1916 Kentucky Derby winner George Smith had a colorful history behind his prosaic name—a history that involved his dam and a man for whom playing the horses was as much a science as a passion.
Kentucky Derby day Scenesetter with Claire Novak at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2016.
Representatives of the National Hockey League were on the backstretch at Churchill Downs the morning of May 7 and had Nyquist, favored for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) later in the day, pose with the Stanley Cup trophy.
Churchill Downs issued a statement saying it is tweaking its admissions procedures that resulted in lengthy delays for some ticketholders for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) card May 6.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin discusses Mohaymen on the morning of the Kentucky Derby.
Yutaka Take has a robust resume bursting at the seams, which should be considered when examining his impact on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) this year.
Based on early Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) wagering, undefeated Nyquist will be a solid favorite in the 1 1/4-mile classic May 7 at Churchill Downs.
NBC Sports will produce the first virtual reality horse racing coverage.
It was a routine, quiet morning in the stable area of Churchill Downs May 6, with the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) entrants on the track early for their routine exercise.
Steve's observations, strategy, and wagers for the 2016 Kentucky Derby.
Assessing the Kentucky Derby field based on speed numbers.
Trainer Doug O'Neill discusses Kentucky Derby favorite Nyquist on Kentucky Oaks Day.
Claire Novak introduces us to the horses who help out our Kentucky Derby contenders. Meet the Kentucky Derby ponies Satire, Harley, Smokey, Chester, and Red.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Kentucky Derby on location at Churchill Downs. What do they think about the 2016 field and who do they pick? Watch to find out! Sponsored by Equibase
Trainer Doug O'Neill said he's confident in the training strategy he has employed with Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist, who did a little more than jog the morning of May 5 at Churchill Downs.
Mike Repole, the former owner of Uncle Mo, believes the horse's eye-opening success with his first crop as a sire offers insight into what might have been.
Claire Novak reports on the activities of the Derby horses for Thursday, including Oscar Nominated, Laoban, Whitmore, and Nyquist.
Expect some "Who Dat" chants from the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) crowd May 7 as supporters of Gayle and Tom Benson's Mo Tom and Tom's Ready try to bring some Mardi Gras to Louisville's biggest party.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will almost triple the number of veterinarians it has on a typical race day to assist with the two biggest programs of the year May 6-7 at Churchill Downs.
Post positions were drawn and morning-line odds set on Wednesday evening at Churchill Downs for the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby. Tune in for comments from key Derby connections, including morning-line favorite Nyquist’s trainer, Doug O’Neill.
Champion Nyquist drew post 13 and was tabbed the 3-1 morning-line favorite for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) during the May 4 post position draw at Churchill Downs.
A full gate of 14 is set for the Pat Day Mile (gr. III) May 7, Kentucky Derby (gr. I) day at Churchill Downs. The one-turn-mile event for 3-year-olds is slated as race 10 and goes for a purse of $250,000.
While only a small number of maidens have won the Derby (gr. I), and Trojan Nation would be the first in 80 years if he pulled it off, Gryder has faith in him and the confidence the colt gained in the Wood.
Dallas Stewart, who has saddled longshots to finish second in the Kentucky Derby, isn't making any drastic changes as he seeks classic victory with Tom's Ready.
Since 2011, Laura Donnell has been photographing for Taylor Made Farm. Since then, many champions have crossed through her lens, but none have been quite as magnificent as California Chrome. Here's a look back at Chrome's past year with Taylor Made.
Teaming with trainer Keith Desormeaux, who buys his horses at auction, Matt Bryan and his Big Chief Racing stable are riding high with Exaggerator in the Kentucky Derby.
Trainer Dale Romans, with Brody's Cause, and owner WinStar Farm, with Creator, didn't think the spotlight of 2-year-old racing at Saratoga Race Course was best for their young horses.
Claire Novak reviews the news of the day, including the activities of Nyquist, Land Over Sea, and Mohaymen. Also, it's draw day and Fellowship and Adventist have chosen not to enter.
Nyquist jogged two miles, schooled in the paddock and in the gate, largely without incident.
The field for the 2016 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) came together May 4, as 22 horses were entered for the May 7 test at Churchill Downs.
After negotiating with a mystery partner to pay the supplemental entry fee to get Oscar Nominated into the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Ken and Sarah Ramsey will run the son of Kitten's Joy themselves.
The three trainers of Louisiana Derby (gr. II) runners expected to start in the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) are confident the six weeks between races will not be a problem for their horses.
An evening of laughter and warmth began with the presentation of a trophy to Bob Baffert as the winning trainer of last year's Derby.
NBC Sports Group will present 15 1/2 hours of live coverage of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) week, the network announced May 3.
They say to err is human; to forgive, divine. Well, why can’t that apply to horses as well?
Dennis and Susan Albaugh announced that if their horse, Brody's Cause, wins the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 7 at Churchill Downs, he will donate his share of the purse to the Des Moines Area Community College Foundation.
Avello watches the potential contenders over a year in advance and by April of their three-year-old year, he can narrow his list down substantially.
Groom Elias Anaya is in charge of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite Nyquist and has a long history with America's greatest race.
Is the points system for entry to the Kentucky Derby altering the pace of the race?
Trainer Tom Amoss believes jockey Corey Lanerie is a great fit for Mo Tom in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
The last two Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) runners to arrive at Churchill Downs May 2 went onto the track for the first time May 3.
Claire Novak updates us on Nyquist's gallop, Exaggerator, Lani, California shippers Danzing Candy and Trojan Nation, and the Kentucky Oaks.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist was strong May 3, in his first gallop over the Louisville track.
Koji Maeda’s Lani turned in the only work of the day by Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders May 3 when the Japanese-owned and –trained colt breezed five furlongs in 1:01.
It all comes down to this in the final Derby Dozen for 2016. Steve Haskin has one final shuffle up his sleeve.
Join Chance Moquett, the 23-year-old son of trainer Ron Moquett, as he describes the memories that are made with a runner on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trail.
As young sires go, about the only question left for Uncle Mo to answer is his ability to get a classic horse, and he'll begin that effort for the first time this year.
Nyquist tops poll of experts in the 3-year-old poll, while California Chrome tops overall poll.
Churchill Downs Racetrack and Levy Restaurants, the track's hospitality partner and on-track dining provider since 2001, have agreed to a 10-year contract extension.
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