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Kentucky Derby Live Blog

Live blogging the 2011 Kentucky Derby and undercard.

The Derby Drug Positive Protocol

Kentucky Confidential gets the inside scoop on exactly how a Kentucky Derby drug positive would be detected and addressed.

Kentucky Oaks Live Blog

Live blogging the 2011 Kentucky Oaks and undercard.

Making It Up As They Go

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.

Derby Pressure Makes for Testy Trainers

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.

Racing Into the Night

The air was balmy and the mood was festive as the spring meet at Churchill Downs kicked off on Saturday night.

The Lady Is a Champ

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.

The “Inside” Scoop: Why Calvin Borel Owns the Rail

“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.

Buying a Derby Winner: A Few Rules and A Lot of Luck

You can buy horses with Derby potential. There are hundreds sold every year, and there are a few dozen good trainers and bloodstock agents who can root those prospects out for you.

The Irrational Exuberance of Derby Fever

There’s something about this time of year that leaves the connections susceptible to heady anticipation, a sweeping moment of awareness and excitement.