Author Archive: John Asher
It’s an event with deep roots in agrarian times and a celebration that incorporates all of Kentucky’s grand traditions, yet some of the Kentucky Derby’s greatest days have come during the past 14 years, as instant communication, the Internet and social media have changed our lives.
Last weekend held the promise of something very special as two spectacular 3-year-old fillies – Longines Kentucky Oaks winner Untapable and Britain’s unbeaten Taghrooda, winner of Epsom Oaks – were set for matches against males in their respective shores.
If the Eclipse Awards that honor the most accomplished horses and humans in American racing were handed out today, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome would easily add the statuette that honors the champion 3-year-old to an already impressive trophy case.
If the Eclipse Awards that honor the most accomplished horses and humans in American racing were handed out today, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome would easily add the statuette that honors the champion 3-year-old to his already impressive trophy case.
The Churchill Downs Spring Meet that began with such a flourish of impressive victories by California Chrome in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Untapable in the Longines Kentucky Oaks concluded its 38-day run on Sunday with a mixed bag of results.
The soon-to-conclude Spring Meet at Churchill Downs will be remembered as a racing session highlighted by terrific renewals of the track’s greatest races, but some bumpy going at many other times during its 38-day run.
The prospect of winning the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic ranks high on the list of wishes for anyone in the horse industry, and the background of the first horse to earn a spot in the starting gate for that race is one that gives everyone hope.