Kentucky Derby

Local News
3:36 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Five Years After Eight Belles' Death in the Kentucky Derby, Race-Related Fatalities Decline

Eight Belles just before the 2008 Kentucky Derby.
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Trainer Larry Jones was riding high for 24 hours.

In 2008, Jones’ Proud Spell won the Kentucky Oaks. In the Kentucky Derby, his entry was Eight Belles—a horse that became a focus of attention.

She’d performed well in workouts, but she was also vying to become just the fourth filly to win the sports' most famous race in 134 tries.

“She became a fan favorite," Jones told WFPL.

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Local News
1:11 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Kentucky Derby Post Draw is This Afternoon; Albarado to Ride Golden Soul

A full field of 20 horses is expected for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.

The Derby post positions will be drawn later today.

An unexpected addition to the field was announced yesterday when the owners of Giant Finish announced that he would run.

Giant Finish has enough points in the new Derby qualifying system to take the 20th spot in the field, bumping Fear the Kitten from the list of 20 starters.   Fear the Kitten could get into the race if there's  a scratch.  

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Arts and Humanities
2:24 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Hunter S. Thompson's Decadent, Depraved Kentucky Derby Reimagined

Rachael Sinclair's "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved" poster.
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The gonzo branding experts at Kentucky for Kentucky (the folks behind the guerilla state motto campaign "Kentucky Kicks Ass") have re-imagined Louisvillian Hunter S. Thompson's famous essay "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved" as a witty racing program poster, featuring illustrated details from the story rendered in jockey silks. The poster was designed by Rachael Sinclair and printed by Lexington's Thoroughbred Printing.

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Local News
1:22 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Dreaming of Julia Leads Field of 11 in Kentucky Oaks

Dreaming of Julia
kentuckyderby.com

A field of 11 is set for Friday’s running of the 139th Kentucky Oaks.

The post positions for the fillies-only race were drawn this  morning at Churchill Downs.

The early favorite, at 3 -1, is Dreaming of Julia, one of four Todd Pletcher-trained entries.    Jockey John Velazquez will be aboard.

Dreaming of Julia is coming off an impressive victory last month in the Gulfstream Park Oaks, which she won by nearly 22 lengths. 

She'll  break from post position eight in the Kentucky Oaks.

Local News
1:25 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Bob Baffert Won't Have a Horse in Derby Field

kentuckyderby.com

For the first time since 2008, Bob Baffert won't saddle a Kentucky Derby horse.

The Hall of Fame trainer said Monday that Govenor Charlie would not run, nor would his other possibility, Code West.    Baffert said neither horse would have been competitive.

Govenor Charlie was 11th on the points leaderboard that determines the 20-horse field for the 1¼-mile race.   Code West was ranked 21st, but was likely to make the field.

Baffert hasn't sat out a Derby since 2007 and '08. He has won the race three times, but not since 2002.

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Local News
5:34 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Kentucky Derby Festival Restricting Backpacks, Bandits for Marathon, MiniMarathon

Mike Berry and Matt Gibson
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In response to last week's bombing at the Boston Marathon, organizers are banning backpacks and bandits from the course of Saturday's Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon.

Other changes include the prohibition of strollers on the course and the addition of the LMPD K-9 Unit to sniff around the start and finish lines, organizers said.

The annual races draw as many as 17,000 people—about 80 percent for the mini and 20 percent for the marathon. Festival officials expect that the largest crowds will be along the miniMarathon route.

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Local News
12:54 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Churchill Downs and Louisville Metro Police Outline Kentucky Derby, Oaks Security Plans

Churchill Downs officials, Louisville Metro Police and others discuss security plans for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks.
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It's becoming a common refrain.

As with Thunder Over Louisville, Louisville Metro Police are urging attendees to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks to report suspicious activity, in a bid to heighten security after last week's bombing at the Boston Marathon.

"If you see something, say something," said Maj. Kelly Jones of Louisville Metro Police. "Find the nearest police officer, tell him or her, 'Hey it doesn't look right,' or, 'This is suspicious,' or, 'It bothers me.' We'll be happy to address it. That's why we're here—to serve the public and make sure everybody is safe."

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Local News
3:56 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Coolers, Big Purses Added to List of Banned Items for Kentucky Derby and Oaks

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Churchill Downs is revising the items people can bring into the racetrack during the Kentucky Derby and Oaks because of security concerns raised from Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon.

Added to the list of banned items are coolers, fireworks, noisemakers, laser lights/pointers, mace/pepper spray and purses larger than a foot in any dimension. You'll be able to buy a Styrofoam cooler and ice at the track at "comparable" prices to retailers, Churchill Downs says.

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Local News
3:44 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Calvin Borel Again a Finalist for Racing Hall of Fame

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Three-time Kentucky Derby winning Jockey Calvin Borel is among the finalists for the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame.

The list of finalists also includes jockeys Garret Gomez, Alex Solis, Craig Perret and the late Chris Antley, along with retired trainer Gary Jones and four thoroughbreds.

This is Borel’s third straight year as a finalist.   In an interview prior to last year’s Kentucky Derby, Borel said he believes he’s earned his place in the hall of fame.

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Local News
12:10 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Derby-Winning Trainer Continues Suspension Fight

bloodhorse.com

Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Rick Dutrow  has filed a federal lawsuit trying to overturn his 10-year ban from racing in New York for equine drug violations.

The lawsuit, filed this week in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, says the 53-year-old Dutrow has been "irreparably harmed" by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board for what he says is effectively a lifetime ban.

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