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The Kentucky Derby victory of Justify keeps his unblemished winning record intact and generates discussion about a possible Triple Crown title. 

Meanwhile, Hermitage Farm situated just outside of Louisville, sold its first yearling at public auction in 1937. Bill Landes began his career at Hermitage 40 years later and has been there for more than four decades.

Kentucky Thoroughbred Association Director Chauncey Morris says the equine industry is, quote, “in a very good place now.”

One of the best examples of the success of the horse industry in the commonwealth is the just completed Kentucky Derby.  Morris says 85 percent of the horses in the big race were Kentucky bred.

Stu Johnson

The 149th running of the Belmont Stakes is this Saturday.  Twelve horses will compete for the third leg of this year’s Triple Crown series.  


WEKU’s Stu Johnson has been wondering, “What will the horses be thinking in the gate, at the quarter, and down the stretch?”  

Lexington Rotarians Get Derby Advice

May 5, 2017
Stu Johnson

Lexington's Rotary Club held its annual pre-Kentucky Derby meeting Thursday. 

Attendees at the midday event received an update from the head of Keeneland which, this year, included a newcomer.

Keeneland President Bill Thomason offered a recap of the track's just-completed spring meet, then turned his attention to Saturday’s Run for the Roses.  

Irap Wins Bluegrass Stakes, 100 Points for Derby

Apr 9, 2017
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Long-shot Irap won the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes for his first career victory and 100 points toward the Kentucky Derby, holding off Practical Joke by three-quarters of a length Saturday as favorite McCraken made a late charge at Keeneland.


In keeping with tradition, the spring meet at Keeneland opens this weekend with the running of the Toyota Bluegrass Stakes. Seven three-year-olds are in the field for the Kentucky Derby prep race.

Charles Bertram

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The winner of the 142nd Kentucky Derby was the favorite Nyquist. Racing against 19 other horses Nyquist finished in front of Exaggerator. At 8-0 Nyquist is the eighth unbeaten horse to win the Derby.  

Nyquist was ridden by Mario Gutierrez and trained by Doug O'Neill.

The race was run in good conditions after a heavy rainfall about an hour before the race. It was seen by the second largest crowd ever at Churchill Downs, around 167,000.

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The Kentucky Derby will be run for the 142nd consecutive year Saturday at Churchill Downs.  Two brothers from Louisiana will try to make history as the first trainer-jockey siblings to capture the Run for the Roses. 

Three time Kentucky Derby winning jockey Kent Desormeaux will be aboard Exaggerator, the early second choice in the 20 horse field, with odds of 8 to 1. Exaggerator is trained by Desormeaux’s brother, Keith. 

WalletHub Study Ranks Kentucky Low in Gambling-Related Issues

May 2, 2016

With the Kentucky Derby just days away, much attention this week will focus on which horse to wager on.  A recently-released national study on gambling ranks Kentucky low in gambling related problems.

The study by the personal finance website WalletHub focused on what the site calls “gambling friendliness” and “gambling problems and treatment.”  Kentucky ranked 43rd overall. 

Baffert Pulls 'Cupid' From Ky. Derby

Apr 18, 2016

Trainer Bob Baffert says Kentucky Derby contender Cupid has a breathing problem and won't be entered in the Derby field. 

Baffert's decision came two days after Cupid finished 10th in the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. 
Cupid came out of the race with an entrapped epiglottis, and Baffert says the gray colt would have surgery to clear the breathing passageway. 
The issue is not considered serious. Baffert said Cupid "should be OK in a week" and would be under consideration for the Preakness on May 21. 

Uncle Mo, one of the top contenders in tomorrow’s Kentucky Derby, has been scratched from the race. The colt’s owner, Mike Repole announced this morning that he won’t run Uncle Mo in the Derby because of a lingering gastrointestinal problem that was discovered about a month ago. Uncle Mo was the 9-2 second choice in the Derby. Dialed In is the morning line favorite at 4-1.