A large majority of casual Thoroughbred racing fans said they had heard of the Breeders' Cup, but more than half did not know it was racing's championship event, according to an ESPN Sports Poll conducted last year.
Jim Host discusses his new contract with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association to secure corporate sponsors for horse racing and the Breeders' Cup. The Lexington sports marketing pioneer also discusses why an ESPN Sports Poll shows most casual racing fans don't realize the Breeders' Cup is Thoroughbred racing's championship day.
Churchill Downs announced Thursday that post time for Saturday's Kentucky Derby has been moved from 6:04 p.m. (ET) to 6:07 p.m. The announcement said the change was made to help the NBC television network "cover all of the exciting Derby stories prior to race time."
The Derby scene Thursday: Coach Rick Pitino cast as "owner" Pitino...NFL hopes Congaree goes long...Darby vs. Derby.
A state lawmaker who grew up in the shadow of the stately Hialeah Park race course made an impassioned call Wednesday for lawmakers to save the track. But with the legislative session coming down to the wire, the effort to forestall deregulation of Thoroughbred racing in South Florida -- which is threatening racing at Hialeah -- is a longshot.
Michael Dickinson's worries about the Churchill Downs racing surface apparently have been eased.
Florida stallion Halo's Image was represented by his first winner when Lils Golden Gem won a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race at Hialeah on May 2 in her debut.
Godolphin Racing's assistant trainer Tom Albertrani sent Express Tour to the track Thursday morning for a final workout prior to Saturday's Kentucky Derby. In the end, Albertrani may have gone more than he bargained for after the son of Tour d'Or sizzled a half mile in :48.
- By Ray Paulick
Longtime Chicago Sun-Times Turf writer Dave Feldman was remembered by friends, colleagues and even some of his fellow Broken Down Horseplayers during memorial services in Chicago on Wednesday afternoon. Feldman died from heart failure on Monday night -- six days before the Kentucky Derby and decades after he began answering a "How you doin?" greeting from people with "I'm dyin!"
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