Kentucky Derby 145

Churchill Downs: Record Purses, Bigger Fields Among Spring Meet Highlights

In the face of a fiercely-debated Kentucky Derby result that triggered national conversation for weeks, Churchill Downs Racetrack delivered all-around positive results – from record prize-money for horsemen to large fields, high-quality participants and bigger payouts for bettors – during its 145th Spring Meet, which concluded an action-packed, nine-week run on Saturday, June 29. Thanks to […]

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Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Files Motion To Dismiss Derby DQ Lawsuit

In a motion to dismiss Gary and Mary West’s lawsuit disputing the disqualification of their homebred Maximum Security as the winner of this year’s Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has filed a motion to dismiss the complaint, saying the Wests’ action “threatens to turn the ‘most exciting two minutes in sports’ into tedious, […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: An Opportunity Lost For Racing

More than 18 million households tuned in to NBC Sports to watch the Kentucky Derby on May 4. According to Sports Media Watch, the A.C. Nielsen ratings actually grew in the minutes after the race to 18.5 million households as stewards deliberated whether or not to disqualify Maximum Security from his apparent win. Controversy followed […]

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UPDATED: Wests File Federal Lawsuit Over Derby Disqualification

Gary and Mary West have filed a federal lawsuit against the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission over the stewards’ disqualification of Maximum Security – a horse they bred and own – from a victory in the May 4 Kentucky Derby The lawsuit was reported in the Lexington Herald-Leader. Named in the suit, according to the newspaper, […]

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Kentucky Steward: Prat Foul Claim Came After Horses Pulled Up On Backside

Some things about last Saturday’s 145th running of the Kentucky Derby may never be crystal clear, including what caused Maximum Security to veer out on the final turn, causing interference to several horses and leading to the unprecedented disqualification of Gary and Mary West’s homebred colt from first to 17th place. One area of confusion […]

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Report: Kentucky Derby Winner Country House Out Of Preakness Due To Cough

After all the drama in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, there will be no Triple Crown bid for the 65-1 winner put up by disqualification. The Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman reported Tuesday that Country House has been taken out of consideration for the Preakness Stakes because trainer Bill Mott believes the horse is getting sick. “He […]

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Lamoreaux: Mott A Class Act Who Shouldn’t Have To Defend Himself

Roger Maris lost a lot of his hair from the pressure of his pursuit of Babe Ruth’s home run record in 1961. He was forever known in baseball as Roger Maris, you know, the guy with the asterisk after his name. Bill Mott already had a thinning hairline, even before he took on the pressure […]

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‘No One Ever Calls An Objection In The Derby’: Baffert Miffed At Kentucky Derby Outcome

While many horsemen have come out in support of the controversial stewards’ ruling in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, five-time Derby winner Bob Baffert isn’t one of them. Baffert shared his thoughts about the filing of the objections and the subsequent disqualification of winner Maximum Security with Sports Illustrated’s Tim Layden. “No one ever calls an objection […]

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Servis: ‘I Have To Move Forward’; Maximum Security Headed To Monmouth Park

Maximum Security, disqualified from first in Saturday’s 145th Kentucky Derby, is expected to arrive at Monmouth Park early Tuesday morning at the barn of Jason Servis, the trainer said. The Florida Derby winner was scheduled to leave Louisville, Ky., on Monday afternoon for the trip north after coming out of the race “looking good,” Servis said. […]

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NBC Sports’ Overnight Television Ratings Highest For Derby Since 1992

NBC Sports’ coverage of the 145th Kentucky Derby on NBC followed immediately by the primetime Columbus Blue Jackets-Boston Bruins NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Game 5 on Saturday delivered multiple overnight ratings milestones, according to data provided by Nielsen. “We hit the trifecta last night, with the historic drama of the Kentucky Derby and two one-goal […]

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