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Announcement from Dick Downey

Over the years, one of my goals has been to provide readers a website, not a blog, packed with more information about the run-up to the Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown than any other source. With that in mind, please forgive me the bloggish nature of this message.

For personal reasons, The Downey Profile will delay its opening or take a sabbatical this year. It's not about me; I'm doing fine. Specifically, my health and my home life are in good shape.

I have enjoyed immensely doing The Downey Profile every year since launching it in late 2002, and I hope to continue it in some form in the future. I'm not giving up the website domain name, the Service Mark or the website itself, and I am keeping up with the Kentucky Derby Trail too.

I've entered one Derby contest so far -- the Commish runs it -- and my original 10 horses were Airoforce, Brody’s Cause, Drefong, Mohaymen, Mor Spirit, Let’s Meet in Rio, Nyquist, Rally Cry, Toew’s on Ice and Zulu. Incidentally, the contest began before Toew's on Ice ran poorly in the Smarty Jones, and I plan to replace him. Also, I'm already worried about Airoforce because he hasn't put in a breeze since Jan. 11, but trainer Casse recently said he's being pointed to Tampa Bay Downs. I also plan to participate in the annual high-level contest originating from Churchill Downs.

My selections on the Subscription Page for the 2015 Kentucky Derby were:
1. AMERICAN PHAROAH (first)
2. DORTMUND (third)
3. FROSTED (fourth)
4. FIRING LINE (second)
5. DANZIG MOON (fifth)

The Commish picked:
1. American Pharoah (first)
2. Dortmund (third)
3. Firing Line (second)
4. Frosted (fourth)
5. Carpe Diem (tenth)

The Downey Profile is a seasonal website launched in 2003 that's primarily focused on the run-up to the Kentucky Derby and the Triple Crown. Traditionally, the site goes live for that project starting late January.

We cover other special events from time to time. In 2015, Dick Downey worked for The Louisville Courier-Journal alongside five-time Eclipse Award winner Jennie Rees during the newspaper's coverage of the Breeders' Cup. The Downey Profile has covered every race of the Kentucky Downs meet for several years.

Thanks for everything, and I hope to see you again as soon as possible.

--Posted Jan. 24, 2016 by Dick Downey


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