With the Kentucky Derby just a few days away, thoughts turn to those who had to wait until late in life to experience the thrill of smelling the roses. I knew trainer Mack Miller, the courtly Kentuckian, and when he and Paul Mellon's Rokeby Stables won with Sea Hero in 1993, I thought everything was […]
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Churchill Downs Racetrack, the racing icon and year-round entertainment institution that is the home of the Kentucky Derby, and Levy Restaurants, its hospitality partner and on-track dining provider since 2001, have agreed to a 10-year contract extension. The agreement signed by Chicago-based Levy Restaurants and Churchill Downs renewed their partnership for another decade through 2026. […]
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Jockey Deshawn Parker earned his 5,000th career victory on Monday night when he captured the third race at Mountaineer Park aboard Be Nice for trainer Eric Reed. Parker, 45, has been riding since 1988. The Daily Racing Form reports that he is the all-time leading rider at Mountaineer, and has twice led the nation in wins. Parker, who is […]
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The Paulick Report is excited to have photographer Eric Kalet back in Louisville this year to share his unique perspective on Kentucky Derby week. Each day, we'll see through Eric's eyes the preparations, festivities, and important moments leading up to the Oaks and Derby, and of course, the races themselves. Today, Eric shares his collection […]
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Three-time Eclipse Award winner Zenyatta has been bred to Medaglia d'Oro for 2017, reports zenyatta.com. The mare will be checked to determine whether the breeding took after 15 days. The stallion has sired 14 Grade 1 winners over all surfaces, including Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, standout 3-year-old filly Songbird, and Gr. 1 winner […]
One of the most interesting elements of covering the Kentucky Derby year after year is finding out how (relatively) accessible it is. Sure, you have to have the right 3-year-old Thoroughbred peaking at just the right time with just the right trip around 1 ¼ miles, but the Derby has been won by racing veterans […]
Veteran rider Edgar Prado showed his versatility this weekend winning a pair of stakes on two different surfaces in two separate states on back-to-back days. That feat along with an incredible win percentage helped him be named this weeks' Jockeys' Guild Jockey of the Week Award for the week of April 25th to May 1st. […]
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Lucy Gay Bassett, the wife of James E. “Ted” Bassett III died at her home at Lanark Farm in Woodford County May 1. She was 87. Born in Lexington in 1928, Bassett was the daughter of the late A. B. and Elizabeth Simms Gay of Spring Station, Ky. Bassett owned Lanark Farm and was a successful Thoroughbred […]
Haskell and Santa Anita Sprint Championship (both Gr. 1) winner Coil sired his first winner Sunday at Golden Gate Fields. The freshman stallion accomplished the feat with his very first starter, according to bloodhorse.com. The 2-year-old filly Recoiling led the 4 1/2-furlong sprint nearly gate-to-wire, winning by 1 3/4 lengths in a final time of […]
Trainer Steve Asmussen's Kentucky Derby duo – WinStar Farm's Creator and Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm's Gun Runner – posted half-mile workouts after the renovation break. Creator, with exercise rider Abel Flores aboard, worked in :50.60, with eighth-mile splits of :12.60, :25.20 and :38. Gun Runner, with exercise rider Carlos Rosas aboard, worked in […]
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