Justify, ridden by jockey Mike Smith, crosses the finish line to win the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Photograph: Getty Images

Justify won the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville on Saturday, becoming the first horse since Apollo in 1882 to win(...)

 Ryan Moore and  Mendelssohn win the UAE Derby at Meydan Racecourse  last year. Coolmore’s number one rider Moore will team up with Mendelssohn in Kentucky Photograph: Getty Images

No sooner has the National Hunt season ended than the countdown to the classics begins with Aidan O’Brien in pursuit of an unprecedented Classic hat-(...)

 California Chrome (purple and green) ridden by Victor Espinoza, crosses the finish line to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Photograph:  Rob Carr/Getty Images

California Chrome justified favouritism with an emphatic victory in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. The Art Sherman-trained colt comes from a h(...)