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Track's Loud Sound System Killed My Horse: Trainer

Mare got startled by commercial at Churchill Downs, he says

(Newser) - A 5-year-old mare died in a freak fall at Churchill Downs yesterday, and its trainer blames the track's massive new sound system, reports AP . Kenny Wirth says the horse, Never Tell Lynda, was being led to the paddock before the day's first race when a commercial began blaring... More »

Orb Wins Kentucky Derby

Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey gets first derby win

(Newser) - Orb splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby today, giving Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey his first victory in the 3-year-old classic. When the field turned for home on the cool, overcast afternoon at Churchill Downs, Normandy Invasion grabbed the lead while Orb was gearing up. But... More »

Kentucky Derby Body Was a Groom

Adan Fabian Perez was believed murdered

(Newser) - Police have identified the body found yesterday at a Churchill Downs barn , whom they believe was murdered. Adan Fabian Perez, 48, was reportedly a groom for trainer Cecil Borel and had been licensed by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission since 2008. The Guatemala native lived on Churchill Down's backside,... More »

Body Found at Kentucky Derby Track

Dead male found just 4 barns away from I'll Have Another

(Newser) - The day after I'll Have Another broke from the field to win the first leg of the Triple Crown, Kentucky police are investigating a man's body that was found at Churchill Downs this morning. The body was found in Barn 8, just four barns away from where the... More »

Horses Run Loose After Tornado Hits Churchill Downs

Barns damaged at home of Kentucky Derby

(Newser) - A tornado hit the home of the Kentucky Derby Wednesday night, damaging several barns and leaving horses running loose. No injuries to humans or horses were reported after the tornado at Louisville's Churchill Downs, reports the AP . The horses were corralled and no damage to the racetrack's iconic... More »

Kentucky Derby Caller Quits, Cites Crippling Anxiety

Diet, prayer, breathing, going to a shrink didn't do the trick for Tom Durkin

(Newser) - "The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports" turned out to be the most hellish for the man who has been tasked with calling the race 13 times. Tom Durkin's annual preparation went well beyond poring over photos of horses and flash cards and toting around a notebook containing more... More »

Rain Cancels Derby Workouts

Race expected to go on, just soggier

(Newser) - Heavy rain has postponed early morning workouts at Churchill Downs, where all 20 Kentucky Derby horses are still expected to start. Most turf races were being moved to the main dirt track today, at least until late in the day. That sparked numerous scratches in minor races. Kentucky state veterinarian... More »

You, Too, Can Pick a Winner

All you need is a buck and 3 key stats

(Newser) - Put down that mint julep: The Kentucky Derby is tomorrow, and you still don’t have a horse to bet on. But you do have a prayer, because Christina Settimi of Forbes, with help from horse racing expert Dean Keppler, outlines a winning strategy. With $118 million wagered, novices have... More »

Safety Remains in the Spotlight

(Newser) - A year after second-place finisher Eight Belles had to be euthanized following the Kentucky Derby, safety has improved—but the inherent dangers of horse racing remain immutable, MSNBC reports. The industry has altered the rules regarding steroids, whips, and horseshoes, "but the bottom line is, not a lot of... More »

I Want Revenge Is Early Derby Fave

(Newser) - I Want Revenge has been made the early 3-1 favorite for Saturday's Kentucky Derby, with Pioneerof the Nile and Dunkirk sharing second-favorite status in the full field of 20 horses. I Want Revenge, coming off eye-catching victories on dirt in the Gotham Stakes and Wood Memorial at New York's Aqueduct,... More »

Crazy Colt Triggers Churchill Downs Tragedy

Filly slammed by runaway at Churchhill Downs dies from shock

(Newser) - A colt who went bonkers during a workout at Churchill Downs threw his jockey then slammed into a filly who had to be put down because of her injuries, reports Horse and Hound. Several hopefuls for the upcoming Kentucky Derby were on the track, but none was injured. "The... More »

Barbaro Statue Awaits Ky. Derby Fans

His ashes lie below memorial

(Newser) - A bronze statue of the late Barbaro charging mid-air toward his 2006 Kentucky Derby victory has been completed in advance of next week's 135th Derby, the Courier-Journal reports. Buried below the sculpture are the ashes of the beloved colt, who was euthanized two years ago after struggling to recover from... More »

Owner Haunted by Derby Filly's 'Horrible' Death

Wishes 'talented, mild-mannered' horse was back in the barn

(Newser) - Eight Belles' owner is still shocked and saddened by the death of his filly, put down at the end of the Kentucky Derby—but believes she belonged in the race, reports the Palm Beach Post. Rick Porter switched from celebrating his horse's thrilling second-place finish to mourning her death within... More »

'Moral Crisis' Plagues Horse Racing

Eight Belles, Barbaro indicative of huge hearts, too-fragile bodies

(Newser) - NBC cut away from Eight Belles’ devastating breakdown and euthanasia at Churchill Downs yesterday, but we need to take a good hard look at the very real cost of the sport of kings, writes Sally Jenkins in the Washington Post. Eight Belles is a primetime example of the average two... More »

Big Brown Wins Kentucky Derby

Race tarnished by fatal injury to second-place filly

(Newser) - Favorite Big Brown outran a 20-horse field today and claimed the Kentucky Derby by a solid 5 lengths, NBC Sports reports. But tragedy struck at the finish line for runner-up Eight Belles, which broke two ankles and had to be euthanized on the track. For unbeaten Derby runner Big Brown,... More »

Kentucky Derby Has Full Field, Few Contenders

Pyro, Big Brown and Colonel John current favorites

(Newser) - When the gates open at Churchill Downs on May 3 a full field will start out hoping to win the Kentucky Derby, but only a small handful are considered to have a realistic shot at victory. Pyro, Big Brown and Colonel John are the only horses of the 20 3-year-olds... More »

Barbaro's Ashes to Rest at Churchill Downs

Horse's remains will be enshrined at site of his greatest victory

(Newser) - Churchill Downs, the site of Barbaro’s greatest triumph, will also be his final resting place. The 2006 Kentucky Derby winner’s ashes will be occupy a space outside the racetrack gates, beside a bronze statue. “When we think about Barbaro, we think about him running around the track... More »

Street Sense Wins Derby

Favorite finishes in 2:02

(Newser) - Street Sense surged from 19th in a field of 20 to win today's 133rd Kentucky Derby, returning $11.80 as the tepid favorite and ending two long-standing jinxes. The dark bay colt was the first-ever Breeder's Cup Juvenile winner and the first 2-year-old champion since Spectacular Bid in 1979 to... More »

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