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Trainers, Jockeys Make Final Preps For Derby 135

by Rick Howlett on May 1, 2009

The 135th Kentucky Derby will be run shortly after 6:00pm Saturday, with a full field of 20 in the Run for the Roses.

The early favorite, at 3 to 1, is I Want Revenge, followed by co-second favorites Dunkirk and Pioneer of the Nile, at 4-1. The third favorite, at 5 to 1, is Friesan Fire, trained by Larry Jones, who says his jockey, Gabriel Saez, has formed a special bond with the horse.

“He believes everytime he goes out there that he can win the race.    He has it where that he just really believes it and the first thing you know the horse believes it too.   He just has a way of transferring it over to the horse.   He’s been able to do than in many cases for me and i’m counting on him doing that with Friesan Fire.    Friesan Fire is undefeated since he got on him.    There’s something going on,”  Jones said.

Jones’ Derby entry last year was the filly Eight Belles, who, with Saez aboard, broke down just after finishing second and had to be euthanized.

Friesan Fire will run from the number six post position.

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Eight Belles' Memorial Drew Crowds, Promise of Better Sport

by kespeland September 8, 2008

Mourners packed the Kentucky Derby Museum’s garden Sunday to remember Eight Belles.

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Eight Belles Ceremony Set For Sunday

by Rick Howlett September 5, 2008

A public ceremony in remembrance of Kentucky Derby filly Eight Belles will be held Sunday at the Derby Museum. Eight Belles had to be euthanized when she broke down after finishing second in this year’s Derby. Museum spokesperson Wendy Treinen says Eight Belles is not the first thoroughbred to be interred at the site. “We […]

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Date Set for Eight Belles Memorial

by scrosby August 12, 2008

A date has been set for the memorial for the filly Eight Belles, who finished second in this year’s Kentucky Derby. She collapsed moments after the race when she suffered fractures in both front legs. Eight Belles was later euthanized on the track. The Kentucky Derby Museum announced in June the ashes of the horse […]

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