This is really our first attempt at the Derby
," O'Neill, whose dreams of Kentucky a year ago ended when Griffin's Stevie Wonderboy got hurt, said earlier this week at Santa Anita.
There's the Zimbabwe Derby
(I know this because a mate once had a horse who won it), the UAE Derby
, the Philippine Derby
, the Argentinian Derby
, the Venezuelan Derby
, the Mauritian Derby
, and the Vladivostok Derby
(possibly, although I actually made that one up).
Thoroughbred racing and NASCAR will also combine during Kentucky Derby
Week, as Churchill Downs hosts a special appearance by Jarrett on Wednesday, May 2.
So, if Barbaro's fate has put you in a mood to quickly turn the page to the May 5, 2007, Kentucky Derby
, it would be fitting to start paying attention Saturday.
On Irish Derby
day, Celtic Arms ran in the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp.
USA Today's Tom Pedulla wrote this week about the recent Derby
triumphs of horses with relatively low-profile connections, including first-time Derby
trainers Barclay Tagg (Funny Cide, 2003), John Servis (Smarty Jones, 2004), John Shirreffs (Giacomo, 2005) and Matz.
Both the Kentucky Derby
and the Kentucky Oaks Web sites will continue to serve as a complete online resource for racing fans in 2007," Borseth continued.
Barbaro looked at least as good Saturday as Silver Charm, Real Quiet, Charismatic, War Emblem, Funny Cide and Smarty Jones did in the Derby
The logo will be featured on all Kentucky Derby
133 officially licensed merchandise, including apparel, gift items and tickets.
Sacred Light and Rafael Bejarano ran second to Nolan's Cat and Rene Douglas in an allowance race in the runner-up's first start since he stumbled at the start and wound up fourth in the Santa Anita Derby
Festivities get under way with the welcoming ceremonies for all visiting Soap Box Derby
participants on Monday, July 17, beginning at 9:00 a.
It will keep him from watching the Derby
with his own eyes today.
The home of the Kentucky Derby
will bring a little bit of home to five servicemen and women currently serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom when the historic racetrack connects Kentucky-based soldiers with their family members during a live video conference from the Churchill Downs winners' circle on Kentucky Derby
Day, May 6.
Wayne Lukas began by saying this 20-horse Kentucky Derby
really is a five-horse Derby
For millions around the country, the first Saturday in May means the Kentucky Derby