Bob Baffert moving on with Mor Spirit

375037_574614779229396_1262672701_n LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert is back at Churchill Downs with another solid Kentucky Derby contender in Mor Spirit. But all anybody wants to talk about is last year. And Baffert understands. He knows better than anyone that American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, was a once-in-a-lifetime horse.… [Continue reading]

Japanese-based Lani is headstrong, unorthodox and well-traveled

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A horse must run a mile and a quarter to win the Kentucky Derby, but the high-strung, headstrong Lani has traveled much farther than that just to have the chance. Bred in Kentucky but based in Japan for owner Koji Maeda, the son of … [Continue reading]

JOCKEY SILKS NEWCOMER HAS SIGNIFICANT PRESENCE ON TRACK DURING 142nd KENTUCKY DERBY

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PRESS RELEASE Amarillo, Texas - May 5, 2016  —  Anywhere from four to six jockeys are expected to wear aerodynamically-engineered Speed Silks® brand jockey silks in this year’s 142nd Kentucky Derby (G-I). Speed Silks are a form-fitting, … [Continue reading]

Racehorse ‘Destin’ A Kentucky Derby Favorite

 BOCA RATON, Fla., May 2016 / -- Norton Herrick, Chairman and CEO of The Herrick Company, Inc., one of the nation's largest investment firms, is headed to Churchill Downs again, this time looking for his second Kentucky Derby crown in the past five … [Continue reading]

Destin & Kentucky Derby history

 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — When confronted with difficult decisions, horse trainers typically fall back on a couple of tried-and-true devices. When in doubt, defer to what your horse is telling you. And, if further assurance becomes necessary, look at what … [Continue reading]

Trainer Desormeaux, Exaggerator getting used to KY Derby spotlight

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 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — This part is relatively new to trainer Keith Desormeaux, the media circus, the outpouring of scrutiny. And anyone diving into the Kentucky Derby pool for the first time ought to be given some rope for taking a few awkward strokes … [Continue reading]

AGOS Claimer of the Week: Tapanna dances to victory

Tapanna took the lead after a half mile and went on to score in the first race at Keeneland last Wednesday. Tapanna has been named the agameofskill.com Claimer of the Week. The bay gelding completed his 9 furlong task over a fast track in Lexington … [Continue reading]

Nyquist rock solid in final Kentucky Derby workout

 Trainer Doug O'Neill says it is difficult to be around his unbeaten Nyquist "and not smile". There were grins breaking out across the board in the Team O'Neill shedrow Friday afternoon as the current Kentucky Derby favorite put in his final workout … [Continue reading]

Mohaymen has barn beaming in final Derby workout

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Neal McLaughlin is on the muscle. The assistant to his brother, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, woke up at 3 a.m. Friday morning with his head spinning thinking about the final pre-Kentucky Derby obstacle their charge Mohaymen faced. As … [Continue reading]

Trackus: How Nyquist Defeated Mohaymen in the Florida Derby

So how did Kentucky Derby favorite Nyquist defeat Mohaymen in the 2016 Florida Derby?  Is there more to just he ran faster?   Hear Jeff Nehf explain how Trackus works and how it can help answer those questions about this pivotal final KY Derby … [Continue reading]