The Derby’s First Female Jockey – Diane Crump

May 5th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , |

Someone was going to be the first, the first woman jockey. In 1964, a petite 16-year-old dynamo received her license to gallop thoroughbreds at Sunshine Park (now Tampa Bay Downs). It was never her intent to break down sexist’s barriers, she just wanted to race horses. Diane's first race (center) By 1969 Diane Crump [...]

Dancer’s Image Won the Derby then Lost the Derby

May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , |

In 1968 Dancer’s Image won the Kentucky Derby by 1 ½ lengths guided by jockey, Bobby Ussery. Three days later he was disqualified and the second place horse, Forward Pass, was deemed the Derby winner. It was the first time in the Derby’s 133-year history that a winner was disqualified. So what happened? Was it Professor [...]

One-eyed Horse Will Race in the Derby

April 27th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

The Kentucky Derby is next Saturday, May 6th at Churchill Downs. This year’s field includes a unique character in many respects; 1) that he is one of only 21 horses to qualify for the prestigious race and 2) because he has only one eye. Patch is owned by Calumet Farm and trained by Todd Pletcher. As [...]

How Old is Too Old to Win the Kentucky Derby?

May 11th, 2016|Categories: Features|Tags: , , |

On May 3, 1986, 54-year-old Willie Shoemaker, aboard 18/1 shot Ferdinand, won the Kentucky Derby. Before he rode Ferdinand in the Kentucky Derby in 1986, he pondered his age and decided, "If Jack Nicklaus can win the Masters at 46, I can win the Kentucky Derby at 54." He did, becoming the oldest jockey to capture [...]