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Behind the Scenes at the Kentucky Derby

2013 Kentucky Derby Contender Black Onyx (Video)

Things are slowly starting to get warmed up on the backside of Churchill Downs. A lot of the popular trainers, that are most commonly tied to Churchill, are still in Florida or Arkansas. However, some are beginning to move in and have been sending horses to the track for the last couple days. This morning quite a few horses from Bret Calhoun’s barn were on the track along with some Lukas' teams, among many others. Steve Asmussen’s barn quickly filled up this morning with horses vanning in from the Fair Grounds. Along with horses in Asmussen’s barn, Todd Pletcher has a barn full as well.

One horse who is on the grounds that is expected to be in the field for this year’s Kentucky Derby is Black Onyx. We caught up with him outside his stall early this morning.

Tomorrow we take our action on the road to Keeneland as the Horse of the Year, Wise Dan, is expected to work.


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Maybe big payouts add to bias, but I like Black Onyx, maybe in my top six Derby hopefuls. Looking forward to your updates on him and others working at Churchill Downs, Kevin.

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Meet Kevin Kerstein 

Long story short, I took the long road getting involved in the industry. I did not get into horse racing until 2008 when I came to Louisville for college.

I'm originally from outside of Philadelphia and attend college at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. Since I was 15 I was involved with working in radio and TV. I first covered horse racing at the 2011 Kentucky Derby and my passion just continues to grow. Let the early mornings begin and the Derby fever heat up as we hit the backside to get the exclusive stories leading up to the first Saturday in May.  

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