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Big Brown wins the 2008 Kentucky Derby

Big Brown wins the 2008 Kentucky Derby

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
Updated May 06, 2009

January 1st marks the birthday for all Thoroughbreds and the new three-year-olds will start their campaigns for the Kentucky Derby and the Triple Crown. The Tropical Park Derby, traditionally run on New Year's Day was the first Derby of the year, however Calder Race Course management cut the race from the schedule citing money problems. With this change, the Golden Bear Stakes at Golden Gate on January 1 marks the beginning of a schedule of preps restricted to 3-year-olds that will run every weekend until the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May. It has been 31 years since Affirmed won the last Triple Crown, and while Big Brown looked like he might do it last year it did not come to pass. Will someone finally take the big prize this year?

Every week I will post the results and links to articles about each race, so check back regularly.

JANUARY
FEBRUARY

MARCH
1 - Baldwin Stakes, Santa Anita, 6 1/2 F Turf
Results: 1:11.86 - Battle of Hastings, Flashmans Paper, Luckiest Man
7 - The Gotham, Aqueduct, 1 1/16 M
Results: 1:42:65 - I Want Revenge, Imperial Council, Mr. Fantasy
14 - Louisiana Derby, Fair Grounds, 1 1/16 M
Results: 1:43:46 - Friesan Fire, Papa Clem, Terrain
14 - Palm Beach Stakes, Gulfstream, 1 1/8 M Turf
Results: 1:47:71 - El Crespo, Lime Rickey, Stormalory
14 - The Rebel, Oaklawn Park, 1 1/16 M
Results: 1:44:41 - Win Willy, Old Fashioned, Poltergeist
14 - San Felipe Stakes, Santa Anita, 1 1/16 M
Results: 1:43:35 - Pioneerof the Nile, Feisty Suances, Jeranimo
14 - Tampa Bay Derby, Tampa Bay Downs, 1 1/16 M
Results: 1:43:67 - Musket Man, Join in the Dance, Justdontcallmejeri
15 - Pasadena Stakes, Santa Anita, 1 M Turf
Results: 1:34:97 - Gallant Son, Smokey Lonesome, Wall Street Wonder
20 - Sportsman's Paradise Stakes, Delta Downs, 1 M
Results: 1:39.42 - Headstart, Code of Honour, And Music Came
21 - Private Terms, Laurel, 1 M
Results: 1:37.62 - St. John's Gospel, Not for Silver, Hehasnosay
21 - Lane's End Stakes, Turfway, 1 1/8 M
Results: 1:49.63 - Hold Me Back, Flying Private, Proceed Bee
21 - Rushaway Stakes, Turfway, 1 1/16 M
Results: 1:44.38 - Cliffy's Future, Ziegfield, Toccet Rocket
21 - Hansel Stakes, Turfway, 6 F
Results: 1:10.10 - Turfiste, King Puma, He Ain't Right
28 - Crescent City Derby, Fair Grounds, 1 1/16 M
Results: 1:46.40 - Milwaukee Miracle, Break Up, Silent Pipe
28 - Florida Derby, Gulfstream, 1 1/8 M
Results: 1:47.72 - Quality Road, Dunkirk, Theregoesjojo
28 - Swale Stakes, Gulfstream, 7 F
Results: 1:20:88 - This Ones for Phil, Big Drama (disqualified from 1st) Custom for Carlos
28 - San Miguel Stakes, Santa Anita, 6 Furlongs
Results: 1:09.54 - Triumphant Flight, Charlie's Moment, Turk
28 - UAE Derby, Nad al Sheba, 1 1/8 M
Results: 1:50.00 - Regal Ransom, Desert Party, Soy Libriano
29 - Sunland Derby, Sunland, 1 1/8 M
Results: 1:50:02 - Kelly Leak, Mythical Power, Scorewithcater
29 - New Mexico Breeders' Derby, Sunland, 1 M
Results: 1:37.49 - Runnin Red, Lefty Who, Lesters Secret

APRIL
3 - Transylvania Stakes, Keeneland, 1 1/16 M Turf
Results: 1:45.73 - Stormalory, Smart Bid, Florentino
4 - Wood Memorial, Aqueduct, 1 1/8 M
Results: 1:49:49 - I Want Revenge, West Side Bernie, Just a Coincidence
4 - The Bay Shore, Aqueduct, 7 F
Results: 1:49.91 - Capt. Candyman Can, Taqarub, Yano
4 - Illinois Derby, NJC/Hawthorne, 1 1/8 M
Results: 1:49.91 - Musket Man, Giant Oak, His Greatness
4 - Santa Anita Derby, Santa Anita - 1 1/8 M
Results: 1:49.17 - Pioneerof the Nile, Chocolate Candy, Mr. Hot Stuff
4 - Dayton Andrews Dodge Sophomore Turf, , 1 1/16 M Turf
Results: 1:43.05 - Tamborim, Duke of Mischief, Cheeks Malone
4 - Ocala Breeder's Sales Sophomore, Tampa Bay Downs, 7 F
Results: 1:22.80 - Bee Cee Cee, Biblionico, Golf Pal
11 - Blue Grass, Keeneland, 1 1/8 M
Results: 1:49.26 - General Quarters, Hold Me Back, Massone
11 - Arkansas Derby, Oaklawn Park, 1 1/8 M
Results: 1:49.01 - Papa Clem, Old Fashioned, Summer Bird
11 - Northern Spur, Oaklawn Park, 1 M
Results: 1:37.64 - Dance Caller, Uno Mas, Fufty Too
11 - La Puente Stakes, Santa Anita, 1 M Turf
Results: 1:34.38 - Battle of Hastings, Smokey Lonesome, Wall Street Wonder
18 - Lexington Stakes, Keeneland, 1 1/16 M
Results: 1:43:33 - Advice, Conservative, Square Eddie
25 - The Withers, Aqueduct, 1 M
Results: 1:34.91 - Mr. Fantasy, This Ones for Phil, Gone Astray 25 - Derby Trial, Churchill Downs, 1 M
Results: 1:30.21 - Hull, Kensei, Checklist

MAY
2 - Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, 1 1/4 M
Results: 2:02.66 - Mine That Bird, Pioneerof the Nile, Musket Man
2 - Federico Tesio Stakes, Pimlico, 1 1/8 M
Results: 1:51.23 - Miner's Escape, Hehasnosay, Tone It Down
9 - Lone Star Derby, Lone Star Park, 1 1/16 M
9 - The Peter Pan, Belmont, 1 1/8 M
16 - Preakness Stakes, Pimlico, 1 3/16 M

JUNE
6 - Belmont Stakes, Belmont, 1 1/2 M

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