With wagering above $200 million for the first time and a top-10 crowd on Kentucky Derby Day, Louisville-based Churchill Downs Inc. expects to add between $4-6 million in increased profitability, the company announced May 6.
Paul Pompa's grade 1 winner Connect added Belmont Park's $200,000 Westchester Stakes (G3) May 6 to his list of victories, which has now reached six out of lifetime starts.
Four weeks after her easy, frontrunning victory in the Providencia Stakes (G3T), the California-bred daughter of Surf Cat put in a repeat performance May 6 in the $100,000 Senorita Stakes (G3T) at Santa Anita Park.
There seems to be little doubt that Galileo has a stranglehold on the QIPCO Two Thousand Guineas (G1) as a sire. His latest victor is the Coolmore/Ballydoyle star Churchill who took the May 6 running by a length as the 6-4 favorite.
Gunpowder Farms' Divisidero rolled down the center of the Churchill Downs turf course, winning the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1T) for the second year in a row.
It took more than a year, but race circumstance finally cycled back into the 5-year-old gelding's favor as he barely held off Awesome Slew on the line to take the $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes Presented by Twinspires.com (G2).
The magic of jockey Mike Smith turned newly minted maiden winner Arklow into a graded stakes winner May 6 in the American Turf Stakes presented by Ram Trucks (G2T) at Churchill Downs.
Following a tracking trip under John Velazquez, Always Dreaming took command in the stretch to score a 2 3/4-length victory in the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) May 6 at Churchill Downs.
Calumet Farm's homebred Wild Shot was much the best when he opened up by four lengths in the stretch to win the May 6 $250,000 Pat Day Mile Stakes Presented by LG&E and KU (G3).
Roca Rojo and Believe in Bertie thrilled the Derby Day crowd at Churchill Downs with a stirring stretch battle in the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile, won by a nose by Roca Rojo.
Juddmonte Farms' recent purchase Paulassilverlining had never run at Churchill Downs before, but that didn't stop her from collecting her second consecutive grade 1 May 6 with a game victory in the $300,000 Humana Distaff (G1).
Martin Schwartz' Sea Calisi made her return to the races a winning one in the $200,000 Sheepshead Bay Stakes (G2T) May 6 at Belmont Park.
A wet Kentucky Oaks Day with temperatures closer to winter than springtime led to declines in attendance and on-track handle at Churchill Downs.
Trainer Scott Fairlie recorded his 1,000th career win May 5 when the 5-year-old mare Aunt Sue raced to victory in a seven-furlong claiming race at Woodbine.
With a steady drizzle and temperatures in the mid-40s in Louisville, Ky. at 9:30 a.m. on May 6, fans trickled into Churchill Downs ahead of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
Jay Em Ess Stable's By the Moon returned to the winner's circle after a series of close finishes, after she overtook Pretty N Cool entering the turn and held on for a 1 3/4-length victory in the $200,000 Vagrancy Handicap (G3) May 5 at Belmont Park.
China Horse Club and Clearsky Farm's Abel Tasman, 9-1 winner of the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) has set up potential payouts for the Oaks/Kentucky Derby double ranging from $73 to $1,195.
China Horse Club and Clearsky Farms' Abel Tasman rallied on the outside in the stretch to score a 1 1/4-length victory May 5 in the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs.
La Coronel, on her way to England to compete at Royal Ascot, made a successful stop at Churchill Downs to prevail from entry mate Dream Dancing in a wet Edgewood Stakes.
Shortleaf Stable's Benner Island, a 3-year-old daughter of Speightstown, holds off the late surge of Union Strike to win the Eight Belles Stakes (G2) May 5 at Churchill Downs. She covers the trip in 1:24.28.
The term "wide-open" has been tossed about the Churchill Downs backstretch like a baseball of late whenever the connections of Kentucky Derby aspirants are asked about the complexion of this year's Run for the Roses.
Narrowly denied a graded win last out, Sheikh Abdullah Saeed Almaddah's Green Mask flew by frontrunner Latent Revenge in the stretch to win the $150,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint presented by TwinSpires.com (G3T)
Start to finish, Bird Song led the field in the $400,000 Alysheba Stakes presented by Big Fish Casino (G2) May 5 at Churchill Downs.
The Todd Pletcher barn was busy and humming Friday morning, a day before Kentucky Derby 143.
Topped by Tapwrit's $1.2 million price, a dozen of the 20 horses in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) were purchased at public auction, several of them more than once.
Tom Amoss-trained Big World made her game form last all the way on the front end in the $300,000 La Troienne Stakes (G1), setting comfortable early fractions and turning back a late run from Romantic Vision to earn her first top-level score.
It will be strictly business for Stone, 33, Churchill's track announcer since the 2015 spring/summer meeting.
Canterbury Park will open its 67-day live horse racing meet May 5, marking the first time Canterbury has opened on Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) weekend since 2008.
Steady rain provided a wet start to the May 5 Kentucky Oaks day card at Churchill Downs and was forecast to continue throughout the day. Also there were no scratches out of the May 6 Kentucky Derby before the 9 a.m. Friday scratch deadline.
Joe Turner's versatile Sircat Sally will bring her undefeated record back to Santa Anita Park for the $100,000 Senorita Stakes (G3T) May 6.
In the first major-circuit stakes of the year for 2-year-olds, Buy Sell Hold battled down the stretch with McErin and held off a late bid from Amberspatriot to win the $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile Stakes at Churchill Downs May 4.
Divisidero has rewarded Buff Bradley's patience with glimpses of brilliance throughout his career. Now he's set to return to the grade 1 ranks as the morning line favorite for the May 6 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1T).
Miss Sky Warrior's trainer Kelly J. Breen notes the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) has a 'Final Four' feel, but the talent runs much deeper for Churchill Downs' main event May 5.
Handicapper Dave Litfin sizes up the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby.
Grade I winner Sea Calisi (FR) will try to win the $200,000 Sheepshead Bay Stakes (G2T) a second straight year when she faces an expected six other fillies and mares, including Suffused (GB), in the 1 3/8-mile turf test May 6 at Belmont Park.
While the world may know the Casse barn for its work in campaigning two-time champion turf female Tepin, Classic Empire may be the poster boy for the resolve of the connections who say they want a Derby triumph above all prizes.
Hall of Fame rider Angel Cordero Jr. has served as a mentor to fellow Hall of Famer John Velazquez, who has in turn passed riding knowledge to Jose Ortiz.
Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen is set to return to the races in the $200,000 Westchester Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park May 6 after an extensive layoff.
Sha Tin hosts a group 1 doubleheader May 7 and, while the races are largely intramural affairs, the paucity of international competition doesn't lessen the interest.
Vincent Viola went to Aqueduct Racetrack with his father early in life, and learned lessons that have helped him in his profession and a market trader, business founder, and Thoroughbred owner, lessons he is using with Derby hopeful Always Dreaming.
Before another venture to Royal Ascot can be booked, Miss Temple City must clear the first hurdle of showing she is the same runner that has wreaked havoc on rivals of both sex.
Local Hero and Uncontested, one-time Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) hopefuls, face a new challenge cutting back to one-turn for the May 6 Pat Day Mile Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs.
A quality field of 11 runners will face off in the 8 1/2-furlong American Turf on Derby Day undercard at Churchill Downs, with champion Oscar Performance squaring off against the filly La Coronel
Grade 1 winner Denman's Call will make his first start out of California when he faces a field of 14 going seven furlongs in the $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes (G2) May 6.
Paulassilverlining will try for a second straight grade 1 win for her new connections when she starts in the $300,000 Humana Distaff Stakes May 6 at Churchill Downs.
Anthony Bonomo, whose Brooklyn Boyz Stables is one of the partners on Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming, said his first trip to Saratoga Springs, N.Y.—a visit that was his wife Mary Ellen’s idea—drew him into the sport.
The only experience Tyler Gaffalione has had with the first leg of the Triple Crown has been watching the Louisville classic on television. But come May 6, the jockey will be aboard Patch in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
Daniel Robles is a groom for trainer Doug O'Neill.
La Coronel and Dream Dancing are the 8-5 co-morning-line favorites. Sweeping Paddy has the best wet turf record in the field.
Calumet Farm's Vexatious, trained by Hall of Famer Neil Drysdale, has had excuses in all three of her 2017 starts, but may put it all together in the May 5 Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1).
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