Undefeated Justify continued his win streak and became the first horse since 1882 to win the Kentucky Derby without racing as a two-year-old by reaching the wire in an unofficial time of 2:04.20 to seize the roses and claim a legitimate chance for the Triple Crown.
There were no surprises in Louisville as one of the morning favorites, Todd Pletcher-trained Always Dreaming, took the 143rd Kentucky Derby with a waterlogged unofficial time of 2:03.59.
Patch, the one-eyed thoroughbred racing in the the Kentucky Derby tomorrow, is this year’s lovable underdog. He’s also a horrifying, part-Nazgûl-looking beast.
The favorite Nyquist ran a smooth, fast race in a dampened Kentucky Derby, breaking on the outside and holding off Exaggerator down the stretch to win in 2 minutes, 1 second and change. He’s the clean horse in the photo there, sailing along and blasting crudlets of mud over the rest of the field, remnants of a…
Kasaqui and Triple Threat got tangled up on the final turn of today’s Kentucky Derby national broadcast undercard race, with the former taking an ugly spill and both horses losing their jockeys. The horses and jockeys were all fine, somehow, NBC reported. But one horse, Grand Tito, was scratched before the race even…
For the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby, John Clay at the Lexington Herald-Leader caught up with last year’s winner, American Pharoah. That colt went on from Churchill Downs to win the Preakness, the Belmont, and the Breeder’s Cup, the only horse ever to do so. Having achieved all a horse cares to achieve on the…
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:
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.