Kentucky Derby

Local News
7:43 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

Photos: Wild Times in the Kentucky Derby Infield

The second-largest crowd ever to see a Kentucky Derby took advantage of a nice breezy day to drink, bet and generally get silly. As usual, much of the silliness happened in the Churchill Downs infield. We strolled through the masses to see the fun firsthand. Here's what was going on Saturday:

The so-called "Third Turn" would get packed with dancers as the day wore on. 

"Everybody comes out, everybody gets into it," said Jenna Wilber, post-limbo, on why she went to the Derby.

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Local News
6:54 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

California Chrome Wins Kentucky Derby

California Chrome earlier this year.
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The favorite California Chrome is the winner of the 140th Kentucky Derby.

Ridden by Victor Espinoza, California Chrome surged past the leading pack in the stretch Saturday at Churchill Downs. 

Though the favorite at 5-2, the horse entered the race with an underdog storyline—bred for little money and trained by the relatively obscure 77-year-old Art Sherman. 

Commanding Curve finished second and Danza finished third.

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Local News
7:39 am
Sat May 3, 2014

What You Could Buy With the Amount Kentucky Derby Horses Auctioned For

2013 Kentucky Derby winner Orb
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The Kentucky Derby is American horseracing's most prestigious race, but the $2-million minimum purse surely spices things up for thoroughbred owners with talented 3-year-old horses.

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Local News
6:59 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Untapable Runs Away With Kentucky Oaks Win

Untapable
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Untapable surged past My Miss Sophia entering the stretch and rolled to a 4½-length victory Friday in the 140th Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.

Ridden by Rosie Napravnik and breaking from the far 13th spot, the overwhelming favorite in the $1 million race for 3-year-old fillies earned her third straight victory and fifth in seven starts. Untapable has won her last three by a combined margin of nearly 22 lengths.

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Local News
10:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Byline Today: The Kentucky Oaks and Derby are Upon Us

It's all horseracing, all the time this week on Byline.

In our annual live broadcast from Churchill Downs, host Rick Howlett will be joined by the Daily Racing Form's Mike Watchmaker and Ed DeRosa from Brisnet for the full hour.  

They'll discuss issues in the horseracing industry and handicap today's Kentucky Oaks and Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

Tune in for a special Kentucky Oaks and Derby-filled Byline at 1 p.m. today. Listen at 89.3 or stream at WFPL.org.

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Local News
9:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Human Trafficking Spikes During Kentucky Derby Week, Activists Say

Activists gathering to protest human trafficking in downtown Louisville.
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  The Kentucky Derby is often associated with roses, mint juleps and million-dollar horses, but some residents have a darker association with Louisville’s largest sporting event—human trafficking.

More than 20 million people worldwide are forced involved in forced labor, though it is difficult to determine how many people are forced into labor as a result of human trafficking because of the underground nature of the industry, according to data provided by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

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Local News
6:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

As the 'Decadent' Derby Approaches, Louisville and Kentucky Honor Hunter S. Thompson

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Forty-four years ago, the Kentucky Derby and its surrounding spectacle played a major role in spawning a new kind of writing style, created by another Louisville product, the late Hunter S. Thompson.

This Derby week, the  father of Gonzo journalism got some new appreciation  from his native city and state.    

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Local News
4:56 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

The Art of the Kentucky Derby Hat

Sheila Nobles
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  Some go for the horses, some go for the party atmosphere, but many people go to the Derby to see the outrageous hats. Hat designer Sheila Nobles has been outfitting notable heads for the Oaks and Derby for more than a decade, and she says being prepared is the key to surviving the day with your hat—and good mood—intact.

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Food and Dining
1:22 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Watch: How to Make Mint Juleps for the Kentucky Derby

A mint julep prepared by Jared Schubert.
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 This is about mint juleps.  Serious drinkers (as if there are any other kind around Kentucky Derby time) will tell you this is the time of year to choke down one pre-mixed or poorly-prepared julep at Churchill Downs or a party before going back to something more standard.

But is that any way to treat the signature drink of Louisville's signature event?

We asked Monkey Wrench bartender Jared Schubert to show us how to make three types of julep: one for yourself, one for you and some guests, and something completely different.

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Local News
8:51 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Posts Set for 140th Kentucky Derby; California Chrome The Early Favorite

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California Chrome, the favorite to win the 140th Kentucky Derby, will be taking off from the 5 post—the same position from which jockey Victor Espinoza led War Emblem to victory in 2002.

And for California Chrome’s trainer, 77-year-old Art Sherman, that sounds pretty good.

“I was hoping we would get 7 or 8, but 5 is good,” he said.  “I talked to Victor, he said he won the Kentucky Derby last time he rode it from the 5, so that was good enough for me.”

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