Kentucky Derby video diary

Brittany Peterson - McClatchy News Network

Experience the road to the Kentucky Derby like never before in this week-long Derby Diary video series.

On the morning of the Kentucky Derby, Team Casse woke with nerves that rivaled that of a child on Christmas morning, assistant trainer Norman Casse said. The team stayed busy racing other horses throughout the day, and around 6pm they began the "w

The day before the Kentucky Derby, Casse Racing was busy prepping horses for races throughout the day. Assistant trainer Norman Casse said they must treat Derby Day, May 2, as any other racing day. But Casse admitted to having a superstition he ca

Julien Leparoux returns to the Kentucky Derby for the eighth time, where he will ride Danzig Moon out of gate 5, with 30:1 odds. The 31-year-old Frenchman said being at this race "is a dream come true."

Underdog Danzig Moon drew #5 for the starting gate at Saturday's derby. While trainer Mark Casse says it is a tough position, last year's Kentucky Derby winner was also in gate 5.

Danzig Moon's assistant trainer Norman Casse is a third generation horseman, who learned the trade from his father Mark Casse. For the younger Casse, following in his father's footsteps wasn't always a given. But today, he can't imagine doing anyt

The odds are not in Danzig Moon's favor at this weekends Kentucky Derby. He'll be running on home turf, but that won't be enough for the horse. The trainers on Team Casse are hoping Danzig Moon's knack for long distances will make their underdog a

Norman Casse is a third generation horseman. This year, his family's business, Casse Racing, has the opportunity to send 40/1 longshot Danzig Moon to the gate of the Kentucky Derby. "This will be our third derby starter," Casse said, though only t