August182014
6-year-old mare One Dreamer winning the 1994 Breeder’s Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs

6-year-old mare One Dreamer winning the 1994 Breeder’s Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs

August122014
Gorgeous grey Gato Del Sol winning the 1982 Kentucky Derby, chased by Harbor View Farm’s Reinvested 

Gorgeous grey Gato Del Sol winning the 1982 Kentucky Derby, chased by Harbor View Farm’s Reinvested 

July62014
Gorgeous blaze-faced Venetian Way and jockey Bill Hartack win the 1960 Kentucky Derby by daylight, defeating Bally Ache by nearly 4 lengths 

Gorgeous blaze-faced Venetian Way and jockey Bill Hartack win the 1960 Kentucky Derby by daylight, defeating Bally Ache by nearly 4 lengths 

June132014
Jet Pilot wears the roses after winning the 1947 Kentucky Derby, while trainer “Silent” Tom Smith shakes hands with advisor Leslie Combs II, who had advocated for the purchase of Jet Pilot by Mrs. Elizabeth Arden (center)

Jet Pilot wears the roses after winning the 1947 Kentucky Derby, while trainer “Silent” Tom Smith shakes hands with advisor Leslie Combs II, who had advocated for the purchase of Jet Pilot by Mrs. Elizabeth Arden (center)

May82014
Ladies First 
Multiple stakes winning filly Cupecoys Joy breaks on top and leads the field of the 1982 Kentucky Derby. After setting the pace through the first mile, she faded to finish 10th behind Gato del Sol 
Following the Derby, Cupecoys Joy went on to win both the Mother Goose and Acorn Stakes, the latter in a time that bested Ruffian's stakes record 

Ladies First 

Multiple stakes winning filly Cupecoys Joy breaks on top and leads the field of the 1982 Kentucky Derby. After setting the pace through the first mile, she faded to finish 10th behind Gato del Sol 

Following the Derby, Cupecoys Joy went on to win both the Mother Goose and Acorn Stakes, the latter in a time that bested Ruffian's stakes record 

May42014
8PM
Successful Dan wins the 2012 Alysheba Stakes, with future Breeder’s Cup Classic winner Fort Larned in second. Successful Dan, a half brother to two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, won the 8.5 furlong race in track record time, defeating such names as Mucho Macho Man and Nate’s Mineshaft

Successful Dan wins the 2012 Alysheba Stakes, with future Breeder’s Cup Classic winner Fort Larned in second. Successful Dan, a half brother to two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, won the 8.5 furlong race in track record time, defeating such names as Mucho Macho Man and Nate’s Mineshaft

6PM
May22014

Calvin Bo-rail strikes again in the Alysheba Stakes!

Moonshine Mullin narrowly over Golden Ticket, heavy favorite Will Take Charge finishes far back

(Mylute got fourth! Nice one)

3PM
May12014
Champion and Hall of Famer Princess Rooney, winning the 1983 Kentucky Oaks, with Regret Stakes winner Rosy Spectre in pursuit 

Champion and Hall of Famer Princess Rooney, winning the 1983 Kentucky Oaks, with Regret Stakes winner Rosy Spectre in pursuit 

3PM

With the 140th Kentucky Derby in only a few days, I thought we might take a look at the Derby of 100 years ago - 1914

The Field: A short field of only 7 horses competed in this Derby, after the last-minute scratches of Ivan Gardner, Brickley, Belloc, and Constant. The favorite was 1913 Champion Juvenile Old Rosebud, but he had a bit of competition. Hodge, an excellent handicap horse, would go on to win back-to-back runnings of the Clark Handicap. One of the  fillies in the field was Bronzewing, winner of the Ashland Oaks and Blue Grass Stakes before the Derby, who would return weeks later to win the Kentucky Oaks. Also in the field were Latonia Derby winner John Gund, Knickerbocker Stakes winner Surprising, and another filly names Watermelon 

The Race: In one of the least suspenseful runnings of the Kentucky Derby, Old Rosebud burst to the front and stayed there throughout. He won by eight lengths “under hard restraint”. Despite the heavy mud and the predicted slow time, Old Rosebud stopped the clock in stakes-record time, besting the old record by nearly 2 seconds. His record time would stand for the next 17 years. Far behind him, Hodge tangled with the filly Bronzewing for second, and the rest of the field strung out behind them (5th-placed Old Ben was some 20 lengths behind the winner)

The Winner: Old Rosebud was one of the greatest champions of his, or any, age. He claimed championship honors in 1913 and 1917, and is still the only horse in American history to have been named a champion at 2 and Horse of the Year at 6 or older. After the Kentucky Derby, Old Rosebud severely bowed a tendon while finishing last in the Withers Stakes. Retired as an “old cripple”, it wasn’t until 1916 that his trainer observed him galloping in his paddock and outdistancing younger, sound colts. He was brought back to the races in 1917, winning 15 of 21 starts. The “Courageous Cripple” was named Horse of the Year. Unfortunately, his connections didn’t seem to know when to stop; Old Rosebud kept racing until he finally broke down and was destroyed - at age 11 in 1922 

April272014
His Shining Moment: Gato del Sol and jockey Eddie Delahousaye win the 1982 Kentucky Derby by 2 1/2 lengths at 21-1 odds

His Shining Moment: Gato del Sol and jockey Eddie Delahousaye win the 1982 Kentucky Derby by 2 1/2 lengths at 21-1 odds

February262014
Dream Team ‘86
Ferdinand, trainer Charlie Whittingham, and jockey Bill Shoemaker

Dream Team ‘86

Ferdinand, trainer Charlie Whittingham, and jockey Bill Shoemaker

February82014

“DETERMINE WITH THE ROSES 
Determine, with jockey Ray York up, stands in the winner’s circle at Churchill Downs after winning the 80th running of the Kentucky Derby. Owner Andrew J Crevolin…is at right holding bridle”

Photo and caption from The Day - May 3, 1954

DETERMINE WITH THE ROSES 

Determine, with jockey Ray York up, stands in the winner’s circle at Churchill Downs after winning the 80th running of the Kentucky Derby. Owner Andrew J Crevolin…is at right holding bridle”


Photo and caption from The Day - May 3, 1954

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