The horses and people of Derby (and Oaks) Week 2014. View Slideshow
Trainer Steve Asmussen told NBC Sports Network in a segment aired May 2 the allegations made against him by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are untrue, and he hopes to have the chance to defend himself in court.
Based on the will-pays of the Kentucky Oaks-Kentucky Derby double, California Chrome will be a big favorite in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Having watched his firstborn son survive multiple surgeries to correct a heart defect has given Joe Rocco Jr. a different perspective heading into his first Kentucky Derby. He's relaxed and having fun.
Owners with more than one Derby starter in a single year have enjoyed steady success in the race dating back to the 19th century, and this season three entities will look to continue that trend.
The transcript for today's chat is now available.
TimeformUS Kentucky Derby and Oaks Day Analysis read blog
Out-of-competition testing on more than 75 horses nominated to the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks (both gr. I), as well as other stakes on the May 2-3 cards at Churchill Downs, came back clean.
We have to deal with what we do have and attempt to sort out this puzzle. read blog
Today Show weatherman Al Roker gives Blood-Horse readers his Derby forecast. watch video
Pablo Del Monte, the also-eligible who got a chance to draw in to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) following the withdrawal of Rebel Stakes (gr. II) winner Hoppertunity, will not run in the classic.
Wicked Strong can claim a pedigree with speed, class, and stamina on both sides, making his future prospects intriguing.
Although still uncertain if he will run in Kentucky Derby, Pablo Del Monte undergoes inspection by state vet Will Farmer. watch video
Claire Novak and Frank Angst are at Churchill Downs to handicap the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). watch video
California-based jockey will use his experience in five previous Derbys to help California Chrome wear the roses.
Thoughts from Steve Haskin on the post position draw and the morning activities. read blog
Two of the 3-year-olds that have looked best in the mornings working toward a start in the Kentucky Derby, Dance With Fate and Medal Count, have the biggest question marks in terms of dirt form.
Fate has indeed brought together a far-reaching partnership group that races Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) winner Dance With Fate, who ships in from California in a bid to take his second grade I race in three weeks in Kentucky.
An injured left front foot will keep Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) runner-up Hoppertunity from competing in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
The scratch of Hoppertunity dominated the news for Thursday. The update includes comments from trainer Bob Baffert on Hoppertunity, and from trainer Wesley Ward on a possible start for Pablo Del Monte. Watch Video
Owner Chip McEwen will have several veterans with him May 3 at the Kentucky Derby, but Churchill Downs didn't help with their tickets or access.
Fritz Widaman has been named Director of Business Development for Blood-Horse Publications. He begins May 19.
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens talks about Kentucky Derby contender Wicked Strong, who blew out down the lane May 1. Watch Video
They saw the potential of their futures played out in furious rallies, wire-to-wire rumbles, by the widest of margins and the slimmest of victories. Weeks like this bring back those memories.
Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin discuss the sale of General a Rod, Todd Pletcher's comments on We Miss Artie, Rick Porter, and talk to trainer Peter Eurton about Dance With Fate. Plus, Derby picks! Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. Watch Video
Twitter reactions to the Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw.
California Chrome, the morning-line favorite for the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), drew post 5 of 20.
Churchill Downs spokesman John Asher addresses complaints from Ron Turcotte, Rick Porter. watch video
Claire Novak reports the news of the day, including gallops from California Chrome and Samraat, Medal Count, the official entries for the Kentucky Derby, and comments from Ron Turcotte. Watch Video
The highest-priced 2014 Derby hopeful sold at public auction is Intense Holiday, who was purchased for $380,000 by Starlight Racing at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale.
Jockey Rosie Napravnik will serve a four-day suspension after she rides Vicar's in Trouble in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 3.
Mike Pegram, who has raced champions such as Silverbulletday, Midnight Lute, and Real Quiet, is back with his fourth Derby starter in the Any Given Saturday colt Hoppertunity, co-owned with Karl Watson and Paul Weitman.
Steve Haskin shares photos from Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs. read blog
Four days before the Saturday race, most of the trainers with horses in the classic shared a stage and a laugh or two at the annual Kentucky Derby Trainers Dinner.
NBC Sports Network begins its coverage with a feature on the 2013 Derby winner. The post draw will be shown starting at 5 p.m.
Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte, two-time Derby winner with Secretariat and Riva Ridge, issues April 30 statement: "This lack of basic consideration also applies to many others who helped shape Churchill Downs' history..."
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith comments on Kentucky Derby contender Hoppertunity. watch video
Lenny Shulman catches up with defending Kentucky Derby winning jockey Joel Rosario. Joel explains what his win aboard Orb means today, shares thoughts on the strengths of General a Rod, and his Kentucky Oaks mount Rosalind. watch video
Travel packages that take care of all arrangements for one price have doubled in the past six years.
Every racing fan, whether they realize it or not, is hurtling down the road of inevitability that lands squarely beneath the Twin Spires (or at least in the vicinity thereof). To aid in your endeavors, this handy lifeline.
In 55 of the last 59 runnings of the Kentucky Derby, the winner was either on the lead with an eighth of a mile to go in the race, within a length of the lead, or running second although more than a length off the leader.
Once again, California Chrome dominated the Kentucky Derby twitter talk.
Find out the latest on the contenders for the May 2 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands by reviewing these daily updates from Churchill Downs and its Derby media team.
Trainer Gary Contessa, the winner of more than 2,000 races, sends out his first Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) starter May 3 with New York-bred Uncle Sigh.
Mike Maker has been looking forward to working General a Rod since his unexpectedly slow work last week. read blog
Claire Novak reports on three new arrivals for the Kentucky Derby. Mike Maker and Joel Rosario comment on General a Rod, watch California Chrome jog on the track and Tom Proctor enters Please Explain. watch video
Photos from the Derby Trial Stakes, QEII Cup, Chantal Sutherland winning aboard Purely Hot, and more! view slideshow
Starlight Racing, owner of Intense Holiday, and Skychai Racing, owner of Harry's Holiday, team up to buy additional Kentucky Derby starter General a Rod less than one week before the race.
Trainer Mike Maker discusses the April 29 workout by General a Rod and how other Derby horses are doing. Mike mentions how General a Rod handles an off track. read blog
As predicted, California Chrome's arrival yesterday drew a large crowd, as did his first appearance on the track Tuesday morning. read blog
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