horse racing

1:13 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

I'll Have Another Favored To Win Belmont, Triple Crown

Triple Crown contender I’ll Have Another is the 4-5 early favorite to win the Belmont Stakes.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner leads a 12 horse field.    He’ll run from post position No. 11, which is fine with trainer Doug O’Neill.    

"Being in the 11 hole, we’re able to kind of see how the pace sets up and if they’re crawling we’ll be hopefully leading the crawl and if they’re flying we’ll be sitting in behind the horses flying," O'Neill said at today's post position draw at Belmont Park in New York.

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3:18 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Derby & Oaks Race Handicapping With the Pros

On Oaks Friday, WFPL's State of the News headed to Churchill Downs to spend an hour talking about the big races ahead this weekend, and handicapping the races with professional insights from Mike Watchmaker from the Daily Racing Form and Ed DeRosa of

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10:48 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Stage Is Set For 138th Kentucky Derby

Twenty horses are set to run in tomorrow’s Kentucky Derby.

Three-time Derby winning trainer Bob Baffert has the morning line favorite in this year’s race. Bodemeister, named for Baffert’s son, drew post position six in the crowded gate. 

The second early favorite is Union Rags, trained by Michael Matz (pictured), who’s back with his first serious contender since Derby winner Barbaro in 2006.

“To think I might have a second one, it’s a great opportunity, and it’s a great feeling. It’s what we work for,” he said this week.

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10:40 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Fifteen Fillies Set to Run in 138th Kentucky Oaks

The 138th Kentucky Oaks will be run today at Churchill Downs.

A field of 15 is entered for the fillies-only race.

Grace Hall is the early favorite and will run from post position number two. On Fire Baby and Broadway’s Alibi are co-second choices.

Last year’s Kentucky Oaks drew more than 110,000 fans to the track.

Again this year, Oaks Day will be used as a platform to raise awareness and money for cancers that affect women and their families. For the first time, Churchill Downs has a partnership with the group Stand Up to Cancer.

5:30 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Safer Synthetic Tracks Slow to Catch on at U.S. Tracks

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Each of the Triple Crown events—the Kentucky Derby, Maryland’s Preakness and the Belmont Stakes in New York—is run on a dirt track. Some in the horse racing industry want to end that tradition and lay down potentially-safer synthetic tracks. But with grandstands increasingly empty, critics say track owners are putting profits over safety. As part of our "Track Tech" series, WEKU’s Matt Laslo looks at the future of track material technology.


“Track Tech” is a collaboration between WEKU, Louisville Public Media, and N-P-R’s Innovation Trail.

5:30 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Costly Care for Racehorses Must Be Weighed Against Profits

Arson Squad broke down during training and was sent to Rood and Riddle for a procedure that fused his fetlock (the joint above the hoof that acts as a shock absorber when a racehorse’s legs hit the ground).
Leslie Guttman