Kentucky Derby notebook: Trainer Mark Casse has retained his faith in War of Will through a poor final prep performance and a tough draw for Saturday's race. Meanwhile, jockey Mike Smith looks for a ride after Omaha Beach's scratch.
With morning-line favorite Omaha Beach out of the Kentucky Derby, rival trainers forecast a wide-open scramble among top contenders. Meanwhile, the scratched favorite's trainer, Richard Mandella, licked his wounds from an epic disappointment.
Neither rain nor snow nor that other stuff can stop Larry Collmus from calling a horse race — though fog, like that which shrouded last month’s Preakness, comes close. Collmus is a Howard County native and NBC’s race-caller for the Triple Crown.
After the stock market crash helped end Noah Abramson's promising career as a professional show jumper, the Howard County native is making an impact as a thoroughbred trainer and won with one of his horses running Preakness Day.
Trainer Bob Baffert is already regarded as one of the greatest ever in his profession. But with another Kentucky Derby champion and Preakness favorite in Justify, he's on the cusp of breaking all-time records.
History has always preceded the arrival of the reigning Derby champion in Maryland, a well-worn reminder that there is no such thing as a sure thing, not for bettors. Justify is this year’s early Preakness favorite, undefeated in four races, the last a convincing May 5 win at Churchill Downs.
The potential Preakness field grew stronger Thursday with the news that Bolt d'Oro is pointed toward the race. Meanwhile, Justify helped allay fears about his left rear hoof with a comfortable gallop in Kentucky.