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Behind the Scenes at the Kentucky Derby

Coverage of Every Derby Horse & Interview - Kentucky Derby 2012

Bodemeister Pre-Kentucky Derby

To say it was cold this morning at Churchill Downs is an understatement. Well, maybe for people like me who don't have any body fat it was extremely cold. It was a cool and crisp 39 degrees when I arrived at the track this morning at 5:30 AM. However, the action on the backside felt like it was 110 degrees. I was kept on my toes this morning covering works from Daddy Nose Best and Sabercat around 6:00 AM. We caught up with both horses in the barn area and on the track pre and post work. Also, jockey Garrett Gomez came into town to ride Daddy Nose Best for the first time. We got his thoughts along with coverage of both horses after they got off the track.



Sabercat ended up going 5F in 1:02.80 out in 6F in 1:16.40. Daddy Nose Best covered 6F in 1:14 out in 7F in 1:27.20. Nice and easy works for the both of them. Look ahead to next week for something a little quicker.

After the break at 8:30 AM, every Derby horse and several Oaks horses on the grounds came out to gallop on the track. From Bodemeister, to Dullahan, to Optimizer, to Prospective, we got video of them all. Also, Mark Valeski worked during this time going 5F in 59:60 seconds. Optimizer also worked going 4F in 48 4/5 seconds. Here is the footage of all the horses out on the track this morning.



Comment and let me know what horses you would like to see featured next and I'll do my best to grab some footage of them.

 

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DenisManrique, me parece que el grupo es muy fuerte, para Alpha...Mas, si cree que puede ganar, no dejes de jugarlo... Suerte.
DenisManrique, me parece que el grupo es muy fuerte, para
Ill would like to see something about Alpha, if it's possible.
Hansen olny needs, a position between 4 and 9, to win the Derby... And I thing, no horse from California Tracks, will be the winner.
Thank, kevin for your help. We need people like you, to pick the right horse.
Go on down to the training center and get some of Hansen since he is this years Derby Winner. ;)
Alpha was out for a 1 1/4 jog this morning per DRF inside post.
Hansen returned to Trackside at Churchill the day after the Blue Grass, along with Gung Ho.
  • basaloanibal · Hansen will have in the Derby, did not like the track is the champion colt Politrack and he preferred to Dominguez · 887 days ago
Excellent coverage ... is growing anticipation for the Derby. the animal with the best condition for the race will be the winner
I'll give my official pick May 2nd!
great coverage" keep up the good work! any chance we will get a derby pick out of you prior to the race?
Really Great Reviews Kevin! Thank you and looking forward to more!
Thank you so much Kevin, it's nice of you to post this for us!
Good stuff, Kevin! I'd love to see the California horses whenever you can.
Hmm .. very interesting to observe the training process for stallions. From this all the more eager, more likely to see a race :)
  • Rasta · If it is possible to remove, in the Creative Cause and Take Charge Indy. I wonder how they're doing? · 890 days ago
has hansen arrived at church hill downs yet?
keep up the awesome work, between you & the other folks I see shooting video, I should have about 14 or 15 horses penpointed for Derby day. =) Can't wait to meet in Louisville!

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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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