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By Gene Kershner » Thursday, May 19, 2016

BALTIMORE, Md. – We’re ready to kickoff a great weekend at Old Hilltop which will culminate in the Preakness Stakes late Saturday afternoon. On tap tomorrow afternoon at Pimlico Race Course is the 1 1/8-mile $500,000 Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan. Friday’s card will also includes three Grade 3 races, the Miss... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Friday, May 13, 2016

Some Derby afterthoughts before we move on to Baltimore and the Preakness… How fast was the pace on Saturday? Out of the first seven horses at the second call (half-mile mark) here is where five of those horses finished: Danzing Candy -15th; Outwork – 14th; Whitmore – 19th; Tom’s Ready – 12th; and Shagaf... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Saturday, May 7, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Good afternoon and hello from Churchill Downs and Happy Derby Day! We have a beautiful day here in Kentucky with the temperatures expected to hit the mid 80’s. An overflow crowd of over 160,000 is anticipated for The First Saturday in May. It couldn’t be a better day for the 20 contenders to run... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Saturday, May 7, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Outside of Nyquist, the favorite, this year’s Kentucky Derby contains one of the most wide-open fields in recent memory. A number of qualified horses are in position to claim thoroughbred racing’s most historic race. The 142nd Run for the Roses is a 1¼-mile race to be run this afternoon... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Friday, May 6, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Trainer John Servis was thinking about running Cathryn Sophia in the Eight Belles on the Kentucky Oaks undercard after a second-place finish in the Grade 1 Ashland at Keeneland. When he heard that Songbird, the talented 3-year-old filly, would miss training due to a fever and skip the Kentucky Oaks,... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Thursday, May 5, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The 142nd Run for the Lilies, also known as the $1 million Grade 1 Longines Kentucky Oaks, is the feature race on Friday’s card under the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs. A crowd of over 110,000 is expected for one of the biggest races of the year for 3-year-old fillies. The race will be broadcast... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Wednesday, May 4, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The traditional pill pull for Kentucky Derby 142 was held this evening in the Aristides Room at Churchill Downs determining the post positions for this year’s 20 starters for the Run for the Roses. The race will be televised nationally on NBC (Ch. 2) on Saturday afternoon during a three-hour... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Friday, April 29, 2016

We're eight days from the Run for the Roses and it's time for the annual Degrees of Separation post where we separate the contenders from the pretenders within some fun divisions. It's a light look at the current qualifiers based on the current leaderboard, a week out and before the post position draw to help... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Friday, April 22, 2016

After months of highlighting Derby preps in this space, it’s time to take a deep breath and return to our weekly racing notes for a week. Next week we’ll unveil our Derby Degrees of Separation post, an annual rite of Derby passage, ranking the 20 probable Derby starters. So let’s see what’s cooking in my... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Friday, April 15, 2016

Three weeks out from the Run for the Roses and the last major prep race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby worth significant qualifying points is on tap in Hot Springs, Ark. tomorrow.  The Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park will offer 100-40-20-10 points to the top four finishers in the $1 million race over 1 1/8-miles. The... Read More

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