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Horse-racing at the Kentucky Derby

Michelle Jackson visits the land of bourbon and Muhammad Ali, takes in the majestic twin towers of Churchill Downs, and experiences the thrill of her first Kentucky Derby

I’m standing next to the Bridle Suite at Claiborne Stud in Paris, Kentucky, surrounded by elegant thoroughbreds, rolling hills and picket fences. Twenty-two Derby winners have been bred here, and a man named Billy Buckler is at hand to talk me through the process. So begins my Kentucky Derby apprenticeship and, with two days to go to the “fastest two minutes in sport”, I’m keen to learn everything I need to help me choose the...

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