State Initiative Encourages Sustainability in Racing Industry

Kentucky’s horse racing industry could benefit from a new sustainability program. A state initiative will help racetracks comply with environmental regulations and reduce their footprint. Horse racing is important to Kentucky’s economy, but huge events like the Derby take their toll on the environment—from the trash produced to animal waste and electricity usage. The state’s… Continue reading State Initiative Encourages Sustainability in Racing Industry

Volunteer Effort Scheduled for The Kentucky Derby Festival

Mayor Greg Fischer announced on Wednesday that The Kentucky Derby Festival will add another week to its schedule. It’s called Give a Day and for one week before Thunder Over Louisville it asks individuals, businesses and non-profits to volunteer their service throughout the week. “When I talk to people about this they all say what… Continue reading Volunteer Effort Scheduled for The Kentucky Derby Festival

Churchill Downs Spring Meet Ends Today

The spring meet at Churchill Downs comes to an end today. It’s a spring meet that won’t soon be forgotten. Just under two weeks ago, a tornado ripped through the Churchill Downs backside, causing extensive barn damage but no injuries to people or the hundreds of horses stabled there. Spokesman John Asher says the heaviest… Continue reading Churchill Downs Spring Meet Ends Today

Fourteen To Run In 136th Preakness Stakes

The second leg of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown will be run tomorrow at Baltimore’s Pimlico racetrack. A field of 14 is entered in the Preakness Stakes. Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom is the early favorite at 2-1. He’ll run from post position 11. The second favorite, at 9-2, is Dialed In. The Nick Zito-trained horse… Continue reading Fourteen To Run In 136th Preakness Stakes

Nehro To Skip Preakness

Kentucky Derby runner-up Nehro will not run in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes. Owner Ahmed Zayat says Nehro is responding well after his second-place finish to Animal Kingdom in the May 7 Derby, but has had a busy spring schedule. The Preakness would be Nehro’s fourth start in eight weeks and Zayat says he wants to be… Continue reading Nehro To Skip Preakness

For Velazquez, Animal Kingdom, Derby 137 Is A Wild Ride to Victory

The 137th Kentucky Derby was expected to be a wide open race before the horses approached the starting gate and it stayed that way even after the race began. Several horses vied for the early lead but as the race neared the finish line Animal Kingdom surged through the pack to take a late lead… Continue reading For Velazquez, Animal Kingdom, Derby 137 Is A Wild Ride to Victory

Animal Kingdom Wins Kentucky Derby

Animal Kingdom is the winner of the 137th Kentucky Derby. With John Velazquez aboard, Animal Kingdom blew past second-place finisher Nehro in the stretch to take the Run For the Roses. Mucho Macho Man finished third. Velazquez was given the mount on Friday, replacing Robby Albarado, who was injured earlier in the week. Velazquez was… Continue reading Animal Kingdom Wins Kentucky Derby

NPR on Derby Favorites

NPR’s piece on bourbon balls is getting a lot of attention on Derby day, but there has also been news about the actual horse race on public radio. Yesterday, Melissa Block talked with the Courier-Journal’s Jennie Rees about the Derby field, Rees’s favorites and women in horse racing. “With just the sixth female jockey ever… Continue reading NPR on Derby Favorites

Stage Is Set For 137th Kentucky Derby

The 19 entries in the Kentucky Derby are undergoing final preparations for tomorrow’s race. The field was reduced by one with the removal of Uncle Mo, who continues to struggle with a stomach ailment diagnosed about a month ago. Three women will try to make Derby history. Kathy Rivko, who underwent a heart transplant two… Continue reading Stage Is Set For 137th Kentucky Derby

Governor’s Derby Breakfast Relocated, Changed

On Derby Day 1936, Kentucky Governor Happy Chandler invited a few friends over to the governor’s mansion for breakfast. By the 1990’s, 15,000 people were showing up at the State Capitol every year for free country ham, eggs and biscuits. But Bob Stewart, who’s coordinating this year’s event, says the state can no longer afford… Continue reading Governor’s Derby Breakfast Relocated, Changed