Even if you're not a fan of horse racing, the running of the Kentucky Derby isn't just about the sport. From the hottest celebs that attended the event to sweet sips like mint juleps, the fun couldn't be stopped by this year's drizzle. The first race of the Triple Crown was met with mud splatters and a hot race, ending with Orb splashing through the finish line, making jockey Joel Rosario the first Dominican to win. Orb was the five-to-one favorite and burst out of the gates to run the track in 2:02.89. Click through for a few highlights from the running of the 139th Kentucky Derby.
With the breaking news this morning that Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner I'll Have Another has been pulled from tomorrow's Belmont Stakes due to an injury, horse lovers and horse-racing fans will wait at least one more year for a Triple Crown champion. If he had run tomorrow and won, the chestnut colt would have become only the 12th horse — and the first since Affirmed in 1978 — to win the coveted Triple Crown in the 137-year history of the three races. Of course, there have been plenty near-misses along the way: 50 horses have won two of the three races but were thwarted by a worthy adversary. We've rounded up 12 magnificent horses who fell short of the crowning glory by just one race.
At Saturday's Belmont Stakes, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner I'll Have Another will give it the old college try in an effort to accomplish what only 11 other horses have done in 137 years: win horse racing's elusive Triple Crown. In fact, it has been 34 years since a horse has accomplished this feat.
If I'll Have Another partakes in another exciting win this Saturday, then he will join the ranks of the greatest horses in racing history, including Secretariat, whose record Belmont Stakes finish of 2:24 still stands to this day. Good luck to the chestnut colt and his 10 competitors, and here's to a safe and fair race! For some fun facts about the Triple Crown winners, just read on.
Whether or not you believe that horse racing is a dangerous sport, one thing most animal lovers can agree on is the beauty of these animal kingdom athletes! The Kentucky Derby is just days away, so we thought we'd take a moment to meet some of these lovely hoofers and wish them the best in Saturday's big race!
Despite the nail-biting finish, the end of this weekend's Grand National steeplechase horse race near Liverpool, England, brought sad news for horse lovers and horse-racing fans. While Neptune Collonges valiantly nosed out Sunnyhillboy at the wire, According to Pete and Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Synchronised were humanely destroyed after suffering devastating injuries during the race.
With a storied history dating back to the first race in 1839, the Grand National's popularity in the UK rivals Kentucky Derby fever in the US. But while the Derby involves a 1 1/4-mile flat, dirt track, the National asks jockeys to guide their mounts over four miles and 30 fences. Since 2000, 11 horses have died during the race despite racetrack efforts to make the jumps and turf more safe.
Horse racing has come under fire from animal rights advocates who allege that organizers of the sport regularly overlook safety considerations in the name of faster tracks, faster horses, new record times, and ultimately more money. Meanwhile, organizations like the Jockey Club and National Thoroughbred Racing Association claim to put pressure on racetracks, owners, and trainers to uphold higher safety standards that benefit the welfare of horses and riders alike. What do you think? Has horse racing exceeded the limits of thrilling entertainment? Or is this the natural evolution of a professional sport?
You'd think this was a Monty Python skit! Every horse has a normal name, except Pirate Horse. There's Crackie CJ, Diamond League, and. . ."Aaaaaargh!"