Horse racing fans received a flush punch to the gut Friday morning when it was announced I'll Have Another, on the eve of his attempt to become just the 12th Triple Crown winner in horse racing history, would have to be scratched from the Belmont Stakes because of a tendon injury to his left front leg. Owner J.
Belmont Park, the June 9 site of I'll Have Another's bid at Triple Crown glory, can pose a myriad of problems for horses and jockeys competing in the Belmont Stakes because of its unique layout. In fact, history is littered with examples of jockeys getting swallowed up by “Big Sandy.”
On May 5, the eyes of the racing world will be squarely on Churchill Downs as the legendary track hosts the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at 6:24 p.m. EST. A few hour prior to that, however, fans will receive an added bonus when some of the best filly and mare sprinters in the country take center stage in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff.
The racing world is abuzz with talk on who is going to be the favorite for the 2012 Kentucky Derby, which is scheduled to be run May 5 with a post time of 6:24 p.m. Eastern. Even the longtime morning-line maker for the Kentucky Derby, Mike Battaglia, remains unsure on who to make the favorite for the 2012 Kentucky Derby when post positions are drawn.
The richest of the qualifying races used to determine the field for the Kentucky Derby are usually held just a few weeks prior to the first Saturday in May. This means that, since horses gain entry to the Kentucky Derby based on the amount of money earned in these “graded stakes” races, the final round of Kentucky Derby prep races are by far the most important.
From a distance, Seattle Slew could almost pass as a double for the famous cinematic horse The Black Stallion. But when one got closer to the big Bold Reasoning colt, it was apparent that he wasn’t black, but a very dark brown.
The Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct is the last major prep for the Kentucky Derby in New York and the winner of the Grade 1 contest annually attracts much attention at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May. That is, if the winner actually reaches the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby. More on that later.
The Grade 1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park has been one of the major prep races for the Kentucky Derby for decades. Recent editions have been particularly vintage, as no fewer than three winners of the Kentucky Derby since 2001 used the Florida Derby as their final Kentucky Derby prep.
Kentucky Derby Post Time - Mint Juleps will be in many hands when the post time for the 137th Kentucky Derby arrives at 6:24 P.M. on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at historic Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky.