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Cloud Computing beat Classic Empire at the wire to win the Preakness Saturday.  (Jon Kral photo.) Cloud Computing beat Classic Empire at the wire to win the Preakness Saturday. (Jon Kral photo.)

BOZICH | Preakness fades to bad 'Dreaming' for Derby winner as Cloud Computing scores Video included

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The Preakness was supposed to be a two-horse racing between Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming and Classic Empire. Cloud Computing did not get the memo Saturday.

BOZICH | Dodging flying rocks to pick Preakness winner with D. Wayne Lukas Video included

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Rick Bozich and Tom Lane dodged flying rocks outside Pimlico Friday morning before huddling with trainers like Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas to make a prediction for the Preakness.

BOZICH | Preakness talk is Derby, Triple Crown & (as usual) Pimlico's future

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At the Preakness, the talk is about the Kentucky Derby, Always Dreaming, the Triple Crown and (as usual) the future of Pimlico. 

BOZICH | Monday Muse: UK, Duke, Sparty jockey for #1; Fields still waiting NFL call

Rick Bozich presents his weekly Monday Muse. Rick Bozich presents his weekly Monday Muse.
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There's a three-way tie for pre-season Number One in college hoops in Las Vegas; Still no NFL calls for Devonte Fields; Thad Matta to the Hot Seat.

BOZICH | Who's Hot (and Who's Not) in 2017 NBA Draft class

Former Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell has helped his NBA Draft status in Chicago. Former Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell has helped his NBA Draft status in Chicago.
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It's less than six weeks until the 2017 NBA Draft -- and local college stars like Donovan MItchell, Hamidou Diallo, OG Anunoby, De'Aaron Fox and Thomas Bryant are jockeying for position.

Derby winner 'Always Dreaming' leaves Churchill Downs Video included

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He and trainer Todd Pletcher are scheduled to arrive in Baltimore for the Preakness around 9:30 Tuesday morning.

BOZICH | Monday Muse: Louisville hurt more than Kentucky by NBA early entries?

Rick Bozich presents his weekly Monday Muse. Rick Bozich presents his weekly Monday Muse.
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Which program has the NBA Early Entry rule hurt more recently -- Kentucky or Louisville? An early college hoops pre-season Top 25. Readers' Top 10 sporting events. Monday Muse.

CRAWFORD | Still Dreaming: At the barn the morning after Always Dreaming's Kentucky Derby win

Always Dreaming in his stall, the morning after winning Kentucky Derby 143. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford) Always Dreaming in his stall, the morning after winning Kentucky Derby 143. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford)
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WDRB's Eric Crawford paints the scene at the barn the morning after Always Dreaming won Kentucky Derby 143.

CRAWFORD | Living the Dream: Owners of Derby winner Always Dreaming prove dreams do come true

Anthony Bonomo, co-owner of Always Dreaming, hoists the winning trophy after the colt won the Kentucky Derby. (AP photo) Anthony Bonomo, co-owner of Always Dreaming, hoists the winning trophy after the colt won the Kentucky Derby. (AP photo)
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Eric Crawford writes that Always Dreaming's win in the Kentucky Derby proves that dreams really can come true.

BOZICH | Validation? Jubilation? Todd Pletcher (finally) doubles his Kentucky Derby pleasure Video included

Trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velasquez silenced their Kentucky Derby critics Saturday. Trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velasquez silenced their Kentucky Derby critics Saturday.
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Trainer Todd Pletcher was 1-for-45 in the Kentucky Derby. Jockey John Velasquez was 1-for-18. They silenced their critics by teaming with Always Dreaming to win the Kentucky Derby Saturday.

As trash piles up in the Churchill Downs infield, cleanup work begins Video included

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The 143rd Kentucky Derby is long over, but the work continues for crews tasked with cleaning up the infield.

With tight security, Kentucky Derby fans came to the track prepared Video included

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Security lines were busy but fast on Kentucky Derby day as state troopers watched crowds of people flock to the front gates. 

Always Dreaming wins 143rd Kentucky Derby

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A week of rain and gray skies moved out from Churchill Downs on Saturday, and 9-2 favorite Always Dreaming turned in a dominant performance to win the 143rd Kentucky Derby.

IMAGES | Stars from TV, film and sports rock the red carpet at Churchill Downs Video included

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The rain cleared out and the stars shone on the red carpet Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Giant video board keeps Kentucky Derby infield fans connected (at least, the ones paying attention)

Dan Szymanski and Stephanie Coulter Dan Szymanski and Stephanie Coulter
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For Dan Szymanski, a truck driver from South Bend, Ind., there’s one big difference between this year’s Kentucky Derby and the last one he came to eight years ago: the giant video board about midway along the backstretch. 

In the infield, a more expensive Kentucky Derby meets with shrugs Video included

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The cost of a general admission ticket was $80 for the Kentucky Derby, up from $60 last year.

IMAGES | Tom Brady, Jeff Bridges, Katie Couric and many others attend the Barnstable Brown Gala Video included

Current and former members of the New England Patriots Current and former members of the New England Patriots
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The cold weather and the rain didn't keep the stars away from the 29th annual Barnstable Brown Party in the Highlands.

Which horse does WDRB Sports Staff like in Kentucky Derby?

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Which horse does the WDRB Sports staff like in Kentucky Derby 143? Irish War Cry earned three votes to win but staffers also picked three other horses.

CRAWFORD | Eyes on the skies: 2017 Kentucky Derby expected to be wet and wide open

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WDRB's Eric Crawford previews Kentucky Derby 143.

IMAGES | Stars pack the red carpet to support a good cause at the Unbridled Eve Gala Video included

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The sixth annual Unbridled Eve Gala at the Galt House in downtown Louisville on Friday isn't just a party for the starts.

How to read a Daily Racing Form Video included

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The Daily Racing Form can be helpful when trying to pick a winning horse, but only if you know how to read it. 

Dark and Early: Louisville native first person in line for infield Video included

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The early bird gets the worm, and the early riser gets to pick the best spot in the infield at Churchill Downs on Derby Day.

Wagner's Pharmacy spreads 'Derby fever' Video included

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If you know Churchill Downs, chances are you've heard of the other iconic location right next to it: Wagner's Pharmacy. The love story between the diner and Derby started by chance. 

IMAGES | New Derby Eve Gala gets star-studded guest list to support West End School

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers
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A Derby Eve Gala that raises money for the West End School is brand new this year, and it got its own star-studded guest list.

Churchill Downs adjusts security protocol for Derby weekend Video included

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One-by-one fans were stopped in their tracks because what they needed most was not allowed in to the historic race track.

Cancer survivors march side by side down Churchill Downs track Video included

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Marching together, side by side, a group of breast and ovarian cancer survivors were selected out of 400 nominations across the country to walk in the annual Kentucky Oaks Survivors Parade in the cold and rainy weather Friday at Churchill Downs.

CRAWFORD | Baffert still has some Churchill magic - his Abel Tasman wins Oaks Video included

Bob Baffert greets jockey Mike Smith after his Abel Tasman won the Kentucky Oaks. (AP photo) Bob Baffert greets jockey Mike Smith after his Abel Tasman won the Kentucky Oaks. (AP photo)
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Bob Baffert doesn't have a Derby horse, but he won't be an afterthought on Derby weekend after winning the Kentucky Oaks with Abel Tasman.

Abel Tasman wins 143rd Kentucky Oaks

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It was a wet and cold day at Churchill Downs, but we now have a 143rd winner of the Kentucky Oaks.

BOZICH | Can Hernandez follow Borel's trail from Louisiana to Derby winners' circle?

Like Calvin Borel and others, Brian Hernandez grew up in Louisiana dreaming of winning the Kentucky Derby. Like Calvin Borel and others, Brian Hernandez grew up in Louisiana dreaming of winning the Kentucky Derby.
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Like Calvin Borel, Kent Desormeaux, Eddie Delahoussaye and others, jockey Brian Hernandez grew up in Louisiana dreaming of winning the Kentucky Derby. He'll ride McCraken.

Despite rain, Churchill Downs officials say track could be fast in time for Derby post Video included

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Once Oaks Day comes to a close, volunteer crews will get to work preparing Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby.

Churchill Downs infield draws sparse crowd on Oaks Day with cold and rainy weather Video included

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As the day began, those few who had come to the infield found ways to stay dry, while others decided to turn around and head back home.

BOZICH | National Derby picks tilt to Irish War Cry over Classic Empire

Irish War Cry, not Classic Empire, is the Derby pick of 20 trainers, athletes and media members polled by Rick Bozich of WDRB. Irish War Cry, not Classic Empire, is the Derby pick of 20 trainers, athletes and media members polled by Rick Bozich of WDRB.
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Never mind the morning line. Classic Empire was not the top pick to win the 143rd Kentucky Derby of 20 writers, trainers, coaches and athletes polled by Rick Bozich

IMAGES - Oaks Day on the backside of Churchill Downs

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Rain was falling Friday morning at Churchill Downs, making for a sloppy track for the $1 million Kentucky Oaks.

LACETT | Romans enters Derby 143 with new outlook on life Video included

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Romans is trying for his first Kentucky Derby win in eight tries. 

Jockey Pat Day celebrates 25th anniversary of Kentucky Derby win

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It's the 25th anniversary of his Derby win on 16-1 longshot Lil E Tee, one of the biggest upsets in Kentucky Derby history.

Interesting Derby horse names come from small towns, physical characteristics and even history Video included

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Churchill Downs' Kevin Kerstein explains where some of the Derby horses got their names.

Emergency rooms prepare to see hundreds of patients over Derby weekend Video included

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Thousands of people will be visiting Louisville for the Kentucky Derby, and with that comes the need for local emergency rooms.

IMAGES | Rain fails to deter people from Thursday's annual Pegasus Parade Video included

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The rain didn't keep people away from Thursday night's annual Pegasus Parade.

'Network outage' prompts delay at Churchill Downs on Thurby Video included

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A 'network outage' at Churchill Downs prompted a delay in racing Thursday afternoon.

Workers at Kroger finish Garland of Lilies ahead of Friday's Oaks race Video included

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Workers wrapped up work Thursday night on the Garland of Lilies that will adorn the fastest fillies in Friday's Kentucky Oaks race. 

Southern Indiana preparing for its own slice of Derby madness Video included

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The horses, the fashion and mint juleps all take center stage in Kentucky this weekend. But Kentucky is not the only state taking ownership of Derby weekend.

Farm in PRP sending thousands of pounds of mint to Churchill Downs for mint juleps Video included

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A local farm is packing up the final delivery of mint for Churchill Downs.

Race fans brave gray and rainy day for Thurby at Churchill Downs Video included

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A couple of years ago, Churchill Downs christened the Thursday of Derby week "Thurby" -- a time to celebrate all things Kentucky, including bourbon, bluegrass native singers and horse racing.

CRAWFORD | Breaking down each Kentucky Derby starter, in 100 words or less Video included

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Eric Crawford gives a quick preview of the 20 Kentucky Derby starters -- each in 100 words or less.

New York-based fashion company Rent the Runway calls Derby a 'peak week' Video included

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People are nabbing designer outfits for the Kentucky Derby without paying designer prices.

BOZICH | Can a teetotaler win the Kentucky Derby? John Sherriffs has just the horse Video included

John Shirreffs won the 2005 Kentucky Derby with Giacomo. He'll chase another with Gormley Saturday. John Shirreffs won the 2005 Kentucky Derby with Giacomo. He'll chase another with Gormley Saturday.
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With his believe in kindness, touch, environment, Guinness beer and carrot juice, John Shirreffs is different from other trainers who have won the Kentucky Derby.

Mayor Fischer bets bourbon against brandy on Derby wager with mayor from Ocala, Fla. Video included

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Ocala, Florida Mayor Kent Guinn are making a wager on the Kentucky Derby.

Bad weather expected to affect -- but not cancel -- 2017 Pegasus Parade Video included

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When the 62nd Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade heads down Broadway this afternoon, everyone will be watching the weather as well as the floats.

Louisville Collegiate School holds 'Kindergarten Derby' Video included

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The Kindergarten Derby was held Thursday morning at Louisville Collegiate School.

Celebrities flock to Louisville for a slew of Derby Eve parties Video included

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Louisville throws a party that's the envy of people across America on the first Saturday in May. But red carpets will be rolling out all over town the night before the Run for the Roses.

LACETT | Triple Crown winner Baffert a spectator at this year’s Kentucky Derby Video included

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“I’d rather not be in it than have a horse at 50-1 odds."

IMAGES - Thurby Day on the backside

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The Thursday before Derby is now known as "Thurby Day," when Churchill Downs celebrates horse racing and all things Kentucky. Check out these pictures and see if you recognize anyone. 

Fascinating facts about jockeys featured on mural at Churchill Downs Video included

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The mural is 40 feet wide and seven feet tall and hangs on the 2nd floor of the track.

LMPD ready to keep Oaks and Derby crowds safe with increased security Video included

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Chief Steve Conrad explains the effort it takes to keep the city safe in all neighborhoods during the big weekend.

Kentucky Derby Festival organizers anxiously watching weather for Thursday's Pegasus Parade Video included

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The rain this week has not stopped the events scheduled for the 2017 Kentucky Derby Festival.

Race fans prepare for wet weather at Churchill Downs Video included

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It’s expected to be a soggy Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning as the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby approaches.

CRAWFORD | Morning line musing: Battaglia calls this "one of the easier" Derby lines he's set

Mike Battaglia has been setting the Kentucky Derby morning line since 1974. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford) Mike Battaglia has been setting the Kentucky Derby morning line since 1974. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford)
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Churchill Downs' oddsmaker Mike Battaglia talks about the process of setting the morning line for the 2017 Kentucky Derby.

BOZICH | The Only Five Kentucky Derby Draw Takeaways That Matter Video included

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What's more important: Kentucky Derby post positions or the weather? Five takeaways from the draw for Kentucky Derby 143 Saturday.

IMAGES | Backside at Churchill Downs - Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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The backside of Churchill Downs was humping on hump day as preparations for the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby get into full swing. 

Classic Empire is early favorite for Kentucky Derby Video included

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This year marks the 143rd Kentucky Derby.

Rock star Richie Sambora to donate custom guitar to Barnstable Brown Diabetes Foundation Video included

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Richie Sambora will play and donate a one-of-a-kind guitar while at the Barnstable Brown Gala on Friday night, according to a news release from the public relations firm representing the gala.

Classic Empire assistant trainer Norm Casse dreams about winning roses with his father Video included

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The son of trainer Mark Casse talks about what it means to have the likely favorite for Derby 143.

Chef Anoosh Shariat shares recipe for mini lamb chops accented with a splash of bourbon Video included

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The owner of Anoosh Bistro and Noosh Nosh is serving up lamb chops with asparagus with bourbon pecan butter, mini lamb chops with mint.

KDF Great Steamboat race is the annual 'Battle of the Belles!'

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The trophy, the competition and the smack talk leading up to the annual race on the Ohio River.

Experts in the know: The latest Derby and Oaks insights from the WDRB Sports team Video included

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Louisville's largest TV sports department has connections to all the trainers, jockeys and owners. 

'Dynamic duo' manages artwork on walls of Churchill Downs Video included

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It's the one job at the track you can't miss but have probably never noticed. 

BOZICH | Is the Kentucky Derby still one of America's Top 10 sports events?

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Where does the Kentucky Derby rank among America's Top 10 sports events? Top Five? Top 10? Top 25? 

Early designs for Louisville Thoroughbred Society released Video included

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The private club for members of the horseracing industry will take up space in the old Fetzer building near the intersection of S. 2nd Street and W. Main Street. 

LEWIS | Motion will try to buck trend in Derby 143 Video included

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Trainer Graham Motion will try to become first trainer to saddle a Wood Memorial winner and a Derby winner since 2000

Louisville native and Lady Gaga back-up dancer to teach dance at Thurby Video included

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Graham Breitenstein rocketed to fame as one of Lady Gaga's backup dancers.

CRAWFORD | After kidnapping, Venezuelan trainer's Derby bid offers hope to his homeland

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Trainer Antonio Sano has endured two kidnappings in his native Venezuela, rebuilt his training career, and has Gunnevera headed into Saturday's Kentucky Derby in an incredible tale of perseverance.

IMAGES | Backside at Churchill Downs - Tuesday, May 2, 2017

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After a rainy start to Derby week, Tuesday's weather was dry but cool. 

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