(Caption: Hansen, a 2011 Eclipse Award Winner, is a top contender for this year's Kentucky Derby.)
Photo Via: Greg Russo
First Stop: Kentucky Derby
By Greg Russo
The Kentucky Derby is just days away and will begin the annual quest for the Triple Crown. The Derby is scheduled traditionally for the first Saturday in May and this year it falls on May 5. The 1.25-mile classic is contested under the historic twin spires of Churchill Downs and is followed two weeks later by the second jewel of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes in Maryland. The final leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, will be held at Belmont Park three weeks after the Preakness. The top 3-year-olds in the country have been prepping all year long for this. Here is a list of the top contenders and a humble estimation of their respective chances.
Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar visited the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida on April 1, 2012. The show season was winding down and we caught a look at the $50,000 Hunter Derby Finals. You will see the beautiful 3-year-old jumping course and the brand new dressage arena. Also shown are some of the side rings, warm-ups areas and the main arena at the Equestrian Center. If you have never been to Wellington, it is a must see if you are in southern Florida. We hope this short video captures the grand scale and magnificent grounds of this remarkable facility.