Kentucky Derby

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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Local News
3:53 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

A Black Jockey At The Kentucky Derby, Once Again

Kevin Krigger rides Goldencents during a six-furlong workout at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., in January.
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Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 6:41 am

The Kentucky Derby's 139th running is this weekend, and it will feature a sight that's been a rarity in the race for much of the past century — an African-American jockey.

"Everything that comes with the Derby right now for me is not the same as the majority of the other riders, or any other riders, because I'm the only African-American rider in the race," Kevin Krigger says.

Krigger was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands, but he's been racing in California. He's the first African-American jockey to ride in the Derby in more than a decade.

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Local News
12:23 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Rain is Likely on Kentucky Derby Day (It's Rained on 46% of Them)

A trash can from a past Kentucky Derby infield.
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Update: The National Weather Service on Saturday morning says showers are still likely on Kentucky Derby day—mostly after 2 p.m. There's a 60-percent chance of showers during the day and an 80-percent chance of showers Saturday evening. The high temperature is expected to be near 64 degrees.

Earlier: Heading to the Kentucky Derby on Saturday? Be prepared to be rained on.

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Politics
12:03 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Mitch McConnell Releases New Ad Celebrating Kentucky Derby

Senator Mitch McConnell
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In a new online ad, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says the annual Kentucky Derby demonstrates the focus and determination of the state he represents.

The spot is being released on the eve of the Triple Crown and is narrated by the GOP leader, who compares the horse race to the spirit of Kentuckians.

"The twin spires of Churchill Downs host the world's finest horses. But it's a race where the horses tell us as much about a people as they do about themselves. If you listen closely, you can hear the story of Kentucky in the thunder of their hooves. Each stride reflects the focus of a people determined to succeed," says McConnell.

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McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton says it is the latest example their "commitment to being the most innovative Senate campaign in history."

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Local News
11:44 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Black Onyx Scratched from Kentucky Derby

Black Onyx
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Black Onyx is a late scratch from Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

Jockey Joe Bravo was slated to ride the Kelly Breen-trained 50-1 shot out of the first post position.

Race stewards have decided to leave the No. 1 slot in the gate open. The 19 remaining horses in the race will start from their post positions drawn on Wednesday.

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Local News
11:01 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Today: A Very Derby Byline

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The Kentucky Oaks runs today and the Kentucky Derby runs tomorrow (obviously), and WFPL is taking Byline to Churchill Downs to talk horses.

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Local News
10:59 am
Fri May 3, 2013

O'Neill Seeking Derby Repeat With Goldencents

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Trainer Doug O’Neill will join some elite company if Goldencents wins the Kentucky Derby tomorrow.

O’Neill  is trying to become just the seventh trainer to win back-to-back Derbys.      

Last year, he trained I’ll Have Another to victories in the Derby and Preakness Stakes.

Goldencents will break from the number eight post, which came as a relief to O’Neill  as he watched this week’s post position draw.

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