Gotta Watch: Professionals of the Kentucky Derby
Horses run down the front stretch during the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.
May 5th, 2012
02:32 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Professionals of the Kentucky Derby

Today is the day for the 138th annual Run for the Roses.  The race is more than mint juleps, elaborate hats and the most exciting two minutes in sports. The Kentucky Derby boasts legends and stars, human and equine alike.  You've Gotta Watch a few of the professionals involved in one of the most watched horse races of the year. We've collected videos profiling a top trainer, a jockey making a post-recovery comeback and the stud farm that welcomes the champions after they've won the race.

Barbaro's trainer returns to Kentucky

Venezuelan-born jockey talks Derby

Breeding Kentucky Derby studs

A very indulgent guide to Louisville
Photos: The best Derby hats
Why the 'Run for the Roses' is so special

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Filed under: Animals • horses • Kentucky • Sports • U.S.
soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. commentator

    Anybody, by some remote possibility, care to opine about the Derby?

    May 6, 2012 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. ron

    No, not really. But thanks for asking!

    May 6, 2012 at 5:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    *sigh* not me at 3:02 but thank you troll philip.

    May 6, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. havenofear

    finally an article about a horse that i've been waiting for! if i can have an article about the good life of the poochies, i'll have no more wishes.

    May 6, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    A man walked into a Florida bar with his alligator and asked the bartender:
    "Do you serve lawyers here?"
    "Good. One beer for me and a lawyer for my alligator."

    May 6, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Ahhhhh, thank you.
      Good morning.

      May 6, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      Good Morning banasy©

      I wonder if they'll let this stay today. I already getting flack on the Timbuktu blog from our favorite troll.
      Hope your day goes well.

      May 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. @bobcat (in a dress)

    The joke is lame...and so are you.

    May 6, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      Watcha doin' ? Must be your c/p day, 'cause said the same thing on the other blog Must feel great to be so original.

      May 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. wendles

    The good life????There have been Derby winners that were sold to be slaughtered for meat once they were not longer valuable......And horse breeding creates a surplus of horses that are sold to slaughter.....
    "Horse Slaughter Ban Lifted: Congress Reinstates Federal Funding"...from Huffington Post 11/29/2011.
    Horse racing is not "exciting" nor "sophisticated". It contributes to suffering and death.......I recommend that anyone who "enjoys" a day at t he Derby check out photos of the manner in which horses are abused on the way to their deaths

    May 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dazzle ©

    Good Morning All, still no response to my umbrage to this organization. This customer is peeved!

    May 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @bobcat(iah)I am fantastic and so are you. The kid and I are at the border entry to Nogales and its a backup. Just might park on the US side and walk through. I'm being told to send love and hugs to you.

      May 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      @ dazzle©

      Well I see they deleted my response to you. Probably because I said Phhhhhhttt to them. They probably just have jacked jaws because they have to work on Sunday.

      Bunches of love and hugs to you and TORI too.

      May 6, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
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