2019 Kentucky Derby Day: Scratches and an Early Pick 5 Play

King Zachary winning the Matt Winn Stakes (G3) - Coady Photography Happy Kentucky Derby Day! Conditions at Churchill Downs are officially fast and firm for the start of the 14-race Derby Day card, which kicks off at 10:30 p.m. ET. But there’s a strong chance of rain in the afternoon, so keep an eye on the weather since conditions could deteriorate as the day progresses. As of 9:13 p.m. ET, scratches and rider changes are as follows: Race [...]

How to Bet the Quality Derby Week Maiden Races at Churchill Downs

The Twin Spires at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography The Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and 11 other graded stakes races are the obvious highlights at Churchill Downs this week, but racing’s future will also be on display in a series of quality maiden special weight races. Across Friday and Saturday, five special weight events—three on dirt, two on turf—will be conducted over a variety of distances. The participants might be winless, but these competitive races could serve as springboards [...]