Thousands peacefully protest outside the Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An airplane circled above Churchill Downs on Saturday, flying a banner behind it: “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor,” it said. The 146th Kentucky Derby became a surreal distillation of the crises facing the country in 2020, in the hometown of Taylor, a 26-year-old Black emergency medical technician shot dead […]

Tradition gets swift kick at a Kentucky Derby like no other

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Change is slow in coming to the Kentucky Derby. From being run on the first Saturday in May to the playing of “My Old Kentucky Home” since 1921, tradition rules America’s most famous race. Custom is getting a swift kick in 2020. The coronavirus pandemic forced the 146th Derby to be […]

Tiz the Law is a big favorite in a Derby unlike any other

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Forget the mint juleps in souvenir glasses, men in seersucker suits and women wearing hats exploding in a floral frenzy. The Kentucky Derby still has horses — Tiz the Law is the biggest favorite in 31 years — but just about everything else makes the 146th edition unlike any other. “It’s […]

Coronavius forces changes for Kentucky Derby jockeys

Jockeys riding in the rescheduled 146th Kentucky Derby have to arrive by Monday and then quarantine upon returning to their home tracks, just one of many changes forced by the coronavirus pandemic. Initially, Churchill Downs had proposed an arrival date of Aug. 24 — nearly two weeks before the Derby on Sept. 5. Track officials […]

Authentic wins Kentucky Derby; Baffert notches 6th victory

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Bob Baffert endured the lowest of lows and highest of highs within minutes in the Kentucky Derby. He was bummed before the horses left the paddock after Thousand Words reared up and fell on its side, getting disqualified and injuring Baffert’s assistant trainer. That emotion was quickly replaced by Authentic’s front-running […]

Authentic wins Ky. Derby, gives Baffert tying 6th victory

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Authentic led all the way to win a Kentucky Derby unlike any other, kicking away from heavy favorite Tiz the Law in the stretch and giving Bob Baffert a record-tying sixth victory on Saturday after the trainer’s other entry was a late scratch. Authentic won by 1 1/4 lengths without the […]

From Derby DQ to doping, a chaotic year in horse racing

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Maximum Security crossed the finish line first in the 2019 Kentucky Derby. What happened next set horse racing off on a yearlong odyssey of chaos: from a historic DQ to doping, from lawsuits to a pandemic, and now a Triple Crown turned upside down. Amidst the uncertainty, Tiz the Law has […]

Get on the school bus: Tiz the Law looms as Derby favorite

The yellow school buses are on reserve. Jack Knowlton and his merry band from Sackatoga Stable are back at the Kentucky Derby for the first time in 17 years. This time with a horse everyone knows. Tiz the Law is 4-0 this year, winning by a combined 16 1/2 lengths. The colt is expected to […]

1-eyed Finnick the Fierce scratched from Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The field for the Kentucky Derby has been reduced to 16 after Finnick the Fierce was scratched on Friday. The one-eyed gelding may have an issue with his foot. He’s missing his right eye because of a congenital cataract. The Derby on Saturday will have its fewest starters since 2003, when […]

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