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Ashton Kutcher & Miranda Lambert Bury the Hatchet at Pre-Kentucky Derby Party | Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher & Miranda Lambert Bury the Hatchet at Pre-Kentucky Derby Party

Originally posted 05/05/2012 01:00PM

A little horseplay before Saturday's big race at the Kentucky Derby?

With no sign of his recent companion, Mila Kunis, at his side, Ashton Kutcher made it a boys' night out at Friday's Barnstable Brown Party, Louisville's most elite and swanky Derby Eve celebration – where he also patched up a simmering feud with Miranda Lambert.

Having formerly accused the Two and a Half Men star of making fun of country music when he presented her with the Female Vocalist of the Year award at last month's Academy of Country Music Awards, Lambert posed for a friendly picture with Kutcher at Friday night's soiree, then Tweeted, along with the photo: "here it is y’all. He is sweet and lives country music! For real!:)"

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Kentucky Derby: Handicapping the Race

Kentucky Derby: Handicapping the Race

Originally posted 05/03/2012 05:00PM

The 138th running of the Kentucky Derby is fast approaching, and while mint juleps, outlandish hats and preppy pants will be reliable features at Churchill Downs, the annual event is, let's not forget, a horse race.

So we asked two experts in the field – jockey Mike Smith, who won the Kentucky Derby in 2005 and is riding the favorite, Bodemeister, on Saturday; and Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who won the Kentucky Derby three times over his career – to handicap this weekend's race.

Who should you bet on? By all accounts, it's Bodemeister, who has been installed as Morning Line odds favorite at 4-1, and is "the fastest in the field," according to the Daily Racing Form. "I'm really excited to be on this horse," Smith tells PEOPLE. "If given the chance, he can run a really big race. He's very talented."

Read on to find out who could be a surprise winner, what the depth of field is like this year, and what a rainy day could mean for the competition. (The Kentucky Derby has a post time of 6:24 p.m. ET. and airs live on NBC.)

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Animal Kingdom Wins the Kentucky Derby

Animal Kingdom Wins the Kentucky Derby

Originally posted 05/07/2011 07:05PM

Animal Kingdom is king of the Kentucky Derby.

The horse, which had never before run on a dirt course, won the race at Churchill Downs on Saturday as thousands of fans looked on.

"Although he's only run on the turf and synthetics ... he's probably one of the most impressive work horses I've ever had," trainer Graham Motion said in interviews before the race.

In fact, Animal Kingdom was impressive enough to beat Rosie Napravnik on her horse, Pants on Fire. If she won, Napravnik would have become the first female rider to earn a victory in the Derby's 137-year history.

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Jenny Craig's Horse Racing in the Kentucky Derby

Jenny Craig's Horse Racing in the Kentucky Derby

Originally posted 04/30/2010 04:00PM

Who knew that Candy was on Jenny Craig's diet?

The diet empire mogul herself owns a champion racehorse, Sidney's Candy, named for Craig's late husband Sid, who died in 2008 – and the animal, one of many champions bred by Craig at her 237-acre Rancho Santa Fe racing stables and breeding and training center in California, is favored 5:1 to win the Kentucky Derby Saturday, according to the big race's official Web site.

"He’s really a jockey’s dream," Sidney Candy's jockey, Joe Talamo, told PEOPLE during a break from practice Thursday. "He does everything so easily."

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