2018 kentucky derby

Report: Bolt d’Oro Could Still Make Preakness, Ruis Waiting Out Justify

The Blood-Horse reported Wednesday afternoon that there may be a change of plans in store for multiple Grade 1 winner Bolt d’Oro. Although owner/trainer Mick Ruis had planned to send the colt back to California for a freshener, he has instead transferred to Keeneland. Ruis told The Blood-Horse he is waiting to see what happens with Kentucky Derby winner […]

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Updated: No Evidence Of Scratches On Justify Tuesday, Colt Recovering From Bruise

Two days after trainer Bob Baffert told the media Kentucky Derby winner Justify was suffering from scratches, Kentucky Horse Racing commission veterinarians said the colt appeared to be sound once again. “The horse walked, jogged, and turned in tight circles in both directions today without evidence of lameness,” said Dr. Mary Scollay, equine medical director […]

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Kentucky Derby Ratings Decline From 2017; Highest Rated Saturday Show Since Olympics

Ratings for Saturday’s NBC Sports telecast of the 144th Kentucky Derby fell by 13 percent from 2017, due largely to head-to-head competition with an NBA playoff game between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers. There was no NBA game competing with the 2017 Kentucky Derby telecast. For the one-hour portion of the five-hour telecast devoted […]

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On To Pimlico For Justify: Baffert A Perfect 4-For-4 In Preakness With Kentucky Derby Winners

WinStar Farm, China Horse Club International, Head of Plains Partners and Starlight Racing’s Justify, an historic winner of the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, is bound for legendary Pimlico Race Course for the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, the 143rd Preakness Stakes (G1) Saturday, May 19. In a phone call to Hall […]

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Record $225.7 Million Wagered On Kentucky Derby Day Program

Fans braved a steady all-day rain and the wettest Kentucky Derby ever as Justify captured the 144th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve over a sloppy track. Attendance of 157,813, was the eighth highest attendance figure in track history. Wagering from all-sources was the highest all-time on both the Kentucky Derby Day program and on […]

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Times Asks: Who Exactly Is China Horse Club?

As Justify and Audible prepare to go to the post for the Kentucky Derby, the New York Times wrote Friday that questions remain about the identity and operations of China Horse Club, co-owner in both horses. The organization, which claims about 200 members, has been secretive about the identity of its members and the investment […]

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Pedigree Stats Suggest Hofburg, Instilled Regard, Solomini Most Likely To Go Derby Distance

An annual analysis by the Daily Racing Form‘s breeding department seeks to answer the age-old question: which Kentucky Derby hopefuls are most likely to stick the 1 1/4-mile distance? The Form‘s Joe Nevills calculates the average winning distance for the progeny of both sire and dam for each Derby horse — that is, the average distance of […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: Recovery Time After Long Hauls

QUESTION: When a horse ships long distances to race, why do some lose so much weight…and how long does it take them to recover fully? DR. PETER MORRESEY: Transportation causes stress in horses. Many things are done to minimize this, but stress cannot be eliminated completely and like people, horses respond individually. Many studies have […]

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Audible Inc. Announces Donation To TAA In Honor Of Kentucky Derby Contender

Audible Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment, will donate $25,000 to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) May 5 as a continuation of Audible Inc.’s involvement with Grade 1 Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve contender Audible. The check presentation is scheduled to take place in the regular […]

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‘So Grateful’: After Public Outcry, Churchill Offers Credential To Bredar

After racing fans reacted with disgust to the news that freelance television analyst Caton Bredar had been denied a media credential to the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs management has reversed its decision. Bredar, who works as an independent contractor for Twinspires competitor TVG, said she received a call over the weekend from Kevin Flanery, Churchill […]

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