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Kentucky Derby

  • Kentucky Derby winner Mage is facing a fresh set of horses in the Preakness in a situation not seen in more than half a century, and he's the early favorite to beat them. Mage was installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite at the post position draw Monday. He’s the only horse in the field of eight set to take part in the second race of the Triple Crown two weeks after running in the Derby.
  • Kentucky Derby winner Mage will run in the 148th Preakness following an encouraging workout at Churchill Downs, the horse’s connections said. Mage galloped about 1 1/2 miles at a brisk pace with exercise rider J.J. Delgado aboard Friday morning at the track. Co-owner and bloodstock agent Ramiro Restrepo said the chestnut colt was “thriving” with good energy levels after his latest training session since winning the 149th Derby, paving the way for the horse to enter the Triple Crown’s second jewel at Pimlico in Baltimore. Mage will run in the 1 3/16th mile Preakness just two weeks after covering 1 1/4 mile in the Derby in 2:01.57.
  • Javier Castellano was reminded of his Kentucky Derby drought right before the race. That's all over now.
  • After seven deaths raised questions about the future of horse racing, Mage earned a surprising Kentucky Derby victory on Saturday, capping a nerve-rattling day that included two more fatalities ahead of the 149th edition of the world’s most famous race.
  • The Kentucky Derby is known as the most exciting two minutes in sport, but it's days, weeks, months and even years in the planning. WUKY Horse Capital reporter Samantha Lederman recently found out more about the Asbury University Equine Studies program which trains the police horses that will patrol Churchill Downs.
  • WUKY’s award-winning history series Saving Stories celebrates the 50th anniversary of Secretariat’s Kentucky Derby triumph. Nunn Center for Oral History director Doug Boyd shares audio from a 2007 interview with owner Penny Chenery conducted by Kim Lady Smith in which she talks about how the legendary champion eventually captured her heart while captivating the sporting world in 1973.
  • Chris McCarron is a Hall of Fame jockey and a two-time Kentucky Derby winner. He won six Triple Crown events in all. He won nine Breeders Cup races, including five Classics, and many other major races. He led North American jockeys in earnings four times, and led in wins three times. He won an Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey in 1974 and another Eclipse for Outstanding Jockey in 1980. He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in 1989.He retired in 2002 with 7,141 wins – currently seventh all-time – and purse earnings of nearly 264 million dollars, a record at the time. He served as technical advisor, racing designer, and had an acting role as Hall of Fame jockey Charlie Kurtsinger in the 2003 film “Seabiscuit.” He also founded the North American Racing Academy to help develop the skills of young riders.
  • Todd Pletcher-trained colt Forte and Brad Cox's filly Wet Paint are the morning line favorites respectively for the 149th Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.
  • A federal judge has denied Bob Baffert’s request to lift his two-year suspension by Churchill Downs. The judge says the Hall of Fame trainer did not prove its discipline hurt his business and reputation.
  • To some, Lexington businessman W.T. Young is known as the namesake of the University of Kentucky’s iconic library building, to others he’s the entrepreneur who built a peanut butter brand and sold it to P & G, and in the world of thoroughbred racing he’s the man who molded Overbrook Horse Farm into a powerhouse breeding facility. In fact, in 1996, Grindstone, a three-year old colt owned by Young, won the Kentucky Derby, beating out Cavonnier by a nose at the wire. In this Derby week edition of WUKY’s award winning history series Saving Stories, Nunn Center for Oral History director Doug Boyd shares audio of a 2001 interview with the now legendary Lexingtonian.