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Derby Betting System No. 7: The Reed System

In the last of this great series by Billy Reed, you’ll find out who the Hall of Fame turf writer likes in this year’s race, always subject to change, of course. Thanks to LouisvilleCatholicSports. By Billy Reed This is the one you’ve been awaiting, right? The one where I bring into play all the wisdom I’ve gained on the Kentucky Derby trail since 1964, when I got a freelance assignment to cover the Bluegrass Stakes at Keeneland for the Toronto Star. The Toronto paper was interested in the Blue Grass because the favored Northern Dancer was owned by E.P. Taylor,…


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Fancy Pants bike Ride

Dress up for Bike Ride to Dawn at the Downs – Thursday, May 5, 2011 If an early morning at the track and even earlier morning on your bike sounds like fun to you then Bike to Dawn at the Downs tomorrow morning, Thursday May 5, is just for you! Join the early-rising sprocket jockeys in their best Derby attire for a ride from Central Park in Old Louisville to Churchill Downs. We’re not talking about spandex here. And this is no race. It’s for the Derby dame or dandy who likes the idea of riding in high style. Meet…


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Derby Betting System No. 3: The Female Factor

We’re fortunate to present the latest in a series of posts from Hall of Fame writer Billy Reed. This time, Billy helps you figure out if gender should be a factor in your Derby bet. Thanks to LouisvilleCatholicSports. By Billy Reed Horse racing has never embraced minorities, women included. Even today, almost all the major track executives are white men. The same goes for the breeders, owners, and trainers. The only place where you find diversity is the jockeys’ room, where most of today’s leading riders are Hispanic. If you study the list of the 136 Kentucky Derby winners, you’ll…


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Celebrating, or Trying To, on Derby Countdown

Highlights from a memorable weekend, on TV and otherwise. Remember, it is Sweeps month, in addition to Derby Week and the Rain Festival, so TV stations are working hard to produce local content. Local TV stations are spending a load of money, and the weather coverage is costing them, as Bill Lamb explained to distraught “Glee” fans last week. Lamb said the station got tons of calls from irate Glee watchers when their show was pre-empted for tornado coverage, so he had to point out in a Point of View that not only was the station obligated to provide viewers…


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Derby Fever Is On.

Spring fever outbreak spotted in Louisville! I stopped by the track on Friday, where things are looking just swell in preparation for Opening Night. This morning the Mini-Marathon and Balloon Race went off without a hitch.


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Billy Reed’s Guide to Picking Derby Winners

Billy Reed may be the world’s greatest authority on the Kentucky Derby. We’re fortunate here at LouisvilleKY.com to have permission to publish this piece, with a special thanks to LouisvilleCatholicSports.com. By Billy Reed I have been on the Kentucky Derby trail since 1964 and have actually picked and bet on a few winners over the last 44 years, most recently Super Saver in last year’s event. However, in the interest of full disclosure, I almost must admit that in 1973 I picked Sham over…uh, gosh, what was that winner’s name? Seems like a movie was made about him recently, but…


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Some Notes for your Social Calendar

My head is spinning for all the exciting events and fun in the next few weeks! But, clearly our titles as River City and Derby City are dueling it out. Which will win? As Cindy shared, Waterfront Wednesday is now the Come Hell or High Water event at Headliners and now I have read that Dog Day at the Park has been postponed due to the weather. Fear not, for I have many things for you to consider in the coming days……… Thursday: The UK Alumni Association is hosting its Red White and Blue Wine Tasting Junior League of Louisville…