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California Chrome's rather easy Kentucky Derby win is once again prompting speculation about a Triple Crown threat. 

The easy winner, with far fewer dollars invested compared to a typical Derby champion, will head to Maryland two weeks from now to compete in the Preakness.

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The founder of a thoroughbred retirement center in central Kentucky hopes to one day meet some of horses racing at Churchill downs this week. 

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On Saturday, the winner of the Kentucky Derby will be presented with a beautifully-ornate wreath of roses traditionally known as the Garland of Roses. For the last 28 years, the Garland project has been constructed by a team of florists at the Kroger Company, and Carol Besler has been there for every one of those 28 years. 

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The official drink of tomorrow’s Kentucky Derby is the Kentucky Mint Julep, a drink that includes muddled mint leaves, sugar, ice and about two shots of bourbon served in the glass of your choice, but it’s supposed to be consumed from a silver or pewter cup. It’s a safe assumption that thousands of people will consume a variation of this drink tomorrow.

Music by Paducah Jazz Ensemble, food by Chef Kelly Staples, an auction and hat contest! The Marshall County Arts Commission continues to fund raise for its 6,800 square foot Children's Art Activity Center in Benton. Longtime board member and office Ann Riley visits with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about its 3rd Annual Race to the Finish Derby Party on April 25.

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Larry Collmus will be the new race caller at Churchill Downs starting on April 26.

Among Collmus' duties will be announcing the Kentucky Derby on May 3. He becomes the seventh announcer at the historic track.

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Churchill Downs is installing a video board bigger than three basketball courts to make sure everyone attending the Kentucky Derby can actually see the horse race.

The Louisville track say the more than 15,000-square-foot video board will be installed early next year — well ahead of the Run for the Roses. The $12 million dollar project is the latest upgrade at the famed track.

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This week marks the 5-year anniversary of the death of Eight Belles. The second-place finisher in the 2008 Kentucky Derby toppled at the finish line and was euthanized on the track.  Kentucky Public Radio's Joseph Lord brings us this look at what's changed in the thoroughbred racing industry since the filly's death.

Copyright 2013 WFPL-FM. To see more, visit http://www.wfpl.org/.

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Jockey Gary Stevens is returning to the Kentucky Derby starting gate this year. After seven years of retirement, Stevens will be back in the irons aboard Derby starter Oxbow.

50-year-old Stevens says he began to feel the urge to return to the saddle about a year and a half ago, and became more serious about a comeback after starting a new training regimen. He says stepping away and working as an NBC racing analyst have given him a fresh perspective.

Mike Wilson and Emily Kohl of the Gentry House in Murray stop by our studio on Sounds Good to speak with Kate Lochte about the first-annual community Derby Party: Run for the Homeless fundraiser on Saturday, May 4th at the Murray Banquet Center. The event starts at 2 p.m. and the race begins at 5:24 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Gentry House in Murray. The Gentry House is a homeless/emergency shelter that acts as a safe haven for families with children in Murray and Calloway County. Click here for more about the Gentry House

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