Keyword: Kentucky Derby

  • Commentary: Healing the Wounds

    <i> by Dan Liebman</i> - There were 417 races run on the flat in North America May 3, but only one captured the attention of the public.

  • Behindatthebar

    Preakness Profile: Behindatthebar

    Behindatthebar wasn't ready for a start in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) after winning the April 19 Coolmore Lexington (gr. II). But with two more weeks between races under his girth, the Todd Pletcher trainee could be one of the more legitimate contenders for the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • The on-going ADW dispute between Calder and the horsemen may prevent the Preakness simulcast signal from being shown in Florida.

    Preakness Day Simulcast in Jeopardy

    Calder Race Course and all other Florida tracks are facing the prospect of not receiving the signal for the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and its Pimlico Race Course undercard.

  • Smooth Air at Churchill Downs during Derby Week.

    Smooth Air Likely Bound for Ohio Derby

    Mount Joy Stable's 3-year-old Smooth Air bounced out of his 11th-place finish behind Big Brown in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs in good condition, and trainer Bennie Stutts, Jr. now has him targeted for the $300,000 Ohio Derby (gr. II) at Thistledown May 31.

  • El Gato Malo flies home late to take the Lone Star Derby (gr. III).

    El Gato Malo Delivers in Lone Star Derby

    West Point Thoroughbreds' El Gato Malo, making his first start on traditional dirt, made a dramatic move in late stretch to take the 400,000 Lone Star Derby (gr. III) by a half-length May 10 at Lone Star Park.

  • Ronnie Lamarque (left) and Louie Roussel III with Recapturetheglory at Churchill Downs.

    Recapturetheglory Spikes Fever

    Ronald Lamarque and Louie Roussel III's fifth-place Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) finisher Recapturetheglory, has put his Preakness Stakes (gr. I) plans put on hold due to a fever.

  • NTRA Wants Urgency on Safety Matters

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association continues to coordinate equine health and safety initiatives in response to the death of the filly Eight Belles, and on May 9 called for "urgency" and an end to the "status quo."

  • Tesio winner Icabad Crane is headed to the Preakness.

    Icabad Crane Heading to the Preakness

    Icabad Crane, who most recently won the April 19 Frederico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico, will be entered in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), according to the racing manager for owner Earle I. Mack.

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    Eight Bells for Eight Belles

    A petition urging Churchill Downs to honor Fox Hill Farms' deceased filly Eight Belles by ringing eight bells, a nautical euphemism for "finished," prior to the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is gaining momentum among horse lovers across the nation.

  • PETA Demonstrators in front of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority office May 6.

    Officials: Don't Discount Welfare Groups

    Though their views and actions may at times be considered extreme and bizarre by some, animal rights and welfare groups have a large constituency, have proven effective at making their point, and shouldn't be disregarded when they seize on an issue, officials said.

  • Fox Hill Farms approved a wristband manufactured in memory of Eight Belles to benefit Midlantic Horse Rescue. &lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4394693%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Eight Belles Wristbands Benefit Rescue

    Six days after Eight Belles' breakdown in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), owner Rick Porter of Fox Hill Farms approved a wristband manufactured in memory of the gallant filly, with proceeds to benefit Midlantic Horse Rescue.

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    Jockey Club, NTRA Act on Derby Death

    In the wake of the fatal breakdown of the filly Eight Belles in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), The Jockey Club has commissioned a seven-member Thoroughbred Safety Committee, and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association board of directors has scheduled a special meeting May 9 to discuss a course of action.

  • Big Brown in the Derby Winner&#39;s Circle.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4421235%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Ky. Derby Aftermath: Final Thoughts

    The 134th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), also known as The Brown Derby, was such a mixed bag of emotions, observations, and conclusions, there is no way to analyze it in the normal manner or find a proper place for it in the history books.

  • Big Brown cruises to victory in Kentucky Derby 134.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4388818%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Stallion Deal Near on Big Brown

    The owners of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Big Brown are close to concluding a deal to sell the future breeding rights in the son of Boundary.

  • Rick Porter, owner of Eight Belles

    Owner Porter Reflects on Eight Belles

    Three days after his brilliant filly Eight Belles broke down in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Rick Porter was still searching for answers. But they aren't easy to come by.

  • Big Brown on track at Churchill Downs May 7.

    Big Brown Jogs at Churchill Downs

    IEAH Stables and Paul Pompa Jr.'s Big Brown, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), jogged a mile under exercise rider Michelle Nevin alongside a pony May 7 at Churchill Downs.

  • Big Brown's Win Benefits Namesake UPS

    UPS, the company which inspired the name of the winning Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) horse, Big Brown, took advantage of its logo placements on the pants of winning jockey Kent Desormeaux to garner 0:56 of on-screen time.

  • Derby Sponsor Gains Valuable Exposure

    When combining the media exposure the Kentucky Derby presenting sponsor received from NBC's live telecast May 3 with print and Internet news articles referencing the sponsor over the last week, Yum Brands earned a comparable exposure value of $5,750,215.

  • Big Brown in the Derby winner&#39;s circle.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4421235%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Derby Second Most Viewed in 17 Years

    NBC Sports' coverage of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 3 was the most viewed Kentucky Derby in four years (Smarty Jones, 2004), and second most viewed in at least 17 years. The race (5:43-6:39 p.m. ET) averaged 14.2 million viewers, up 3% from 2007 (13.8 million).

  • Commentary: The Sound of Silence

    <i>by Dan Liebman</i> - After winning the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 2, Airdrie Stud owner Brereton Jones talked of the relationship his family has developed with trainer Larry Jones and his wife, Cindy.

  • Commentary: Feeling the Chill

    <i> by Evan Hammonds</i> - Cold lies the heart of Thoroughbred racing following Eight Belles' untimely end after Kentucky Derby 134. The dark side of the toughest game in town showed itself once again on the national stage, this time in the nation's biggest race.

  • Eight Belles training prior to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

    Animal-Rights Groups Target Breakdown

    In the wake of the death of the filly Eight Belles as she galloped out after the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), animal-rights organizations are publicly calling for changes -- some of them drastic -- for the horseracing industry.

  • Rick Dutrow, Jr. making his way to the winner&#39;s circle after Big Brown&#39;s victory.

    Dutrow After Derby: 'The Horse is Good'

    Speaking to reporters on the Churchill Downs backside the day after Big Brown won the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. was cautiously optimistic regarding his starter's chances in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • ADW Lockout Blamed for Derby Handle Drop

    All-sources handle dropped nearly 2% on the May 3 card of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), a result a Churchill Downs official blamed on the fallout from an ongoing dispute with horsemen over signal distribution.

  • The Morning After: Big Brown Scare Off

    Early indications are that none of the horses that finished behind Big Brown in his impressive 4 3/4-length victory in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will move on to the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Big Brown cruises to victory in Kentucky Derby 134.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4388818%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Big Brown Delivers; Filly Breaks Down

    United Parcel Service has never made a delivery like Big Brown delivered May 3 at Churchill Downs, romping home by nearly five lengths to remain unbeaten in four starts with a scintillating win in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Eight Belles&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4335626%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Filly Eight Belles 'Went Out in Glory'

    A tearful Larry Jones, the trainer of Eight Belles, who broke down in the gallop-out after finishing second in the Run for the Roses, said there would be no second-guessing in what he called an "unfortunate" outcome that couldn't be foreseen.

  • Big Brown Wins the Kentucky Derby

    <p>Favorite Big Brown wins the 134th Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) today. Eight Belles finishes second but is fatally injured immediately after the race. Denis of Cork is third.</p> <p>Visit <a href="http://tcm.bloodhorse.com/index.asp">Triple Crown Mania</a> on BloodHorse.com for more coverage.</p> <p> </p>

  • Derby Contenders to Benefit RFE

    As participants in The Race For Education's Racehorse Nomination Program, a percentage of any earnings by Colonel John, Court Vision, Monba, Visionaire, Z Fortune and Z Humor in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will go to the non-profit, which funds scholarships and educational grants for young people with significant financial need.

  • James Kasparoff, trainer of Gayego

    Kasparoff Has an Ace in Bob Black Jack

    California trainer James Kasparoff may only have three horses in his barn, but since one of them is May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) starter Bob Black Jack, right now there is not much to complain about.

  • Handle Declines on Kentucky Oaks Card

    Perhaps feeling the effects of an ongoing dispute with horsemen over signal distribution, handle on the May 2 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) program was down about 7%, according to numbers released by the track.

  • Denis of Cork&#39;s works have been sensational.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4335633%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Haskin's Derby Analysis: Figuring it Out

    This space will not focus too much on Big Brown or Colonel John. The comments and observations that follow are designed to help ferret out some elusive price horses, based on looks, works, and gallops.

  • Horse and racetrack owner Richard Duchossois

    Oaks Day: Celebrities and Weather

    With all of the contenders for Saturday's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) having undergone their final preparations, it was a relatively quiet day on the backside of Churchill Downs the morning of Friday, May 2.

  • No Oaks, Derby Wagering for Calder

    Because of the dispute over simulcast fees and revenue, Calder Race Course will not offer wagering on the May 2 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), as well as all other races on the two programs.

  • HRTV's Target Louisville - 5/1 (Video)

    HRTV's originally produced show on the Derby contenders. Big Brown and Smooth Air work, Comments from connections about the post positions, Monba and Cowboy Cal on track at Churchill Downs, and an interview with Big Brown Trainer, Rick Dutrow.

  • Clay model replica of the Barbaro statue which will be created by Alexa King.

    King Selected to Create Barbaro Statue

    Surrounded by images of their deceased colt projected on the walls of the Kentucky Derby Museum, Roy and Gretchen Jackson May 1 announced they have selected equine sculptor Alexa King to create a permanent memorial honoring the 2006 Derby victor.