31/05/2023. International Horse Racing World: The Derby Festival Preview Show (UK) – Savethelastdance Heads 11 For The Oaks by TDN – As the NYRA track announcer, he called Secretariat’s win in the GI Belmont S…


In The Know is back this Thursday and Friday at 6pm to preview the Oaks and Derby at Epsom.


The two Classics pose many questions for punters, and our panel will be there to answer them:

  • Will Savethelastdance be a class above the rest in the Oaks?
  • Can Frankie Dettori land a famous Epsom double on Soul Sister (Oaks) and Arrest (Derby)?
  • Can Auguste Rodin bounce back for Aidan O’Brien after his 2,000 Guineas disappointment?
  • Will Military Order emulate his brother Adayar and land the Derby for Godolphin?

Tune in at 6pm on Thursday and Friday on the Racing Post YouTube channel to find out who our tipsters think will win the feature races and get their tips for all the ITV Racing contests across the two days at Epsom.


Savethelastdance Heads 11 For The Oaks

Eleven fillies will line up for Friday’s G1 Betfred Oaks as Aidan O’Brien trimmed his numbers to three for the Epsom Classic including the certain favourite Savethelastdance (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). Other than the trio taken… [To read this entire TDN News Story, click here.]


by TDN


Dave Johnson
Joins the TDN Writers’ Room
On that June afternoon nearly 50 years ago, Dave Johnson was there to witness one of the most memorable moments in the history of horse racing. As the NYRA track announcer, he called Secretariat’s win in the GI Belmont S., an event he, and anyone who was there that day, will never forget. To share his memories, Johnson joined the team for this week’s TDN Writers’ Room podcast presented by Keeneland. Johnson was this week’s Green Group Guest of the Week.
  He recalled that Secretariat came around at the perfect time, that the country was looking for a hero and a heroic story after the struggles of the late sixties and early seventies.
  “There was Watergate and Vietnam, and this was before people scratched off lottery tickets and before sports books and casinos,” he said. “Racing was the great place to go and make a legal bet. And then along comes this great horse with a great crew. You had Lucien Laurin training and Ronnie Turcotte riding and Mrs. Tweedy was a great cheerleader. She just captured the audience. When you’d see her on television rooting for a horse, you wanted her to win. So it was all of those things that came together with this magnificent animal. Secretariat just came at the right time and with the right people and at a time where the sport didn’t have the problems it has now. People loved Secretariat and loved the story, and it was a hell of a story.”
   Elsewhere on the podcast, which is also sponsored by Coolmorethe Pennsylvania Horse Breeders AssociationKentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders1/St RacingWinStar FarmXBTV, and West Point Thoroughbreds, the team of Bill Finley, Zoe Cadman and Randy Moss discussed the news surrounding the National Thoroughbred League, the new racing initiative that hopes to bring the team aspect that is at the core of other sports to racing. The rash of fatalities at Churchill Downs and the news of Rich Strike (Keen Ice) being turned over to Bill Mott were also topics of discussion.
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