Derby

Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming set for retirement

WinStar Farm told WAVE 3 News on Wednesday the champion thoroughbred has retired to the Versailles, Ky., farm where he will stand stud for a fee of $25,000.

John Asher: Procession will make final trip around Churchill Downs track before visitation

Visitation for John Asher will be Tuesday at Churchill Downs.

John Asher’s family announces funeral arrangements

Asher died of a sudden heart attack Monday morning while on vacation with his family in Florida.

John Asher's family expresses thanks for 'outpouring of love, support'

Asher died of a sudden heart attack Monday morning while on vacation with his family in Florida.

Billy Reed: Everybody who met John Asher was better for it

Like everyone else did, I liked John Asher immediately after I met him in the early 1980s. He was polite, respectful, smart, enthusiastic and talented.

Jennie Rees: John Asher was the (Renaissance) man for every occasion

John Asher was very much a Renaissance man, equally well-versed in all sports, politics, music, religion and surely a myriad of other arenas that those of us who aren't wouldn't realize.

John Asher dies at 62; Twitter tributes pour in

Asher's death has stunned the Louisville community, as well as the thoroughbred industry. Once the news hit, many took to Twitter to share their condolences for the family of the 62-year-old vice president.

Billy Reed: Justify's early retirement the right call, but another miss for the sport

The premature retirement of Justify is only the latest example of thoroughbred racing's unique dilemma. It is a business more than a sport. And that can break the hearts of those who appreciate the majesty of the animals and the opportunity to bet on them.

WinStar Farm still weighing options on Justify breeding rights

Fans can see him in person at WinStar Farm as soon as mid-August.

Trainer Bob Baffert says Justify's retirement 'not unexpected'

Justify demonstrated some lameness right after the Derby win, but went on to capture the Preakness and the Belmont.

Billy Reed: In old New York, Justify proves he's the hero America needs right now

Start spreading the news. The good guys won a big one just outside New York, New York. Up in equine heaven, Secretariat nodded knowingly and sipped a little champagne.

Belmont Stakes Preview: Justify takes his shot at the Triple Crown

Another day, another impressive gallop by Triple Crown hopeful Justify.

Billy Reed: Bad luck the only likely reason for a Justify miss at Belmont

On Saturday at Belmont Park on Long Island, Justify will either become thoroughbred racing's 13th Triple Crown winner since Sir Barton in 1919, or the 21st to fall short since Pensive in 1944.

Billy Reed: 'Authoritative victory' more likely for Justify than an upset at Belmont

Barring the unforeseen, Justify will be a strong favorite to become the sport's 13th Triple Crown winner in the Belmont Stakes on June 9.

Baffert's Justify listed as 1-2 favorite for Preakness

The post positions and morning-line odds have been set for Saturday's 143rd Preakness Stakes.

Billy Reed: Will disheveled Uncle Preakness cooperate with Baffert's Triple Crown bid?

In the royal family of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown, the Preakness is the disheveled uncle who stumbles into the party reeking of National Premium beer and wearing clothes that came from the Salvation Army.

SLIDESHOW: Happy Mother's Day to WAVE Country moms

You sent in your photos of your moms for Mother's Day. Click through to see if your picture made the slideshow.

Billy Reed: The latest 'living flame,' Justify could give Baffert another Triple Crown

Trainer Bob Baffert walked out of Barn 33 at Churchill Downs Sunday morning holding the reins of a living flame.

IMAGES: Justify romps in the slop

Justify won Kentucky Derby 144 on a muddy track at Churchill Downs on Saturday. Take a look at these photos from Glenn Hirsch.

Billy Reed: Rain, mud can't slow Justify; concrete or sand probably wouldn't work either

Memo to the owners, trainers, and jockeys of the 19 thoroughbreds who finished behind Justify in the 144th Kentucky Derby, which also will be known henceforth as The Derby from Weather Hell: Take your excuses to somebody who cares.

Kentucky Derby 144: Updated odds

Santa Anita Derby winner Justify is still the Kentucky Derby favorite.

Dissecting The Derby: Jennie Rees explains why your horse will -- and won't -- win the Derby

No race is tougher to ferret out than the Kentucky Derby, which at times can seem as perplexing 30 minutes before post time as it is 30 days out.

Final Fractions Theory: Jennie Rees breaks down contenders' final Derby prep splits

We will hear frequently during the next 12 days trainers say their horses "handled 1 1/8 miles well, and I see no reason why they won't go another eighth-mile."

Billy Reed: Godolphin Stable's Enticed racing under the radar for Sheikh Mohammed

You'd think it would be impossible for Kentucky Derby handicappers to ignore a colt that's owned by what is arguably the most influential breeding and racing operation in the world.

Billy Reed: Painfully long Saturday will end happily for one horse's connections

The day of the Kentucky Derby is excruciatingly long for the owners, trainers, and jockeys who have mounts in the world's most famous race.

Kentucky Derby 144: Jennie Rees makes her picks

Justify and Magnum Moon might prove the best 3-year-olds of their generation. That does not make either Saturday's Kentucky Derby winner. Favorites have won five straight years. That's the streak I think ends.

IMAGES: Unbridled Eve Gala welcomes celebrities to Louisville

Once again this year, the Unbridled Eve Gala treated celebrities to a huge party.

A late night for florists preparing coveted garland of roses

It takes hours to hand sew over 450 roses that are each inserted into their own water vial.

IMAGES: Familiar, famous faces storm Barnstable Brown Derby Eve Gala

Some familiar faces, and some new ones, partied late into the night Friday at the Barnstable Brown Derby Eve Gala in the Highlands. Take a look at these photos from John P. Wise

PROGRAM ALERT: How to watch the races on WAVE 3 News & NBC

WAVE 3 News and the NBC family of networks are once again your exclusive providers of live race coverage of the Oaks and Derby day cards at Churchill Downs.

Garrett Moore: Favorite Derby moment connected to late trainer's memory ... and crawfish

Working as a TV reporter at the time, I was on the backside of Churchill Downs every morning for two weeks prior to The Run for the Roses.

Jason Servis hopes to join brother John as Derby-winning trainers

Trainer Jason Servis has already been to the Kentucky Derby several times.

Dissecting The Derby: Combatant

No race is tougher to ferret out than the Kentucky Derby, which at times can seem as perplexing 30 minutes before post time as it is 30 days before the run for the roses.

SLIDESHOW: Images from Wednesday's Great Steamboat Race

WAVE 3 News Chief Photographer Doug Druschke took some pictures of the Great Steamboat Race on Wednesday.

Dissecting The Derby: Mendelssohn

No race is tougher to ferret out than the Kentucky Derby, which at times can seem as perplexing 30 minutes before post time as it is 30 days before the run for the roses.

Dissecting The Derby: Magnum Moon

No race is tougher to ferret out than the Kentucky Derby, which at times can seem as perplexing 30 minutes before post time as it is 30 days before the run for the roses.

Dissecting The Derby: Blended Citizen

No race is tougher to ferret out than the Kentucky Derby, which at times can seem as perplexing 30 minutes before post time as it is 30 days before the run for the roses.

Dissecting The Derby: Noble Indy

No race is tougher to ferret out than the Kentucky Derby, which at times can seem as perplexing 30 minutes before post time as it is 30 days before the run for the roses.

Dissecting The Derby: Vino Rosso

No race is tougher to ferret out than the Kentucky Derby, which at times can seem as perplexing 30 minutes before post time as it is 30 days before the run for the roses.

Dissecting The Derby: Solomini

No race is tougher to ferret out than the Kentucky Derby, which at times can seem as perplexing 30 minutes before post time as it is 30 days before the run for the roses.

Dissecting The Derby: Instilled Regard

No race is tougher to ferret out than the Kentucky Derby, which at times can seem as perplexing 30 minutes before post time as it is 30 days before the run for the roses.