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No Races, No Problem

Derby Week along the backstretch rail is an anthropological study waiting to happen.

Talking with Dale Romans

John Scheinman talks to trainer Dale Romans about Dullahan, one of this year’s top contenders, and about the potential Derby pace.

After the Derby: Sunday Morning

Sunday morning on the backstretch after the Kentucky Derby.

All Quiet on the Backstretch

After a week of growing crowds and excitement, Derby morning dawns quiet on the Churchill Downs backstretch.

Live Wire: Krulik’s Derby, Day 4

Just another day on the backstretch. A loose horse and Ruben Sierra are among the day’s sights and sounds.

Live Wire: Shout-Out to Boston

One horseplayer’s rallying cry to his hometown heroes and friends, Kathy and Timmy Ritvo.

“Mo” Speculation Dominates Backstretch Chatter

The most accomplished, fastest colt in the Derby field, Uncle Mo now is widely considered a ruin and likely to scratch.

Live Wire: Krulik’s Derby, Day 3

For many at Churchill Downs during Derby Week, it’s business as usual.

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.