2013 kentucky derby

Orb Takes Flight in Artist’s Playful Painting

Last year, Orb seemed to take flight in his pursuit of the Kentucky Derby. In a recently-commissioned painting, artist Louise Mellon imagined the horse’s journey quite literally. Mellon was commissioned to portray Orb by Howard Slatkin, a family friend of owners Ande and Ogden Mills “Dinny” Phipps. The portrait was intended as a surprise gift […]

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Orb Memorabilia to Be Auctioned for Grayson-Jockey Club Foundation

A shadow box including a shoe worn by 2013 Kentucky Derby winner Orb will be offered on Ebay from April 24 through May 4. Sale of the shadow box will benefit Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. The horseshoe is presented encircling one of the blossoms from the Kentucky Derby winner’s blanket of roses. Hair strands cut […]

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NBC Sports Wins Media Eclipse Award for KY Derby Broadcast

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB) today announced that NBC Sports has won the Media Eclipse Award for Television – Live Racing Programming for its broadcast of the 2013 Kentucky Derby. The 2 ½ hour live telecast from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., aired […]

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Jerardi: Don’t Count Out Vyjack and Goldencents Yet

Dick Jerardi contends in a recent piece for the Daily Racing Form that even after dismal finishes in the Kentucky Derby by Goldencents and Vyjack, they are both worth watching this summer—because of “key pace.” After a 45.33-second half-mile in the Derby, Palace Malice, Verrazano, Goldencents, Vyjack, and Oxbow were in the lead. All faded off the board […]

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Orb Connections to Receive Derby Trophy June 15

Members of the team that guided Phipps Stable and Stuart Janney III’s Orb to victory in the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) are set to return to Churchill Downs on the Saturday, June 15 “Downs After Dark Presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka” and Stephen Foster Handicap […]

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Black Onyx Continues Recovery

Kentucky Derby contender Black Onyx is continuing to recover in Florida from the ankle injury that knocked him out of the Run for the Roses the morning before the race. The intitial assessment was that the horse had an ankle chip, but as it turned out, trainer Kelly Breen told the Daily Racing Form, the […]

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Golden Soul Work Delayed

Golden Soul, runner-up to Orb in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), was scheduled to breeze at Churchill Downs on Saturday morning, but trainer Dallas Stewart called an audible and delayed serious training for another few days. “He had a really good day galloping, but I passed on working him this morning,” […]

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Orb Relatively Unremarkable As a Youngster

As handicappers and trainers alike begin theorizing about Orb’s Triple Crown capabilities ahead of his run in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, those who encountered him as a youngster say he was much like any other horse in the field. Claiborne Farm manager Bradley Purcell recalls Orb’s February 2011 birth as “textbook,” with the future […]

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Veteran Trainers Believe Orb Is the One to Beat in the Preakness

Several Churchill Downs trainers are picking Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) winner Orb to win Saturday’s Preakness (GI) and are expecting the Malibu Moon colt to head to Belmont with a shot to become racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner. Perhaps no trainer will be cheering for Orb harder than David Carroll, who […]

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Hovdey: Racing Has a New Fan in NBC Anchor

As Preakness day draws near, the Daily Racing Form’s Jay Hovdey writes that NBC producer Rob Hyland managed to hit the line between traditional, informative coverage and entertainment during the network’s Kentucky Derby coverage. Not only that, he said, the sport made a new fan in Michelle Beadle, co-host of NBC Sport’s “Crossover”–despite a chilly […]

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