Articles posted July 31, 2012

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Hansen a solid favorite in West Virginia Derby

Juvenile champion Hansen, exiting a 10-length procession in last month's Grade 3 Iowa Derby, will take his front-running show on the road to Mountaineer Park Saturday for the Grade 2, $750,000 West Virginia Derby. The 1 1/8-mile contest tops an all-stakes, nine-race card which, unlike most Mountaineer programs, will be conducted in the afternoon.

Noble Mission, Chachamaidee star at Glorious Goodwood opener

Noble Mission, a brother to mighty Frankel, landed Tuesday's Group 3 Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. Owned and bred like Frankel by Prince Khalid Abdulla, and similarly trained and ridden by Sir Henry Cecil and Tom Queally, Noble Mission is not as good as his older sibling, but victory in the contest stamps him as well above average.

Churchill Downs renovations to include The Mansion

Churchill Downs has announced $9 million in renovations highlighted by unveiled design plans and details for The Mansion at Churchill Downs, a spectacular new venue that will meld the legendary past of the historic track with an exciting future to provide a lavish ambience, panoramic views and unprecedented levels of personalized service, elegance and excitement.

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