Kentucky Derby

Exercise rider Martin Rivera gallops Kentucky Derby hopeful Classic Empire at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, May 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
May 03, 2017 - 12:26 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Classic Empire was made the early 4-1 favorite for the Kentucky Derby on Wednesday, with just four of the 20 horses listed at single digits in a wide-open race. The colt will break from the No. 14 post on Saturday. Just two horses have won the Derby out of there. The last was...
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Exercise rider Martin Rivera gallops Kentucky Derby hopeful Classic Empire at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, May 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
May 03, 2017 - 12:14 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Classic Empire was made the early 5-1 favorite for the Kentucky Derby on Wednesday, with just four of the 20 horses listed at single digits in a wide-open race. The colt will break from the No. 14 post on Saturday. Just two horses have won the Derby out of there. The last was...
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FILE - This Aug. 27, 2016 file photo shows trainer Bob Baffert after Arrogate and jockey Mike Smith won the Travers Stakes horse race at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Baffert went from thinking he could win a fifth Kentucky Derby to being out of it in the space of a few seconds. Once Mastery got hurt after winning a prep race this winter, Baffert no longer had a horse for the first Saturday in May. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, file)
May 02, 2017 - 6:00 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Bob Baffert went from thinking he could win a fifth Kentucky Derby to being out of it in the space of a few seconds. Once Mastery got hurt after winning a prep race this winter, Baffert no longer had a horse for the first Saturday in May. It was a huge blow to a trainer who's...
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Kentucky Derby hopeful Thunder Snow, ridden by Daragh O'Donohue, gallops for the first time at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Tuesday, May 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
May 02, 2017 - 3:03 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Thunder Snow took to the track at Churchill Downs for the first time since clearing quarantine ahead of the Kentucky Derby. The UAE Derby winner jogged once around before galloping a mile on Tuesday. He arrived in the U.S. on April 30 from England, and the USDA required him...
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Kentucky Derby 143 hopeful Gunnevera, ridden by exercise rider Victor O'Farrel, gallops at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Sunday, Apr. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
May 01, 2017 - 2:08 pm
The Kentucky Derby is up for grabs. The starting gate will once again be full with 20 horses vying to wear the garland of red roses. Most of the 3-year-olds will be running 1 1/4 miles for the first time on Saturday. Besides the distance, the traffic-choked conditions typically eliminate half the...
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Groom Cesar Abregu gives a bath to one of the horses being trained by Dale Romans following his morning workout at Churchill Downs, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. Acevedo, an immigrant from Guatemala, is in the United States on an H-2B visa. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
April 30, 2017 - 10:05 am
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The backside of Churchill Downs hums with activity as workers clean stalls, bathe horses and lead the muscular animals on strolls to cool them down after workouts. The quiet is broken when they speak to each other and the horses — in Spanish. Though they do their work a world...
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April 29, 2017 - 5:02 pm
Bob Baffert is sitting out the Kentucky Derby, and not by choice. Having the four-time Derby-winning trainer without at least one horse in the race for just the second time in 11 years indicates what an unpredictable winter it's been leading to the start of the Triple Crown. Baffert's best horse,...
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April 29, 2017 - 10:02 am
Bob Baffert is sitting out the Kentucky Derby, and not by choice. Having the four-time Derby-winning trainer without at least one horse in the race for just the second time in 11 years indicates what an unpredictable winter it's been leading to the start of the Triple Crown. Baffert's best horse,...
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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, center, and former Pittsburgh Steelers' Jerome Bettis, left, and Franco Harris pay tribute to Dan Rooney during the first round of the 2017 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Philadelphia.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
April 28, 2017 - 3:58 pm
The sappy montage, the dramatic voiceover, the announcer breathlessly declaring that "anticipation of football fans everywhere is at an all-time high." No one does hype like the NFL, and its annual draft is perhaps the worst offender of all. For some reason, an estimated 70,000 people turned out...
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