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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – This century has seen the end of its share of sports curses. Another one bit the dust in the Kentucky Derby. Late Saturday afternoon in dismal weather conditions, a freaky horse named Justify lifted another one under the rain-soaked Twin Spires at historic Churchill Downs. In 2004, the Curse of the Bambino was lifted when the Boston Red Sox final…

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Monomoy Girl survived a wicked stretch duel with Ontario-bred Wonder Gadot to win the 144th Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs. The Tapizar filly overcame the outside post and the challenge through the lane from the Mark Casse-trained filly to capture the $564,200 first prize purse. Both trainer Brad Cox and rider Florent Geroux won their first Oaks w…

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Louisville, Ky. – The Kentucky Derby undercard includes six graded stakes leading up to the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby. The graded races preceding the Derby will kickoff at 1:13 p.m. ET with the Grade 1 Humana Distaff (Race 6) on the NBC Sports Network.  Race 11, the Grade 1 Old Forester Turf Classic is scheduled to go to post at 5:25 p.m. The flagship network NBC Sports wi…

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Mendelssohn made sure the crowd amassing on the Churchill backside was aware of his arrival at Churchill Downs from overseas. The dark brown son of Scat Daddy announced his arrival concurrent with his first steps over the Churchill surface with a patented whinny last heard at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club before last year’s Breeders’ Cup. The Breede…

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – An intriguing group of contenders will go to post Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs in the most prestigious race of the year for 3-year-old fillies. The 144th Run for the Lilies, also known as the $1 million Grade 1 Longines Kentucky Oaks, is the feature race on Friday’s card under the Twin Spires. A six-figure crowd is expected for one of the bigges…

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It’s time to start mining for that Derby long shot. The most frequently asked question one week out from this year’s Kentucky Derby under the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs is what horse can provide the biggest bonanza for handicappers. With a full 20-horse field and at least four horses likely to be single-digit odds at post time, there will be plenty of options to …

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The traditional running of the Clark Handicap on the day after Thanksgiving at Churchill Downs is set for this afternoon under the Twin Spires. Bob Baffert ships in Hoppertunity (3-1) to face off against Diversify (5-2) in the nine-horse field going 1 1/8-miles in Race 11 on Friday. The two main contenders will start from opposite ends of the gate, with Hoppertunity lea…