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Behind the Scenes at the Kentucky Derby

Behind the Scenes: Havre de Grace & Mark Valeski - Kentucky Derby 2012

This morning could not have been anymore perfect. The weather was cool, crisp, and sunny. I can clearly tell the difference in the buzz from Monday until today. In only three days the action on the backside has increased by 110%. A lot of horses have shipped in from Oaklawn and Fair Grounds. All of the stables that is starting to fill up. Astrology, Cozzetti, Glinda the Good, Jemima's Pearl, and Nehro arrived on the grounds. Today we will feature Larry Jones and his top two horses stabled at his barn - Mark Valeski and Havre de Grace. I can't express how awesome it is to be able to see a Horse of the Year in person. After visiting with these two, Mark Valeski and Believe You Can got saddled and ready to go out on the track to gallop. I was able to grab a quick video of the two before Mark Valeski headed out onto the track.

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Older Comments about Behind the Scenes: Havre de Grace & Mark Valeski - Kentucky Derby 2012...

The horse that was saddled was Believe You Can.
Not very often people can say that. We'll have some more stuff tomorrow.
Always nice to be a few feet from the Horse of the Year ... keep 'em coming, 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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