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  • The next generation of horse racing stars is arriving now

    The next generation of horse racing stars is arriving now
    Horse racing's center stage, the place where the industry's best jockeys and trainers reside, is getting crowded. Ramon Dominguez, John Velazquez and current No. 1 jockey Javier Castellano may not be ready to exit stage left. Trainers Todd Pletcher,...
  • Jockey optimistic about chances with Bodemeister

    Jockey optimistic about chances with Bodemeister
    Jockey Mike Smith arrived full of confidence at Pimlico on Friday. And why not? He will ride Morning Line favorite Bodemeister out of the No. 7 gate in the Preakness. "As we all know, so many things can happen in a race, but if given the opportunity,...
  • A few pre-race Preakness thoughts, and the current odds

    A few pre-race Preakness thoughts, and the current odds
    A few final thoughts as we approach the 6:18 post time for the 137th running of the Preakness: It comes down to this: Either Bodemeister can run the same race he did two weeks ago, or he can’t. If he can, he likely won’t be beat. Kentucky...
  • Jeannine Edwards on covering the Preakness for ESPN

    Jeannine Edwards on covering the Preakness for ESPN
    ESPN’s Jeannine Edwards started her TV career as an in-track host at Pimlico and Laurel in the early 1990s. “It allowed me to learn television, because I came from a background of  training horses and had no TV experience,” she says....
  • Kentucky Derby: A final primer before the most exciting two minutes in sports

    Kentucky Derby: A final primer before the most exciting two minutes in sports
    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...
  • 'Same old Hansen' draws plenty of attention at Churchill Downs

    'Same old Hansen' draws plenty of attention at Churchill Downs
    Hansen does not need to try to be noticed. The nearly all-white colt always stands out among his peers. Yet on Thursday morning, the Breeders' Cup juvenile champion did all he could to draw the attention of a robust crowd on his first day this week at...
  • Graham Motion hopes for second straight win at the Kentucky Derby

    Graham Motion hopes for second straight win at the Kentucky Derby
    Graham Motion shrugs his shoulders when asked, then offers, as usual, a dirt-honest appraisal of his horse, Went the Day Well. "He's a good horse, deserves to be here," the trainer of last year's Kentucky Derby winner, Animal Kingdom, said about his...
  • Questions persist for Derby contender Union Rags, and for his handlers

    Questions persist for Derby contender Union Rags, and for his handlers
    Michael Matz and his assistants are tired of the question — most trainers and riders are by this point in the week before the country's most talked-about horse race — and give mostly a perfunctory answer. "He's just a really nice horse,"...
  • Bodemeister, Baffert look to pull off rare feat in Kentucky Derby

    Bodemeister, Baffert look to pull off rare feat in Kentucky Derby
    Bob Baffert calls his son, Bode, over for the cameras. The boy, a shy 7-year-old, relents as his mother brushes a mess of brown hair from his eyes. Then the boy shows what he's learned from his father, the witty trainer whose hard-driving style has led...
  • Kentucky Derby: Hamilton Smith still going unnoticed

    Kentucky Derby: Hamilton Smith still going unnoticed
    Hamilton Smith’s brother, Franklin, came out to the track at Churchill Downs to see two horses he knows well Franklin, who breaks about 150 horses each year, turned both Dulluhan, trained by Dale Romans, and Done Talking, trained by Hamilton Smith,...
  • Oaks Day at Churchill Downs gives Rosie Napravnik her chance

    Oaks Day at Churchill Downs gives Rosie Napravnik her chance
    It’s Oaks Day at Churchill Downs, and the color pink has grown over the vast grandstand and the sprawling infield. The “Pink Out” will help raise money for cancer charities, as it has done in recent years. That’s all part of what...
  • Kentucky derby hats > Ridiculous Royal wedding hats

    Kentucky derby hats > Ridiculous Royal wedding hats
    We'll get to the more serious Kentucky Derby news soon, but before we do, a brief word about patriotic fashion. Although it's only Wednesday here at Churchill Downs, you can already take a stroll of the grounds and see countless beautiful women...