Kentucky Derby

Sports
3:29 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

I'll Have Another Headed to Japan to Stud

Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner I'll Have Another has been sold to a horse farm on the island of Hokkaido. The horse is currently at Betfair Hollywood Park and will embark on a stud career in August.

From the Daily Racing Form:

 

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Sports
11:38 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Artist LeRoy Neiman Dies; Subjects Included Ali, Derby

Artist LeRoy Neiman is flanked by boxing trainer Angelo Dundee, left, and photographer Howard Bingham. They were in Louisville for the grand opening of the Muhammad Ali Center in 2005 (Photo by Rick Howlett)

Artist LeRoy Neiman has died at age 91 in New York.

Neiman was best known for evoking the kinetic energy of the world's biggest sporting and leisure events with bright quick strokes. He was a contributing artist at Playboy magazine for many years and was the official painter of five Olympiads.

Local News
10:37 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Churchill Downs Changes Qualifications for Kentucky Derby

Churchill Downs Inc is adopting a new system for horses wanted a spot at the Kentucky Derby.
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In an attempt to gain fans, Churchill Downs Incorporated is adopting a new points system for entry into the Kentucky Derby and will cut the number of qualifying stakes races considered for entry from 185 down to 36.

"Our primary driving motive is to create new fans for horse racing," said CDI chair and CEO Bob Evans in a press release.

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Sports
7:05 pm
Sat May 19, 2012

I'll Have Another Wins Preakness

Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another has captured the second jewel of racing’s Triple Crown, overtaking Bodemeister at the finish line to win the 137thPreakness Stakes.

I’ll Have Another now has a chance to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.  The final leg of the series is the Belmont Stakes in three weeks.

As he did in the Derby,  I’ll Have Another came on strong in the stretch to edge out Bodemeister, who led for most of both races.   

The third-place Preakness finisher was Creative Cause.  

Sports
12:55 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Six Derby Horses in Preakness Stakes Field

A field of eleven is entered for tomorrow’s Preakness Stakes, the second jewel in thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown. 

Kentucky Derby runner-up Bodemeister was made the morning line favorite this week. He’ll run from post position seven.

Derby winner I’ll Have Another was the early second choice. He’ll break from
post position nine. A Preakness win would set up an opportunity for him to become racing’s first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

Local News
12:15 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Suspects Sought in Churchill Downs Homicide

Louisville Metro Police say they have no suspects in their investigation into a Derby weekend homicide on the Churchill Downs backside. 

The body of 48 year old Adan Fabian Perez was discovered early yesterday morning in a barn. Officials say he lived and worked on the backside as a groom.

LMPD homicide detective Lt. Barry Wilkerson says there are indications that Perez was involved in an altercation, but an autopsy today will determine the exact cause of death.

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Local News
7:25 pm
Sun May 6, 2012

Churchill Downs Homicide Victim Identified

Louisville Metro Police continue their investigation into the death of a man whose body was found early today in a barn on the Churchill Downs backside.

He’s been identified as 48 year old Adan Fabian Perez of Guatemala, who lived on the backside. A state racing officials tells the Courier-Journal that Perez was a groom at the track.

The death has been ruled a homicide. Police say Perez was apparently involved in an altercation, but an exact cause of death has not been determined. An autopsy has been scheduled for tomorrow.

Sports
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 brisnet.com.

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Sports
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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Sports
9:04 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Bodemeister is the Kentucky Derby Morning Line Favorite

Bodemeister has been made the early 4-1 favorite for the Kentucky Derby, with Union Rags the second choice in a full field of 20 horses. 

Trained by three-time Derby winner Bob Baffert, Bodemeister was assigned the No. 6 spot at the post position draw today at Churchill Downs.

Six horses have won from that position, the last being Sea Hero in 1993.

Union Rags drew the No. 4 post and is listed at 9-2. The unbeaten Gemologist is the third choice at
6-1. He’ll run from the 15th spot.

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