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My Boy Jack wins the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes on Monday.
There are four newcomers to this week's Derby Watch top 20, plus a new favorite on the future line set by Mike Watchmaker, Daily Racing Form's national handicapper. Bravazo and Snapper Sinclair, the one-two finishers in the Risen Star, are new to the ...Full Story >>
May 01, 2017
It's a very lucky racetracker who can hold dear the memory of winning a Kentucky Derby. Then there is Yvonne Azeff, who is lucky to have any memory at all. As chief assistant to trainer John Ward, Azeff was deeply involved in the development of 2001 ...
April 28, 2017
In May of 1983, the flashy chestnut Fighting Fit gave Jerry Moss his first big hit in the racing business, winning the Mervyn LeRoy Handicap at Hollywood Park. Two months later, “Every Breath You Take” by The Police reached No. 1 on the pop music Top ...
April 23, 2017
The Kentucky Derby overshadows everything in its orbit including, unfortunately, the Kentucky Oaks. Every year, people, sometimes with justification but always with misplaced hope, lament how the Kentucky Oaks gets short shrift. Well, here's a personal ...
May 08, 2016
It’s seems so obvious the morning after the Kentucky Derby, but it is still worth stating: Nyquist is just plain better than his contemporaries, and it isn’t really close right now.
May 05, 2016
Since 2003 there have been 13 different trainers win the Kentucky Derby, 13 different racing families elevated, for a brief time, above all the rest. At the end of those two minutes, run at a pace that seems both an eternity and a heartbeat, all the ...
May 04, 2016
The central question of the 2016 Kentucky Derby is whether Nyquist is simply better than his 19 opponents or a vulnerable favorite in a subpar year. He has pluses and minuses, but is among five horses who will be on my pick-whatever tickets.
The relationship between gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, artist Ralph Steadman, and the Kentucky Derby as told in “The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved” is the subject of “Gonzo @ the Derby,” a short feature released this week under ESPN's ...
May 02, 2016
There will be a lot heard in Louisville this week about Wood Memorial runner-up Trojan Nation trying to become the first maiden to win the Kentucky Derby in 83 years. His arrival at Churchill Downs on Monday afternoon was sure to be greeted by winks ...
April 26, 2016
Churchill Downs officials unveiled the latest renovation to their flagship facility when some $18 million in upgrades were presented Tuesday to the media.
April 24, 2016
If you think the Kentucky Derby will fall apart late after a fast early pace just like the four preps that immediately preceded it, think again. Other folks have already talked about it, and it is sure to be discussed more as Derby Day approaches, but ...