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Deep Derby field makes race hard to predict

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Hot pace. Muggy day. One of the deepest, talented fields in years. A delicious stew with all the ingredients for an unpredictable Kentucky Derby.


Familiar foes meet again

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Hansen was there, edging out a hard charging Union Rags. Dullahan ran, too, as did Daddy Long Legs, Creative Cause, Take Charge Indy, Alpha, Optimizer and Prospective. …


Derby will be fashion show of sorts for Post Falls’ hat-maker

When the starting gate bell sounds at Churchill Downs next weekend, some 150 women in the crowd will be wearing the creations of Diane Siverson, a Post Falls hat-maker. Siverson, …


Deep, talented field for 138th Kentucky Derby

Bob Baffert is happy to be anywhere these days, considering a heart attack flattened him in Dubai last month. “After it was over, it felt like, ‘Man, I just, I …


Union Rags not cinch pick

Picking the favorite for the Kentucky Derby may be as tough as picking the winner. Without a breakthrough star heading into the May 5 Derby, there’s a stable full of …


Union Rags out, Hansen in as No. 1 Derby contender

Hansen, the near-white 3-year-old colt who beat out Union Rags for last season’s 2-year-old championship, has finally moved ahead of his rival to become the leading contender for the Kentucky …


Union Rags puts himself in Derby picture

Six years after Barbaro, trainer Michael Matz has another star attraction for the Kentucky Derby. Union Rags confirmed his status as the Derby front-runner with an impressive four-length victory in …


Horse racing stars finally align for jockey Velazquez

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The racing gods owed him. Never mind that John Velazquez had plenty of reasons to think otherwise, even after a fellow jockey’s misfortune cleared the way for …


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.


Mucho Macho Man’s trainer counts blessings

In the weeks after her heart transplant in 2008, Kathy Ritvo’s doctors gave her two rules to follow for the rest of her life. The Florida-based horse trainer needed to …


It’s a man’s world in horse racing, but she aims to change that

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Rosie Napravnik learned to ride horses before she could walk. Even so, being the first female jockey to win the Kentucky Derby was not her driving ambition. …


Dialed In early Derby favorite

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Dialed In was made the early 4-1 favorite for the Kentucky Derby after drawing the favorable No. 8 post, with Uncle Mo as the second choice in …


Kentucky Derby road is all about education

This time of year, horse racing is all about the 3-year-olds, the glamour division, the youngsters who race for floral blankets and TV fame and lucrative futures that include amorous …


Borel on Derby winner again

Jockey Calvin Borel steered Super Saver through the mud to win his third Kentucky Derby in four years. The win ended trainer Todd Pletcher’s Derby drought.


She Devil’s Derby dare

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The girls already grabbed horse racing’s biggest headlines. Now another one is out to steal the sport’s biggest race from the boys. Devil May Care will try …


Longshot wins Kentucky Derby

Mine that Bird, a 50-1 longshot, pulled off an upset at the Kentucky Derby today. The horse poured it in on late, finding a gap along the inside rail down …


Derby favorite will start from 13

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Jeff Mullins pulled I Want Revenge out of California this winter, sending him to run on dirt in New York. Bob Baffert stayed put on the synthetic …