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Billy Reed: We must hope Churchill Downs comes to its senses; big Derby crowd is too great a risk

In announcing Churchill Downs plan for what’s left of the Kentucky Derby, track president Kevin Flanery said in a news release, “We’re optimistic that this time-honored event, which belongs to our community and our country, will serve as a progressive and unifying force that can help bring us together.” Really? I would like to think Flanery is right. Instead, I’m wondering what they are...

Tacitus, War of Will headline Saturday’s Belmont Stakes to conclude unusual Triple Crown season

By Liane Crossley Special to KyForward Tactitus, third in the Kentucky Derby, is the 9-5 morning line favorite among 10 three-year-olds entered for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. Preakness Stakes winner War of Will is second choice at 2-1. Previewing the race requires a brief recap of arguably the most talked first two legs of the Triple Crown since the Kentucky Derby and Preakness were inaugurated nearly...

War of Will wins $1.5m Preakness; three Keeneland sales graduates take top three spots

Keeneland sales graduates swept the top three spots in Saturday’s $1.5 million Preakness (G1) at Pimlico as Gary Barber’s War of Will won the race by 1¼ lengths over Calumet Farm’s Everfast with Rupp Racing’s Owendale finishing third. This was the first Preakness in 23 years not to include a Kentucky Derby winner. Keeneland sales have produced 25 Preakness winners, including 10 of the...

Kentucky Derby also-ran Patch among a host of race horses who lived up — or down — to their names

By Liane Crossley Special to KyForward Thoroughbred racehorses are much harder to name than pets or people with guidelines that include an 18-letter limit and restrictions against previously used monikers. Despite the challenge, owners cleverly christen racers with handles that might reflect pedigree, places, family, friends, occupation or trends. Runners in this season’s Triple Crown sported examples...

No Triple Crown: Cloud Computing overhauls Classic Empire late to post major Preakness upset

BALTIMORE– KlaravichStables and William H. Lawrence’s Cloud Computing tracked a hotly contestedpace duel between Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming and Classic Empireinto the far turn before launching a determined stretch run and pulling off a 12-1 upset in Saturday’s 142nd Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course. The lightly raced colt, who had won only one of three previous starts,...

Top two Derby finishers set up for rematch in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes at Pimlico

By Liane Crossley KyForward correspondent When undefeated Nyquist sailed to victory in the Kentucky Derby on May 7, he conjured up dreams of Triple Crown glory. Last year American Pharoah fulfilled that dream, nearly four decades removed from the previous Triple Crown winner in 1978. Consecutive Triple Crown winners might seem impossible but, in fact, Affirmed swept the series just one year after...

Billy Reed: Dilapidated Pimlico likely to see Nyquist capture second leg of racing’s Triple Crown

As we begin contemplating the second jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, your first question probably is, “What is a Preakness?” That is a very good question because some people in Baltimore think it has something to do with the Colts moving to Indianapolis and that simply is not true. You will not be surprised to learn that “Preakness” is a Native American word that means “Woods...

Liane Crossley: Top Derby finishers set for rematch in eight-horse Preakness Stakes

The racing world’s big question is “Can American Pharoah win the Triple Crown?” The obvious answer is “Only if he can win the Preakness Stakes on Saturday.”   Triple Crown winners 1919 Sir Barton 1930 Gallant Fox 1935 Omaha 1937 War Admiral 1941 Whirlaway 1943 Count Fleet 1946 Assault 1948 Citation 1973 Secretariat 1977 Seattle Slew 1978 Affirmed After his decisive Kentucky Derby triumph...

Liane Crossley: Top Derby finishers set for rematch in eight-horse Preakness Stakes

The racing world’s big question is “Can American Pharoah win the Triple Crown?” The obvious answer is “Only if he can win the Preakness Stakes on Saturday.”   Triple Crown winners 1919 Sir Barton 1930 Gallant Fox 1935 Omaha 1937 War Admiral 1941 Whirlaway 1943 Count Fleet 1946 Assault 1948 Citation 1973 Secretariat 1977 Seattle Slew 1978 Affirmed After his decisive Kentucky Derby triumph...

California Chrome tabbed 3-5 favorite in Preakness, will break from No. 3 post

Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome was installed as the 3-5 favorite for Saturday’s $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course following Wednesday’s Post Position Draw for the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.   Preakness Information   Steven Coburn and Perry Martin’s homebred colt, who scored a 1 ¾-length victory in the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs on...

Preakness favorite California Chrome finally makes the Baltimore scene at Pimlico

California Chrome is on the scene for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes (Photo from Pimlico Communications) Kentucky Derby (G1) winner California Chrome arrived at Pimlico Race Course Monday afternoon to continue his quest for an elusive Triple Crown sweep in Saturday’s 139th Preakness Stakes (G1).   The 3-year-old California-bred colt, who captured the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs by...

Trainer Sherman says Preakness the next goal for Derby champion California Chrome

CALIFORNIA CHROME (1st) – The chestnut colt California Chrome carved his name in the history books Saturday at Churchill Downs, earning himself the right to sleep in until 6 a.m. Sunday morning at his Barn 20 new Kentucky home.   California Chrome trainer Art Sherman says he will point his Derby winner toward the Preakness (Photo from Churchill Downs Communications) “He’s fine,” reported...

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...

Billy Reed: Calumet jockey not wearing devils’ red-and-blue? Horse-racing blasphemy, I say!

As in most things, I’m a traditionalist when it comes to sports uniforms. The New York Yankees must always be in pinstripes. The Indiana University basketball team must never give up the candy-striped warmup pants. The University of Michigan should stop playing football before changing the Wolverine helmets.   Gary Stevens rode Oxbow to Preakness victory in black and gold - not the devils' red-and-blue...

Billy Reed: Calumet jockey not wearing devils' red-and-blue? Horse-racing blasphemy, I say!

As in most things, I’m a traditionalist when it comes to sports uniforms. The New York Yankees must always be in pinstripes. The Indiana University basketball team must never give up the candy-striped warmup pants. The University of Michigan should stop playing football before changing the Wolverine helmets.   Gary Stevens rode Oxbow to Preakness victory in black and gold - not the devils' red-and-blue...

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...

Wesley Eversole: Fun facts about Kentucky Derby – the 'Greatest Two Minutes in Sports'

  With the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, I thought I would take the time to share some fun and interesting facts about the race that has come to be known as “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports.”   • The first Kentucky Derby was held on May 17, 1875, and was won by Aristides.   • The Kentucky Derby is the longest continuous sporting event in...