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Maximum Security owners file suit for Derby disqualification

The owners of Maximum Security have sued the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and stewards, seeking to reverse the horse’s disqualification for interference as Kentucky Derby winner and restoration of purse …

Initial Kentucky Derby DQ led to failed 4-year legal odyssey

Dancer’s Image crossed the finish line first in the 1968 Kentucky Derby, only to become the first horse ever disqualified days later as the result of a positive drug test. …

UPDATED: Sat., May 4, 2019

What a shocker! Country House wins Kentucky Derby via DQ

Maximum Security became the first winner disqualified for interference in the Kentucky Derby. That led to an agonizing wait and an eventual stunning reversal that made 65-1 shot Country House …

Paul Newberry: Plenty of worries heading into Run for the Roses

After a grim year in horse racing, let’s just hope everyone makes it back alive at the Kentucky Derby.

UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019

Singing in the rain? Bob Baffert eyes history, wet Kentucky Derby on tap

In a Kentucky Derby lacking a dominant favorite, two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert saddles the top three choices. Game Winner is the prerace favorite, albeit a tepid one at …

Maximum Security goes from running for minimum to Derby

Maximum Security is at the other end of the fiscal spectrum of horse racing. While owners frequently pay a royal ransom to acquire a horse with potential to win the …

Analysis: Many options, but Maximum Security is Derby pick

Many options await in the Kentucky Derby, but in the end, Maximum Security will get the job done.

Kentucky Derby evolves from 90 minutes to 5 hours for NBC

NBC’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby will include a couple of new technological features. The biggest one is a super slow-motion camera on the pole of the finish line on …

UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019

Triple Crown winner Mike Smith gets Kentucky Derby ride

Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith will ride in the Kentucky Derby after all. He has picked up the mount on Cutting Humor, a 30-1 shot trained by Todd Pletcher. The …

UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019

Bob Baffert is loaded with Kentucky Derby colts and has look of a Winner

The five-time Kentucky Derby winner finds himself with new favorite Game Winner since Omaha Beach had to be scratched with a breathing problem.

UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019

Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach scratched

Favorite Omaha Beach has been scratched from the Kentucky Derby because of a breathing problem. It’s generally not a career-threatening problem and is usually corrected with surgery.

UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019

Some basic tips for betting on horse racing, Kentucky Derby

Picking a horse to win the Kentucky Derby is easy. Placing a bet is as close as a cellphone, tablet, computer or even a smart TV with internet access. But …

UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019

Bob Baffert takes aim at record-tying 6th Kentucky Derby win

The pain of seeing Cavonnier get beat by a nose in his first Kentucky Derby nearly kept trainer Bob Baffert from returning to Churchill Downs. He figured he would never …

A Kentucky Derby with lightly raced colts, and lots of possibilities

Todd Pletcher is throwing numbers at the Kentucky Derby again. Bob Baffert is seeking a fifth victory and he’s got the favorite, too. An old jinx could be disproved, and …

UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018

Justify installed the early 3-1 favorite for Kentucky Derby

Justify has been made the early 3-1 favorite for the Kentucky Derby. Europe-based Mendelssohn is the second choice in a full field of 20 horses. Justify is trained by four-time …

Immigrant workers at Churchill Downs fear deportation

Though they do their work a world away from the grandstand and Millionaire’s Row, immigrants have become indispensable at Churchill Downs and other tracks, people in the industry say. Now, …

Former Churchill Downs track president Steve Sexton dies

Former Churchill Downs track president Steve Sexton, who guided the home of the Kentucky Derby through its largest renovation project, has died in Texas after a brief illness.

Mor Spirit, Brody’s Cause top fields for 2 Derby prep races

Last seen closing with a rush for third place in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Brody’s Cause is ready for his 3-year-old debut – and a chance to stay on track …

Derby long shots anyone? We’ve got your horse right here!

Hoping to unearth a Kentucky Derby winner at a price? We’ve got your long shots right here. We’re talking the next Giacomo, who won at 50-1 and returned $102.60 for …

Jockey Rosie Napravnik to be honored at Churchill

Rosie Napravnik will be honored at Churchill Downs on Saturday, two weeks after the jockey surprised the racing world by announcing her retirement at the Breeders’ Cup because she is …

California Chrome wins Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A horse with a humble pedigree. A couple of working-stiff owners. A 77-year-old trainer with his first Kentucky Derby horse. Even Hollywood couldn’t have made this up.

California Chrome sets gold standard for Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The owners of California Chrome are putting all their hopes on the chestnut colt to win the Kentucky Derby. After all, he’s the only horse they own.

Derby delights

“And they’re off …” Often referred to as the “most exciting two minutes in sports” or the “Run for the Roses,” the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby will take …

Lagat wins 5,000 at nationals

Track and field: Former Washington State University star Bernard Lagat captured the 5,000 meters at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Friday evening, edging Chris …

Animal Kingdom sprints to Derby win

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Animal Kingdom sped past the leaders in the turn at Churchill Downs on Saturday and roared down the middle of the stretch to win the Kentucky Derby.