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Liane Crossley: Belmont features rematch between morning line favorite Orb, Oxbow

A field of 14 has been entered for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in the New York City suburbs. Kentucky Derby winner Orb is the 3-to-1 morning line favorite in the third jewel of the Triple Crown.   Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow and Derby runner-up Golden Soul are among his rivals in the 1 ½-mile race that will be televised on NBC starting at 5 p.m. Post time is 6:20 p.m.   One...

No Triple crown again this year, as Oxbow
is surprise Preakness winner, Orb is fourth

Orb in Kentucky Derby 139 (Photo by Weasie Gaines/KentuckyDerby.com)   Jockey Gary Stevens, out of a 12-year retirement, rode Oxbow wire-to-wire to an upset Preakness win for his “father figure,” trainer D. Wayne Lucas, assuring another year without a Triple Crown winner. Oxbow is the first Calumet Farm winner since Forward Pass in 1968. Oxbow finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby.   Second...

No Triple crown again this year, as Oxbow is surprise Preakness winner, Orb is fourth

Orb in Kentucky Derby 139 (Photo by Weasie Gaines/KentuckyDerby.com)   Jockey Gary Stevens, out of a 12-year retirement, rode Oxbow wire-to-wire to an upset Preakness win for his “father figure,” trainer D. Wayne Lucas, assuring another year without a Triple Crown winner. Oxbow is the first Calumet Farm winner since Forward Pass in 1968. Oxbow finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby.   Second...

Liane Crossley: Orb has eight Preakness challengers for second phase of Triple Crown

Kentucky Derby winner Orb, trained by Lexington native Shug McGaughey, drew the post position 1 for Saturday's Preakness Stakes. (Photo from KentuckyDerby.com)   Kentucky Derby winner Orb takes another giant leap toward his attempt at sweeping the Triple Crown when he face eight rivals in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in the Baltimore suburbs. The race is set for...

Billy Reed: In middle of Derby madness, an intense, quiet ‘Shug’ smiled – and rightfully so

The rain that drenched Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May was not a warm spring rain. It was a mean, cold, depressing rain that forced many in the Kentucky Derby crowd of 151,000 to hide their sporty clothes under ponchos. It was, in the mind of trainer Claude R. “Shug” McGaughey, an Easy Goer kind of rain. His sense of deja vu was real as the rivulets of water pouring from the roof of...

Billy Reed: In middle of Derby madness, an intense, quiet 'Shug' smiled – and rightfully so

The rain that drenched Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May was not a warm spring rain. It was a mean, cold, depressing rain that forced many in the Kentucky Derby crowd of 151,000 to hide their sporty clothes under ponchos. It was, in the mind of trainer Claude R. “Shug” McGaughey, an Easy Goer kind of rain. His sense of deja vu was real as the rivulets of water pouring from the roof of...

Seth Kochera: With quality of field, you could make argument for most of this year’s horses

That glorious day is almost upon us – the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby (Grade 1).   This year brings about a nice field where you could make an argument for most of the horses in it. The likely favorite looks to be Orb (Malibu Moon). The Florida Derby (Grade 1) winner is unbeaten this year, and has been training well at Churchill Downs this week.   Undefeated Verrazano (More...

Seth Kochera: With quality of field, you could make argument for most of this year's horses

That glorious day is almost upon us – the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby (Grade 1).   This year brings about a nice field where you could make an argument for most of the horses in it. The likely favorite looks to be Orb (Malibu Moon). The Florida Derby (Grade 1) winner is unbeaten this year, and has been training well at Churchill Downs this week.   Undefeated Verrazano (More...

Derby post position draw set; McGaughey-trained Orb, Verrazano morning line favorites

The 139th Kentucky Derby post position draw is set, and it looks like this:   BLACK ONYX (Post position 1, morning line 50-1)   “Saturday we hope to make it the winningest post position in Kentucky Derby history. We know Oxbow isn’t the best of breakers; it’s not a bad horse to be next to. We’re going to make the best of what we can. We’re going to go back and look at all the different...

Seth Kochera: Top contenders Verranzo, Normandy Invasion training well at Churchill

Let’s review the previous two weekends of racing. In the Arkansas Derby (Grade 1), it was all Overanalyze (Dixie Union), who certainly gained his share of supporters for the first Saturday in May with an open-length victory here. The winner was taken extremely wide into the first turn, but he still stayed within striking distance up the backstretch and into the final bend. He was third at the top...

Seth Kochera: Derby trail will heat up in next three weeks with high-point races on tap

In last weekend’s races, relatively unproven prospects jockeyed for position on the Derby trail.   In the Spiral Stakes (Grade 3) at Turfway Park it was Black Onyx (Rock Hard Ten) who pulled the upset. In the race itself, local hero Mac the Man (El Corredor) asserted himself at the front and was caught just entering the final bend by Taken by the Storm (Stormy Atlantic) and Black Onyx. Those...

Liane Crossley: Odds are against making it
to the Derby, much less winning the big race

The Kentucky Derby is held the first Saturday in May. (Photo from KentuckyTourism.com)   Just as most parents like to believe their children can grow up to be president, Thoroughbred owners and their connections like to believe their racehorses can one day win the Kentucky Derby. Whether the animal is a frisky newborn, a strapping yearling or a promising runner, its people wonder—often aloud—if...