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By Ray Paulick -- Giving credit to assistant trainers; changing the entry and graded stakes money rules; and a call to increase the Kentucky Derby purse.

TVG Enjoying Triple Digit Growth

The TV Games Network is enjoying record growth due to the opening of Hollywood Park, the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), and an increasing popularity in Quarter Horse racing at Los Alamitos.

Saarland Surgery a Success

Cynthia Phipp's Saarland, who finished 10th in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), had surgery May 6 at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington to remove a chip fracture from the front of his left fetlock joint.

Frankel Pointing Medaglia d'Oro to Preakness

Trainer Robert Frankel made it perfectly clear the morning after the Kentucky Derby what his plans are for Medaglia d'Oro, who finished fourth with a troubled trip, eight lengths behind the victorious War Emblem. "I'm going to win the Preakness with him," Frankel said.

Derby Wagering Establishes North American Record

Although totals are not complete, wagering on the 2002 Kentucky Derby will establish betting records for both the race and the overall Derby Day card. A total of $79,094,806 was wagered on the Kentucky Derby, with overall betting on the entire 11-race card at
$123,315,302.

Steve Haskin's Derby Story: Emblematic

H. L. Mencken once wrote, "The theory seems to be that as long as man is a failure, he is one of God's children, but that as soon as he succeeds he is taken over by the devil." On May 4, the "devils" got their due...again. Bob Baffert and D. Wayne Lukas, the same two masters of the racing universe who captured five consecutive Kentucky Derbys (gr. I) from 1995 to 1999, were allowed to team up with 20-1 War Emblem and 23-1 Proud Citizen for the largest exacta payoff in Derby history.

Fifth Largest Derby Crowd On Hand

The attendance at Kentucky Derby 128 is the fifth largest in history. At Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, 145,033 patrons were on hand to witness a race in which seven betting interests are under 10-1.

Beat Hollow Takes Woodford Reserve

Beat Hollow, a winner of four of six entering the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT), added another win to his tally Saturday at Churchill Downs. Under Alex Solis, he sat in second through most of the race, then eased to the lead down the lane in the nine-furlong turf race.

Stylish Takes Citgo Distaff Turf Mile

Jerry Bailey won his second consecutive stakes on the Kentucky Derby Day card, winning the Citgo Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIIT) aboard Stylish. In the previous race, he won the Three Chimneys Juvenile aboard Holiday Runner.

Beautiful Weather At Churchill Downs

At 10 a.m. Saturday at Churchill Downs, the sun is shining and the clouds are moving out. The National Weather Service is calling for a high of 70 under partly cloudy skies when the Kentucky Derby is run at approximately 6:04 p.m.

Steve Haskin's Derby Report (5/3): Crunch Time

After five months of scrutinizing over this year's crop of 3-year-olds, and two weeks of studying the Derby horses at Churchill Downs, it is finally time to break down all the logic and observations, and attempt to make some sense out of one of the most wide-open and perplexing Derbys ever.

Saarland Derby Favorite in Early Wagering

With $34,186 wagered on him to win, Saarland emerged as the 5-1 Kentucky Derby favorite at the conclusion of advance wagering on Friday. A total of $251,953 was bet in advance wagering Friday.

Buddha May Have 'Soft-Tissue' Injury; No Fractures

Dr. Larry Bramlage, the on-call veterinarian representing the American Association of Equine Practitioners for Saturday's Kentucky Derby, said the cause of lameness in the left foreleg that led to Buddha being scratched from the classic appeared to be a "soft-tissue" injury and not a fracture.

Bramlage Heads On-Call Team at Derby

The American Association of Equine Practitioners created the On-Call program 11 years ago to assist media in understanding injuries and treatment of horses before, during, and after upper-echelon equine events. For this year's Kentucky Derby, the team is headed by Dr. Larry Bramlage.

One For Tradition

By John T. Ward Jr. -- To reflect over the past 51 weeks since winning the 127th Kentucky Derby, I can only echo the words Bob Baffert said to me as we were making our way to the winner's circle to meet Monarchos: "Hold on, you're in for the ride of your life!" And so it has been.

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.

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