Kentucky Derby

Local News
6:59 pm
Sat June 8, 2013

Palace Malice Wins Belmont Stakes

Palace Malice took charge on the turn for home and won the Belmont Stakes today, holding off Preakness winner Oxbow and Kentucky Derby winner Orb.

The win gave Todd Pletcher his second Belmont winner in six years, and vindicated the trainer's support of a 3-year-old who came into the final leg of the Triple Crown with only one win.

Palace Malice, who finished 12th in the Derby and skipped the Preakness, covered the 1½ miles in a slow 2:30.70 on a fast track following a 24-hour downpour.

Local News
4:50 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Orb the Early Favorite in Crowded Belmont Stakes Field

Kentucky Derby winner Orb has been made the morning-line favorite in a field of 14 horses entered for the Saturday’s running of the Belmont Stakes.

Preakness winner Oxbow is the third choice in the largest Belmont field since 1996.

Orb is the 3-1 favorite and drew the No. 5 post for trainer Shug McGaughey.   Oxbow is 5-1 after drawing the No. 7 post for trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

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Local News
4:09 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Jockey Rosie Napravnik Likely to Make History Again

Rosie Napravnik is set to become the first female jockey to ride in all three Triple Crown races in the same year, and the first to try and win one of the races aboard a filly.

Trainer Todd Pletcher says Napravnik is "very, very likely" to be his rider for the filly Unlimited Budget in the Belmont Stakes on June 8.

Pletcher says a final decision on whether Unlimited Budget takes on the boys in the Belmont will be made after a scheduled workout over the weekend.

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Local News
6:45 pm
Sat May 18, 2013

No Triple Crown This Year: Oxbow Wins Preakness Stakes

Oxbow has won the Preakness, ruining Orb's bid to capture the Triple Crown.

Oxbow quickly grabbed the lead out of the starting gate. It was the sixth Preakness victory for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas and 15th Triple Crown victory, most in horse racing history.

It was the third Preakness win for 50 year old jockey Gary Stevens, who returned to riding this year after seven years in retirement.

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Local News
4:34 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Orb is the Solid Favorite in Nine-Horse Preakness Field

Despite a less-than-ideal post position draw, Kentucky Derby winner Orb remains the solid favorite for tomorrow’s  Preakness Stakes, the second leg of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown.

Orb is coming off a two-and-a-half length Derby victory and trainer Shug McGaughey says he “couldn’t  be more pleased” with the colt’s workouts over the past two weeks.

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Local News
7:09 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Kentucky Derby Winner Orb Draws Rail Position for Preakess Stakes

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Kentucky Derby winner Orb has drawn the rail in Saturday's Preakness and has been installed an overwhelming even-money favorite in the nine-horse race.

Orb will seek to keep alive his bid to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. Orb won the Derby by 2½ lengths as the betting favorite. The brown colt is looking for his sixth straight victory as part of the smallest Preakness field since 2007.

Govenor Charlie, trained by Bob Baffert, was added to the list Wednesday for the 1 3/16th-mile race.

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Local News
12:00 am
Sun May 5, 2013

Images | Smaller Kentucky Derby Crowd Finds Fun in the Rain

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So, as forecasts predicted, it rained Saturday on the Kentucky Derby.

The rain—sometimes steady—led to Derby-goers packing under any shelter they could find. They stood idle in the grandstand and under awnings. In the infield, people strung tarps across portable potties. (Although, most people in the infield didn't seem to mind the rain at all.

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Politics
10:31 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

Noise and Notes: The Decadent and Depraved Politics of Derby Weekend

By now we know who won the 139th Kentucky Derby, but there are still questions about other political horse races.

At this point Republican Mitch McConnell does have one official opponent—Owensboro Democrat Ed Marksberry—who is a little known contender in the 2014 U.S. Senate race.

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Local News
6:41 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

Orb Wins Kentucky Derby 139

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Running on a slopping Churchill Downs track, Orb beat 18 other horses to win Kentucky Derby 139.

Orb, ridden by Joel Rosario, started the race as the 5-1 favorite and caught up to the leaders as they approached the finish line.

Golden Soul placed and Revolutionary finished third. Orb was the early favorite after Wednesday's post position draw.

Orb gives veteran trainer Shug McGaughey his first Derby winner.

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Local News
11:00 am
Sat May 4, 2013

Frank X Walker on Black Jockeys From Isaac Murphy to Kevin Krigger

In today's Kentucky Derby, jockey Kevin Krigger will have a chance to become the first African-American jockey to win the Derby since 1902. African-American jockeys were dominant in the Derby's formative years. Most of the jockeys in the first Derby were black, including the winner.

One of the most legendary African-American jockeys was Isaac Murphy. Murphy rode to victory in three Kentucky Derby races and is considered one of the best jockeys of all time. Murphy is the subject of a collection of poems by Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X. Walker.

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