Filed Under: Kentucky Derby
By Kevin Martin
Nothing impresses more than a well-timed historical nugget to fill an uncomfortable silence at your favorite Kentucky Derby party or hangout. Here are a handful–courtesy of the Racing Geek Division at Raceday 360–to ‘wow’ your friends and neighbors on Derby day:
Jockey Rosie Napravnik–aboard Mylute–will try and become the first woman to win the Kentucky Derby. A finish of eighth or better would put her in the record books as the best Derby finish by a female jockey, beating a milestone she set in 2011 aboard Pants on Fire.
Goldencents jockey Kevin Krigger–a native of St. Croix in the U.S. … Read More >
By Dana Byerly
Mylute and Revolutionary in the Louisiana Derby (Eclipse Sportswire)
Last updated 4/30
It’s that time of year: Now that the major preps are done, there’s plenty of speculation and casemaking (both pro and con) for the contenders of Kentucky Derby 139. To help you keep up with all the commentary, we’ve created tags for those contenders who are generating discussion. We’ll keep this page updated as more information becomes available, check back often!
Commentary 2013 Kentucky Derby Contenders:
Charming Kitten New
Golden Soul New
We’ve … Read More >
By J.J. Hysell
Lava Man escorts Derby winner I'll Have Another to his date with destiny (Jessica Chapel)
Every morning, they clustered in groups around his stall in Doug O’Neill’s barn, appropriately the first one where he was easily visible to all who passed by. The question was asked at least a hundred times by watchful bystanders.
“Is that Lava Man?”
Meanwhile, just a few stall doors down, a small, quiet chestnut colt was left in solitude as he delved into his feed tub. That colt was I’ll Have Another, who would go on to win the Kentucky Derby and give O’Neill and young jockey Mario Gutierrez their first Run for the Roses victory.
No, the star of the show the … Read More >
By Dana Byerly
Bodemeister breaking his maiden in February (Eclipse Sportswire)
Last updated: Wednesday May 2
It’s that time of year: Now that the major preps are done, there’s plenty of speculation and casemaking (both pro and con) for the contenders of Kentucky Derby 138. To help you keep up with all the commentary, we’ve created tags for those contenders who are generating discussion.
Commentary 2012 Kentucky Derby Contenders:
Daddy Long Legs
Daddy Nose Best
I’ll Have Another
Take Charge Indy
Went The Day Well
We’ve also added links for 2012 Kentucky Oaks contenders … Read More >
By The Editors
By The Editors
Our thoughts on the 2011 Kentucky Derby card
Happy Kentucky Derby day! We’ve asked our contributors to share their thoughts on the graded races on the Kentucky Derby card. We’ll add replays as they become available.
Roundup of links, quotes, photos and videos
2011 Kentucky Derby Replay
2011 Kentucky Derby Results Chart courtesy of Brisnet.com (pdf)
G3 Twinspires Turf Sprint Stakes (5F)
Race 6 | 1:19 PM ET
By Adam Wiener
If you like speed, this is your race.
Obvious favorite Chamberlain Bridge (2-1) is just three races removed from his impressive BC Turf Sprint win last November. In a G3 prep last time out, he was … Read More >
By Valerie Grash
The Kentucky Oaks is Where It's At
Admit it. Injured contenders falling by the wayside; highly touted colts failing to perform to expectations; and generally unsatisfying, unpredictable results in the Derby preps have you feeling confused, pessimistic or even downright depressed. Uncle Mo, The Factor, To Honor and Serve, Rogue Romance, Premier Pegasus, Soldat, Brethren…the lengthy list of disappointments grows exponentially as the first Saturday in May draws nearer, while Brilliant Speed, Midnight Interlude, Animal Kingdom, Watch Me Go, Twice the Appeal and Toby’s Corner join a motley list of likely Derby starters. It’s enough to make your head spin.
Honestly, don’t you think it’s time you came … Read More >
By Dana Byerly
In a year where there is still so much uncertainty surrounding the Kentucky Derby contenders, one thing is certain about Kentucky Derby 137: there will be a LOT of media coverage. But this hasn’t stopped our founder, Jessica Chapel, from starting an intriguing new project called Kentucky Confidential.
The Kentucky Derby is one of the most heavily covered events in American sports, but rare is the outlet that treats it as a storytellers’ paradise.
That’s how we plan to cover the Derby.
The site, which is free for visitors, will be launching on April 26 and offer a broad … Read More >
By Blinkers Off
The Animal Planet Hypothesis, which places the show “Jockeys” behind much of this week’s Derby intrigue — including a $93 bomb on Oaks Day, the scratching of I Want Revenge and the victory by Mine That Bird — gathered strength Saturday night when word came up through reliable channels that the cable network had actively lobbied trainer Bennie Woolley to put rider Chantal Sutherland on the back of the far-fetched winner.
Sutherland was a featured performer on the show in its first season, and she might have gotten the mount had Square Eddie not been pulled out of the race. When … Read More >
By The Editors
It’s not surprising the bad and weird news the morning of the Kentucky Derby would come from trainer Jeff Mullins and IEAH. We don’t need to rehash the firestorm and skullduggery that surrounded Big Brown last year, or the stunning news that Mullins was blowing a syringe full of a drug sold under the name “Air Power” into the mouth of a horse in the detention barn the day of the Wood Memorial.
If anyone was going to scratch out of the Derby, it was likely favorite I Want Revenge.
A wise and veteran New York scribe, upon hearing the news said, … Read More >