KYC Contributor Archive
Everyone’s trying to figure who will wear that blanket of roses, even folks who absolutely have no clue. Curious minds dream big at Kentucky Derby time.
That’s the thing about these horses in the 20-horse Derby field. They may not figure as winners, but every once in a while, one of them jumps up and shocks us.
Here at Churchill the sun still rises on an old dirt track, and one horse who will win the garland of roses goes galloping merrily along, and those who spin tales of racetracks and runners know the Derby never fails good writers.
Kentucky Confidential gets the inside scoop on exactly how a Kentucky Derby drug positive would be detected and addressed.
The traditional “road to the Derby” is now somewhat of an anomaly, as more and more trainers throw out the orthodoxy and make it up as they go.
Testy trainers are no novelty as the Kentucky Derby draws closer. There are reasons for every short fuse, however, and, in many cases, they are well founded.
Decades before Penny Chenery earned her reputation in the 1970s as a female pioneer with Riva Ridge and then Triple Crown winner Secretariat, Isabel Dodge Sloane became the first woman in history to head the owners’ list by earnings.
“I learned that through the years,” said Borel. “A horse will run between the fence and another horse a lot easier than he’ll run between two horses.
There’s something about this time of year that leaves the connections susceptible to heady anticipation, a sweeping moment of awareness and excitement.