Road to the Derby podcast: Mott, Calhoun talk contenders

April 21, 2019 09:40am
Each week leading up to the 2019 Kentucky Derby, Horse Racing Nation hosts EJ Clark's Kentucky Winner's Circle podcast looking ahead to the top preps.

On a new edition of the Kentucky Winner's Circle podcast, EJ Clark reports from Churchill Downs, chatting with trainers Bret Calhoun and Bill Mott.

Calhoun, a first-time Derby trainer, conditions the Louisiana Derby (G2) winner By My Standards, who has already worked twice since then under the Twin Spires with a third scheduled for Sunday.

The Hall of Famer Mott has a pair for the Derby, Tacitus and Country House. The former won both the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) and Wood Memorial (G2), and Mott believes he could do better third off a layoff in the Derby. As for Country House, placed in two major preps, "He's a big of a grinder."


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Meet E. J. Clark

E. J., a 30-year broadcast radio veteran, has covered Thoroughbred racing for most of that time. After 22 years on the air as a DJ and program director, he joined his radio station’s sales staff at WTMT- AM in Louisville, Ky., and created what is now the city’s longest-running horse racing talk show, the Kentucky Winner’s Circle, in 1997.

Originally known as “The Road to Racing,” the show has aired on a number of local stations — it can now be heard regularly on Big X Sports Radio, 96.1 FM and 1450 AM, WXVW — with this podcast aimed at reaching a new audience of horse racing fans.

When racing’s in session at Kentucky’s major circuits, you can find Clark, microphone in hand, roaming the barn area, with those interviews and more coming to Horse Racing Nation during Triple Crown season.

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