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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: 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...