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Can you believe it? More people watched Kentucky Derby later

NEW YORK (AP) — Did an 80-1 longshot really win the Kentucky Derby? People apparently wanted to make sure of Rich Strike's win. NBC Sports says some 36 million people watched a replay of the race on one of the network's social media accounts, including a record-setting 11.6 million on TikTok. Live race coverage itself averaged 16 million viewers on NBC and the Peacock streaming service, with the numbers peaking […]

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Rich Strike’s team considering Preakness options after upset

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The celebration after Rich Strike's stunning Kentucky Derby upset continued long into the night. The 80-1 longshot has the sports world buzzing. Next up is for Rich Strike's trainer Eric Reed and the rest of his chestnut colt's team to decide whether the storybook journey continues at the 147th Preakness on May 21 in Baltimore. Similar decisions also loom for the favorites whom Rich Strike surged […]

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Kentucky racing board upholds Bob Baffert’s suspension

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky racing officials have denied trainer Bob Baffert's request to stay his suspension for a failed postrace drug test by Medina Spirit that led to his disqualification as Kentucky Derby winner. Kentucky Horse Racing Commission board members on Friday voted 10-0 with three abstentions against the stay in a specially called meeting. KHRC stewards last week suspended the Hall of Fame trainer for 90 days with […]

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Medina Spirit heads to Preakness, minus trainer Bob Baffert

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit is headed to Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes while trainer Bob Baffert says he won't attend the race to avoid being a distraction in the wake of scrutiny following the colt's failed postrace drug test. Medina Spirit's Derby win by half a length over Mandaloun gave Baffert his record seventh victory in the sport's premier race. That milestone is now in […]

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Medina Spirit could lose Ky. Derby win; track bans Baffert

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Medina Spirit's victory in the Kentucky Derby is in serious jeopardy because of a failed postrace drug test. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert called a news conference to announce that Medina Spirit tested positive for an excessive amount of the steroid betamethasone that is sometimes used to treat pain and inflammation in horses. Churchill Downs immediately suspended Baffert and said Medina Spirit would be disqualified […]

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Shades of gray rare among Kentucky Derby favorites, winners

Essential Quality is expected to be the first gray horse favored to win the Kentucky Derby in 25 years. A gray horse hasn't won the Derby since Giacomo in 2005, and only eight grays have won it since 1930. According to historians and experts, there are just fewer gray horses in the thoroughbred population compared to more traditional chestnut, bay,  brown and black horses. But with almost light gray Tapit […]

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