135th Kentucky Derby runs tomorrow, May 2nd


May 2nd marks the 135th running of the Kentucky DerbyThe Kentucky Derby is easily Thoroughbred racing’s most public event. Over 100,000 spectators attend the Derby at Churchill downs while millions more watch on television. Last year, the second place horse, Eight Belles, broke down and was euthanized on the track immediately following the race. This occurred only a few months after the 2006 Derby winner Barbaro was euthanized after a long struggle with injuries sustained during the Preakness Stakes.

New public attention on Thoroughbred racing has caused the industry to take action to consider the health and welfare of racehorses. The National Thoroughbred Racing Association created a Safety and Integrity Alliance in 2008 meant to help oversee safety and welfare issues. Additionally, the American Association of Equine Practitioners created guidelines for the care of racehorses in early 2009.

The industry is beginning to take steps toward accountability for the horses that are a part of it, but reform is often slow in the tradition-drenched horse racing world.

There are 20 contenders racing for the roses in this year’s Derby. For more information visit kentuckyderby.com.

 West Side Bernie Kelly Breen Stewart Elliott George & Lori Hall
 Musket Man Derek Ryan Eibar Coa Eric Fein & Vic Carlson
Mr. Hot StuffEoin HartyJohn VelazquezWinStar Farm LLC
AdviceTodd PletcherRene DouglasWinStar Farm LLC
Hold Me BackBill MottKent DesormeauxWinStar Farm LLC
Friesan FireLarry JonesGabriel SaezFox Hill Farms and Vinery Stables
Papa ClemGary StuteRafael BejaranoBo Hirsch
Mine That BirdBennie Woolley Jr.Calvin BorelDouble Eagle Ranch & Bueno Suerte Equine
Join in the DanceTodd PletcherChris DeCarloJake Ballis, Rashard Lewis, Reagan Swinbank, Reed Ballis & William Swinbank
Regal RansomSaeed bin SuroorAlan GarciaGodolphin
Chocolate CandyJerry HollendorferMike SmithSid & Jenny Craig Trust
General QuartersThomas R. McCarthyJulien LeparouxThomas R. McCarthy
I Want RevengeJeff MullinsJoe TalamoDavid J. Lanzman & IEAH Stables, Puglisi Racing, Charles Winner
Atomic RainKelly BreenJoe Bravo George & Lori Hall
DunkirkTodd PletcherEdgar PradoMrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Pioneerof the NileBob BaffertGarrett GomezZayat Stables, LLC
Summer BirdTim IceChris RosierDrs. Kalarikkal K. & Vilasini D. Jayaraman
Nowhere to HideNick ZitoShaun BridgmohanMy Meadowview Farm
Desert PartySaeed bin SuroorRamon DominguezGodolphin
Flying PrivateD. Wayne LukasRobby AlbaradoGrand Slam Farm




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