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Derby, Oaks Fields Both Set And Unsettled With Two Weeks To Go

Derby, Oaks Fields Both Set And Unsettled With Two Weeks To Go

| April 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

The long journeys to the 2014 renewals of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and the Longines Kentucky Oaks are in the homestretch and, with guidance offered by the standings on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” and Oaks point system leaderboards, the fields for both races are mostly set.

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California Chrome, Jerkens Family Among Good Derby 140 Tales

California Chrome, Jerkens Family Among Good Derby 140 Tales

| April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s been written in this corner over the years that one could enjoy significant success in handicapping the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands by simply searching for the horse that is the best story.

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Points A Point Of Concern For Derby 140

Points A Point Of Concern For Derby 140

| April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

The first of 100 points-to-the-winner preps for the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands last weekend locked down spots in the starting gate for the big race on the first Saturday in May, but did little to add clarity to the overall Derby picture.

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Ramseys Take Aim On The Big One

Ramseys Take Aim On The Big One

| March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Last year provided clear evidence to those connected in any way to Thoroughbred racing that all were living the world of Kentucky native Ken Ramsey.

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Derby ‘Hoppertunity’ For Baffert

Derby ‘Hoppertunity’ For Baffert

| March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

With just over six weeks remaining in preparation time for Kentucky Derby 140 at Churchill Downs and number of major prep races dwindling to a short roster of critical tests, a major question remains. Is anybody good enough to win two of these things?

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Derby Candidates Emerging From Unusual Locales

Derby Candidates Emerging From Unusual Locales

| March 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

When any enterprise has been around as long as Thoroughbred racing or the soon-to-be 140-year-old Kentucky Derby, history is going to generate a few adages, aphorisms and a good amount of conventional wisdom as part of its culture. After decades of following racing and its biggest event, this one has emerged as my favorite; “You [...]

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60 and Counting: Big Derby Question Yet to Be Answered

60 and Counting: Big Derby Question Yet to Be Answered

| March 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Another milepost on the journey to the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands is now visible only with a backward glance.

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Intense Holiday Could Lead Locals To Derby

Intense Holiday Could Lead Locals To Derby

| February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

The “Road to the Kentucky Derby” points race that will determine eligibility for the horses that compete in the upcoming 135th running of America’s Greatest Race ratcheted up the intensity level last week with the first of the year’s Championship Series races in which the winner earns 50 points.

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New On-Track Voice of Churchill, Getting a Close Look at Derby Hopes

New On-Track Voice of Churchill, Getting a Close Look at Derby Hopes

| February 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Thoroughbred gets only one shot to win the Kentucky Derby.

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Fitting Farewell For A Kentucky Favorite

Fitting Farewell For A Kentucky Favorite

| February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

In a business in which happy endings are far from guaranteed, Sunday afternoon was a time for smiles.

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