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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2014
Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome is scheduled to arrive at Pimlico Race Course Monday afternoon after a charter flight from Louisville. The likely Preakness favorite galloped 1 ¿¿ miles at Churchill Downs Friday, with assistant trainer Alan Sherman pronouncing him strong. The Preakness field also gained another entrant in General a Rod, who finished 11 th in the Derby. Trainer Mike Maker said General a Rod didn't get to show his talent during a tough trip at Churchill Downs.
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2014
Denzel Richardson was “frustrated” when he didn't meet NCAA Division I qualifying standards coming out of Calvert Hall in 2012. But after committing to Eastern Kentucky last month, the former Cardinals star is convinced that “everything worked out for the best.” Richardson, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound shooting guard, was also recruited by Abilene Christian, Alabama State, Iona, LIU-Brooklyn, Montana State, North Dakota and UT-Martin....
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By Meekah Hopkins | May 6, 2014
It's horse racing season which, for a non-bettor who still enjoys the pomp and circumstance of the Triple Crown, means the return of traditional whiskey-based horse racing cocktails. But I have to confess: I've been cheating on the mint julep, and even worse, on the black-eyed Susan, for a more sophisticated drink, in a more sophisticated venue. That would be the Kentucky Rose at the new Blue Pit BBQ and Whiskey Bar in Hampden. Blue Pit is a whiskey lover's dream come true. Read: my dream come true.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Dallas Stewart did it again. A year ago, his horse, Golden Soul, finished second in the Kentucky Derby as a 34-1 underdog. On Saturday, the Kentucky-based trainer pulled off another second-place finish, this time with 38-1 underdog Commanding Curve. It wasn't exactly the result Stewart wanted. “I thought he had a heck of a shot,” he said. But he had to tip his cap to the winner, California Chrome, who exceeded his expectations. “I was just hoping California Chrome would kind of give in a little bit, but he didn't,” Stewart said.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Two jockeys were injured and taken away from Churchill Downs by ambulance after a scary collision during the third race of the Kentucky Derby day slate. Jockey Megan Fadlovich complained of concussion symptoms, and fellow rider Marcelino Pedroza Jr. complained of lower back pain after the incident, which appeared to start when two horses clipped heels. Both jockeys were alert and moving all extremities as they were taken to nearby Audubon Hospital for further examination, a track spokesman said.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2014
LOUISVILLE, KY. - Art Sherman looked dazed, perhaps still a bit uncertain that fate had handed him such a magnificent gift after six decades of devotion to racehorses. A few feet away, Steve Coburn's voice caught with emotion as he spoke of those who didn't believe. Perry Martin wiped tears from his eyes, hugging a relative who shouted: “Oh my God, what a ride! Just like you called it!” For these men, California Chrome had long been the horse of dreams. And against the classic backdrop of Churchill Downs, the rest of the world finally caught up to their vision.
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By Liam Durbin and For The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
[Editor's note: Liam  Durbin is owner/handicapper of e-ponies.com and creator of the One Click Pony, Pro Picks Mobile  and Exacta Max apps. He shares his Triple Crown picks and betting tips with The Baltimore Sun each year.] California Chrome hardly broke a sweat in his last four races, despite being in increasingly competitive fields. He appears to have push-button acceleration and is a man amongst boys on the west coast. One could argue that he has yet to show what he can do if really tested.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Steve Coburn proudly calls himself a working man, and he'll tell you upfront that he was insulted when a rich stable owner offered him millions of dollars for the racehorse who'd eaten cookies from his hand as a gangly 3-month-old. "Somebody who's got that much money, just to think they can step in and buy something people have worked so hard to get to?" Coburn said. "To me, that was a slap in the face. The no was easy. Not just 'no,' but 'hell no.'" It might seem strange, the idea of a populist hero as clear favorite in Saturday's Kentucky Derby , a race that fires the dreams of multi-millionaire horsemen around the world.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
LOUISVILLE, KY. -- Heavy favorite Untapable blazed to victory in the Kentucky Oaks Friday, a triumph for jockey Rosie Napravnik and controversial trainer Steve Asmussen . Napravnik kept Untapable a few paces off the lead for much of the run, then pulled away to win by 41/2 lengths. The performance didn't quite match Rachel Alexandra's 20-length win in 2009, but the even-money favorite lived up to high expectations. "She is magnificent," said Napravnik, who was plenty good herself in winning a second Oaks.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2014
The Kentucky Derby is the main event, but it's possible the week's dominant star turn could come in Friday's Kentucky Oaks. Untapable is an overwhelming 4-5 favorite in the $600,000 stakes for fillies, and the question around Churchill Downs hasn't been if she'll win but by how much. Her trainer, Steve Asmussen, has been here before. In 2009, he watched his filly, Rachel Alexandra, burst onto the national scene with a 20-length victory in the Oaks. Two weeks later, she beat the boys in the Preakness on her way to Horse of the Year honors.
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