Kentucky Derby

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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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Sports
5:30 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Costly Care for Racehorses Must Be Weighed Against Profits

Arson Squad broke down during training and was sent to Rood and Riddle for a procedure that fused his fetlock (the joint above the hoof that acts as a shock absorber when a racehorse’s legs hit the ground).
Leslie Guttman

 

Sports
5:37 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Derby Post Positions To Be Drawn Wednesday

    

The post positions and early odds for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby will be set Wednesday.

A maximum field of 20 will run on Saturday. A late entry is Optimizer, trained by four-time Derby winner D. Wayne Lukas. Optimizer moved into the field after Mark Valeski was pulled from consideration by trainer Larry Jones, who said the horse wasn’t training well.

One of this year’s top Derby contenders is Union Rags (pictured). Trainer Michael Matz is looking for his second Derby victory. He won in 2006 with Barbaro. 

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