Kentucky Derby day scene setter with Claire Novak at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015. Watch Video
It goes without saying that no one forgets attending their first Kentucky Derby (gr. I). However, every once in a while along comes a Derby story that is not only memorable but also unlikely to ever be surpassed.
With a 10:30 a.m. first race post time, hopefuls for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) went to the track early May 2 and then returned to their respective barns to await the classic later in the afternoon.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's International Star has been scratched from today's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Several other horses owned by the Ramseys have been scratched from the May 2 Churchill card.
American Pharoah is the favorite in the will-pays for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I)-Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) daily double.
Actress Ashley Judd will be the voice of NBC's show open for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 2 at Churchill Downs.
Justin Zayat of Zayat Stables has confirmed multiple graded stakes winner El Kabeir will not run in the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Arkansas will be well represented at this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands as owners Harry Rosenblum and Robert LaPenta will have Southwest Stakes winner Far Right in the Run for the Roses.
KY Derby: American Pharoah Gallops Oaks Day watch video
Well before sunrise May 1, the first horses on the track at Churchill Downs were hopefuls for that day's Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Ok, the time has finally come to try to answer the burning questions that make Kentucky Derby 141 one of the most intriguing Thoroughbred events seen in a very long time. read blog
Churchill Downs' John Asher says weather, advance ticket sales bode well. Watch Video
"I believe in fate," says Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. "I believe that something really good is about to happen... but it's something we're just going to have to wait and see."
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). read blog
The April 30 defection of Stanford from the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will allow also-eligible Frammento to run.
As expected, given a 20-horse field that is knee-deep in fast young horses, the TimeformUS Pace Projector is projecting a fast pace. read blog
Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum's group II winner Mubtaahij had an easy three-eighths breeze timed in :37.40 with jockey Christophe Soumillon aboard Thursday, April 30 at Churchill Downs.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Kentucky Derby. Who are your picks? watch video
When the connections of Bolo look for a reason why the third-place Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) finisher could jump up and win the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, the dirt surface at Churchill Downs provides hope.
Trainer Bob Baffert said Dortmund, the 3-1 second choice for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will be saddled on the path in the paddock rather than one of the enclosed stalls.
After again being skittish in the Churchill Downs paddock, Dortmund was very composed while being saddled in tunnel that leads from paddock to track. Watch Video
Claire Novak updates the news of the day, including Mubtaahij's gallop, Keen Ice's stumble, and scheduled schoolings. Watch Video
Steve Haskin looks at the post positions for the Kentucky Derby and how the race will be run. read blog
No horse entered in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) owns a more decisive victory than Firing Line, who won the Sunland Derby (gr. III) by 14 1/4 lengths.
Ken Ramsey said he is loaded with 2-year-olds for next year's Kentucky Derby, but International Star, who swept the Fair Grounds Derby preps, might get him the roses a year earlier than planned.
Trainer Dallas Stewart discusses his confidence in late Kentucky Derby entrant Tale of Verve. Watch Video
Sires Malibu Moon, Warrior's Reward, Temple City, Line of David, and Notional, who stand or have stood at Spendthrift Farm, all have starters in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.
New York Racing Association president Chris Kay provided some good news April 29 when he outlined changes that helped fuel a profitable year at NYRA in 2014.
American Pharoah, the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), drew post 18 for the 1 1/4-mile race May 2 at Churchill Downs.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert talks about post 18 for American Pharoah and 8 for Dortmund drawn April 29 for the May 2 Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Watch Video
Kentucky Derby contender Upstart on April 29, after going to the track for the first time. watch video
Frosted and Upstart arrived safe and sound Tuesday evening and were out on the track this morning and feeling good in their respective strong gallops. read blog
Derby history shows that on occasion there have been a few "oops" moments when the horse that won wore the right colors but upstaged a more popular stablemate.
Trainer Rick Violette talks about Upstart and his prospects for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Watch Video
More stories, quips, and insights from this year's Kentucky Derby Trainers' Dinner held April 28 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Louisville.
TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Frosted and Lambholm South Holy Bull (gr. II) winner Upstart were both on the track for the first time at Churchill April 29, joined by multiple graded-stakes winner El Kabeir.
Claire Novak updates us on who galloped at Churchill Downs today, El Kabeir, Rick Violette, Mubtaahij schooling, and Stellar Wind sneaking out early to jog. watch video
The Churchill Downs communications department said April 29 that sources confirmed 22 horses have been entered for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) for 3-year-olds going 1 1/4 miles.
Six-time French champion jockey Christophe Soumillon and rising U.S. rider Florent Geroux will be making their first Kentucky Derby starts May 2.
Review the stats and race results from the Kentucky Derby Championship Series of 50 and 100 point races. Sponsored by WinStar Farm view slideshow
Phil Birsh likes nothing more than getting off a fast one-liner, often at his own expense, but his good-looking New York-bred Tendencur needs to be taken seriously in the Run for the Roses.
Lenny Shulman gives his thoughts on the top 20 contenders, interviews Mark Casse about Danzig Moon, and reveals his favorite choice of chewing gum. Presented by Hill 'n' Dale Stallions watch video
In 56 of the last 60 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.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin talks about the arrival of Kentucky Derby contender Frosted April 29. watch video
When my wife, Denise, and I decided to get into the horse racing business as owners, we used the same approach taken when entering a cold swimming pool. First, we stuck in a big toe.
Before concentrating on what sire I selected for Love the Chase, it's probably best to take a step back and look at the process I used to find him. Again, you have to look at the mare's bloodline first.
As a breeder, how then do we stack the deck heavy? Female family inbreeding (FFI) offers a statistically significant improvement over other techniques for breeding champions.
A lively exchange between Hall of Fame trainers Bob Baffert and D. Wayne Lukas energized the annual Kentucky Derby Trainers' Dinner April 28.
Fresh off a win in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) aboard California Chrome, Espinoza is back as the rider of American Pharoah, the likely favorite for the 2015 Run for the Roses.
Dortmund impressed Baffert in his first gallop over the track, as International Star and Mubtaahij also took a spin April 28. El Kabeir stayed in the shedrow but will train April 29 according to trainer John Terranova.
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