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Karma Classic

By Ray Paulick -- Handicapping 101 teaches things like pace, trips, and class, but does not cover what the late oddsmaker Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder used to refer to as the "intangibles." When it comes to handicapping the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), the intangibles sometimes seem just as important as the measurable factors.

Trainers Cite Load Time as Reason for Post Position Picks

When choosing post positions at Wednesday's Kentucky Derby draw, trainers of this year's Derby entrants seemed to focus on minimizing the amount of time their horses would have to spend in the starting gate while the bulky field loads for Saturday's 128th renewal of the 1 1/4-mile classic.

Johannesburg, Castle Gandolfo Arrive in Lexington

Johannesburg and Castle Gandolfo finally arrived in Kentucky on Tuesday. The horses stepped off a chartered plane and on to a partitioned ramp at Blue Grass Airport about 6:10 p.m. EDT, and were immediately loaded into a horse van for the short drive to a quarantine barn at Keeneland.

Steve Haskin's Derby Report (4/29): Morning Madness

If you blinked Monday morning, chances are you missed one of the 10 works turned in by Derby hopefuls. Starting with Proud Citizen's blazing five-furlong work and Sunday Break's six-furlong move in company at about 5:45, and ending with the five rapid-fire works following the renovation break, it was quite a showcase of Kentucky Derby horses.

Proud Citizen's Fast Work Tops Among Derby Horses

An ecstatic D. Wayne Lukas jumped off his pony and declared, "We are very much in the Derby." Lukas was referring to Lexington Stakes winner Proud Citizen, who had just worked 5 furlongs in a quick :58 4/5 in the pre-dawn darkness of Churchill Downs in preparation for Saturday's 128th Kentucky Derby.

Straight Gin Works; U S S Tinosa's Arrival Delayed

Marylou Whitney's Straight Gin put in a five-furlong work at Churchill Downs Saturday and fellow Kentucky Derby hopeful U S S Tinosa's arrival in Louisville has been delayed until Tuesday.

No Kentucky Derby for Kinane, Appeal Denied

Irish jockey Michael Kinane won't ride Johannesburg in the Kentucky Derby after losing his appeal Friday against a seven-day racing ban.
The Jockey Club's Disciplinary Committee upheld the suspension given to Kinane for "irresponsible riding" on Sahara Desert during the Boadicea Conditions Stakes at Newmarket on April 18.

Steve Haskin's Daily Derby Reports-Archive

Editor's Note: Steve Haskin is an award-winning turf writer and senior correspondent for The Blood-Horse. During his 29 years with the Daily Racing Form, Haskin became known for his insightful coverage of the Triple Crown races. Haskin won the Red Smith Award for Kentucky Derby writing in 1997, 1999, and 2000.and received the David Woods Award for best Preakness story in 1997. In 1999, he co-authored "Baffert: Dirt Road to the Derby" with trainer Bob Baffert and wrote the books, "Dr. Fager" and "John Henry" for Eclipse Press'"Thoroughbred Legends" series. In his latest book, "Racing's Holy Grail - The Epic Quest for the Kentucky Derby," Haskin takes readers behind the scenes and into the trenches as he examines what it takes to win the world's most famous horse race. He plumbs the secrets of successful trainers, the common pitfalls that hinder so many others, and the enigmatic nature of the race itself. Below are Haskin's daily reports leading up to this year's Kentucky Derby.

Fast Track to Nowhere

By Lenny Shulman -- A hard, fast track surface on Kentucky Derby Day takes its toll on horses that race at Churchill Downs that day.

War Emblem Works in :59 3/5

Kentucky Derby contender War Emblem, purchased by The Thoroughbred Corp. after his win in the Illinois Derby (gr. II), sparkled at Churchill Downs Thursday in his first work for new trainer Bob Baffert.

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