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Sport and Society for Arete: The Triple Crown

Richard Crepeau | Posted 06.04.2014 | Sports
Richard Crepeau

By late Saturday the sportsworld will know if there is a Triple Crown winner for the first time in 36 years. No one could have guessed that it would be this long before another horse would accomplish this feat again.

Trainer Blames Churchill Downs For Horse Death

AP | BRUCE SCHREINER | Posted 05.23.2014 | Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A racehorse died Thursday at Churchill Downs after a freak fall that the trainer blamed on the sound of a starting gate bell ...

If You've Ever Been To The Kentucky Derby, You Know These Truths

Jan Diehm | Posted 05.02.2014 | Sports

There are two very different derbies at Churchill Downs: one in the infield and one in the grandstands. Everyone who has been to the Kentucky Derby kn...

9 Facts You Probably Didn't About The Kentucky Derby

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 05.02.2014 | Sports

"The Greatest Two Minutes In Sports" is set to kick off in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday. At the 140th Kentucky Derby, women will parade the most ...

How to Win Money on the 2014 Kentucky Derby

Don McNay | Posted 07.02.2014 | Sports
Don McNay

Moderation is smart in any situation, but especially when it comes to the Kentucky Derby.

Derby Track Condition Downgraded

AP | Posted 07.04.2013 | Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Steady rain is pelting Churchill Downs leading to the Kentucky Derby. The track for the 19-horse field has been downgraded to sl...

Security, Rain Slow Morning Crowds At Churchill Downs

AP | Posted 07.04.2013 | Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Rain and extra security slowed down morning crowds at the Kentucky Derby, but thousands of poncho-covered racing fans were still ex...

Derby Info: Start Time, TV Broadcast

AP | By The Associated Press | Posted 07.04.2013 | Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs had a field of 19 horses, with Orb topping the field in just over ...

5 Things To Know About The Kentucky Derby

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 07.03.2013 | Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky Derby is Saturday at Churchill Downs. Here are five things you should know: TODD'S SQUAD...

PHOTO: PETA Visits Kentucky Derby -- Not For Mint Juleps

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 05.03.2013 | Green

One of the few sure things at the Kentucky Derby? PETA won't be cheering. The animal-rights group drove a billboard protesting horse abuse in front...

Jockey Of Undefeated Verrazano Returns

AP | MIKE FARRELL | Posted 07.02.2013 | Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — John Velazquez, the jockey on undefeated Verrazano in the Kentucky Derby, resumed riding on Thursday at Belmont Park. ...

Kentucky Heat Wave Stops Horse Race, Silences Fireworks

AP | BRUCE SCHREINER | Posted 08.28.2012 | Green

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky will bake under a heat wave so intense it's stopping the horses from running at Churchill Downs. And combined with d...

LIVE: Kentucky Derby

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 05.05.2012 | Sports

Depending on who you ask, the most important thing to know about the 138th Kentucky Derby is not whether Union Rags or Gemologist should really have b...

Party Starts Early At Kentucky Derby

AP | Posted 07.05.2012 | Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Despite damp grounds, the Kentucky Derby party started early on the infield at Churchill Downs. Bourbon and bets were flowing by 10...

Morning Training Canceled Ahead Of Kentucky Derby

AP | Posted 07.05.2012 | Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The track superintendent at Churchill Downs cancelled morning training for the Kentucky Derby and its 13-race card after a night of...

Talented Field Prepares For 138th Kentucky Derby

AP | COLIN FLY | Posted 07.05.2012 | Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Bode Baffert has never been so nervous about a race. The 7-year-old son of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert is the namesake of the ...

Kentucky Derby: As In Politics, You Need A Horse, And A Theory

Howard Fineman | Posted 07.04.2012 | Sports
Howard Fineman

The Derby is like politics in so many ways. Someone runs. Someone wins. People contribute money and get their hopes up. There is a weird sense that somehow all of your problems will be solved and the world will right itself if only you find the right contender.

At The Kentucky Derby, Chasing Traces Of A Champion

Howard Fineman | Posted 07.03.2012 | Sports
Howard Fineman

And there, in all of his glory, stood Secretariat: massive in size; reddish-brown chestnut in color; enormous, muscled chest; proud head jutting forward like a one-horse Mt. Rushmore.

Royal Delta Rallies To Win Ladies' Classic At Breeders' Cup

AP | Posted 01.04.2012 | Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Royal Delta rallied in the final furlong to win the $2 million Ladies' Classic by 2 1/2 lengths in the opening day finale of the Br...

Zenyatta's Having a Party!

Liz O'Connell | Posted 12.12.2011 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

A year has gone by since we were all on edge - was Zenyatta going to make it three Breeders' Cup victories in a row? It wasn't to be.

The Upcoming Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational & The Goodwood Stakes. Where Being Virtual Can Be Rewarding!

Liz O'Connell | Posted 11.26.2011 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

There are two more chances for everyone attending "Win and You're In" Breeders' Cup qualifying races, to have an ownership interest in a horse running in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on November 5.

2011 Breeders' Cup Shaping Up With 35 Challenge Winners

Liz O'Connell | Posted 11.14.2011 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

Fields for the 2011, at Churchill Downs on November 4th and 5th, are starting to fill. Thus far, 35 horses have qualified by winning races in the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series.

PHOTOS: Home Of Kentucky Derby Nailed By Possible Tornado

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 08.23.2011 | Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Churchill Downs officials are assessing the aftermath of a possible tornado that left several horse barns damaged and has temporar...

It's Good to Be King

Liz O'Connell | Posted 07.14.2011 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

A major factor in Animal Kingdom winning the Derby was his great trip. Given a masterful ride by Velasquez, the colt was in the right spot throughout the race.

Jockey Found Dead In Vehicle At Churchill Downs

AP | By BETH CAMPBELL | Posted 07.10.2011 | Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A 24-year-old jockey who rode this year's Kentucky Derby second-place finisher to his only win was found dead in his vehicle Tuesda...