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Kentucky Confidental: Follow their Derby Day live blog

Our friends over at Kentucky Confidential are live-blogging the races and events this Derby Day. Make sure to check out their site for the latest goings on at Churchill Downs.

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Wise Guys and ‘hosses that is much smarter than peoples’

According to Blinkers Off at Kentucky Confidential, a Wise Guy is recognizable because he talks out of the side of his mouth. Every year the Wise Guys come out of hiding to tout their Kentucky Derby choice. It’s wise to be wary of the Wise Guy. In 1973, one of them tried to talk the […]

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Kentucky Confidential: Kerry Thomas and the secret to motivating equine athletes

John Scheinman sits down for coffee with Kerry Thomas, author of “Horse Profiling: The Secret to Motivating Equine Athletes.” Thomas describes how he assesses horse behavior and who he likes in this year’s Kentucky Derby. To watch the video, visit Kentucky Confidential.

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Kentucky Confidential: Richard Migliore on the Derby, being in the media

John Scheinman talks with former jockey Richard Migliore about his Derby experiences, his new career as a TV analyst and his top choices for Kentucky Derby 138. To watch the interview, visit Kentucky Confidential.

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Kentucky Confidential: Dale Romans on Dullahan, Derby pace

John Scheinman and Paulick Report editor Scott Jagow hit the backside as preparations ramp up for Kentucky Derby 138. Scheinman talks to trainer Dale Romans about Dullahan, one of this year’s top contenders, and about the potential Derby pace. To see the interview, go to Kentucky Confidential.

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Derby Fever and Charles Howard as ‘a latter-day Delphic Oracle’

Derby Fever attacks every year making men and women stupid, writes a columnist at Kentucky Confidential. Without regard to background or standing, horse owners have trouble resisting the lure of the roses. Charles Howard, owner of Seabiscuit, was not bitten by Derby Fever with Seabiscuit, but became convinced of his invincibility when Seabiscuit beat War […]

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Kentucky Confidential: A slice of Derby history

A visit to Wagner’s Pharmacy at the corner of 4th and Central, just across the street from Churchill Downs, is a part of the true Derby experience, writes Steve Bailey at Kentucky Confidential. Wagner’s opened in 1922 and currently serves home-cooked comfort food in generous portions. Photos of celebrities, Derby winners and trainers cover the […]

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Claire Novak: Dark horses in the Derby

There are Kentucky Derby contenders lurking at the edge of public view because publications fail to mention them. They have earned enough money to make the starting gate, but did not impress or have fallen into the shadows of better known stablemates. Claire Novak writes at Kentucky Confidential that these horses are like black holes. […]

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Eric Banks: Audax Minor’s lengthy tenure at The New Yorker

On July 10, 1926, Audax Minor wrote his first column on horse racing for The New Yorker. His final column appeared on December 18, 1978. By the time of his retirement Audax Minor, a pseudonym for George F.T. Ryall, had contributed more than 2,000 columns to the paper. When he retired, Ryall was the oldest […]

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Kentucky Confidential: Meet the Smith Brothers

Hamilton Smith and Frank Smith will be attending the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs this weekend. Hamilton Smith, who trains Derby contender Done Talking, will be visiting the track for the first time. Frank Smith raised Done Talking and also picked out Dullahan and broke the colt. Dullahan, trained by Dale Romans, won the Blue […]

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