See what it’s like to ride a Derby contender. (more…)
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.
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…)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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