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Get to Know American Pharoah

By now, the world knows that American Pharoah is a true Thoroughbred racing champion and twelfth winner of the elusive Triple Crown. But behind all the trophies is the story of a special horse with a great pedigree, a powerful team, a sweet disposition and a heart of... read more

Kentucky Cocktails: Derby Drinks You Have to Try

The Kentucky Derby is not only a horse race; it is a fun adventure and celebration! Lucky Louisvillians start the party early and kick off celebrating “Derby Week” with several fun events, typically featuring an abundance of Southern hospitality and lots of cocktails.... read more

Why is the Kentucky Derby so special?

When you mention the Kentucky Derby, people smile. This storied horse race is deeply ingrained in American sport history and southern culture for a myriad of reasons, but what really makes the “Derby Experience” so grand and unique? The History When first arriving at... read more

Derby Dishes and Delights: Traditions Worth Tasting

“When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do.” This quaint quote is a reminder that in even ancient times, people knew to embrace local culture and traditions when traveling to new places…the same is true for a trip to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby! The Kentucky Derby is... read more

Early Derby Fashion Tips

  The Kentucky Derby is legendary. But it’s not only about the horses— it is also about endless people watching, unique fashion and great memories. Historically, racing enthusiasts of days past would dress in their finest outfits to “see and be seen” and horse racing... read more

Kentucky Derby and Oaks Fashion: Insider Tips

The Kentucky Derby is not only a major sporting event, it is also a major fashion event. Southerners take their Spring outfits and traditions seriously and that is especially true at Derby time. When it comes to the Kentucky Oaks and Derby, bright and bold is best.... read more

Previewing The San Felipe Stakes & The Tampa Bay Derby

This weekend marks another stretch along the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” as two important Championship Series races take place at Santa Anita and Tampa Bay Downs. We’ll get to see some colts that have already been tested along the Derby trail and quite a few more... read more

A Look At The Top Five Heading Into March

We are still a little more than two months away from the Kentucky Derby, but with the “Prep Season” races concluded and the Championship Series just kicking in, it’s a good time to look at some of the contenders leading up to high reward races such as the Gotham, San... read more

Kentucky Derby News & Notes 2/28/2013

The second pool of Kentucky Derby Future Wagering kicks off its three day run on Friday with the field once again set as the favorite. Churchill Downs odds maker Mike Battaglia put the field at 3-1, as the field has ended early wagering as the favorite in every pool... read more

NBC to Televise Derby Prep Races

If you have been wondering about how you can see some of the biggest Derby Championship Series races of the season live while sitting in the comfort of your own home, wonder no more. The Jockey Club announced this week that the NBC Sports Network will televise six... read more

Three New Derby Contenders Emerge!

This past weekend saw three Kentucky Derby prep races go off, and with that we now have three new contenders on the Derby trail. Only two races remain in the prep season and then the schedule starts awarding more points for finishes in the top four. The leader board... read more Expands Our Internet Presence! is known for offering Kentucky Derby tickets and all-inclusive Kentucky Derby ticket packages to racing fans, but did you know that you can find more ticket, horse racing, and Kentucky Derby information by visiting one of our companion sites?  We pride... read more

Artistry & Kentucky Derby Hats!

The Kentucky Derby hat is almost a much a part of the Kentucky Derby as the thoroughbreds themselves. For many folks, a day at the track isn’t really a time to go all out with fashion as casual attire are generally sufficient, unless you are in a premium seating area.... read more

You Have Your Kentucky Derby Tickets; Now What?

Thousands of people each year decide to cross the Kentucky Derby off of their “bucket list” by investing in Kentucky Derby tickets or a ticket package, and making the pilgrimage to Churchill Downs to experience the Derby season in Louisville. Many of those people buy... read more

The Road To The Kentucky Derby Is Open!

The Royal Lodge was the first race in the new “Road to the Kentucky Derby” format that was put into place by Churchill Downs earlier this year. The Royal Lodge was won by the Irish colt, Steeler, and he became the first horse to claim points in the format. Back in the... read more

Choosing Seats for the Kentucky Derby

Choosing Seats for the Kentucky Derby A lot of the patrons of Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby day are repeat customers. They have bought Kentucky Derby tickets in the past, from Churchill Downs, EBay, or a reputable third-party provider such as Derby That... read more

Kentucky Derby Prep Season Is Upon Us!

On September 29th the first official American race of the Derby Prep Season will take place at Santa Anita. The Grade I Frontrunner Stakes, which was formerly the Norfolk Stakes, is worth $250,000, and an automatic spot in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, which will also... read more News & Notes 9-7-12

According to trainer Dale Romans, Dullahan, winner of last months Pacific Classic, is likely to run next in the Grade I Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park on September 29th. Dullahan is quickly being pegged as a colt who can only win on a synthetic surface, as... read more

Thinking About Derby Hats In August!

The Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs are soaked in tradition. Mint Juleps, $2 wagering, the Twin Spires, and the singing of My Old Kentucky Home are big part of the Derby experience. The Derby hat is right up there among the most famous of traditions, as is evident... read more News & Notes

The excitement of the Triple Crown races is now behind us, and the summer months lie ahead. As fall approaches, racing fans will turn their attention towards the Breeders’ Cup and start to sort out the two-year-olds that could be next year’s Kentucky Derby favorites.... read more

New Qualifying System for the Kentucky Derby

Since 1986, Churchill Downs has used an earnings system in qualifying for the Kentucky Derby. That is changing as they have instituted a new system that will begin in 2014 and be called the Road to the Kentucky Derby. The new system will be based on points for wins in... read more

Kentucky Derby 138: What A Day!!

What a Derby! Saturday, May 4th has to go down as one of the great Kentucky Derby experiences of all time. A record -breaking crowd, a relatively unknown thoroughbred with a rookie jockey took the roses, and the weather was fantastic. The Kentucky Oaks happens the day... read more

Bodemeister & Dullahan Are Derby Ready!

  This weekend at Oaklawn Park and Keeneland Racetrack capped off the final, serious Derby prep races for 2012. Hansen, who looked prepared to take the Bluegrass Stakes wire to wire, was run down by Dullahan and Bodemeister made a mockery of the Arkansas Derby,... read more

Hansen a 6-5 favorite in the Bluegrass Stakes

  This weekend’s Bluegrass Stakes at Keeneland Racetrack will be the final Derby prep race for 2011 Breeder’s Cup Juvenile winner, Hansen. Hansen has remained among the favorites for the Kentucky Derby, winning four of his five career starts. Twelve other... read more

Gemologist edges Alpha to take the Wood Memorial

Aqueduct Racetrack, in New York, was the site of the last prep race for Kentucky Derby contenders Gemologist and Alpha as they squared off in the $1 million Wood Memorial. The pair didn’t disappoint, with the race coming right down to the wire with Todd Pletcher’s... read more

I’ll Have Another Wins The Santa Anita Derby!

It had been over two months since the Dana O’Neill trained I’ll Have Another ran in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes, where he won easily as a 43-1 longshot. In Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby, he didn’t have the luxury of being an unpressured longshot. Instead, he was one of... read more

Florida & Louisiana Derby’s Kick Off Final Derby Preps

  On Saturday, the final month of Kentucky Derby prep races began at Gulfstream Park with the Grade I Florida Derby. Three high profile thoroughbreds were among the favorites, with the consensus favorite for Kentucky Derby 138, Union Rags, starting the race with... read more

“Hats off to the Horses” Auction Drawing To A Close

The third annual year of “Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby”, a 6-month online Derby hat auction fundraiser that benefits Old Friends, is drawing to a close for this year. This unique hat auction features a new one-of-a-kind Derby hat design... read more

Final Derby Prep Races Coming Up

  With April upon us, it’s time to get serious about which thoroughbreds are going to be real contenders for the Kentucky Derby. Beginning on March 31st, we’ll have several weekends with the top three-year-olds squaring off in their final races before May 4th.... read more

Derby Hopeful: Secret Circle

Three-year-old thoroughbred Secret Circle is quickly moving up the Kentucky Derby contender list after winning two of his first three races in 2012. He has won five of his six career starts, with his only non-winning race coming in the Sham Stakes, where he finished... read more

Derby Hopeful: El Padrino

El Padrino is a three-year-old, Kentucky foaled thoroughbred, who has won three of his past five races to move up on many lists as a Kentucky Derby favorite. El Padrino was bred and foaled in Kentucky by Emory A. Hamilton and is owned by Let’s Go Racing. Pulpit is... read more

Hansen Rebounds To Win The Gotham Stakes

  The last time out for Hansen wasn’t so great by the standard that the Eclipse Award winning thoroughbred had set for himself. In the Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream he stumbled out of the gate on a wet track and despite leading for much of the race, seemed to... read more

Derby Hat Auction Helps Retired Racehorses

For the third consecutive year, Maggie Mae Designs and Old Friends are teaming up to raise money for retired thoroughbreds, some of whom have been rescued from less than ideal situations. Not all former racehorses get a dignified retirement at a plush farm or at stud.... read more

Union Rags Pulls Away To Win The Fountain Of Youth Stakes

  It had been four months since Union Rags last raced. That was in November at the Breeders’ Cup Classic Juvenile, where he finished just behind Hansen, for second place. If he showed any signs of rust, they were not readily apparent as the early Kentucky Derby... read more

Don’t Throw Out That Old Derby Hat!

When in doubt about your favorite hat, don’t throw it away…ask a friendly milliner if it can be saved. One of my favorite customers brought back a superb Montecristi extra super fino from South America . These hats are very, very expensive, and finely... read more

Date for Kentucky Derby Festival Fashion Show Set

American Founder Bank will be hosting the 2012 Kentucky Derby Festival Spring Fashion Show, which is entering its 21st year as a part of the Kentucky Derby Festival. This year’s show will be held on March 29th in the Showroom of Horseshoe Southern Indiana. The fashion... read more

Algorithms Takes The Holy Bull Stakes

  Todd Pletcher has found another Kentucky Derby contender, as Algorithms surged to a win in Miami at the Holy Bull Stakes, held at Gulfstream Park. The victory over second place horse, and Eclipse Award winner Hansen, wasn’t totally unexpected, as Algorithms... read more

The “Fortunate Prospect” Hat

For the fourth hat auction in this year’s auction series, milliner Sally Faith Steinmann of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® has created this stunning one-of-a-kind couture Derby hat to honor the great sire, Fortunate Prospect, one of the most beloved retirees at Old Friends... read more

Derby Hopeful: Creative Cause

With January drawing to a close and February upon us, the importance of keeping up with potential Kentucky Derby horses grows. Today is another in a series that we call “Derby Hopefuls”. This edition will focus on getting to know a little bit about Creative Cause.... read more

Derby Hopeful: Union Rags

  The arrival of the New Year in horse racing means that the prep races for the Kentucky Derby are getting under way. Over the next few weeks, will be previewing some of the strongest contenders for this year’s “Run for the Roses” at Churchill... read more

Mr. Bowling Wins The Lecomte Stakes

The Grade III Lecomte Stakes is one of the first Kentucky Derby Prep races of the year and was ran this past weekend at the Fairgrounds Race Course. Larry Jones has had quite a week as Havre de Grace (trained by Jones) won the Eclipse Awards Horse-of-the-Year on... read more

Out of Bounds Takes The Sham Stakes

In the first Kentucky Derby prep race of the year at Santa Anita, Out of Bounds rallied down the stretch to take the Sham Stakes and upset heavy favorite Secret Circle. Out of Bounds started out of the first post position trailing Longview Drive and Secret Circle... read more

Benburb Hat

Our third annual year of “Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby”, a 6-month online Derby hat auction fundraiser that benefits Old Friends, is underway! This unique hat auction features a new Derby hat design each month that I have created to honor... read more

CashCall Futurity Preview

The CashCall Futurity, the final Grade I race of the year for 2-year-olds, will run this Saturday at Hollywood Park. The Futurity is a $750,000 1 1/16 miles race run on Hollywood Park’s cushion track and will star several Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks possibles.... read more

Sabercat Wins Delta Jackpot Derby Prep

After losing his first three career races, 2-year-old colt Sabercat has now evened things up by winning three in a row. He broke his maiden in September at Monmouth and then took the Garden State there. The third came this past Saturday at Delta Downs as the colt won... read more

Delta Jackpot

This Saturday will see the 9th running of the $1 million Delta Jackpot, a Grade 3, 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-olds at Delta Downs in Vinton, La. The race has the 1st richest purse for 2-year-olds behind the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and continues to grow as a favorite... read more

Breeders’ Cup Preview

We are a week away from celebrating thoroughbred horse racing’s culminating event: the Breeders’ Cup Championships. The Breeders’ Cup returns to Churchill Downs this year and the excitement is continuing to build for what looks to be a spectacular two days of top-tier... read more

Creative Cause is a Serious Contender

Creative Cause came into last Saturday’s Grade 1 Norfolk Stakes with a little something to prove. Having won three out of his four starts this year, his only loss was to Drill in the Del Mar Futurity in early September. In that race, Creative Cause was bumped by... read more

Coordinating with your Derby Date

Are you taking a date to the Derby or flying solo? Well, if you are flying solo you won’t have to worry about coordinating anything but your outfit and hat. However, if you are taking a date whether it be just a friend or your spouse you want to make sure that you... read more

The Colors Of Fall

Even though fall has not rolled around this year and we are still enduring miserable hot days, designers are already planning what colors will be hot for spring 2012. While this may seem early, this is great for our planning what to wear to the Derby! Whether you... read more

Early Derby Hat Planning

I know it is only July and the Kentucky Derby is still nine months away, but let’s face it no woman wants to settle on what they are wearing to any event, especially the Derby. That is why beginning the early planning process for your Derby hat right now seems like a... read more

Derby Hats: How crazy is too crazy?

The Kentucky Derby is all about the excitement of the races and of course the beautiful horse, but what else makes the Derby one of the best events to attend? The hats of course! Every year women (and men) go all out to find or design the most beautiful (and crazy)... read more

Kentucky Derby Dresses: Uniqueness a Must

When beginning the process of looking for that special Kentucky Derby dress, keep in mind that uniqueness is always best. If your Kentucky Derby Tickets have you seated in the grandstand, clubhouse, or a dining room setting, most all ladies tend to wear nice Derby... read more