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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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REED: Derby Strategy #3 – Root for the Home Team

Here’s the 3rd installment in Billy Reed’s series on how to pick a Derby winner. Thanks to Billy and LouisvilleCatholicSports.com By Billy Reed In thoroughbred racing, a home team is any horse whose owner, trainer, and jockey are based at the track where a given race takes place. For example, the Preakness field often contains a “new shooter” who didn’t run him in the Kentucky Derby because his Maryland connections wanted to have him fresh for the Triple Crown’s second jewel at Pimlico in racing. A home-team horse also is known as a “house horse.” Probably the best example of…


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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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Reed: Derby Betting System No. 2 — Glamour Trainers

Here’s a second installment from Hall of Fame sportswriter Billy Reed on this year’s Kentucky Derby. Thanks to Louisville Catholic Sports.com Back in the days before television came to dominate everything to do with sports, including the Kentucky Derby, trainers generally were taciturn men who did not suffer fools, i.e. the media and other meddlers, gladly. Immortal horsemen such as Ben A. Jones of Calumet Farm, Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons, Max Hirsch, and John Gaver never had to endure a morning where they couldn’t stop for a cup of coffee without being surrounded by reporters armed with microphones and notepads. As…


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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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Getting Dialed In for the Derby

If I were going to a workplace today, I’d have a good excuse for being late. Traffic all over the East End is backed up because the ramp to 64 at Hurstbourne is closed. Some idiot drove his car into a gun shop at 4 a.m. right at the interchange. On Watterson Trail in J-town, it was bumper-to-bumper for more than a mile at 9 a.m. I Wonder Who God’s Got in the Derby:  A Kentucky politician says he decided to run for Lt. Gov. after “feeling God tugging on my heart to run for office.” Mike Harmon of Danville…


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Finally Some Love for Jockeys

There’s no group that’s more overlooked during the Derby party season than the short, strong men who ride the horses around the track. That’s why I was glad to see the Galt House is organizing the inaugural Night of Silk Derby Party on Derby Night to raise money for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.  They had a press conference this week, at which Pat Day spoke, and announced that the new event has some impressive sponsors, a great dance band and an auction that I bet will have better horse-related items than any other.  The $375 ticket price, considering that…


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Just can’t wait for that first Saturday in May….

This video of The Derby Song comes from Wil Heuser, creator of The Wil Show. I hear he used to be on the CW, but not really sure. Anyway, the video is hilarious. I love the references to cruising Broadway and all the Derby fun, but especially love the girls in the video decked out in their Derby attire getting more and more hammered as the song progresses. Only 30 days until Kentucky Derby 137!  


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Louisville: Nudity-Free Since Just Now

Welcome to another dreary winter’s day in your newly nudity-free city. 56 degrees this weekend, so hang on and tune up the bike. And there’s some good news in here somewhere. Hogan’s Hope: That money the city got from the Readers’ Digest contest (ok, it’s just $1,000) will be going to the Save the  Hogan’s Fountain effort to preserve the teepee. Also, Tammy Madigan, the group’s organizer, says that the local band Hogan’s Fountain will be donating proceeds from iTunes sales of its song “Shine Your  Light on Me” to the effort. All .99 cents, Every little bit helps. Local…