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This is what I'm thinking: If you are one of the Western New Yorkers tired of all the trivia Mike "Doc" Emrick reveals calling Stanley Cup playoff games for NBC and NBCSN, the voters on the national Sports Emmy Awards have a message for you: Stop complaining. Emrick was named "outstanding sports personality-play-by-play" at Tuesday night's awards presented by the Nat…

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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. – With the possibility of a wet track at post time for Derby 144, it’s time to try and figure out who the mudders are. Out of 143 previous editions of the Kentucky Derby, only 15 have been run on what is deemed an off track: wet-fast (1) muddy (7) or sloppy (7) track. Before last year’s win by Always Dreaming (wet-fast), the last time we had a Derby on a…

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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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Opening of Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center 4 to 9 p.m. at 825 Depot Ave. West, Niagara Falls. Cost is $20 to attend - ticket details here. It's a big moment for Western New York: The Underground Railroad Heritage Center, honoring the region's important role in the liberation of former slaves, is opening Friday, featuring trombonist Wycliffe Gordon an…

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Trainer Tom Amoss trained horses for the late Bills owner Ralph Wilson for 10 years. On Saturday the 56-year-old conditioner will be looking to provide another NFL owner with a chance to win the Kentucky Derby. The win would have significant meaning for New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson of GMB Racing on the First Saturday in May. Amoss and D…

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1) Kevin Hart, 7 p.m. May 6 in KeyBank Center. Tickets are $39 to $129 and may be purchased here. Commentary: How many comedians can jam-pack an arena? While one day that might have been Aziz Ansari or Chris Rock, it's now undoubtedly Hart, who sold out two then-First Niagara performances in 2015 and hasn't lost his stride. From the "Ride Along" movies to "Get Hard" …

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The traditional pill pull for Kentucky Derby 144 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 five-hour telecast starting at 2:30 p.m. Post time for the Derby (Race 12…

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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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We're just over a week away from the Run for the Roses and it's time for the annual Degrees of Separation post 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 throw-outs come D…

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Gronkowski, the horse, will miss the Kentucky Derby, much to the chagrin of namesake and part-owner Rob Gronkowski. "It’s unfortunate Gronkowski the horse will not be able to race in the upcoming Kentucky Derby due to an illness," he wrote on Twitter. "I fully support what is best for the horse. I know he will come back strong and healthy and I am excited to see him rac…

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The horse named for Western New Yorker and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has suffered a setback and might not be able to run in the Kentucky Derby on May 5, RacingPost.com reported Monday. “We’ve had a minor setback, and we will know where we are in the next 24 hours,” trainer Jeremy Noseda told RacingPost.com. He did not specify the nature of the injury. The horse i…

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There’s never a dull moment in Gronk Nation. Gronkowski, the horse, has a new owner with the same name. Perennial All-Pro tight end and Western New York native Rob Gronkowski acquired a stake in the 3-year-old colt headed to the Kentucky Derby to run for the roses on May 5 at Churchill Downs. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Phoenix Thoroughbreds Ltd. joined …

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The 144th Kentucky Derby is shaping up to be a whale of a race. Three major prep races in the books on Saturday afternoon pumped up the Derby field scheduled to race a classic mile-and-a-quarter on Saturday, May 5. In the most anticipated race of the day, the undefeated Justify ($3.80) went gate-to-wire to win the Santa Anita Derby over the NTRA's No. 1 ranked 3-year…