Kentucky Derby

I’ll Have Another Wins Preakness

by Rick Howlett on May 19, 2012

Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another has captured the second jewel of racing’s Triple Crown, overtaking Bodemeister at the finish line to win the 137th Preakness Stakes.

I’ll Have Another now has a chance to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. The final leg of the series is the Belmont Stakes in three weeks in New York.

As he did in the Derby, I’ll Have Another came on strong in the stretch to edge out Bodemeister, who led for most of both races.

The third-place Preakness finisher was Creative Cause.

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Six Derby Horses in Preakness Stakes Field

by Rick Howlett May 18, 2012

A field of eleven is entered for tomorrow’s Preakness Stakes, the second jewel in thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown. Kentucky Derby runner-up Bodemeister was made the morning line favorite this week. He’ll run from post position seven. Derby winner I’ll Have Another was the early second choice. He’ll break from post position nine. A Preakness win […]

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Suspects Sought in Churchill Downs Homicide

by Rick Howlett May 7, 2012

Louisville Metro Police say they have no suspects in their investigation into a Derby weekend homicide on the Churchill Downs backside. The body of 48 year old Adan Fabian Perez was discovered early yesterday morning in a barn. Officials say he lived and worked on the backside as a groom. LMPD homicide detective Lt. Barry […]

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Derby & Oaks Race Handicapping With the Pros

by Brad Yost May 4, 2012

On Oaks Friday, WFPL’s State of the News headed to Churchill Downs to spend an hour talking about the big races ahead this weekend, and handicapping the races with professional insights from Mike Watchmaker from the Daily Racing Form and Ed DeRosa of In the first segment Rick Howlett spoke our experts about the […]

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Stage Is Set For 138th Kentucky Derby

by Rick Howlett May 4, 2012

Twenty horses are set to run in tomorrow’s Kentucky Derby. Three-time Derby winning trainer Bob Baffert has the morning line favorite in this year’s race. Bodemeister, named for Baffert’s son, drew post position six in the crowded gate. The second early favorite is Union Rags, trained by Michael Matz (pictured), who’s back with his first […]

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Bodemeister is the Kentucky Derby Morning Line Favorite

by Rick Howlett May 2, 2012

Bodemeister has been made the early 4-1 favorite for the Kentucky Derby, with Union Rags the second choice in a full field of 20 horses. Trained by three-time Derby winner Bob Baffert, Bodemeister was assigned the No. 6 spot at the post position draw today at Churchill Downs. Six horses have won from that position, […]

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Costly Care for Racehorses Must Be Weighed Against Profits

by Laura Ellis May 2, 2012

According to the New York Times, 3,600 race horses have died at the nation’s tracks over the last three years. Modern technology might have saved some of those animals, but, in an industry that must worry about the bottom line, healing a horse is often too expensive. As part of our “Track Tech” series, WEKU’s […]

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Derby Post Positions To Be Drawn Wednesday

by Rick Howlett May 1, 2012

The post positions and early odds for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby will be set Wednesday. A maximum field of 20 will run on Saturday. A late entry is Optimizer, trained by four-time Derby winner D. Wayne Lukas. Optimizer moved into the field after Mark Valeski was pulled from consideration by trainer Larry Jones, who said the […]

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Le Petomane Ensemble Goes Gonzo for Derby

by Erin Keane April 19, 2012

Whether you go all-in for every party or you consider it a badge of honor to ignore the big race, if you live in Louisville, you have opinions about the Kentucky Derby. Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble celebrates Louisville’s season of pageantry and parties with “A Derby Carol,” a rousing send-up of the most exciting two […]

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Kentucky Racetracks Struggle to Grow Business

by Devin Katayama October 12, 2011

A member of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission is challenging racetracks to be more innovative in order to compete with surrounding states for business. As race tracks have proposed 2012 schedules, some tracks are cutting the number of racing days. “We’ve got to do something to lure people back to the tracks,” said Commissioner Tom […]

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