Kent Desormeaux talks about his Derby mount, Dullahan, including how to pronounce his name. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm. Watch Video
MAY 4, 2012
by James Scully
Saturday's Kentucky Derby has a pair of top contenders in Bodemeister and Union Rags, but I've never seen a Kentucky Derby field so deep with viable win options. A compelling case can probably be made for half the field.
I've identified eight logical win candidates (in alphabetical order) -- Bodemeister, Creative Cause, Dullahan, Gemologist, Hansen, I'll Have Another, Take Charge Indy and Union Rags -- and could've included Alpha and Daddy Nose Best in the mix as well.
With such a competitive field, the post position draw was critical and I felt Bodemeister (post 6) and Union Rags (post 4) were hurt by the draw.
Bodemeister excelled from post 11 against a soft field in the Arkansas Derby, earning the top last-race BRIS Speed rating (105), but he's an inexperienced colt who was late to develop and probably needed an outside post to have his best c
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Zayat Stables LLC and Michel and Tiffany Moreno's Kentucky Derby morning-line favorite Bodemeister galloped 1 1/2 miles Thursday, the morning after drawing post 6 in the 20-horse field.
Three Chimneys president Case Clay shares stories during Dynaformer's memorial service May 3. watch video
Three Chimneys' stallion manager Sandy Hatfield at Dynaformer's memorial service May 3, 2012. You may need to turn your volume up slightly once the video begins. watch video
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Three Chimneys president Case Clay shares stories during Dynaformer's memorial service May 3.
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The trust announced it will lease the farm to Thoroughbred operations owned by billionaire Brad Kelley.
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Microsoft Windows Phone is making its first push into horse racing by sponsoring Hansen in the May 5 Kentucky Derby, the colt's owner, Dr. Kendall Hansen, announced May 3.
Darby Dan Farms owner John Phillips has been appointed to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission as a replacement for John Ward Jr., who recently was hired as executive director of the regulatory agency.
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Three Chimneys' stallion manager Sandy Hatfield at Dynaformer's memorial service May 3, 2012. You may need to turn your volume up slightly once the video begins.
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Kent Desormeaux talks about his Derby mount, Dullahan, including how to pronounce his name. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm.
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New York's attorney general is accusing current and former directors of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation of driving the group into financial insolvency and causing harm, and death, of some horses under their care.
Get Stormy failed to turn an uncontested lead into a repeat victory in the Grade 1 Maker's 46 Mile at Keeneland three weeks ago, but will have an opportunity to make amends in his title defense of Saturday's Grade 1 $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs. The nine-furlong grass test, the traditional race before the Kentucky Derby, highlights a blockbuster Derby Day undercard that includes four other graded stakes.
Sassy Image won numerous battles in the race for champion female sprinter honors in 2011, but ultimately lost the war when Musical Romance was awarded top honors after winning the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint in Sassy Image's absence. The two will square off for a second time in Saturday's Grade 1, $300,000 Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs over seven furlongs.
A West Virginia circuit court judge has rejected an attempt by Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races to keep the West Virginia Racing Commission from holding hearings for individuals who want to appeal ejections.
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Lenny reflects on the Kentucky Derby Draw, including Bob Baffert's luck, Dullahan's guaranteed win and Hansen.
Kentucky Derby and Oaks horses go to the track on the morning of May 3.
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Triple Crown winning jockey Steve Cauthen talks about the Kentucky Derby. watch video
Arlington Park and the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association said they reached an agreement on a contract for the 2012 racing season May 3.
Triple Crown winning jockey Steve Cauthen talks about the Kentucky Derby. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm
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