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Stories by Gene Kershner

By Gene Kershner » Saturday, May 2, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Good afternoon and hello from Churchill Downs and Happy Derby Day! We have a beautiful day here in Kentucky and an overflow crowd is expected to enjoy the weather and the ponies... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Saturday, May 2, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- It was just announced to the press box here at Churchill Downs that the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission stewards report that  No. 12 International Star has been scratched from... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Friday, May 1, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – It does not pay to ignore trainer Larry Jones when it comes to the Run for the Lilies. The rugged cowboy captured his third Kentucky Oaks training victory when Lovely Maria... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Friday, May 1, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The 141st 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. An... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Thursday, April 30, 2015

Trainer Todd Pletcher announced this afternoon that Stanford would scratch from the Kentucky Derby. He was made a 30-1 shot by Mike Battaglia on the morning line in yesterday's draw.  The scratch... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Wednesday, April 29, 2015

  LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The post position draw for Kentucky Derby 141 was held this afternoon in the Aristides Room at Churchill Downs determining the gates for the 20 starters for the Run for... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Friday, April 24, 2015

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... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Saturday, April 18, 2015

Charles Town, WV – On paper, it wasn’t supposed to happen this way. The No. 1 ranked racehorse in the world was supposed to be coronated in the winner’s circle in the 7th annual Charles... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Friday, April 17, 2015

Charles Town, WV – I felt like a boy who lost his last quarter in the vending machine when I walked out of Santa Anita Park last November after the Breeders’ Cup (BC) Classic. Tomorrow night... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Friday, April 10, 2015

And then there was one. The last major Derby prep race offering 100-40-20-10 points to the top four finishers is on tap Saturday afternoon. The $1 million Arkansas Derby, the feature race of... Read More

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Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.