kentucky derby history

Report: Fifty Years Later, Questions Remain About Dancer’s Image Bute Overage

Fifty years after he crossed the Kentucky Derby wire first aboard Dancer’s Image, the horse’s connections say they’re still confused about the phenylbutazone positive that resulted in the only Derby disqualification in history. At the time, Thoroughbred Racing Commentary reported, bute was only detectable by testing for about two days after administration. Abigail Fuller, daughter […]

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Adequan Presents Derby Capsule: Making Moves And Snatching Points

The Kentucky Derby prep season never fails in one respect. It always flies by. The calendar tells us the Derby is a scant three weeks away, and after this weekend’s final preps in Arkansas and Kentucky, we will pretty much know who’s in and who’s out of the 20-horse field. Let’s open up the Derby […]

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Creative Solutions: Derby History Scattered With Custom Shoes And Hoof Treatments

From Triple Crown winners Sir Barton in 1919 to American Pharoah in 2015, coping with foot problems sometimes has been a key factor in who won the Kentucky Derby. Sir Barton was notorious for his soft, shelly feet. The chestnut son of Star Shoot tended to throw a shoe each time he ran, having finished […]

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Derby Day Mix-Up: Two Letters Made All The Difference For Romans

Horse racing has an oddly close relationship with serendipity for some of its participants. A horse’s origin can be influenced by a stud barn’s schedule, a horse’s goals can be shifted due to a flat tire or poorly-timed cough. Almost every successful jockey or trainer’s career can trace back to an important win or seized […]

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Fading Star Power: Derby Eve Prompts Look Back At Society Bashes Gone By

As Kentucky Oaks day fades into Derby Eve, the Lexington Herald-Leader took a look back at Derby parties gone by, recounting the pageantry of Anita Madden and Marylou Whitney’s soirees. Anita Madden’s annual Derby party was a benefit for the Bluegrass Boys’ Ranch and was known to attract such celebrities as Chuck Norris, Mike Conners, […]

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Naughty Or Nice? Derby Winners’ Temperaments Run The Gamut

It’s well known that Kentucky Derby winners come in a variety of sizes, running styles, and pedigrees, but they also exhibit a wide range of personality types. Derby-winning Thoroughbreds, like their owners, have had unique temperaments resembling everything from oversized puppies to fire-breathing dragons. Whether some of them have won because of their unique dispositions […]

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You’ve Entered The Twilight Zone: Kentucky Derby Premonitions

The Kentucky Derby is a strange beast in many ways, its trail littered with incredible luck, creepy coincidences, and dreams come true. It’s enough to make an observer feel like they’ve entered the Twilight Zone. Whether you take premonitions, dreams, and other predictions seriously or not, there is an element of the supernatural threading its […]

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Cowboys, Rookie Trainers, And Trackside Brawlers: Kentucky Derby’s Colorful Characters

One of the most interesting elements of covering the Kentucky Derby year after year is finding out how (relatively) accessible it is. Sure, you have to have the right 3-year-old Thoroughbred peaking at just the right time with just the right trip around 1 ¼ miles, but the Derby has been won by racing veterans […]

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Kentucky Derby PR Special: Derby Numbers, Spelling Errors, And Longshots

With all of the anticipation around this year’s talented Kentucky Derby field, the annual Derby Trainers’ Dinner did not disappoint. Bob Baffert, D. Wayne Lukas, Todd Pletcher, Mike de Kock, and others were in their best form, giving the ritual a festive, yet competitive feel.As a proud sponsor of the event, the Paulick Report was […]

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What’s In A Name? Trends Emerge Among Past Derby Winners’ Names

We’ll never know if some of racing’s greatest horses would have performed as well with unbecoming or forgettable names, but America’s Best Racing contributor Dan Needham writes that there are certain alphabetic and linguistic trends in the list of past Kentucky Derby winners. There have been more Derby starters (and winners) with names beginning with ‘S’ […]

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