| May 4, 2012
| 4:42 PM
On a cool Saturday morning, Hamilton A. Smith — the programs call him that, but most every acquaintance calls him Ham or Hammy — is doing his best to do as he always has.
He moves around his barn at Laurel Park, working his staff. His rapid-...
| May 5, 2012
| 11:22 AM
It’s hot – but not too hot – and humid – but not too humid – here as 150,000 people make their way toward Churchill Downs, where the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby will take place at about 6:30 tonight.
Hard rain fell...
| May 2, 2012
| 10:10 AM
Crowds are beginning to swell here at Churchill Downs.
"They let everybody in here," said Hamilton Smith, the long-time Laurel Park fixture who has a horse in the Kentucky Derby for the first time. "Just look at 'em."
Indeed, there was a Blood Mary or...
| Mar 31, 2012
| 7:21 PM
We're more than a month from the Kentucky Derby, but the jostling has begun.
A horse named Take Charge Indy won the $1 million, Grade 1 Florida Derby with a wire-to-wire dash under the ever-daring Calvin Borel Saturday. Reveron gave him a run coming...
| Mar 31, 2012
| 10:36 PM
Claimed for $7,500 two weeks ago, Sneaky Lil won the $50,000 Shine Again Stakes at Pimlico on Saturday.
Abel Castellano led the daughter of 1996 Preakness winner Louis Quatorze on a late charge to win the feature race of opening weekend. The 6-year-old...
| May 17, 2014
| 9:15 PM
California Chrome was the best 3-year-old thoroughbred in America going into the Kentucky Derby. He was the best at Churchill Downs. And now he's the 2014 Preakness Stakes champion after distancing himself from Saturday's 10-horse field.
He went off...
| May 13, 2014
| 4:30 PM
The story of 2009 Kentucky Derby standout Mine That Bird follows in the hoofprints of other equine heroes, but while the saga of "Seabiscuit" was suffused in Americana, and "Secretariat" leaned on the success of a pioneering woman in the sport, "50 to 1"...
| May 2, 2014
| 12:29 PM
California Chrome, el gran favorito para ganar el Derby de Kentucky (5-2), partirá de la quinta puerta de salida en la 140 edición de la famosa 'Carrera de las Rosas' que se correrá mañana sábado en Churchill Downs.
California Chrome será montado por...
| May 14, 2014
| 9:52 PM
California Chrome continued his charmed existence on the road to the Triple Crown of horse racing Wednesday by drawing a favorable No. 3 post position for Saturday's Preakness Stakes.
The race, 1 3/16 miles run at venerable Pimlico track for a $1.5-...
| May 16, 2014
| 4:50 PM
The call to post for the Preakness Stakes will be as follows:
No. 1. Dynamic Impact (12-1 morning line odds) — Has won two of his three races this year and will be ridden by first-time Preakness jockey Miguel Mena.
No. 2. General A Rod (15-1)...
| May 22, 2014
| 2:35 PM
The true-life horse-racing tale "50 to 1" takes forever to get galloping — and when it finally does, it's too little too late.
Directed by Oscar-winning producer Jim Wilson ("Dances With Wolves") from a script he wrote with Faith Conroy, the movie...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Indie racehorse drama "50 to 1," the saga of 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird (pictured above), has been set for a March 21 release in 260 theaters.
"50 to 1" director, producer, co-writer and racehorse owner Jim Wilson -- who won a Best Picture...