Debra A. Roma
Enticed and jockey Junior Alvarado win the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes on Saturday.
There are four newcomers, plus a new favorite, in this week's Derby Watch top 20.Full Story >>
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 ...
May 21, 2015
If Patrioticandproud runs to the Beyer form he showed at Del Mar and Santa Anita, he will be difficult to beat in Saturday’s Louisville Handicap at Churchill Downs.
April 30, 2015
Racing fans annually lament the low quality of the horses in the Kentucky Derby, and often their assessment proves to be correct. But few such opinions are being voiced before Saturday’s running of America’s greatest race. This is the strongest, ...
The images of Victor Espinoza’s 2014 Derby victory aboard California Chrome remain vivid, and the colt’s exploits since then have done little to erase the glow. Now the page has turned, though, and Espinoza is right back in Louisville firmly attached ...
April 29, 2015
I find it impossible to draw the very fine lines needed to separate American Pharoah from Dortmund and the other top contenders, so I’ll take the one who could be just as good as the two favorites and at a much bigger price.