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Saturday is the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby. This year the Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports will be the quietest Derby in history. Thanks to covid-19 there will be no spectators on the grounds at fabled Churchill Downs when the horses turn for home and the track announcer bellows- AND DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME! But the Daily Racing Blog wants to make … Continue reading Home Town Hero

The Derby Can Be Very Profitable

Year in and year out, there is no better Wagering opportunity then the Kentucky Derby. In a 20-horse field, recent Grade 1 Winners can get away at double-digit odds, and exotic payoffs are often through the roof. Even with TIZ THE LAW looming as one of the heaviest Derby favorites in recent memory, endless money-making possibilities exist. Recently the best horses have found ways to win … Continue reading The Derby Can Be Very Profitable

No More Auxiliary Gate

In years past riding the rail in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs was a harrowing experience for the horse that draws Post Position Number one. But not this year, thanks to a new, 20-horse starting gate that will make its debut next week. “The rail horse won’t be crunched right down on the inside,” said Jamie Richardson, track superintendent at Churchill Downs. “Depending on … Continue reading No More Auxiliary Gate

No Spectators At The Derby

Churchill Downs has recanted an earlier decision, and will no longer allow fans at the 146th Kentucky Derby, though the storied horse race will be run. In an about-face, Churchill Downs announced on Friday that it is not allowing fans because of growing concerns about how to keep a crowd safe, even with social distancing rules in place, during the growing coronavirus pandemic.  “Churchill Downs and all … Continue reading No Spectators At The Derby

Derby Horse & Rider…Maybe

In a normal year, jockeys would be hard-pressed to miss their flights to Louisville for a chance to ride in the Kentucky Derby. Obviously, 2020 (dumpster fire) has been anything but a normal year, with the coronavirus pandemic pushing the Run for the Roses back to September 5th and drawing up jockey travel restrictions all around the United States. Last week, Churchill Downs announced that … Continue reading Derby Horse & Rider…Maybe

Top Two Spa Riders Staying Put

The Daily Racing Blog recently wondered if the top riders at Saratoga would miss the last week of the meet in order to participate in the Kentucky Derby on September 9th. Well it seems the Ortiz brothers (1st and 2nd in the jockey standings) feel they can make more hay in Saratoga than they could in Louisville. Both Jose and Irad Ortiz Jr. will skip … Continue reading Top Two Spa Riders Staying Put

Saratoga Jockey Quandary

If any one of the leading riders at Saratoga wants to compete in the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in September, there is a decision to made within a couple of weeks. Last week, Churchill Downs announced that any jockey wanting to ride in the Run For The Roses on September 5th would have to be in Louisville by August 24th so they can … Continue reading Saratoga Jockey Quandary

Derby Jockey Conundrum

Any jockey expecting to ride in the Kentucky Derby on September 5th or Kentucky Oaks on September 4th must arrive in Kentucky by August 24th according to proposed regulations issued by Churchill Downs. Track president Kevin Flanery said during a conference call with horsemen Monday afternoon that the rule, and its implementation is still under consideration. All riders, not just those shipping in from out … Continue reading Derby Jockey Conundrum

Spectators Allowed At The Derby

Churchill Downs Racetrack announced last week that after consultation with Governor Andy Beshear and state public health officials, the 146th running of both the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks will occur with spectators under strict guidelines. The Oaks will run on Friday, September 4th and the Derby on Saturday, September 5th. Churchill Downs Racetrack President Kevin Flanery stated last week: “Our team is deeply committed … Continue reading Spectators Allowed At The Derby