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Gina Rarick: I train racehorses in France. They live long and love their jobs.

Horse racing deserves its place in the world, but we must do our best to prove we deserve horse racing.


UPDATED: Fri., May 17, 2019, 6:44 p.m.

‘Vanilla’ Preakness still has intrigue without Kentucky Derby winner

The Preakness won’t have the Kentucky Derby winner for the first time since 1996 and trainer D. Wayne Lukas believes that makes it a little “vanilla.”


Maximum Security jockey Luis Saez appeals suspension

Maximum Security jockey Luis Saez has appealed his 15-day suspension by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. He says the stewards’ penalty for failing to control the horse in the Kentucky …


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: Tue., May 7, 2019, 7:10 p.m.

Kentucky Derby winner Country House won’t run in the Preakness

Kentucky Derby winner Country House won’t run in the Preakness because of illness. Trainer Bill Mott says the long shot winner of horse racing’s biggest event is no longer being …


UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019, 6:58 p.m.

Maximum Security arrives at Monmouth, pointed to Haskell

A weary Maximum Security has arrived at Monmouth Park, where his trainer plans to race the colt in the $1 million Haskell Invitational in July. The first Kentucky Derby winner …


Maximum Security out of Preakness; Derby DQ to be appealed

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Maximum Security’s owner said Monday he will not run the horse in the Preakness and will appeal the disqualification as the Kentucky Derby winner. Gary West said …


UPDATED: Mon., May 6, 2019, 6:07 p.m.

Maximum Security out of Preakness; Derby DQ appeal denied

Taken down as the Kentucky Derby winner, Maximum Security is now out of the Preakness.


A 97-year-old Chicago man really won the Kentucky Derby

The real winner of the 145th Kentucky Derby on Saturday was the Duchossois family – and it’s the same every year.


UPDATED: Sat., May 4, 2019, 8:57 p.m.

Mark Story: Country House jockey makes no apologies after Kentucky Derby win

In the 145 years they have run the Kentucky Derby, no jockey has won the Run for the Roses the way Flavien Prat did Saturday.


UPDATED: Sat., May 4, 2019, 7:18 p.m.

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, 6:52 p.m.

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.


UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019, 8:23 a.m.

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 …


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 …


For Kentucky Derby horses, sunrise is when the work begins

Some horses beat the sunrise over the backside at Churchill Downs for their workouts. Other colts await the first light and warmth of day before preparing for the Kentucky Derby. …


1st Japanese-bred horse in Kentucky Derby took long road

Master Fencer, the first Japanese-bred horse to run in the Kentucky Derby, took a very circuitous route to Churchill Downs. Everyone involved with the chestnut colt hopes the long journey …


UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019, 12:41 p.m.

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: Thu., May 2, 2019, 4 p.m.

Derby 2019: Game Winner new favorite in Kentucky Derby

The new favorite enters the Kentucky Derby unbeaten and tops several contenders on modest winning streaks that could factor large in the sport’s marquee race. Game Winner is the favorite …


UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

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, 4:23 p.m.

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, 5:30 p.m.

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 …


UPDATED: Tue., April 30, 2019, 7 p.m.

Omaha Beach is 4-1 favorite for Kentucky Derby, draws No. 12 post

Bob Baffert-trained Game Winner is the 5-1 second choice from the No. 16 post in the 20-horse field for Saturday’s first leg of the Triple Crown.


UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019, 3:45 p.m.

Major tracks to ban race-day use of anti-bleeding medication

Starting in 2020, 2-year-old horses won’t be allowed to be treated with the drug Lasix within 24 hours of racing. Lasix is a diuretic given to a majority of horses …


UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 1:19 p.m.

Trainer Bob Baffert: Justify doing well after treatment for bruised heel

Trainer Bob Baffert says Justify is doing well and still on track to run in the Preakness after the Kentucky Derby winner was treated for a bruised heel on his …


Texas woman wins $1.2 million in Derby Day exotic

Justify’s win in the 2018 Kentucky Derby capped a $1.2 million payday for a Central Texas woman.


UPDATED: Sat., May 5, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

Justify wins sloppy Kentucky Derby; Baffert takes fifth title

Justify splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, becoming the first colt in 136 years to wear the roses after not racing as a 2-year-old.