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My seventh straight Kentucky Derby is in the books and it seems to get better every year. While the weather didn’t quite cooperate until late Saturday afternoon, the racing was terrific all weekend, setting up another big weekend May 20-21 in Baltimore. Here are some post-mortem Derby thoughts and some forward looking commentary on the second jewel of racing’s Triple…

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In a weekend that provided enough rain to supply Niagara Falls, the sun finally filtered through the Twin Spires at historic Churchill Downs to shine on Always Dreaming. The 3-year-old son of Bodemeister splashed home to a 2 3/4-length victory to don the roses bestowed upon the winner of America’s most famous race for the 143rd time. Amidst the mint…

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Louisville, Ky. –The Kentucky Derby undercard has plenty of top flight horses running in six graded stakes leading up to the Run for the Roses. The NBC Sports Network broadcast starts at Noon. The graded races preceding the Derby will kickoff at 1:13 p.m. EDT with the Grade 1 Humana Distaff (Race 6).  Race 11, the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf is scheduled to go to post at…

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Kentucky Derby is poised to serve up its annual two minutes of drama with plenty of storylines in play. A potential wet track, a quirky favorite, a kidnapped trainer who fled his native country and a number of conditioners seeking to duplicate past successes serve as the backdrop for the first jewel of racing’s Triple Crown. The 143rd Run for th…

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The traditional pill pull for Kentucky Derby 143 was held on Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs determining 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 Derby (Race 12) is…

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With the chance of rain in the forecast for Louisville over the weekend, it's time to start thinking about those horses that can handle a muddy or sloppy track. The current long range forecast for Derby day is a high of 61 degrees, with a 70 percent chance of rain. Friday’s Oaks day looks even worse, with a high of 53 and an 80 percent chance of rain. Out of 142 previou…

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We are sitting in the same exact spot we were in a year ago. A week out from this year’s Kentucky Derby under the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs. The one horse that will be donning the prohibitive favorite role, similar to Nyquist in 2016, is Classic Empire. The other 19 horses that will line up are not quite in the same class as the projected favorite. He’s certa…

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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 within some fun divisions. It's a light look at the current qualifiers based on the current point standings, a week out from the post position draw to help segregate the horses I'm high on versus the throw-…

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The Derby trail winds down to Louisiana this weekend and the $400,000 Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds. It is the first race of the Championship Series on the Road to the Kentucky Derby and the top four finishers will earn 50-20-10-5 points, respectively. A full field of 14 will get after the 1 1/16-mile journey around the New Orleans oval looking to solidi…

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The annual Racing Kreskin predictions can now be tallied after last weekend’s big win by Arrogate over California Chrome in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. The crystal ball emerged in the New Year’s Day post and we’ll review the results on today’s holiday, Veterans Day. The Racing Kreskin was trying to reverse last year’s misfortune, after swinging and missing on all 10 p…

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Good afternoon and hello from Churchill Downs and Happy Derby Day! We have a beautiful day here in Kentucky with the temperatures expected to hit the mid 80’s. An overflow crowd of over 160,000 is anticipated for The First Saturday in May. It couldn’t be a better day for the 20 contenders to run for the roses. Folks are in a good mood and Derby outfit…

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A few years ago we visited Louisville (including a stop at Maker’s Mark Distillery along Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail) and can tell you the town is mad about its horses, food and of course, bourbon — which they pour like water for drinks. While the Kentucky Derby is on our bucket list, we must be content to celebrate in Buffalo this year. On that note, regardless if you're dr…

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The traditional pill pull for Kentucky Derby 142 was held this evening in the Aristides Room at Churchill Downs determining 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 three-hour telecast starting at 4 p.m. Post time for the Derby (Race 12)…

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While Tom Brady has been caught red-handed, Rob Gronkowski is just trying to have a good time. No, this summer's antics have yet to reach the heights (depths?) of 2013, but Gronk's fun-loving "twerking" on ESPN reporter Jemele Hill at the Kentucky Derby last weekend went viral from the New York Daily Post and The Big Lead. [bn_tweet url="https://twitter.com/Espngreeny/st…

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- It was just announced to the press box here at Churchill Downs that the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission stewards report that  No. 12 International Star has been scratched from today’s Kentucky Derby. Post positions No. 1  and No. 20 will be left open (no horse) and all others will slide down with no gaps. Program numbers do not change.  The field is no…