We're just a handful of days away from the Churchill Downs becoming the epicenter for horse racing, the annual beginning of one of America's most longing desires, seeing the triple crown won.
- When horses break from the starting gate Saturday, it will be without one of the contenders, Quality Road(above) who will withdraw from the race with a hoof injury. Trainer Jimmy Jerkens remains optimistic at a possible return in the Preakness or Belmont, but that is still in doubt.
"It's devastating," Jerkens, 50, said about missing out on the chance to run Quality Road in the Derby. "I don't know if you could ever get a horse for a race like the Derby with his credentials leading up to it." Quality Road won 3 of his 4 starts including the Fountain of Youth and Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park.
- As for the atmosphere at Churchill downs, Sunday saw the unveiling of a beautiful statue for the legend that was Barbaro. Cast of bronze, and captured amidst a sprint, Barbaro will always be an emotional and inspiriational part of the sport that we love in the house that thrives with history.
- Weather for Saturday's race doesn't look good as of now, with scattered thunderstorms and a 40% chance of rain in the Lousiville area