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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...

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...

2012 Review: A salute to the interesting team of columnists who make KyForward special

No review of 2012 would be completed for KyForward if we did not recognize the deep, talented group of regular columnists who add personality, style and depth to our fledgling online newspaper. These are people with expertise and experience who have deep community connections (and like us, affection for our place) and who want to share, engage, help, improve, entertain, cajole, advocate – in positive...