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The last big handicap race of the year is on tap on Black Friday under the Twin Spires. Churchill Downs in Louisville will be the site of a big card featuring the signature event of the Fall meet in the Clark Handicap. The Friday card will also features the Grade 2, $300,000 Revere Stakes for 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/6 miles on the turf. The $600,000 Grade 2 Clar…

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As we put Kentucky Derby 145 in the rearview mirror, the disqualification controversy is still roiling in the national media with it continuing to be a focus on all of the Sunday evening national news segments. After taking a day to take a deep breath, it was evident that Maximum Security veered out and impeded both War of Will and Long Range Toddy and in turn impacting…

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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. EDT with the Grade 1 Humana Distaff (Race 6) on the NBC Sports Network.  Race 11, the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf is scheduled to go to post at 5:25 p.m. The flagship network NBC Sports will …

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – “His mudder was a mudder.” ~ Cosmo Kramer With the possibility of a third consecutive year with a wet track at post time for Kentucky Derby 145, it’s time to try and figure out who the mudders are. Out of 144 previous editions of the Kentucky Derby, only 16 have been run on a muddy (7) or sloppy (9) track. The last two editions were run on off track…

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The traditional pill pull for Kentucky Derby 145 was held in the Aristides Lounge on Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs. The draw determined the post positions for this year’s 20 starters for the Run for the Roses. The race will be televised nationally on NBC (Ch. 2) on Saturday afternoon during a four-and-a-half-hour telecast starting at 2:30 p.m. Post time for the Der…

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Searching for long shots in America’s most famous race has become an annual tradition as we approach the First Saturday in May. Next Saturday’s Run for the Roses can provide for some of the most lucrative payouts of the year. With 20 horses entered in the 145th Kentucky Derby, the stakes are high. Having that big priced colt in your exacta, trifecta or superfecta can…

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We're just over a week away from the Run for the Roses and it's time for the annual Degrees of Separation column where we separate the contenders from the pretenders. It's a light look at the horses that have qualified for a gate on the first Saturday in May, a week out and before the post position draw to help segregate the horses I'm high on versus the throwouts come …

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This year’s Breeders’ Cup world championships held under the Twin Spires at historic Churchill Downs delivered with a solid punch in crisp, autumn conditions. Some thoughts on the return to Louisville for the first time since 2011… Over 112,000 race fans took in the two-day racing festival at expansive Churchill Downs. It was comfortable moving around during both d…

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — As the late afternoon sunshine pierced through the iconic Twin Spires on a racetrack where a Triple Crown winner crossed the wire first earlier in May, a major drought was broken in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. After 44 straight losses in Breeders’ Cup races, trainer John Sadler finally broke the drought when Accelerate took home the $6 million Classic i…

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — European filly Enable pulled off the first ever Arc d'Triomphe-Breeders' Cup Turf double in the same racing season late Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs. Peter Miller became the first trainer to win two back-to-back Breeders' Cup races with two different horses when Roy H won the Sprint, three races after Stormy Liberal won the Turf Sprint. Her…

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Breeders’ Cup (BC) undercard on Saturday includes a number of talented thoroughbreds on day two of the world championships. With nine total Breeders' Cup races on tap for Saturday afternoon, there's a full schedule of betting opportunities available to the horseplayer. Be sure to check tomorrow's print edition of The News for an advance on the $6 …

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — This year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner will get an idea of what it is like to win under the famed Twin Spires six months early. Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby, is hosting this year’s Breeders’ Cup for the first time since 2011. For the first time during the 35-year history of the Breeders’ Cup, all five Juvenile races for 2-year old…

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The Breeders’ Cup returns under the Twin Spires for the first time since 2011. The two-day racing festival at Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby, had a record 221 pre-entered horses, including 51 from overseas ready to compete in the 35th edition of the Breeders’ Cup. With 14 championship races on tap, five on Friday and nine on Championship Saturday, Lo…

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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…