Derby favorite American Pharoah edged out Firing Line and Dortmund to win the 141st Kentucky Derby with an unofficial time of 2:03.02. It’s jockey Victor Espinoza’s second straight Derby win, and the fourth career win for trainer Bob Baffert.
The Kentucky Derby, a/k/a “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports,” is an event rich with tradition. It’s an opportune time to brush up on your Hunter S. Thompson, and/or drink cheap bourbon out of silver cups, and/or laugh along with rich assholes who give their horses ridiculous names for their own amusement.
So, about all that money Wes Welker was walking around with at the Kentucky Derby, some of which he passed out to adoring fans: Churchill Downs wants it back.
[Horses round the first turn during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs on Saturday. AP Photo/Matt Slocum.]
Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker was at the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, and he had a grand ol' time. It's pretty hard to have a bad time when you've got stacks upon stacks of cash in your hand.
Mark Sanchez's face is the perfect representation of a long day of Kentucky Derby celebrations.
Victor Espinoza rode California Chrome to victory, winning the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby. Steve Coburn, one of the owners also celebrated his 61st birthday today, so, he's having a pretty good day.
The hat has a name and it is called Pegasus.
A road trip to the Kentucky Derby sounds like a pretty cool bachelor party (for everyone except the driver, anyway). You get yourself some of your closest friends and put them in an RV with some beers and you've got yourself a weekend. This all presupposes, of course, that you don't find a corpse hidden inside the RV.
Tom Brady's at the racetrack with Vince Wilfork and them today. People are taking photos of him, as is customary, and posting them to Twitter. That in itself isn't really newsworthy. That hat game, tho. Seriously, have another look:
Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski were on the Today Show this morning to discuss Kentucky Derby fashion and, man, did Johnny look incredible.
Steven Levitt, co-author of Freakonomics, has his pick for the Kentucky Derby. He likes Chitu as the best value—20-1 right now—but he has some other recommendations for exotics that you should check out on his blog. Levitt also swung by Deadspin to chat horse racing yesterday, which you can read here.
Remember how Regressing was the best part of Deadspin until they pulled this unconscionable bullshit and we had to fire-murder poor Reuben and Kyle, who were probably decent dudes, but at a certain point, enough's enough? Well, we here at the Concourse are aiming to atone for some of our dead brothers' sins by…
Steven Levitt is one of the authors of Freakonomics and a professor of economics at the University of Chicago. He's also something of a railbird and an adviser to Derby Jackpot, a legal online horse betting website. Dive into the discussion below and ask him about handicapping tomorrow's Kentucky Derby (or about …
Just before the start of the race, it was announced that Orb and Revolutionary were co-favorites at 6-1 odds. Orb and jockey Joel Rosario made good on those odds moving up from 15h to win with a time of 2:02.89.
In the only Kentucky Derby I covered, as a 19-year-old intern for the Lexington Herald-Leader, I got lucky on a $3 exacta bet that paid 33-1. The feeling of sprinting up the stairs to the press box to trade a $1 bill for five twenties (yes, that would be from the dedicated betting booth in the Churchill Downs press…
"But in fact we were lucky to get anything at all—I arrived in NY in a state of crazed angst, far gone in pill stupor and barely able to think, much less write—I wish I could have written a better Derby piece." So sayeth Hunter S. Thompson. [Grantland]