LEXINGTON, Kentucky – Spectators drank Moët & Chandon Friday to toast the beginning of the Kentucky Derby.
This is the 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
The KHRC or Kentucky Horse Racing Commission said Tuesday that LGC Science Group Ltd., the official testing laboratory of KHRC, have completed more than 75 out-of-competition tests for horses nominated to be in stakes races for Oaks Day and the Kentucky Derby.
"I am pleased to say that all of the test results were negative." said Equine Medical Director Dr. Mary Scollay.
"Sampling was performed over the two weeks preceding this weekend's racing,” Scollay continued. “Other racing jurisdictions assisted the KHRC by sampling horses based out of state. We believe that out-of-competition testing is critical to the integrity of these events and appreciate the high level of cooperation we have received from horsemen and regulators alike in implementing this program."
All horses were tested under official regulations.
A thoroughbred named Orb won the derby last year.
The new horses set to compete this year are as follows:
Vicar's in Trouble
We Miss Artie
General a Rod
Dance With Fate
Ride On Curlin
The purse this year is $2 million, with the first place horse winning $1,425,000.