BC-RAC--Kentucky Derby, ADVISORY
To help with your planning, here is some of what The Associated Press is planning ahead of the Kentucky Derby. This advisory is subject to change and will be updated until Saturday’s race. For questions, contact Oscar Dixon (firstname.lastname@example.org). All times Eastern.
RAC--Kentucky Derby-Favorite Scratched
LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ The surprising scratch of Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach leaves trainer Bob Baffert with the top three betting choices in pursuit of a record-tying sixth victory. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 2 p.m. EDT.
RAC--Kentucky Derby-Horses to Watch
LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ A look at some of the Kentucky Derby contenders, where Game Winner is now the favorite following the scratch of Omaha Beach. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING. 650 words and file photos by noon ET
_ Also: RAC--Kentucky Derby-Preparation. Upcoming; 300 words, photos by 3 p.m.
RAC--Kentucky Derby-Japanese Horse
LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Master Fencer is the first Japan-bred horse to run in the Kentucky Derby. The 50-1 shot has had an arduous journey to the starting gate at Churchill Downs. By Mike Farrell. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m. EDT.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Preview of the 145th running of the Derby. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
RAC--Kentucky Derby-The Picks
From 1980 through 1999, the favorite never won the Kentucky Derby. In the 19 years since, the favorite has won 10 times _ including each of the last six. That being said, the Run for the Roses is typically one of the toughest races to handicap each year. And this year’s edition may seem more wide-open to bettors than usual. Here’s how the race will go, and who will win. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Fourteen fillies will compete for the lilies in the $1 million Kentucky Oaks that opens a big weekend of racing at Churchill Downs. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Developing from start of the race
_ With: RAC--Kentucky Derby-The Latest. Real-time updates from the Kentucky Derby.
SUNDAY, May 5
LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Look ahead to the Preakness, the second leg of the Triple Crown. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 1 p.m.
RAC--Sports Betting Response
After holding a monopoly on gambling in most of the U.S. for so long, horse racing is now grappling with the challenge of legalized sports betting. Moving to a fixed odds system and making horse’s past performances free to the public are two of the ways the industry could respond and adapt to the changing betting landscape that threatens to further cut into the sport’s popularity. By Stephen Whyno. Sent: 750 words, file photos, Wednesday, May 1
RAC--Betting for Dummies
LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Betting on horse racing is as close as a cellphone, computer or smart TV. And the handful of states where legal sports betting is operational try to make it easier with a simplified guide on bets and payouts. By Gary B. Graves. Sent: 700 words, photos, Wednesday, May 1
LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ The pain of seeing Cavonnier get beat by a nose in his first Kentucky Derby nearly kept Bob Baffert from returning to Churchill Downs. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. Sent: 650 words, photos, Wednesday, May 1
RAC--Kentucky Derby-Oldest Jockey
LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Jon Court would set a record as the oldest jockey in the Kentucky Derby when he rides Long Range Toddy on Saturday. Court is 58 and riding in just the fourth Derby of his career. Churchill Downs officials say the current record holder is Bobby Baird, who was 57 when he rode in the 1978 Derby. By Mike Farrell. Sent: 500 words, photos, Wednesday, May 1
The deaths of 23 horses over three months at Santa Anita in California have roiled the racing industry and prompted abrupt changes in race-day medication rules that would alter the Triple Crown series beginning in 2021. With interest among the general public at its highest starting with Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, the sport _ and the drug Lasix _ is under intense scrutiny. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. Sent: 1,100 words, photos, Tuesday, April 30
LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Omaha Beach and Tacitus are the likely favorites when post positions are drawn, and morning line odds are set for the 145th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. By Gary B. Graves. Sent: 750 words and file photos, Tuesday, April 30
RAC--Horse Racing Deaths-Reform
Well before Santa Anita Park had 23 horse racing fatalities that caused alarm around the industry, New York went through a similar spate of breakdowns in 2011 and 2012 and set about putting together a task force to inspect the issues. The results of that study and the best practices put in place since have cut breakdowns by more than 30 percent in the Mid-Atlantic and given a blueprint on how to prevent such situations in the future. By Stephen Whyno. Sent: 1,100 words, file photos on Monday, April 29
RAC--Kentucky Oaks Draw
LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Post positions will be drawn, and morning line odds set for the 145th Kentucky Oaks for fillies at Churchill Downs. By Gary B. Graves. Sent: 500 words, file photos on Monday, April 29