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How every Kentucky Derby horse got its name
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I have been writing the story about how Kentucky Derby horses got their names since 2001, so I’ve looked at a lot of Thoroughbred names and talked to a lot of owners about how they decide to choose them. On a recent trip to Keeneland, I might have found my all-time favorite: Somelikeithotbrown is by […]
Which Derby post positions produce biggest winners and losers?
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LEXINGTON, Ky. — One of the final pieces to fall into place prior to the Kentucky Derby is the post-position draw, which was held on Monday. While each horse and each Derby is different, there is historical precedent for which post positions are better than others, dating back to the first use of a starting […]
Sizing up Derby field: How horses made it to Churchill Downs
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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky is not just the “horse capital of the world” because the Kentucky Derby happens to be here. It’s the horse capital of the world because almost all the contenders for this signature American classic are born and bred in the commonwealth. This year, 17 of the 20 horses entered in the […]