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Live Wire: The Culmination

A memorable week culminates in the biggest day of horse racing Jeff Krulik has ever witnessed.

All Quiet on the Backstretch

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

House Party: Oaks Day, Derby Eve

Tucked away from the pomp and glitter, a house party erupted with bands paid for with bottles of Budweiser and bourbon, Kentucky’s age-old currency.

Live Wire: Krulik Takes the Bus

Since I was the last one in the media center the other night, I missed the van and had to take the employee shuttle. It was a memorable ride.

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.

“And They’re (Taking It) Off!”

It’s Derby Week across the board.

Live Wire: Shout-Out to Boston

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

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.

Putting the ‘Chill’ in Churchill

Despite the weather, Tuesday turned out to be a pretty good morning after all, and those who stayed in bed missed all the fun.

Live Wire: Krulik’s Derby, Day 1

Jeff Krulik arrives at Churchill Downs for Kentucky Derby week.