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After a year when many of the traditions accompanying North America’s most prestigious race were upended due to a global pandemic, the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve is back on schedule for 2021 to the delight of horse racing fans of all persuasions.

BloodHorse associate editor Byron King presents his latest Derby Dozen presented by Spendthrift Farm with a look at his leading contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve on May 1.

The Breeders' Cup released its 2021 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series schedule consisting of 84 automatic qualifying stakes races for the Breeders' Cup World Championships. This year’s series, which includes a record nine “Win and You’re In” races for the $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic division, will take place in 10 countries. 

The complete 2021 schedule is available here. 

America’s Best Racing has put together a slideshow of the 3-year-old fillies expected to compete in the Longines Kentucky Oaks April 30 at Churchill Downs.

Each week members of the media around the country vote on the nation's top contenders on the Triple Crown trail in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. The poll will run weekly through June 5. Find out the latest 2021 top 3-year-old rankings below.

AMERICA’S TOP THOROUGHBREDS FOR APRIL 19, 2021

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