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Overanalyze Won Arkansas Derby weeks after losing Gotham Stakes
Palace Malice Hasn't won since August maiden score
Charming Kitten Will go off at odds of at least 40--1
Is the Race Clean?
Cleaner would be a better description. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will keep horses under round-the-clock surveillance in the last 72 hours before the race. A year ago, I'll Have Another's Triple Crown chase was overshadowed at times by O'Neill's doping history (as was Big Brown's by trainer Rick Dutrow's rap sheet in 2008). Recently The New York Times reported that California racing authorities are investigating the sudden deaths of 17 horses this year; Bob Baffert, a three-time Derby winner, has lost seven since January '12. The added surveillance is meant to help restore public confidence.
40 years ago
On May 4, 1973, the great Secretariat set the still-standing Derby record of 1:592/5 in winning the first leg of his Triple Crown.
Riding into History?
Rosie Napravnik Two years ago she was ninth in the Derby atop Pants On Fire, the best finish ever for a female rider, and when she guided Shanghai Bobby to victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile last fall, it looked as if she had this year's favorite. But Bobby didn't make it to Louisville, so Napravnik, 25, will be on Louisiana Derby runner-up Mylute.
Kevin Krigger African-American riders won 15 of the first 28 derbies, but racism caused the presence of blacks in the sport to dwindle to almost nothing over the next generation—the last black jockey to win the Derby was Jimmy Winfield in 1902. With the mount on Goldencents, Krigger, 29, will be only the second black jockey to start a Derby in 90 years—the last was Marlon St. Julien in 2000.