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Louisville also is home to the biggest horse race in the world.

If you have no interest in Thoroughbred racing — or perhaps winning some money on the first Saturday in May — skip this next entry.

Otherwise, read on.

Louisville’s Freedom Hall sits practically next door to Churchill Downs race track, home of the most exciting two minutes in sports. With yours truly being the turf writer for the Trib, here’s a quick update on the 2009 Kentucky Derby trail, which concludes May 2 about eight furlongs (or one mile) from here.

In this weekend’s biggest prep race, the Grade III San Rafael Stakes at Santa Anita today, Square Eddie is the deserving favorite The Doug O’Neill trainee will go off at 8/5 or lower. The runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Square Eddie hasn’t raced in nearly three months, but he should stay squarely on track with a win over a mediocre field.

Post time is 6:36 p.m. — or about halftime of the Pitt-Louisville game.

The Derby picture is wildly out of focus right now, but so far, I’m liking Josie Carroll-trained Patena, out of Seeking the Gold.

One 3-year-old that Pitt fans might be interested in is A.P. Cardinal, who is 125-1 in the Derby Future’s Book. His part-owner is Louisville coach Rick Pitino.



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