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May 4, 2011

Derby Draw: The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

People endlessly debate whether the horses have the stamina to get the mile and a quarter in the Kentucky Derby, but humans, too, must have a strong foundation just to get through the post position draw.

2011 Kentucky Derby Field

The field and handicapping comments for the 2011 Kentucky Derby.

Trainers Are Honored, Dinner Is Served

There are social functions, the perfunctory ones, the empty ones, but the Kentucky Derby trainers dinner is different.

Live Wire: Krulik’s Derby, Day 2

My first visit to Churchill Downs’ legendary backstretch is in the rain. The pouring rain. But John Scheinman guides me through the sights and sounds and most importantly, the thoroughbred right-of-way. Then, to Wagner’s Pharmacy.

Agua Caliente and the First Derby Future Book

Churchill didn’t get into the futures business until 1999, more than four decades after the greatest innovator of them all showed the way.

Profile: Comma to the Top

Comma to the Top has excellent speed, but he has not passed a horse in the stretch since his debut.

Profile: Twice the Appeal

Twice the Appeal is a mid-pack closer, and his ability to move before the deep closers should help him in the Derby.