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Tom Hinkle with daughter Anne Archer Hinkle
Nearness To Greatness: A Family Farm’s Derby Weekend Trifecta

It’s like witnessing the Northern Light’s while sitting in the southern hemisphere. Or experiencing the perfect day, followed by a spectacular sunset. Like the most amazing vacation, only to find out that it’s fully paid for. It just doesn’t happen. But it is happening this weekend. The stars are aligning. There is a horse in […]

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Keith Desormeaux will saddle Exaggerator Saturday as his first Kentucky Derby starter
‘Son Of A Gun’ Desormeaux Reluctantly Enjoys Kentucky Derby Spotlight

While his younger brother Kent has won the Kentucky Derby three times, trainer Keith Desormeaux will saddle his first Derby starter Saturday. The elder sibling’s training career dates back to the late 1980s in Maryland, where he worked under the likes of Charles Hadry (conditioner of Private Terms) before embarking on his own in 1991. There […]

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You Be The Judge inquiry
Tough Call: For Stewards, Officiating The Derby A Tall Order

When the stewards take their places on the seventh floor at Churchill Downs this Saturday, their goal will be to treat the day’s races (including the one heading to the post just after 6 p.m.) just as they would an evening card at Turfway Park. “Going into the day, we strive to officiate it as […]

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PR Special Derby Edition 2016
PR Special Derby Edition: American Pharoah’s ‘Untold Story’

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication for Kentucky Derby 142.  In this edition of the PR Special, New York Times two-time Eclipse Award-winning sports writer Joe Drape includes an excerpt from his book “American Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner’s Legendary Rise.”   Natalie Voss tells us a […]

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The gate crew must work with feisty colts like Lani to prepare them for the Derby start
Despite Challenges, Derby Starting Crew Gets It Right

By the time the gates open for Kentucky Derby 142 on Saturday, hours of work will have gone into assuring a safe, fair and unbiased start to the race. It’s no small task. Every Derby field is filled with unique equine personalities, and even horses that normally behave well behind the gates haven’t had to […]

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Ogden Mills "Dinny" Phipps with his grandmother, Gladys Livingston Mills Phipps, the founder of the Wheatley Stable
Goodbye, Mr. Phipps: The Derby As A Late In Life Reward

With the Kentucky Derby just a few days away, thoughts turn to those who had to wait until late in life to experience the thrill of smelling the roses. I knew trainer Mack Miller, the courtly Kentuckian, and when he and Paul Mellon’s Rokeby Stables won with Sea Hero in 1993, I thought everything was […]

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American Pharoah's time in the Kentucky Derby was three seconds slower than Northern Dancer when he set a track record in 1964
As Time Goes By: Clocking The Classics

In 1964 Northern Dancer won the Kentucky Derby in the then-record time of two minutes flat. Was that the single “most exciting two minutes” in Derby history? Vincent O’Brien and Robert Sangster certainly thought so. The “Dancer” had carved 1.6 seconds off Whirlaway’s 1941 mark, attracting the attention of horsemen the world round. Led by […]

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Laurel Park in Maryland
Report: Vitali Can’t Run His Horses At Maryland Jockey Club Tracks

According to a published report, trainer Marcus Vitali will not be permitted to race horses at Laurel Park in Maryland after voluntarily relinquishing his occupational license in Florida, which allowed him to avoid sanctions after multiple medication violation complaints were filed against him by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering. […]

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The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Cutting Through The Madness

Handicapping the Kentucky Derby is a singular art. There’s no sporting event so brief in duration that prompts such a monumental amount of time devoted to figuring it out. With the Derby just over a week away, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick latch onto a couple of concepts that might help reduce the stress of […]

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The Congressional Horse Caucus heard from industry executives about the pros and cons of federal legislation creating national oversight of horse racing's medication rules
Vitali Case Gives Congressional Horse Caucus Real-Life Example Of Broken System

It’s time for the Congressional Horse Caucus members to go on a field trip. May I suggest they take a break today from their hard work at the U.S. Capitol and make the short drive up the Baltimore-Washington Parkway to spend an afternoon at Laurel Park in Maryland? They can see first-hand how badly the current structure for […]

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