Disqualifier for Kentucky Derby? One Streak Has Stood the Test of Time

Disqualifier for Kentucky Derby ? One Streak Has Stood Test of Time America’s Best Racing Previously, that streak dating back to 1882 Kentucky Derby hero Apollo was just one part of a veritable rulebook for glory on the first Saturday in May.

churchill downs ky derby day“It’s not really about experience, it’s about being far enough along to be good enough to win at a mile and a quarter on the first Saturday in May. That development usually takes some time; it’s just really hard to compress it all within four or five months and then not have any setbacks along the way. And then you have to be good enough on that day. Curlin was good enough — he had been before and he was afterward — just not that day,” explained Jerry Brown.

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Triple Crown Radio Coverage

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Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, KY will partner with NBC Sports Group, the home of horse racing, to provide live radio coverage of all three Triple Crown races through 2018 it was announced today.

For each race, NBC Sports Radio will present two hours of live coverage from 5-7 p.m. ET, produced in partnership with HRRN, and distributed by Westwood One.  Audio coverage will also be distributed via the Tune In website and mobile app, and on the HRRN website.

HRRN and NBC Sports Radio partnered to provide exclusive radio coverage of American Pharoah’s historic Triple Crown run in 2015.

“To be associated with such an iconic broadcast organization is a tremendous honor,” said HRRN President Mike Penna.  “The NBC Sports Group and Westwood One teams are as good as it gets.  We are excited to build on the momentum from last year’s Triple Crown and look forward to taking the broadcasts to even greater heights through this partnership in the coming years.”

“We are pleased to have HRRN as a partner at the Triple Crown races again this year to help us bring NBC Sports Radio listeners the best, most insightful coverage of these three great races,” said Rob Simmelkjaer, Senior Vice President of NBC Sports Ventures.

Bruce Gilbert, SVP Sports for Cumulus/Westwood One, said “Westwood One Sports is proud to partner with NBC Sports and HRRN to present every majestic moment of thrilling Triple Crown Racing to fans everywhere.”

For more information on programming, please contact Westwood One atNBCSportsRadio@westwoodone.com.  For a complete schedule of shows, bios, exclusive audio content, and a list of radio stations airing NBC Sports Radio, log on to NBCSportsRadio.com andhorseracingradio.net

NBC SPORTS GROUP AND HORSE RACING: NBC Sports Group is the exclusive home to the most important and prestigious events in horse racing, including the Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup. NBC has been the exclusive home of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes since 2001, and the Belmont Stakes since 2011, when NBC Sports Group reassembled the Triple Crown.

About HRRN

The Horse Racing Radio Network is your home for Eclipse Award winning coverage of the biggest events in racing throughout the year. In 2016, HRRN will broadcast more than 100 stakes races from racetracks across the country, and is the official radio network of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont Stakes, and Breeders’ Cup World Championships. HRRN also produces a series of popular talk shows aired throughout the week on SiriusXM satellite radio: Xpressbet Radio on HRRN (WednesdayFriday, 3-6 p.m. ET), Jock Talk presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka (Tuesday, 6-7 p.m. ET), Trainer Talk presented by Fasig-Tipton (Wednesday, 6-7 p.m. ET), Brisnet Call In Show (Thursday,6-7 p.m. ET), Xpressbet Weekend Stakes Preview (Friday, 6-7 p.m. ET) and the Equine Forum (Saturday, 8-10 a.m. ET). .

For more information visit www.horseracingradio.net, follow us on Twitter @HRRN and like “Horse Racing Radio Network” on Facebook.

California Chrome to Seek All-Time Record

California Chrome working out spring of 2014

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 Kentucky Derby Winner on the Comeback Trail

California Chrome knows the drill. It starts with horse cookies. “Every morning, as soon as he sees me, he starts nickering,” trainer Art Sherman said with a chuckle. “He’s saying, ‘Where’s my cookie?!’ I’ve got to give him one right away or he won’t shut up.”

After a year of globe-trotting but little racing, California Chrome… [Read more…]

Kentucky Derby Winner Orb Sparkles in Workout for Preakness 138

“I thought it was breathtaking,” said McGaughey. “It sent cold chills up my back…I couldn’t be more thrilled…Right now I’m on cloud nine. The way he was striding today, the way he held his leads through the lane, I thought … it was spectacular.”

Orb breezed in :47.18 for a half mile, with a gallop out in :59.54 for five furlongs. Listen to McGaughey’s 8-minute interview with the media following the workout. He also discusses competitors Oxbow, Departing and Will Take Charge.

 

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“Right now I am on Cloud Nine,” stated McGaughey.  Here is the video ot the workout.  Once Orb turns into the stretch, the video quality of the workout improves dramatically.

 

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Your Chance to Ride Kentucky Derby Winner Orb

Horse racing received some nice exposure from the Tech news company Mashable.  That firm included a snippet about the virtual ride video of Derby 139 champ Orb in their most recent e-newsletter as well as on their popular website.

Check out the well done video that includes the actual race call from track announcer Larry Collmus.  Produced by Trackus.

 

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HRRN Begins 18 Hours of KY Derby 139 Week Covering beginning Tuesday

Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, KY, announced Monday they will launch 18 hours of Derby week programming beginning Tuesday, April 30, with exclusive coverage of the Kentucky Derby Trainers Dinner presented by the KTA-KTOB.

HRRN, the exclusive radio network of Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby 139, continues the extensive Derby week schedule Wednesday, May 1 with their popular Derby Countdown Show hosted live form the Churchill Downs backside.  The Derby Countdown airs live from 8-10 a.m. ET Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings and will be replayed from 3-5 p.m. ET each afternoon on SiriusXM satellite radio.  In addition, HRRN will provide live coverage of the Kentucky Derby post position draw from 5-6 p.m. ET on Wednesday afternoon.

A full slate of live racing coverage begins Friday afternoon with a 3-hour broadcast of the Kentucky Oaks and undercard stakes from 3-6 p.m. ET.  On Saturday, HRRN returns with a special Kentucky Derby edition of their weekly Saturday morning Equine Form show from 8-10 a.m. and continues that afternoon with coverage of the Derby day undercard stakes from 2-4 p.m. ET and the exclusive broadcast of Kentucky Derby 139 presented by Yum! Brands from 5-7 p.m. ET.

HRRN’s broadcasts will be available on affiliates throughout the country as well as on SiriusXM and streamed live on the HRRN website, www.horseracingradio.net.  In addition, the Kentucky Derby will be broadcast to U.S. service men and women around the world on the American Forces Network.

A complete Derby week schedule along with a listing of nationwide affiliates and SiriusXM channel information for each show can be found on the HRRN site.

Coverage will be hosted by HRRN’s Eclipse Award-winning broadcast team of Mike Penna, Jude Feld, Kurt Becker, Sean Clancy and Chad Summers.  Lee Dellapina and Shawn Seay will produce.

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KY Derby 136 Backside Buzz – April 26, 2013

Jill Bryne likes the leading contenders.

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KY Derby Television Ad direct from Europe

 

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Celebrating its 180th anniversary in 2012, Longines is a sponsor of some of the world’s most celebrated horse races. The Swiss company ran a striking television ad during the NBC Kentucky Derby television broadcast. Over the years some of the best television ads for promotion of the sport have come from sponsors within the game. The ad from Longines this year is no exception. The link above is to the full advert, about one minute longer than what was aired here in the United States.

About Longines & The YouTube Ad

“Longines sweeps you deep into the heart of the equestrian action in which it is today passionately involved. Its new commercial was shot in the grandiose setting of the Chantilly Racecourse, where Longines is the official timekeeper and where the Prix de Diane Longines is staged. Film director Cyril Clapin’s camera takes you backstage for the weighing-in, where the jockeys fine-tune their concentration, and into the stalls where the horses themselves are being readied. From the palpable tension prior to a race to the collective shiver at the starting gun, you’ll live the dramatic seconds ticked off by the race chronograph and experience the beauty and power of the galloping horses. Jockey and mount are then but one.”

KY Derby Analysis available from 10-time NHC Qualifier

In this 24-page PDF ebook you will receive Rich Nilsen’s expert analysis of all 20 starters in Kentucky Derby 138, along with pace scenario, top selections and wagering strategies. Each horse is rated as a contender, borderline exotic use, or a throwout. Nilsen is one of the most successful players in the history of the $2 million National Handicapping Championship (NHC)

Nilsen includes a value odds line to determine the best horses to wager on, and he discusses wagering strategies (including exactas and trifectas) for three different budgets.

“Kentucky Derby 138 Analysis” includes:

  • Pace Scenario
  • Profiles of all 20 horses in alphabetical order
  • The 2 horses to key most of your wagers around
  • Value oddsline
  • Wagering Strategies

This guide was published after the post position draw on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

Purchase this KY Derby guide today – instant download – for only $4.97

This book is also available for the Kindle here on Amazon.

2012 Kentucky Derby Contenders, Borderline Horses, and Throwouts – Part VI

 

PPs of KY Derby favorite Bodemeister

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BODEMEISTER (5/1, # 11 on the Money List )

This son of Empire Maker may have peaked in the G1 Arkansas Derby, when he overcame a very tough outside post that afternoon to crush the field by 9 1/2 widening lengths. He got the final 1/8th of a mile in a shade under 12 seconds, which is simply phenomenal and explains why he won by so far. In the process he earned a very strong 105 BRIS Speed Rating and an even bigger Beyer speed figure.

I was on Bodemeister when he broke his maiden in his second career start, Feb. 11 at Santa Anita. That day it was a similar performance, as the young colt dictated the pace and then drew away to 9 1/4 length win in fast time. Off that impressive maiden win, he was stepped up to the G2 San Felipe by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and the result was a strong 2nd place finish to Creative Cause, the top horse in California.

This handicapper really likes Bodemeister, but I am also a value player and there are several problems with this talented horse when it comes to Kentucky Derby 138. Here are the six reasons that I will not be keying my bets around Bode:

1) Bodemeister will be the favorite in the Kentucky Derby, despite what other people think. He is coming off a monster win and a huge Beyer figure. Union Rags is coming off a disappointing 3rd.  Factor in Bob Baffert, and there is no doubt in my mind who goes off favorite. It’s hard to bet on an underlay in any Kentucky Derby, but especially so this year when the field appears to be very strong.

2) No Kentucky Derby winner since Apollo in 1882 has been unraced as a two year old. That’s 1882 not 1982. Different trends have been falling by the wayside in recent years, but this is the negative trend of all negative trends. The last big-name victim of this trend was eventual Horse of the Year Curlin.

3) Check out this post-race quote from the Arkansas Derby. “The key to this horse is keeping him quiet in the post parade,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “He got really hot in his last race [San Felipe]. It’s exciting to see a young horse develop like this.” Welcome to the Kentucky Derby Day paddock, Bode.

4) The runner-up, Secret Circle, from Oaklawn can’t run a lick past 8.5 furlongs, and the rest of the field was pretty lackluster. Bottom line: he didn’t beat much.

5) He has bounce written all over him. Oftentimes horses bounce because they don’t get the same situation in their next start. See reason #6.

6) This may be the most scary reason for those planning on supporting Bodemeister. He owns two lifetime wins and in both races he did not pass a horse. Bode has never passed a horse en route to winning a race. I’m not saying he isn’t capable of doing that but he is unproven rating. There is a ton of pace in this year’s Kentucky Derby and that potentially hurts Bode big time.

Status: Contender. Value players will consider tossing him due to the reasons discussed above.

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