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BC-KY--Kentucky Sports Digest, KY

May 3, 2019

Here’s a look at how AP’s sports coverage is shaping up in Kentucky. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Louisville bureau at (502) 583-7718 or aplouisville(at)ap.org. Beth Campbell is on the desk. News editor Scott Stroud can be reached at sstroud@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. All times are Eastern.

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Thoroughbred Racing:

KENTUCKY DERBY-PREVIEW

LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Rain is in the forecast for the Kentucky Derby, where Bob Baffert will saddle the top three choices in pursuit of a record-tying sixth victory. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m., photos.

PAUL NEWBERRY-DERBY WORRIES

UNDATED _ The winner of the Kentucky Derby will be the horse that crosses the line first. But it will be an even bigger triumph if every one of these marvelous animals gets safely to the finish at Churchill Downs. As the sport prepares for its biggest day, everyone is holding their breath just a bit, hoping to avoid another tragedy. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words by 5 p.m., photos.

KENTUCKY DERBY-MAXIMUM SECURITY

LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Maximum Security is running in the Kentucky Derby a few months after his connections could have lost him in a $16,000 claiming race. By Mike Farrell. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m., photos.

KENTUCKY DERBY-CHANGES

LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith will ride in the Kentucky Derby after all. He picked up the mount on 30-1 shot Cutting Humor, trained by Todd Pletcher, race officials said Friday. By Beth Harris. SENT: 430 words, photos.

KENTUCKY DERBY-THE PICKS

UNDATED _ Even after the scratching of Omaha Beach, there is an absolute truth about this year’s Kentucky Derby. It is a fantastic betting race. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 760 words, photos.

KENTUCKY DERBY-VIEWERS GUIDE

UNDATED _ When Rob Hyland worked his first Kentucky Derby for NBC in 2001, it was a 90-minute show with a handful of reporters, and only one race _ the Derby _ was aired. Hyland, the coordinating producer of NBC’s horse racing coverage, now is at the helm of 15 hours of coverage over three days. The broadcast Saturday from Churchill Downs will be five hours, feature five races and include three sets and 16 announcers. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 750 words, photos.

KENTUCKY OAKS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Bellafina leads a 14-horse field as the 2-1 favorite in the 145th Kentucky Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: Developing from 6:12 p.m. race; 550 words, photos.

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