A day after Churchill Downs (CHDN) reported record second-quarter earnings, the company's stock price soared July 30 on the NASDAQ, setting a record high and closing up 5.55%.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Breeders' Cup, Triple Crown, Mid-Atlantic Region, Northeast Region
American Pharoah arrived on the East Coast safe and sound July 29, after traveling from Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert's California base to Monmouth Park where he will run in the Aug. 1 Haskell Invitational (gr. I).
Record adjusted earnings for Kentucky Derby week, up more than $6 million compared with last year, helped Churchill Downs Inc. register record adjusted second-quarter earnings of $157.2 million.
Rick Samuels captures Triple Crown champ American Pharoah enjoying a snack during his stopover in Lexington, KY. American Pharoah is on his way to an Aug. 2 start in New Jersey's William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I). watch video
Trainer Bob Baffert will relish allowing American Pharoah dictate any plans between the Aug. 2 Haskell at Monmouth Park and the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland.
American Pharoah's final workout for the William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) appeared intentionally easy July 28 at Del Mar, with the Triple Crown champion recording a :48 4/5 breeze underneath overcast skies.
Average daily handle and attendance declined during the 59-day meet at Belmont Park that was highlighted by American Pharoah becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
Two-time grade I winner Carpe Diem has been retired due to a knee chip and will enter stud next year at Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., it was announced July 23.
Triple Crown champion American Pharoah looked primed and ready at Del Mar the morning of July 23, wowing a large group of spectators with a six-furlong work in 1:11 flat.
Monmouth Park reports that Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is scheduled to arrive at the Oceanport, N.J. track July 29, as he prepares to start in the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 2.
For the second time in nine months, Old Friends plans to welcome a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner as War Emblem is scheduled to join the Thoroughbred retirement farm in September.
Churchill Downs Racetrack July 21 unveiled the official logos for the 2016 editions of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
An unusual flash thunderstorm at Del Mar caused no delay of American Pharoah's first workout in San Diego County July 18, as the Triple Crown champion recorded a six-furlong breeze in 1:11 2/5 over the seaside oval.
With just more than two weeks to go before American Pharoah's scheduled return in the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 2 at Monmouth Park, the field is taking shape.
Churchill Downs Inc. announced July 14 that Robert L. Evans will retire as executive chairman of the company and as a member of management effective Sept. 30.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic Region
Fan voting for the 2015 ESPYS in two key categories with nominees from Thoroughbred racing closes at the start of the show's live broadcast, Wednesday, July 15 at 8 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to vote online at ESPYS.com.
Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) sent a letter to President Barack Obama July 14 asking the White House to hold an official ceremony honoring American Pharoah and the team that guided him to his historic Triple Crown.
Patrick Armstrong has been named president of the Kentucky Derby Museum, board of directors chairman Brad Rives announced July 13.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah logged his final summer workout at Santa Anita Park July 12 before he'll relocate to trainer Bob Baffert's barn at Del Mar. The Zayat Stables colt breezed five furlongs in :59 1/5.
Monmouth Park is planning a "Pharoah Phan Phestival," featuring three days of events and activities to culminate with American Pharoah's planned run in the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) Aug. 2.
As far as the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings are concerned, undefeated classic winner Golden Horn (GB) is the top horse in the world to this point in the season.
Arnold Zetcher's Firing Line, who gave American Pharoah his toughest test of the Triple Crown with a runner-up effort in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will likely miss the rest of his 3-year-old season.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah continued to prep for the William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) with a half-mile work in :47 3/5 at Santa Anita Park July 6.
- By Claire Novak
- Thoroughbred Racing, Breeders' Cup, Triple Crown, Northeast Region, Mid-Atlantic Region
Owner Ahmed Zayat has decided the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) on Aug. 2 will be the Triple Crown winner's first start after a historic 5 1/2-length triumph in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Organizations that worked with Churchill Downs during the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Longines Kentucky Oaks (both grade I) have been presented $222,705 in checks.
The Jockey Club Tour on FOX Sports 1 will make a return visit to Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. July 5, with a telecast highlighted by live coverage of the $500,000 United Nations Stakes (gr. IT).
After three weeks off following his Triple Crown sweep, Zayat Stables' American Pharoah returned to work June 29 with a three-furlong drill in :36 2/5, according to clockers at Santa Anita Park.
Boosted by record wagering on the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) card, Churchill Downs registered a 2.46% increase in pari-mutuel handle during its 38-day spring meet.
Even with a pair of grade I races on Santa Anita Park's final Saturday of its spring meeting, the star June 27 was indisputable. American Pharoah was on display on the unusually-muggy Southern California afternoon.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and his jockey, Victor Espinoza, have been nominated for two ESPYS to be presented July 15 during ESPN's annual awards show, the sports broadcast company announced June 24.
If American Pharoah's connections stick to the current plan of returning to the races Aug. 1 or 2, it would be a similarly timed schedule to the most recent Triple Crown winner, Affirmed in 1978.
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For the first time since early April, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah took a trip around the Santa Anita Park main track the morning of June 20.
American Pharoah will parade at Santa Anita Park June 27, the Arcadia, Calif. track announced June 19. Saturday will also feature four graded stakes, including the $500,000 Gold Cup (gr. I).
After more than two months away, Triple Crown champion American Pharoah returned to his Southern California home at Santa Anita Park.
Many of the winners of the undercard stakes run June 6 at Belmont Park will next race at Saratoga, as will Belmont Stakes also-rans. But the West Virginia Derby and Secretariat Stakes could be in the cards for some.
Lenny Shulman talks with owner Ahmed Zayat about American Pharoah's triple crown win. Lenny also describes what it was like to be at Belmont Park, Bob Baffert's training job, and more! watch video
A fund-raising effort helped raise more than $65,000 for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance in conjunction with the Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course, the Maryland Jockey Club announced June 16.
The atmosphere at Belmont Park still lingers with the jubilation that reverberated through the racetrack and captured the nation's imagination with American Pharoah's Triple Crown sweep June 6.
Triple Crown champion American Pharoah got a day of rest June 14 after parading in front of nearly 30,000 fans over Churchill Downs' main track June 13.
Scenes from June 13, 2015 at Churchill Downs when American Pharoah was paraded, and his connections received their engraved trophies. View Slideshow
On a pleasantly warm June night that Racing Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert called "magical," Triple Crown winner American Pharoah paraded before thousands of adoring fans in the Churchill Downs paddock.
Zayat Stables' Triple Crown winner American Pharoah took his training up a notch June 13, galloping 1 1/4 miles on the Churchill Downs main track.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is pegged at 3-5 odds with Television Games Network and parent company Betfair to stand for a fee between $175,000 and $200,000 during his first season at Coolmore's Ashford Stud.
Anne M. Eberhardt captured images of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah as he returned to the track on June 12, 2015. read blog
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is the center of attention as he gets a bath at Churchill Downs after his first morning back to the track June 12, 2015. Watch Video
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American Pharoah is scheduled to jog at Churchill Downs June 12, around 6:45 a.m. EDT, in his first appearance on the track since sealing the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I).
With his historic victory in the Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I) to sweep the Triple Crown, American Pharoah secured the top spot in the fourth edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2015.
If the connections of American Pharoah were to start the Triple Crown winner in the Mystic Lake Derby, the Shakopee, Minn. track would move the race from the turf to the main track and offer a $2 million purse.
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