 at SAR
May 18, Pole Setter 49:80 Breezing 42/56 at CD
May 18, Tacitus 48:57 Breezing 9/33 at BEL

May 17, Ian Glass 50:50 Breezing 44/65 at BEL
May 17, Mr Money 48:20 Breezing 8/46 at CD
May 17, Opry 1.01:05 Breezing 1/2 at PBD
May 17, Philosophy 47:60 Breezing 7/28 at KEE
May 17, Seismic Wave 48:28 Breezing training track 1/26 at SAR

May 16, Chase the Ghost 49:40 Breezing 20/52 at CD
May 16, Frolic More 50:20 Breezing 33/52 at CD
May 16, Le General 1.03:24 Breezing training track 13/21 at BEL
May 16, Mind Control 48:40 Breezing good 11/76 at MTH

May 15, Admiral Lynch 48:00 Breezing muddy 4/17 at MTH
May 15, Classy John 48:60 Breezing 18/70 at CD
May 15, Combination 1.01:80 Breezing 2/10 at CD
May 15, Kingly 37:00 Handily 4/25 at SA
May 15, Ninth Street 1.01:60 Breezing 9/25 at LAD
May 15, Shang 50:80 Breezing 31/40 at LAD

May 13, Improbable 51:80 Breezing 57/67 at CD
May 13, Laughing Fox 51:60 Breezing 56/67 at CD
May 13, Limonite 51:80 Breezing 57/67 at CD
May 13, Mucho Gusto  48:40 Handily 5/32 at SA
May 13, Preamble  50:00 Breezing 21/36 at KEE
May 13, Sir Truebador  1.01:80 Breezing 15/24 at CD

May 12, Big Scott Daddy  48:20 Handily 5/72 at SA
May 12, Complexity 49:65 Breezing training track 6/38 at SAR
May 12, Fortin Hill 51:10 Breezing training track 28/38 at SAR
May 12, Fully Loaded 37:45 Breezing 5/9 at PMM
May 12, More Ice 1.03:80 Handily training track 13/19 at SA
May 12, Standard Deviation 1.01:51 Breezing training track 5/7 at SAR

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Downey's top pick on his Kentucky Derby subscription page won the Kentucky Derby in 2019. It was the sixth straight year his top pick won. Four of Downey's top five picks finished in the top five.
1. MAXIMUM SECURITY (first - DQ'd by stewards to 17th)
2. TACITUS (fourth, moved up to third)
3. IMPROBABLE (fifth, moved up to fourth
4. VEKOMA (thirteenth, moved up to twelfth)
5. CODE OF HONOR (third, moved up to second)

The Commish had four of the top six finishers in his picks.
1. TACITUS (fourth, moved up to third)
2. IMPROBABLE (fifth, moved up to fourth)
3. GAME WINNER (sixth, moved up to fifth)
4. VEKOMA (thirteenth, moved up to twelfth)
5.  MAXIMUM SECURITY (first - DQ'd by stewards to 17th)


Downey's top pick on his Kentucky Derby subscription page won the Kentucky Derby for the fifth straight year in 2018. Justify was among the Downey Profile Top 4 horses, as were second finisher Good Magic and third finisher Audible. The final Kentucky Derby workout by Justify was impressive, and that helped lead Downey to pick him right on top. Good Magic was in Downey's second spot for the cold exacta.
1. JUSTIFY (first)
2. GOOD MAGIC (second)
3. MENDELSSOHN (twentieth)
4. HOFBURG (seventh)
5. AUDIBLE (third)
6. BOLT D'ORO (twelfth)

The Commish had the winner picked in the second slot. He told Downey his top Derby pick had never run last before this year, so he thinks there's plenty of upside potential going forward.
1. MENDELSSOHN (twentieth)
2. JUSTIFY (first)
3. VINO ROSSO (ninth)
4. MY BOY JACK (fifth)
5. AUDIBLE (third)


Downey picked the Kentucky Derby winner for his Kentucky Derby subscribers for the fourth straight year in 2017. Always Dreaming wasn't in the Downey Profile Top 4, but it was kind of a crazy year and Downey wasn't sold on the Top 4, Always Dreaming was the top Profile Buster Profile horse, and he put in a super-impressive final Derby workout. The selections underneath Always Dreaming weren't as strong as the comparable picks in 2015 and 2016.

2. CLASSIC EMPIRE (fourth)
3. IRISH WAR CRY (tenth)
4. MCCRAKEN (eighth)
5. IRAP (eighteenth)
6. GORMLEY (ninth)

The Commish picked the winner right on top for the third time in four years:
2. HENCE (eleventh)
3. STATE OF HONOR (nineteenth)
4. CLASSIC EMPIRE (fourth)
5. TAPWRIT (sixth)



Downey's selections on the Subscription Page for the 2016 Kentucky Derby were:
1. NYQUIST (first)
2. EXAGGERATOR (second)
3. GUN RUNNER (third)
4. BRODY'S CAUSE (seventh)
5. OUTWORK (fourteenth)

For the first time, Downey put together a superfecta part wheel for subscribers. The cost for a $1 ticket was $88, and we were fortunate enough to see that bet hit and pay $542.10.

The Commish picked:
1. EXAGGERATOR (second)
2. NYQUIST (first)
3. MY MAN SAM (eleventh)
4. WHITMORE (nineteenth)
5. MO TOM (eighth)

The Commish stuck to his guns with Exaggerator in the Preakness, and he won the race.


Downey's selections on the Subscription Page for the 2015 Kentucky Derby were:
2. DORTMUND (third)
3. FROSTED (fourth)
4. FIRING LINE (second)
5. DANZIG MOON (fifth)

The Commish picked:

2. DORTMUND (third)
3. FIRING LINE (second)
4. FROSTED (fourth)
5. CARPE DIEM (tenth)


Downey's selections on the Subscription Page for the 2014 Kentucky Derby were:
2. DANZA (third)
3. SAMRAAT (fifth)
4. INTENSE HOLIDAY (twelfth)
5. CHITU (ninth)
6. GENERAL A ROD (eleventh)

The Commish picked:
2. CANDY BOY (thirteenth)
4. DANZA (third)
5. CHITU (ninth)


The Downey Profile is a seasonal website launched in 2003 that's primarily focused on the run-up to the Kentucky Derby and the Triple Crown.

We cover other special events from time to time. In 2015, Dick Downey worked for The Louisville Courier-Journal alongside five-time Eclipse Award winner Jennie Rees during the newspaper's coverage of the Breeders' Cup. Downey worked Breeders' Cup again in 2017 for the newspaper. The Downey Profile has covered every race of the Kentucky Downs meet for several years.


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