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Kentucky Derby

Three Things to Look For In a Kentucky Derby Winner

May 1, 2017 |

By Derek Simon In between e-mails informing me that I “may already have won” a prize of considerable value and those beseeching me to be “a better lover” (I didn’t know the word had gotten out), I often get messages from folks asking me what I think of such-and-such Derby contender. To be honest, most […]

My Walk to Remember: Three Friends, Two Dogs and My Broken Heart

April 27, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom The Kentucky Derby (GI) is loaded with history and tradition, from the red roses symbolic of The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports, the Twin Spires, My Old Kentucky Home, fancy hats, Mint Juleps, Derby parties, wise guy horses, and throngs of media… the list of traditions goes on and on. But one of […]

Do Speed Figures Matter in the Kentucky Derby?

April 27, 2017 |

By Derek Simon For whatever reason, some people approach big race days like they would bowling on the moon. In other words, they throw out everything they know about horse racing and handicapping and, instead, prepare themselves for a completely new experience. Take, for example, the notion that speed figures mean nothing in the Kentucky […]

Bodemeister Colt Was ‘Always’ Special

April 26, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon Expectations are always high when a horse is purchased for several hundred thousand dollars. However, those expectations don’t always come to fruition. For Matthew O’Connor, the 19-year-old nephew of Anthony Bonomo, a part-owner of Florida Derby (GI) winner and leading Kentucky Derby (GI) candidate Always Dreaming under the name of Brooklyn Boyz […]

Squeezing the Lemon Dry: What Speed Figures Can Tell Us About the Kentucky Derby

April 25, 2017 |

By Derek Simon Horatio Luro, the dashing Argentinian trainer who saddled the great Northern Dancer, is credited with a phrase that has become a Triple Crown mantra over the years. “Don’t squeeze the lemon dry,” Luro said, referring to the fact that a “fresh” horse is needed to withstand the rigors of competing in the […]

Do Final Fractions Matter in the Kentucky Derby?

April 24, 2017 |

By Derek Simon Most of the time when I hear or read about clever angles relating to the Kentucky Derby, I pay about as much attention to them as I do to political ads around election season. In other words, I dismiss them. So, it should come as no surprise that, despite the fact I’m […]