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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: Thu., May 3, 2018

Self-made trainer Mick Ruis goes own way to Kentucky Derby

Mick Ruis packed his suitcases for his first trip to the Kentucky Derby as an owner and trainer. The 57-year-old high school dropout stuffed more than clothing and toiletries in …


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 …


Fresh horses await Derby winner Always Dreaming in Preakness

Always Dreaming is headed to the Preakness in two weeks, when the Kentucky Derby winner is likely to face several fresh horses that skipped the first leg of the Triple …


UPDATED: Sat., May 6, 2017

Always Dreaming rewards many with Kentucky Derby victory

A Kentucky Derby for Always Dreaming rewarded a multitude of connections who made it possible for owner Anthony Bonomo and Brooklyn Boyz Stables. The group includes Teresa Viola, whose husband …


UPDATED: Sat., May 6, 2017

Mud in your eye: Always Dreaming wins Kentucky Derby in slop

Always Dreaming splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby by 2 3/4 lengths, giving trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez their second victories in the race but …


UPDATED: Sat., May 6, 2017

The Latest – Kentucky Derby: Always Dreaming wins in slop

Always Dreaming has won the 143rd Kentucky Derby, pulling away from Lookin at Lee in the slop. Race officials confirmed the win for Always Dreaming minutes after he crossed the …


Soggy Kentucky Derby day doesn’t dampen party for some fans

Ponchos and rain boots are in fashion on a day usually devoted to sundresses and fancy suits at the Kentucky Derby. Steady rain has turned part of the sprawling Churchill …


No clear favorite, rain make for unpredictable Kentucky Derby

The 20-horse field for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby lacks a dominant runner. The winter prep races did nothing to establish a clear favorite.


Renovations are making the Kentucky Derby even more posh

Toni Goodman was close enough to see the horses kicking up dirt as they raced past, having spent a mere $5 for her trackside seat to an event just days …


Coupling up: Joe Sharp and Rosie Napravnik in Kentucky Derby

There’s a power couple behind one of this year’s Kentucky Derby horses. Rosie Napravnik was one of the top jockeys in North America before she retired. Now, she’s an assistant …


Classic Empire is early 4-1 favorite for Kentucky Derby

Classic Empire was made the early 4-1 favorite for the Kentucky Derby on Wednesday, with just four of the 20 horses listed at single digits in a wide-open race.


Bob Baffert is planning to watch the Derby from his couch

Bob Baffert went from thinking he could win a fifth Kentucky Derby to being out of it in the space of a few seconds. Once Mastery got hurt after winning …


All eyes will be on a 1-eyed colt named Patch at Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – His name is Patch, a horse with one eye, and he’ll be running in the Kentucky Derby. How he lost the eye is a mystery. “No one …


Dubai-based Thunder Snow tests Derby track after quarantine

Thunder Snow took to the track at Churchill Downs for the first time since clearing quarantine ahead of the Kentucky Derby. The UAE Derby winner owned by the ruler of …


Pat Day’s unlikely Kentucky Derby win turns 25

This was no time for Pat Day to be patient. It paid off for a lifetime.


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, …


Nyquist will run in Haskell Invitational

Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will make his next start at the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 31.


Nyquist won’t run in Belmont Stakes

So much for a rematch in the Belmont Stakes.


No Triple Crown bump for Kentucky Derby in TV ratings

There were high hopes that the popularity of horse racing would be energized a year after American Pharoah won the Triple Crown.


Derby winner Nyquist heads to Preakness; new rivals await

Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist heads to Baltimore on Monday to prepare for the Preakness, where the undefeated colt could face up to 13 rivals including nine new shooters seeking to …


Nyquist takes lead on final turn, wins Kentucky Derby

Nyquist stormed into the lead on the turn for home and won the Kentucky Derby to become just the eighth undefeated horse to win the Run for the Roses.


Nyquist a disrespected favorite for Kentucky Derby

Go ahead and pity Kentucky Derby favorite Nyquist. He has the unenviable task of following in the hoof prints of Triple Crown champion American Pharoah, and so far isn’t getting …


Baffert returns to Kentucky Derby with under the radar horse

Bob Baffert feels under the radar with his latest horse at the Kentucky Derby. All anyone wants to talk about is American Pharoah, last year’s winner who went on to …


22 horses entered for Kentucky Derby; field limited to 20

Doug O’Neill was all smiles after early 3-1 favorite Nyquist drew the No. 13 post for the 142nd Kentucky Derby.


Newsmakers: Gonzaga to play at Los Angeles in new college basketball doubleheader, auto racing, tennis

The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Wednesday announced a new men’s basketball doubleheader in Los Angeles featuring Gonzaga, Arizona, BYU and Southern California.


Countdown to Kentucky Derby begins

The road to the Kentucky Derby is just about over. Now comes the countdown to the first Saturday in May.


In brief: Warriors beat Spurs for 70th win of season

Stephen Curry scored 27 points and the Golden State Warriors became the second team to win 70 games in a season by beating the San Antonio Spurs at home in …


Japan-based Lani arrives to prepare for Kentucky Derby

The winner of the UAE Derby in Dubai has arrived at Churchill Downs to prepare for the Kentucky Derby next month.


3-time Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel retires

From match races at bush tracks in Cajun country to three Kentucky Derby wins to induction into racing’s Hall of Fame, no jockey worked harder than Calvin Borel.