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Record crowd of 164,858 for Kentucky Derby

Press Release Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom, ridden by John Velazquez, ran past Nehro in mid-stretch and pulled away to a 2 ≤-length victory to win the 137th running of the $2,171,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) before a record crowd of 164,858 on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs. The previous attendance record for a […]

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UPDATED: Animal Kingdom roars to victory in Kentucky Derby 137

Animal Kingdom stormed home in the lane to overtake Nehro and capture the 137th running of the roses.  Under John Velazquez, Animal Kingdom kicked into high gear in mid-stretch to win by two and three-quarter lengths.  Mucho Macho Man ran on late to grab third. Animal Kingdom is owned by Team Valor International and was […]

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The Derby field: What’s in a name?

Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Affirmed.  A horse’s name means a lot in the rich tradition of horse racing.  You never know when a name might be imprinted in history.  How about this year’s Derby field?  Where do these names come from? “A few family names are more subtle. Soldat, for example, the French word for soldier, […]

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The need for Mo disclosure

Questions abound after Friday’s scratching of former Derby favorite, Uncle Mo.  At the Albany Times-Union, Mark McQuire gives his take on the subject: In horse racing, the betting public can and often is denied a critical piece of data: the health and injury history of the horse in the months, weeks and even days leading […]

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Cohen: A few ways to go with this Derby

At The Atlantic, journalist and racing owner Andrew Cohen suggests some options for approaching the enigma that is Kentucky Derby 137: The horse karma selection: Archarcharch. I have already written in this space about this beautiful colt and his trainer, William Henry “Jinks” Fires. The man has been training horses for at least 50 years. […]

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Velazquez replacing Albarado on Animal Kingdom

John Velazquez has been named to ride Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, replacing Robby Albarado, who suffered a broken nose and facial lacerations on Wednesday when he was thrown from his mount during the post parade of a race at Churchill Downs. Albarado took off his mounts both Thursday and Friday, […]

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Derby rookies: First time a charm?

Trainer Jinks Fires and rider Jon Court are among the Derby first-timers who will try to overcome history and win the race in their first attempt.  In fact, Fires and Court are Derby rookies with the same horse – Archarcharch. “Court, 50, has been replaced on Derby-bound horses more times than he can remember, most […]

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Uncle Mo scratched from Derby

According to the Churchill Downs press office, Mike Repole’s two-year-old champion Uncle Mo was scratched Friday morning from Kentucky Derby 137.  Repole had said all week that his colt was “50-50” for the Derby and met with trainer Todd Pletcher and a group of veterinarians Thursday night to discuss Mo’s condition.  A gastrointestinal problem was […]

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‘Talking Issues’ with the Derby field

With post positions set for Kentucky Derby 137, we can begin to assess what Derby day might be like for the 20 runners.  In the spirit of having fun with my handicapping, I have channeled my inner horse and expect the day will go something like this.. 1. Archarcharch (channeling Red from Seabiscuit): Hey, what […]

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