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This observer needed a score or more of stop-and-start viewings to cobble together a very unofficial set of comments on the 143rd Kentucky Derby. The task was rendered even more daunting when at least half the field had become unrecognizable by the ...Full Story >>
May 05, 2013
Orb’s stretch-running victory in the 139th Kentucky Derby was not only trainer Shug McGaughey’s first success in the race, but also a vindication of a philosophy that today seems almost quaint.
May 03, 2013
For as many fairy tales that could have come true during this year's Kentucky Derby saga, just as many ended way too soon for the people closest tot he 3-year-olds who fell by the wayside on the long haul to Churchill Downs.
May 02, 2013
The 139th Kentucky Derby seems like a race where you should take a flyer rather than pound a favorite. I’m taking my shot with Overanalyze, who comes off a runaway victory in the Arkansas Derby that looked impressive but could have been timed with a ...
From the mid-1990s right through to the first blush of the new century, it was beginning to look like California horses had a lock on the Kentucky Derby, but the Derbies of the last decade have smiled rarely on horses from the Left Coast. On the 2013 ...
April 30, 2013
With the strongest racing stable in America, Todd Pletcher comes into the Kentucky Derby in a position of extraordinary strength. But in past years, the Todd Pletcher horses who have run in the Kentucky Derby rarely have risen to the occasion and ...
April 29, 2013
Doug O’Neill, perhaps maligned by the media last year when he won the Kentucky Derby with I'll Have Another, is back at Churchill Downs this week with another prime Derby contender, Goldencents.
April 26, 2013
Chip Woolley, John Servis, and Michael Matz recall the week leading up to the day their horses won the Kentucky Derby.
April 18, 2013
Before making a wager such as the Triple Crown future, try to figure out if it would be more profitable to parlay from race-to-race or game-to-game instead of locking in your price. It often works far better to roll your winnings over in a parlay.
April 12, 2013
There isn’t a rider alive who wouldn’t give blood to be in the spot enjoyed by John Velazquez, Joel Rosario, or Javier Castellano, although if history proves they made the wrong choice, no one will ever let them forget.
April 11, 2013
We’ll find out soon enough if there is a statute of limitations on heightened media scrutiny, or if Doug O’Neill will get credit for time served last year when he stage dives back into the Triple Crown mosh pit next month with Santa Anita Derby winner ...