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  • Kentucky Derby-goer from Canada murdered when returning to hotel after race

    05/04/2015 1:36:16 PM PDT · by seacapn · 41 replies
    WDRB 41 Louisville ^ | May 04, 2015 12:11 PM PST By Emily Mieure Connect | Emily Mieure
    LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- A tourist in town for the Kentucky Derby was shot and killed near his hotel Saturday night. Police have charged three people in connection to 49-year-old Toronto resident Scott Hunter's murder. Friends of Scott Hunter describe him as a great guy and a lively character, he was a bartender in downtown Toronto for nine years. "We're trying to get our heads around it and trying to comprehend how something like this could happen," said Beau Opperman, Hunter's boss at House on Parliament and. Opperman says Hunter was in Louisville with a friend to go to the...
  • Not My Horse, But This Is My Rodeo

    05/03/2015 8:24:43 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 3 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-3-2015 | MOTUS
    Appearing on David Letterman last Thursday, Lady M proved again that you can never do too much self promotion (partial list so far this year: Kimmel, Fallon, Ellen, Glamour, Night Shift, and last butt hardly least, the Black Girls Rock! event).Black Girl, rockin’Donning a regal purple v-neck, flared dress MO dished with Dave on things like Joining Forces - Lady M’s military PR program - and college education (everyone should get one; for free).Then things shifted to more serious issues: Lady M’s career after being FLOTUS: she’s either going to be president, or a nanny for David Letterman’s children (although...
  • KENTUCKY DERBY: Things to watch at Churchill Downs

    05/02/2015 4:14:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    AP Sports ^ | 5-2-15 | Beth Harris
    Link only -- AP article.
  • 2015 Kentucky Derby

    05/01/2015 6:10:44 PM PDT · by ETL · 68 replies
    several | Commie May Day | self
    Just wanted to share a couple excellent links for info on tomorrow's Kentucky Derby. A ton of info at this one, included prior races charts, prior races video, etc.http://www.kentuckyderby.com/horsesFree Past Performances: (on PDF File—Adobe required)http://www.brisnet.com/brisnet_promos/KentuckyDerby15.pdf
  • 141st Kentucky Derby Post Positions & Live Thread (Sat 6:15ish)

    04/29/2015 3:02:31 PM PDT · by lwd · 62 replies
    Live TV - NBC | 4-29-2015 | me
    1. Ocho Ocho Ocho 50-1 2. Carpe Diem 8-1 3. Materiality 12-1 4. Tencendur 30-1 5. Danzig Moon 30-1 6. Mubtaahij 20-1 7. El Kabeir 30-1 8. Dortmund 3-1 9. Bolo 30-1 10. Firing Line 12-1 11. Sanford 30-1 12. International Star 20-1 13. Itsaknockout 30-1 14. Keen ice 50-1 15. Frosted 15-1 16. War Story 50-1 17. Mr. Z 50-1 18. American Pharoah 5-2 19. Upstart 15-1 20. Far Right 30-1
  • Co-owners of California Chrome bash Churchill Downs' hospitality

    05/18/2014 9:24:22 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 40 replies
    WHAS 11 ^ | 5/17/14 | Alex Schuman
    Steve Coburn’s insult to Churchill Downs’ hospitality is the latest in a series of complaints from different jockeys and owners. In the New York Times, Coburn’s wife explains how California Chrome’s co-owner Perry Martin’s 83-year-old mother didn’t receive good treatment from the facilities. “The hospitality we received at Churchill Downs wasn't very good," Coburn said. "It was a bad day for my partner and his family." The Martins drove her down from Michigan for the Derby and according to them; the Churchill staff didn’t help them get the elderly woman, who uses a wheelchair, to her seat or down to...
  • Kentucky Derby Selections and Strikes

    05/02/2014 7:31:18 PM PDT · by SomeCallMeTim · 39 replies
    Xpressbet ^ | May 1, 2014 | Jon White
    In my 2012 Kentucky Derby column for Xpressbet.com, I’ll Have Another was my selection to win. He had only one strike. I’ll Have Another got the job done and paid $32.60. In 2013, Orb was my selection to win in my Kentucky Derby column for Xpressbet.com. He had zero strikes. Orb won and paid $12.80. Here are my selections for 2014: 1. Dance With Fate 2. California Chrome 3. Wicked Strong 4. Medal Count
  • WATCH: The last 20 Kentucky Derby champs race in fantasy simulation

    04/30/2014 11:20:47 AM PDT · by kingattax · 24 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4-30-14 | NBC Sports
    Who would win if the field was comprised of greats like Barbaro, Big Brown and Orb? Since the window for horses to race in the Kentucky Derby only spans about a year, it's next to impossible to watch the greats go head to head. So how do you know which horse would win the Run for the Roses if the field was loaded with past champs like Barbaro, Smarty Jones and Fusaichi Pegasus? Luckily we have the clever simulation above from HorseRaceGame.com, which uses a unique algorithm that factors in pace, running style, speed/stamina consumption and jockey intelligence to deliver...
  • Former Asmussen employee commits suicide

    03/30/2014 7:38:11 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    Daily Racing Form ^ | March 29, 2014 | Mary Rampellini
    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Harry Hubbard Johnson, who recently left the employ of trainer Steve Asmussen at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., committed suicide Friday in Kentucky. Johnson was Asmussen’s shed foreman, a position that ranks a level below assistant trainer. He died two days following his 27th birthday. “He was a kind soul and a pleasure to be around,” Asmussen said Saturday. “I feel horrible for the whole Johnson family.” Johnson’s death comes a little more than a week after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released controversial video and audio footage recorded undercover in the...
  • 'Mystery' Horse Impregnates Five Mares on Bourbon Farm

    04/28/2013 10:42:38 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 72 replies
    Kentcky.com ^ | April 23, 2013 | Greg Kocher
    'Mystery' Horse Impregnates Five Mares on Bourbon Farm CENTERVILLE — As bettors and the general public study equine bloodlines to prep for their possible Kentucky Derby wagers, Bourbon County horse owner Marilyn Montavon is trying to solve a mystery that could cost her thousands of dollars. On April 15, tax-filing deadline day, two new dependents showed up on her farm in the form of two foals — a colt born to the mare Goldie and a filly born to Mert. The babies were a surprise to Montavon because she has no studs on her farm, and she hadn't bred the...
  • Kentucky Derby, Indy 500 Expected To Have Toughened Security Measures

    04/16/2013 6:20:42 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    http://cleveland.cbslocal.com/ ^ | April 16, 2013 | CBS Cleveland
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, more toughened measures are expected as security is calibrated for major upcoming sports events that draw big crowds, such as next month’s Kentucky Derby and Indianapolis 500.
  • Kentucky Derby: *FREE* DRF Past Performances(on pdf), prior races video and prior results charts

    05/05/2012 6:20:29 AM PDT · by ETL · 44 replies
    KentuckyDerby.com and HorseRacingInside.com (links below) | May 5, 2012
    At KentuckyDerby.com, click on any of the contenders' names and a new page will appear with links to videos (click 'Replay') and results charts (click 'Chart') of that horse's previous races, plus much more: http://www.kentuckyderby.com/horses
  • FReeper Canteen ~ It's Kentucky Derby Time ~ Remembering Our Troops ~ 06 May 2011

    05/05/2011 6:09:37 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 360 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    The Freeper Canteen Presents.... ~ It’s Kentucky Derby Time!! ~ ~ Remembering Our Troops ~ Barbershop Quartet ~ Star Spangled Banner Call To The Post KENTUCKY DERBY TROPHY Since the 50th running of the Kentucky Derby in 1924, Churchill Downs has annually presented a gold trophy to the winning owner of the famed "Run for the Roses." History is unclear if a trophy was presented in 1875 to the winner of the first Kentucky Derby, and trophy presentations were sporadically made in following years. Finally, in 1924, legendary Churchill Downs President Matt Winn commissioned that a standard design be...
  • Kentucky Derby - May 7, 2011

    04/30/2011 2:56:25 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 71 replies · 1+ views
    Yes, it's just a week away. Right now, there are 21 horses listed. Thought I'd give everyone a link to the official Derby site and a look at each of the horses.

    05/03/2010 7:29:55 AM PDT · by SMARTY · 12 replies · 493+ views
    5-3-10 | Me
    I have not bet on a horserace for a long time. Someone remind me: If I placed 10 to win and 10 to show on a horse that came in 3rd, do I win the show money? (horse paid $7.40) I was thinking I won $27.00
  • Lookin At Lucky on Rail; Sidney's Candy in 20 (Kentucky Derby post positions, odds)

    04/28/2010 8:41:32 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 54 replies · 673+ views
    Blood-Horse ^ | April 28, 2010
    Morning-line favorite Lookin At Lucky drew post 1 for the May 1 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) during the post position draw Wednesday afternoon at Churchill Downs. Post 1, while it hasn’t produced a winner since Ferdinand in 1986, has the most wins in the Kentucky Derby, along with post 5, since 1900. For an overview of winning Kentucky Derby post positions, click here.
  • (March 30, 1970) Secretariat Foaled 40 Years Ago

    03/30/2010 6:38:50 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies · 756+ views
    BloodHorse.com ^ | March 30, 2010 | David Schmitz
    Secretariat Foaled 40 Years Ago by David Schmitz (Secretariat, shown as a 2-year-old, was foaled March 30, 1970) March 30 marks 40 years since the birth of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat at Christopher T. Chenery’s The Meadow near Doswell, Va. It’s a date well worth remembering by any racing fan but especially by those who were around during Secretariat’s racing days and more so by those lucky enough to see the strikingly handsome chestnut colt with three white stockings in action. Secretariat’s magnetism was evident soon after the colt’s birth. Chenery’s daughter, Penny, was so overwhelmed after getting her...
  • No Horse Sense At ABC?

    05/04/2009 9:17:29 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 28 replies · 1,062+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The Monday after the Kentucky Derby, you’d think ABC would know which way horses run around an American racetrack—counter-clockwise—as you’ll see in the photo of Mine That Bird’s stunning triumph the Run for the Roses. But have a look at the Dem and Republican horses in the animation that Good Morning America used today to illustrate James Carville’s theory of why Democrats, according to his new book, are positioned to rule for 40 years. Yup, they’re running clockwise. View video here.
  • Trainer of Mine that Bird OC at Kentucky Derby

    05/03/2009 6:26:29 AM PDT · by fernwood · 11 replies · 1,457+ views
    NBC sports ^ | 050032009 | fernwood
    Please watch the video of the trainer of the winner after the win and you see his handgun on his right side. It is the video titled "they will know me now?'
  • Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel had no doubt long shot Mine That Bird could pull it off

    05/03/2009 4:59:39 AM PDT · by poobear · 38 replies · 1,676+ views
    NJ.com with The Star-Ledger ^ | May 2, 2009 | Jerry Izenberg/The Star-Ledger
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- It began the way it always does -- with the thump of horseflesh against horseflesh in a field so crowded, the wonder is that somebody didn't bounce all the way to Cincinnati. Dunkirk, a hot wise-guy horse, stumbled, and elsewhere, Mine That Bird, a colt nobody was even thinking about, had to fight a pair of horses for simple living space. Calvin Borel, up on Mine That Bird, did what he has always done here at Churchill Downs. He grabbed hold, steered clear and headed for his office.
  • Thr 135th Kentucky Derby: Churchill Downs, Louisville Kentucky

    05/02/2009 10:58:57 AM PDT · by lewisglad · 194 replies · 4,759+ views
  • I Want Revenge Scratched From Derby

    05/02/2009 6:17:31 AM PDT · by gate2wire · 30 replies · 820+ views
    Bloodhorse ^ | May 2, 2009 | Ron Mitchell and Dan Liebman
    Churchill Downs officials confirmed trainer Jeff Mullins has scratched I Want Revenge from the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). A press conference will be held at 9 a.m. I Want Revenge was the morning-line favorite for the Derby. The son of Stephen Got Even had won his last two starts impressively, the Wood Memorial (gr. I) and Gotham Stakes (gr. I). He had a bullet work on April 28 but a physical problem has forced him to be withdrawn from the race. Bred by David Lanzman, he is owned in partnership by Lanzman, IEAH Stables,...
  • LeAnn Rimes to sing national anthem at Ky. Derby

    04/17/2009 6:56:06 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 684+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Apr 16, 2009
    Country music star LeAnn Rimes will help start a new tradition at the Kentucky Derby this year.Churchill Downs says Rimes will be the first national recording artist to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the historic racetrack in Louisville, Ky., as part of the Derby Day ceremonies.
  • Three major Kentucky Derby prep races today: Santa Anita Derby, Illinois Derby and Wood Memorial

    04/04/2009 12:32:55 PM PDT · by ETL · 2 replies · 637+ views
    various sources | Saturday, April 4, 2009 | Me
    TODAY'S MAJOR KENTUCKY DERBY PREP RACES... 6th Race, SANTA ANITA PARKSanta Anita Derby (TELEVISED LIVE ON NBC, BEGINNING AT 2PM PDT, 5PM EDT) Post Time: 2:40 PM (local time) Distance/Restrictions: 1 1/8 Miles, Dirt, 3 Year Olds, Purse: $750,000 Grade: 1 FREE PAST PERFORMANCES FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY: (direct link to pdf file from EQUIBASE -free/no catch)http://ntra.equibase.com/eqbNTRAGetFreeFF.cfm?trk=SA&rd=04/04/2009&cty=USA&de=D&rn=6 ________________________________________________ 7th Race, HAWTHORNEIllinois Derby Post Time: 4:15 PM (local time) Distance/Restrictions: 1 1/8 Miles, Dirt, 3 Year Olds, Purse: $500,000 Grade: 2 FREE PAST PERFORMANCES FOR ILLINOIS DERBY: (direct link to pdf file from EQUIBASE -free/no catch)http://ntra.equibase.com/eqbNTRAGetFreeFF.cfm?trk=HAW&rd=04/04/2009&cty=USA&de=D&rn=7 ________________________________________________ 9th Race, AQUEDUCT, NEW...
  • Tracking the 2009 Kentucky Derby contenders (4 big prep races today)

    03/14/2009 9:33:56 AM PDT · by ETL · 6 replies · 1,785+ views
    Here are a few must-have links for the upcoming Kentucky Derby... (there's even free video of prior races at the site) 2009 Derby Contenders:http://www.kentuckyderby.com/2009/racing-information/contenders Contender PP's (Past Performances):Here is Brisnet's weekly updated PDF past performance file of Kentucky Derby hopefuls:http://www.kentuckyderby.com/2009/racing-information/contender-pps Derby Prep Schedule: (major races leading to the Derby)http://www.kentuckyderby.com/2009/racing-information/preps-schedule For more info at the site (http://www.kentuckyderby.com/), hover your mouse pointer/cursor over "Racing Information" and select from the drop-down menu.
  • Kentucky Derby Trail: Revenge is Sweet (Gotham Stakes)

    03/07/2009 5:13:15 AM PST · by gate2wire · 31 replies · 454+ views
    I Want Revenge is a horse on a mission. The son of Stephen Got Even has traveled across the country to get a head start on his compatriots back home. While they remain in California, content to scamper along on the synthetic surface, oblivious to the test that awaits them on May 2, I Want Revenge is willing to find out right now, once and for all, whether he will get hit by a dirt bomb or take to the loam like a kid to a sandbox. If it turns out to be the latter and he can defeat a...
  • Eight Belles' trainer takes issue with PETA's call for Saez suspension

    05/05/2008 3:19:16 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 9 replies · 82+ views
    ESPN ^ | Monday, May 5, 2008
    The trainer of euthanized filly Eight Belles said Monday his jockey handled the horse properly during her second-place finish at the Kentucky Derby. Trainer Larry Jones said from Lexington that if the Derby were run again tomorrow, he'd put jockey Gabriel Saez right back on one of his horses. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has called for the suspension of Saez, saying the horse must have been injured during the race and he should have pulled her up rather than finish. But Jones said Saez acted exactly as he should have. Saez started whipping the horse to prevent...
  • Clinton's derby pick put down

    05/04/2008 9:21:03 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 19 replies · 206+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 5 May 2008
    THE only filly in the legendary US Kentucky Derby, which Hillary Clinton urged her supporters to put their money on, broke both its ankles and was destroyed on the track after the race ended. Senator Clinton will be hoping Saturday's derby does not prove to be a political omen. Runner-up Eight Belles, whom Senator Clinton had urged supporters to put their money on as the sole female runner was humanely destroyed on the track minutes after the race ended. Barack Obama, Clinton's African-American rival for the Democratic White House nomination, may draw comfort from both the winning thoroughbred's name and...
  • PETA wants Eight Belles jockey suspended after filly's death

    05/04/2008 7:18:36 PM PDT · by RDTF · 87 replies · 862+ views
    Breitbart ^ | May 4, 2008 | AP
    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is seeking the suspension of Eight Belles' jockey after the filly had to be euthanized following her second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Gabriel Saez was riding Eight Belles when she broke both front ankles while galloping out a quarter of a mile past the wire. She was euthanized on the track. PETA faxed a letter Sunday to Kentucky's racing authority claiming the filly was "doubtlessly injured before the finish" and asked that Saez be suspended while Eight Belles' death is investigated. "What we really want to...
  • Hillary's Horse (failure will not be tolerated)

    05/04/2008 9:17:45 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 16 replies · 92+ views
    ABC News ^ | May 3, 2008 | Jake Tapper
    Tragedy struck the first filly in the Kentucky Derby since 1999, as Eight Belles went down on the track after her second-place finish today, broke two ankles, and was euthanized. Showing a sisterhood with the female horse, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., during a trip to Louisville this week had said she was going to bet on Eight Belles to win, place, and show. ABC News' Karen Travers reports that Clinton told supporters in Jeffersonville, Ind., earlier this week, "I hope that everybody will go to the derby on Saturday and place just a little money on the filly for me....
  • Bank tied to Jones rapped for insider loans (Kentucky Gov Eight Belles Horse Owner)

    05/04/2008 3:07:07 AM PDT · by red flanker · 8 replies · 200+ views
    Kentucky Com ^ | May 4, 2008 | John Cheves
    Former Gov. Brereton Jones has borrowed heavily from a financially distressed bank that he and several other Democratic Party leaders founded in 2001, according to interviews and bank records. Federal regulators have criticized the directors of Frankfort-based American Founders Bank, including Jones, for inadequate supervision. The bank was badly managed and suffered "hazardous lending and lax collection practices," which left it with far too many unpaid loans, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Among the specific concerns cited was improper reporting and recordkeeping of insider loans to bank directors and executives. The FDIC issued a cease-and-desist order to the...
  • Tragic Derby ending for Eight Belles (Stress Analysis)

    05/03/2008 9:34:08 PM PDT · by red flanker · 77 replies · 409+ views
    WNKY Net ^ | May 3, 2008 | Mike Brunker
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A quarter mile past the finish line in the Kentucky Derby, a gallant runner-up effort by the filly Eight Belles was forgotten in an instant. In a freak accident that one experienced racetrack veterinarian said he had never seen before, the 3-year-old daughter of Unbridled’s Song apparently snapped both of her front ankles simultaneously as she galloped out after the race, sending her crashing hard to the Churchill Downs dirt racetrack. She was euthanized moments later, after vets determined there was no chance to save her. “She had finished the race and was around the turn at...
  • Horse Racing Is Breeding Itself to Death

    05/03/2008 7:44:26 PM PDT · by kingattax · 91 replies · 524+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 4, 2008 | Sally Jenkins
    The camera cut away from her, but it should have stayed on her. Eight Belles had run herself half to death yesterday, and now the vets were finishing the job as she lay on her side, her beautiful figure a black hump on the track. Horses don't just fall down like that, you thought, as NBC flitted away, cowardlike, from the sickening picture to the more appealing image of the Kentucky Derby victor, Big Brown. There is no turning away from this fact: Eight Belles killed herself finishing second. She ran with the heart of a locomotive, on champagne-glass ankles,...
  • From Castro's jails to Ky. Derby owners’ box

    05/03/2008 5:49:03 PM PDT · by I still care · 4 replies · 158+ views
    NBC Sports ^ | May 2, 2008 | Mike Brunker
    Cuban emigres living out rags-to-riches fairytale with colt Gayego Dr. Jose Prieto, left, and Carlos Juelle pose with Gayego shortly after they purchased him at the 2006 Keeneland September yearling sale. Carlos A. Juelle Mike Brunker Horse racing editor -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Few, if any, have traveled a more improbable and circuitous route to the Kentucky Derby than Carlos Juelle and Jose Prieto. The Cuban émigrés journey to the owners’ suite at Churchill Downs traces back nearly four decades to hard-labor camps and a maximum security prison run by Fidel Castro’s communist regime. Juelle, a 68-year-old semi-retired business executive...
  • Big challenge for Big Brown from post 20 in Kentucky Derby

    05/01/2008 5:23:30 AM PDT · by gate2wire · 34 replies · 83+ views
    Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. said earlier this week that he could not imagine that a post position could get Big Brown beat on Saturday. That conviction will be put to the extreme test when Big Brown breaks from the outside post in a full field of 20 in the $2,211,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) at Churchill Downs. Big Brown drew the 16th pick on Wednesday morning in the traditional pill pull that determined the selection for post positions. Dutrow and owner IEAH Stables had four other options—posts one, two, 18, and 19—by the time they chose their...
  • Name Games: Origins of Derby Monikers

    04/30/2008 10:06:40 AM PDT · by gate2wire · 3 replies · 178+ views
    http://tcm.bloodhorse.com/article/44920.htm ^ | April 30, 2008 | Claire Novak
    In our quest to discover the origins of names belonging to Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders, we discovered a diamond mine, picked up some basketball lingo, learned Indonesian, and found out "What brown can do for us" (to slightly modify a line from a popular television ad). Here are the stories behind the names of a few runners going into this year’s first Saturday in May. Anak Nakal (Victory Gallop-Misk) is an Indonesian phrase meaning "mischevious child," owner Kassem Masri of Four Roses Thoroughbreds said. "He was a bad boy," Masri said. "But he's not anymore."...
  • Brown In Town__Kentucky Derby Update.

    04/29/2008 5:04:18 AM PDT · by gate2wire · 15 replies · 64+ views
    http://tcm.bloodhorse.com/article/44904.htm ^ | April 28, 2008 | Claire Novak
    Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Big Brown shipped into Churchill Downs April 28, exhibiting the same ease with which he earned his latest five-length victory. Now, with just five days remaining until the running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Rick Dutrow’s main concern is keeping the unbeaten son of Boundary out of trouble and in good condition heading into the May 3 event. Although Dutrow declined to hold court with the media early on, he eventually emerged from his office to give a brief statement on the condition of his trainee. “He’s good,” Dutrow...
  • Final Works for Pyro, Z Fortune___Kentucky Derby Update.

    04/28/2008 8:05:59 AM PDT · by gate2wire · 17 replies · 46+ views
    The Steve Asmussen-trained duo of Pyro and Z Fortune kicked off the week leading up to Saturday’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with their final workouts Monday, April 28. With a large contingent of media and other observers on the backside on a cool morning, the two horses were among the first to work as the sun began to break through the horizon. The ground was slightly wet from light rain that fell overnight. Pyro was timed in :49 4/5 for his four furlong work, getting fractional splits of :13 1/5, :25 3/5, and :38. He galloped...
  • Colonel John Fires off :57 4/5 Work__ Kentucky Derby update.

    04/27/2008 9:43:49 AM PDT · by gate2wire · 8 replies · 89+ views
    WinStar Farm’s Colonel John, one of the favorites for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), solidified his status with a scintillating five-furlong drill over the main track at Churchill Downs Sunday morning. Under exercise rider Karine Lhuillier, Colonel John got the trip in :57 4/5. Colonel John, winner of the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) in his last start, broke off at the three-quarter pole and lowered his body and really picked it up at the five-eighths. He was clocked in splits of :12, :23 1/5, :34 3/5, :46. He galloped out six furlongs in 1:11 1/5....
  • Smooth Air's Derby Start in Jeopardy: 7 Days until the Derby.

    04/26/2008 5:25:18 AM PDT · by gate2wire · 24 replies · 54+ views
    http://tcm.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=44836 ^ | April 26, 2008 | Steve Byk and Steve Haskin
    Mount Joy Stables' Smooth Air spiked a slight fever Thursday that prevented his going to the track for a scheduled gallop in preparation for the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). The developing situation could result in his defection from the Derby starting grid, according to trainer Bennie Stutts, who at 70 is looking to run in his first Kentucky Derby. Stutts said the Florida Derby (gr. I) runner-up will not go to the track Saturday, having been treated with antibiotics for what Stutts, who scheduled a press conference for 8 a.m. Saturday morning to update...
  • Ky. Derby Trail: Welcome to Louisville

    04/25/2008 5:23:25 AM PDT · by gate2wire · 19 replies · 164+ views
    The first morning at Churchill Downs brought sunny skies and warm temperatures, as the Kentucky Derby horses began their final stretch to racing’s biggest day. From here on, there is no room for error. We’ll give a brief rundown of the day’s activities and continue with the plusses and minuses of each contender. The majority of activity took place after the renovation break, with the only worker being the Nick Zito-trained Cool Coal Man, who worked a half-mile in company in :47 2/5. The two horses who really filled the eye from a physical standpoint were Colonel John and Adriano,...
  • Derby Hopefuls Face Do or Die Weekend

    04/02/2008 4:35:42 PM PDT · by gate2wire · 5 replies · 113+ views
    With the final Derby preps approaching, there is no more room for error. It’s time to earn your way into the Run for the Roses or pack up and go home. The three graded stakes this weekend – the grade I Santa Anita Derby and Wood Memorial and grade II Illinois Derby – offer intriguing plot lines that will make or break aspiring Derby hopefuls. Those plot lines include some juicy questions: Can last year’s champion 2-year-old War Pass rebound in the Wood Memorial following a dreadful performance at odds of 1-20 in the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III)? Will...
  • Z Humor Eager For Sam F. Davis: 78 days until the Kentucky Derby!

    02/15/2008 8:59:11 AM PST · by gate2wire · 5 replies · 95+ views
    http://racing.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=43652 ^ | February 14, 2008 | Jason Shandler
    Z Humor, a gutsy dead-heat winner in the Dec. 7 Delta Jackpot (gr. III), and Smooth Air, who captured the Jan. 5 Hutcheson (gr. II) but will stretch out beyond seven furlongs for the first time, lead a field of nine in the $200,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes Feb. 16 at Tampa Bay Downs. The 1 1/16-mile Sam F. Davis is a test for 3-year-olds on the dirt. One of five Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) hopefuls trained by Bill Mott, Z Humor is a well-bred son of Distorted Humor--Offtheoldblock, by A.P. Indy. After breaking his maiden...
  • Hillary Tells Voters to Bet on the Filly (Ky Derby advice)

    05/02/2008 4:18:07 AM PDT · by tlb · 24 replies · 91+ views
    Fox ^ | May 1st, 2008 | Aaron Bruns
    LOUISVILLE, KY — While she said wished she could be in town for the Derby on Saturday, Clinton had some instructions for volunteers going to the race in her stead — telling them “I want everybody to place a little money on the filly.”
  • They shoot horses, don't they?

    05/03/2008 5:00:52 PM PDT · by Larry R. Johnson · 56 replies · 405+ views
    Herald Leader Kentucky ^ | May 3, 2008 | Maryjean Wall
    LOUISVILLE --Big Brown won the Kentucky Derby by 4 3/4 lengths, a race marred with tragedy after the only filly in the race, Eight Belles, lost her life. The filly was euthanized on the track after breaking both front ankles.
  • Filly Eight Belles breaks down after 2nd-place Derby finish (has to be put down on the track)

    05/03/2008 4:21:34 PM PDT · by SE Mom · 117 replies · 484+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 03 May 2008 | Beth Harris
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP)—The filly Eight Belles finished second behind favorite Big Brown in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, then collapsed with two broken front ankles and was euthanized after crossing the wire. The field of 20 horses was galloping out around the first turn at Churchill Downs when Eight Belles suddenly went down on both front legs and jockey Gabriel Saez slid off. “When we passed the wire I stood up,” said Saez, a first-time Derby rider. “She started galloping funny. I tried to pull her up. That’s when she went down.” An equine ambulance reached her on the track...
  • Caption Time: Kentucky Derby - A Klinton Shows Up

    05/03/2008 1:19:55 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 175 replies · 234+ views
    AP ^ | May 3rd, 2008 | Self
  • Churchill begins to dry out as Derby day arrives

    05/03/2008 7:55:37 AM PDT · by gate2wire · 5 replies · 92+ views
    The rain that fell on Churchill Downs throughout Kentucky Oaks (G1) day and through the evening stopped at about 9 a.m. Saturday morning, and track officials expect a fast track in time for the 134th Kentucky Derby (G1) at 6:04 p.m. EDT. With 30 minutes to post for the opener, the main track is sloppy and the turf course is yielding. A combination of weather and an on-going dispute with horsemen led to decreased business on Oaks day, as attendance dropped to its lowest figure since 2004, and total handle declined 6.97% to $31,231,991. Saturday’s weather should not impact attendance,...
  • Some valuable (free) resources for Kentucky Derby fans

    05/02/2008 6:31:07 AM PDT · by Eye On The Left · 20 replies · 76+ views
    NTRA, ESPN, Equibase (free past performances)
    From KentuckyDerby.com, in depth info on every horse in the 20-horse field (inc free video and charts of prior races):http://www.kentuckyderby.com/2008/contenders *FREE* Equibase Past Performances on pdf file (they give free ones out on occasion for major stake races):http://ntra.equibase.com/eqbNTRAGetFreeFF.cfm?trk=CD&rd=05/03/2008&cty=USA&de=D&rn=10 ESPN's special page for horse racing (source for the free Equibase past performances pdf):http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/horse/index National Thoroughbred Racing Association (main page):http://www.ntra.com/
  • Derby attracts two dozen entries, Big Brown will draw 16th

    04/30/2008 9:39:47 AM PDT · by gate2wire · 28 replies · 36+ views
    The Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) attracted 24 entries on Wednesday morning, and the connections of likely favorite Big Brown, impressive winner of the Florida Derby (G1), will draw 16th at the post position draw later this afternoon in Louisville. "It's going to leave us with just a few options," said Michael Iavarone, co-managing partner of IEAH Stables, which owns Big Brown. "Either way, he's going to have to break to win this race, whether we draw inside or outside."