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America's Best Racing takes you behind the scenes all week long at the Kentucky Derby, giving you an insiders view with a non-stop series of must see stories direct form Churchill Downs. With all-access features created by the Hennegan Brothers, Eclipse Award winning Producers of the Documentary "The First Saturday in May," we'll take you from the backstretch to the track, get up close and personal with the horses and meet their key connections. Everything you'll need to know to get ready for the big race.

You'll also experience the Derby after Dark, with special reports from the parties and pageantry that surround one of the world's premier sporting events.

Mario Gutierrez: Defining Moment

Jockey Mario Gutierrez chats about his victory on Saturday in the Kentucky Derbyaboard I'll Have Another, a career-defining moment for a rider who not long ago was based in Vancouver at Hastings Race Course.

2012 Kentucky Derby: I’ll Have Another

Relive the 2012 Kentucky Derby with a video replay of I’ll Have Another’s victory in the first jewel of the Triple Crown.

The Day After: Looking Back
Catch up with 2012 Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another on the Churchill Downs backside a day after his classic victory.


Doug and Dennis O'Neill: Brotherly Love

Brothers Dennis and Doug O'Neill relish the opportunity to strike classic glory together with Santa Anita Derby winner I'll Have Another.

Jerry Hollendorfer: A Laid-Back Colt

Racing Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer chats about the easy-going nature of Kentucky Derby contender Rousing Sermon.

Mark Casse: Handling the Atmosphere

Trainer Mark Casse explains why the atmosphere of the Kentucky Derby can be difficult for a three-year-old to handle and discusses Tampa Bay Derby winner Prospective’s disposition.

The Big Day: Derby Picks

Don’t miss this sampling of Kentucky Derby picks from Churchill Downs on Saturday leading up to the big race, including an obvious selection by trainer Dale Romans.

Gary Stevens: Derby Thoughts

Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey and Racing Hall of Famer Gary Stevens offers his analysis of the 2012 Kentucky Derby.

Larry Jones: Time to Believe

Take a visit to the barn of trainer Larry Jones and watch eventual Kentucky Oaks winner Believe You Can have a shoe replaced.

Derby Trainers: Finishing Touches

Eclipse Award-winning trainers Todd Pletcher, Steve Asmussen, and Bob Baffert bring their Kentucky Derby contenders to the Churchill Downs paddock to get them acclimated to the surroundings before Saturday’s big race.

Sean Clancy: The More the Merrier

Eclipse Award-winning writer Sean Clancy enjoys seeing fresh faces on the backstretch leading up to the first jewel of the Triple Crown.

Peter Brette: Eyes and Ears for Trainer

Peter Brette, assistant to trainer Michael Matz, explains his role in preparing Union Rags for the Kentucky Derby. Brette was the assistant to Matz and exercise rider for Barbaro in 2006, when he won the Derby by 6 ½ lengths.

Went the Day Well, Union Rags visit paddock

Trainers Graham Motion and Michael Matz put their colts through a dress rehearsal for the Kentucky Derby.

Dale Romans: On the Move

Dale Romans, trainer of Kentucky Derby contender Dullahan, is doing his part this week to help promote horse racing and the Derby.

Dale Romans: Shooting for the Stars

Trainer Dale Romans learned his craft from his father and he hopes to earn a crowning achievement on Saturday with Dullahan in the Kentucky Derby.

Derby Draw: Jockeying for Position

Find out what the connections of the top contenders had to say about their post positions for the 138th edition of the Kentucky Derby.

Let’s Go Stables: Living the Dream with El Padrino

The owners of El Padrino share their experiences on the road to the 2012 Kentucky Derby and the excitement leading up to the Triple Crown races.

Take Charge Indy: Derby Charge

Trainer Patrick Byrne discusses the pressure associated with preparing Take Charge Indy for the Kentucky Derby.

Creative Cause: All for a Good Cause

John Cisneros, assistant to trainer Mike Harrington, goes the extra mile to pay special attention to Kentucky Derby contender Creative Cause’s legs.

Creative Cause: Competitive and Consistent

Trainer Mike Harrington describes what makes Grade 1 winner Creative Cause such a special horse.

Hansen: Chillin’ with the Champ

Go into the barn for a close-up look at Kentucky Derby contender Hansen in his stall. The flashy colt won the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and was named champion two-year-old male.

Mark Valeski: Right Horse, Wrong Time

Trainer Larry Jones explains why the timing of the Kentucky Derby was just not right for 2012 U.S. classics hopeful Mark Valeski.


Trinniberg: Can he win the Derby?

Blazing speed is Trinniberg's best asset, one his trainer believes he can carry all the way to victory in the Kentucky Derby on May 5. 


Trinniberg: A Family Affair

Father-son tandem enjoying the Kentucky Derby ride with stable star Trinniberg.


Done Talking: Sheldon's shot

Jockey Sheldon Russell discusses his first opportunity to ride in the Kentucky Derby.


Done Talking: Once in a Lifetime

Veteran Mid-Atlantic trainer Hamilton Smith savors his first bout of Derby fever.

Done Talking : Derby Dreamin'

Done Talking's jockey, Sheldon Russell, does the talking about the significance of the Kentucky Derby.


Alpha: Stretching his Legs

Withers Stakes winner Alpha returns to Churchill for the first time since the 2011 Breeders' Cup and enjoys a morning gallop.


Just off the plane: Late Arrivals

Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Todd Pletcher's duo of unbeaten Wood Memorial Stakes winner Gemologist and Risen Star Stakes winner El Padrino arrive at Churchill.


Blacksmith: It's Gotta be the Shoes

Globetrotting blacksmith Todd Boston, who worked with 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, explains the process of fitting a racehorse with horseshoes.


Dale Romans: Keep Him Happy for the Big Dance

Trainer Dale Romans oversees Blue Grass Stakes winner Dullahan's final preparations for the biggest race of his career, the 138th edition of the Kentucky Derby.


Horse Montage: Strutting their Stuff

A flurry of Derby stars go through their daily routines, including bath time with I'll Have Another and a stunning appearance by Union Rags.


Larry Jones: Final Drill

Trainer Larry Jones sent out Derby hopeful Mark Valeski for his final workout for the Kentucky Derby. Was he ready for the big race?


Joe Rosario: The Right Stuff

Go inside the Jockeys' Room with Joel Rosario as he prepares to ride in a race.


Joel Rosario: The Best-Laid Plans

John Sadler's assistant Larry Benavidez and jockey Joel Rosario map out a plan for a big race. Will the blueprint lead to the winner's circle.


Todd Pletcher: A Different Side

Go behind the scenes with Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Todd Pletcher. You might be surprised what you find.


Todd Pletcher: A Day in the Life

Follow trainer Todd Pletcher through the preparations for a race and sample the joy of a victory.


Hansen: A Real Head Turner

Champion Hansen has plenty of ability on the racetrack, but his unique coat often draws more attention as any of his other physical traits.


Hansen: Life's a Beach for Hansen

Champion Hansen relaxes with one of his favorite pastimes, a refreshing roll in the sand. 


Hansen: A Real Showstopper

Owner Kendall Hansen explains what makes his equine namesake, champion Hansen, such a special physical specimen.

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