What to Expect From the 2023 Kentucky Derby
The 149th running of the Kentucky Derby is less than two weeks away. Forte is the clear favorite. Here’s why. (more…)
Kentucky Derby 2022: Everything We Know So Far
The Run for the Roses is coming up in less than two weeks. Here’s a bit of background as well as what we know now. (more…)
2021 Kentucky Derby Need-to-Know Guide
All the 2021 Derby links you need…
2021 Kentucky Derby Field Preview & Poll
Here’s the ultimate quick guide to the 2021 Kentucky Derby field — because as the resident horse person, we know you’ll get grilled at your Derby party for the inside scoop.
Ecovet Presents Mind Your Melon: Ride Along on Helium
See what it’s like to ride a Derby contender. (more…)
2020 Kentucky Derby Need-to-Know Guide
Everything you need to know for the first Saturday in… September.
Enjoy Derby Week Virtual Farm Tours
Don’t miss out on the experience of Derby Week! Even though spectators will not be allowed and many will not be traveling to Lexington for this year’s Derby, you can still experience some of the magic of the Horse Capital of the World through these virtual tours.
Classic Performance of the Week: Mine That Bird
We may not be able to enjoy the Kentucky Derby this weekend, but we can definitely relive the exhilaration of past races. Check out this 2009 performance by Mine That Bird. (more…)
Book Review: “Better Lucky Than Good: Tall Tales and Straight Talk from the Backside of the Track”
An excellent book showcasing and humanizing a side of Thoroughbred racing most don’t see and, equally important telling the stories of the community around Churchill Downs. (more…)
2019 Kentucky Derby Need-to-Know Guide
2019 Kentucky Derby Field Preview & Poll
Here’s the ultimate quick guide to the 2019 Kentucky Derby field — because as the resident horse person, we know you’ll get grilled at your Derby party for the inside scoop.
Justify Breaks the ‘Curse of Apollo’ to Win 2018 Kentucky Derby
Justify became the first horse since Apollo in 1882 to win the Grade I Kentucky Derby without racing as a two-year-old. Watch his dominating performance in the slop here!
2018 Kentucky Derby Need-to-Know Guide
2018 Kentucky Derby Field Preview & Poll
Here’s the ultimate quick guide to the 2018 Kentucky Derby field — because as the resident horse person, we know you’ll get grilled at your Derby party for the inside scoop.
The 6 People You’ll Meet at the Derby
The Kentucky Derby is the most exciting two minutes in sports, and being such a headline event, you’ll run into several types of fan at the race itself…
Mares of Influence: Leslie’s Lady Has Two Links to 2018 Kentucky Derby
Having produced both Mendelssohn, Kentucky Derby contender, and Into Mischief, sire of Derby contender Audible, Leslie’s Lady, already 2016 Broodmare of the Year and dam of the great mare Beholder, is proving that her influence may just be coming to its peak.
Thursday Video: The Kentucky Derpy Is Coming
If you’re a horse racing fan who can take a joke, we think you’ll love this spoof.
2018 Kentucky Derby Trail Heats Up
Who’s your pick?
Always Dreaming a Dream Come True With Kentucky Derby Win
Always Dreaming, winner of the Florida Derby, took a clean trip on the rail to cruise to a sloppy but triumphant Kentucky Derby win at Churchill Downs earlier this evening.
2017 Kentucky Derby Need-to-Know Guide
2017 Kentucky Derby: Field Preview and Poll
We’ve got the ultimate crib sheet for Saturday’s Run for the Roses — get the scoop on the entries and vote in our poll for who you think will win the 2017 Kentucky Derby!
3 Underdog Stories of 2017 That Perfectly Sum Up What the Kentucky Derby Is All About
It might just be a two-minute horse race, but those two minutes represent more experience and emotion than you can possibly sum up in that mile and a quarter. Here are three of our favorite Kentucky Derby stories this year.
The Road to the Kentucky Derby
We’re just over a month away from the Run for the Roses, the most prestigious race for three-year-olds. How do horses qualify for the Derby? We take a look at the Road to the Kentucky Derby system.
Here’s Lookin’ At You, Nyquist
A camera mounted on the inside of the starting gate gives us a cool new look at Nyquist, winner of the 2016 Kentucky Derby.
Nyquist won the 2016 Kentucky Derby last weekend as the heavy favorite, and there’s little doubt he’ll go into the Preakness Stakes with the same short odds. Trainer Doug O’Neill constantly describes Nyquist as a professional who hits the track for workouts or races with a professional attitude — but it didn’t really hit home what “professionalism” looks like in a racehorse until I saw this video.
This unique camera angle offers us a view that few have ever seen as we watch Nyquist load into the starting gate at Churchill Downs:
Nyquist is clearly on a hair trigger, ready to launch out of that starting gate and thunder his way to victory, and yet he walks politely into the gate and waits, well, as patiently as we can expect. Respect for the assistant starters, who have an often-overlooked but incredibly dangerous job in loading and then standing each horse in close quarters in the starting gates!
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