Jockey Channing Hill was all smiles the morning of June 25 for a good reason. The 28-year-old native of Grand Island, Neb. scored his 1,000th career win the previous day aboard Shut the Gate in the eighth race at Churchill Downs.
Weather played havoc with Churchill Downs’ twilight card of June 23, with the first race delayed and then the final race cancelled after severe thunderstorms moved through the Louisville, Ky., area.
Franklin, Ky. Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd on June 23 granted sanctioned owner-trainer Otabek Umarov a stay in his 10-year suspension until an administrative hearing is conducted or until the court can rule on a temporary injunction motion.
Joseph Sutton's Bradester fired his best shot June 18 to earn his first grade I victory in the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Nelson McMakin's Pleuven, a French-bred gelding who was a close second in the Opening Verse Stakes May 21 in his Churchill Downs debut, stepped up big time with a victory in the $200,000 Wise Dan Stakes (gr. IIT) at the Kentucky track June 18.
Paid Up Subscriber, a daughter of Candy Ride, wins Churchill Downs' Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) by three lengths over Brooklynsway. Champion Untapable runs fourth.
Winchell Thoroughbreds, Three Chimneys Farm, and Besilu Stables' Gun Runner was a dominant winner over four other 3-year-olds in the $100,000 Matt Winn Stakes (gr. III) June 18 at Churchill Downs.
Apprentice jockey Katie Clawson guided Street Thunder, owned by Tom Grether Farms and trained by Kellyn Gorder, to a victory in the fifth race at Churchill Downs June 17 for the first victory of her career.
On the night of June 18, Effinex will continue the ride of a lifetime for breeder and veterinarian Dr. Russell Cohen when he competes in $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
The graded stakes-winning son of Candy Ride makes his first start since a third-place finish in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Should his performance at Churchill Downs on Saturday evening be a good one, trainer Roger Brueggemann would send the horse to Arlington once more for a defense of his Arlington Million (gr. IT) title.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission June 15 denied suspended trainer Otabek Umarov's request for a stay in his lengthy suspension until a hearing can be conducted.
Ever-popular The Pizza Man, winner of last year's Arlington Million (gr. IT), returns to Churchill Downs for the June 18 Wise Dan Stakes (gr. IIT). The race goes under the lights with an approximate post of 9:05 p.m.
Effinex, who last year won the Clark Handicap presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, will look to add to his legacy there June 18 when he takes on six rivals in the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I).
Multiple graded stakes winner Ahh Chocolate is the filly to beat in the Fleur de Lis; she will need to pass Untapable in the stretch and then hold off Brooklynsway.
Stoneway Farm's homebred Ahh Chocolate worked a half-mile at Churchill Downs June 14 in preparation for her next start in the $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares June 18 at the Kentucky track.
Trainer Steve Asmussen's duo of classic-placed Gun Runner and champion Untapable each breezed a half-mile June 13 at Churchill Downs ahead of their scheduled starts in graded stakes June 18 at the Louisville track.
Cash Control narrowly held on to beat stablemate Sweet Acclaim (IRE) by a head in the $100,000 Old Forester Mint Julep Handicap (gr. III) June 11 at Churchill Downs.
The next time a horse is awarded the Triple Crown trophy will be the first time for a new design, as New York Racing Association president Chris Kay has commissioned a new trophy to replace the one awarded to many previous Triple Crown winners.
Suddenbreakingnews, a Belmont Stakes (gr. I) contender who recently had his sex status changed from gelding to ridgling, might still be considered a gelding had he not contested any of the Triple Crown races.
Churchill clockers timed Majestic Harbor in splits of :12 1/5, :24 2/5, and :36 1/5 before he galloped out to six furlongs in 1:13 3/5 and seven-eighths of a mile in 1:27 1/5.
Tri-Bone Stables' New York-bred Effinex, winner of the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) in his last start April 16, is among the nominees for the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) June 18 at Churchill Downs.
The Player, a 3-year-old Street Hero colt, is headed to bigger things after a victory June 3 in an allowance race at Churchill Downs.
Black Hawk Stable's Alsvid successfully defended his title in the $100,000 Aristides Stakes (gr. III) June 4 at Churchill Downs and snapped an 11-race winless streak in the process.
The 5-year-old Bernstein mare clicked off the solid fractions that have become her trademark—splits of :12 2/5 and :24 1/5 under regular rider Julien Leparoux en route to a four-furlong time of :48 2/5 and a five-furlong gallop out in 1:01 1/5.
With burners Toews On Ice, Limousine Liberal, and Union Jackson all drawn inside, the Aristides could set up for a closer like Alsvid or Barbados.
Because of an increase in pari-mutuel revenue from Kentucky Derby (gr. I) week business, Churchill Downs June 1 said it will increase overnight purses by 4% for the remainder of its spring meet, which ends July 2.
One day after the Winning Colors Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs produced a dead heat for win, the Green Carpet Stakes at Belterra Park Gaming, located about 90 minutes away in Ohio, did the same May 29.
Untapable, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2014, worked five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 May 30 at Churchill Downs in preparation for the $200,000 Fleur de Lis Stakes (gr. II) June 18 at the Kentucky racetrack.
WinStar Farm's Creator, winner of the Arkansas Derby (gr. I), worked five furlongs May 30 at Churchill Downs and is expected to travel to New York May 31 to continue preparations for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Not one but two 4-year-old fillies secured their first stakes wins when Diva Express and I'm a Looker earned the dead-heat victory in the $100,000 Winning Colors Stakes (gr. III) May 28 at Churchill Downs.
Tepin turned in a solid work May 28 at Churchill Downs and was on the fence for a trip to Royal Ascot, but trainer Mark Casse a day later said the champion mare is going to England.
After determining Otabek Umarov violated out-of-competition testing rules and possessed hypodermic needles, syringes, and injectable medications at Churchill Downs, Kentucky stewards revoked the owner-trainer's license for 10 years.
Trainer Donnie Von Hemel said Samuel Henderson's Suddenbreakingnews remains on track for the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) after a May 26 work at Churchill Downs.
After picking up a grade I placing at Churchill Downs in her previous race, the connections of Enchanting Lady hope she can nail down her first graded stakes win in the $100,000 Winning Colors Stakes (gr. III).
Trainer Tim Glyshaw called an audible May 21 at Churchill Downs, and it resulted in the first graded stakes victory of his career with Bullards Alley in the Louisville Handicap (gr. IIIT).
Maximum Edge shows competitive spirit in first win.
Owner and trainer Otabek Umarov has been ejected and excluded from Churchill Downs and suspended by Kentucky stewards.
The Wesley Ward-trained Acapulco, easy winner of the Unbridled Sidney Stakes May 14 at Churchill Downs, came out of the race fine and is set for a trip to Royal Ascot.
Ward plans on sending Acapulco to Royal Ascot in England to make a start in either the King's Stand on June 14 or the Commonwealth Cup on June 17. Both races are group I events.
Graded stakes-placed Cherry Wine turned in a typically steadfast move in preparation for his expected start in the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), working five furlongs May 14 in a handy 1:01 3/5 at Churchill Downs.
Stradivari, Uncle Lino, and Collected—a trio of new faces to the Triple Crown campaign expected to start in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I)—had their final serious tune-ups May 13.
Nyquist returned to the track May 11 for the first time since scoring an impressive triumph in the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), acquainting himself with Pimlico Race Course.
Ramsey Farm's homebred stallion gets three graded stakes winners May 6-7
Breeders' Cup intends to legislatively pursue a pari-mutuel tax break for its 2018 World Championships at Churchill Downs, but the form it takes could hinge on input from members of the Kentucky General Assembly.
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Trainer Doug O'Neill caught an early flight back to Southern California the morning of May 8, but Reddam Racing's champion Nyquist is headed to the other coast following his May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) victory.
TVG, a leading advance deposit wagering provider, said human error was responsible for a May 7 systems breakdown that halted online wagering for more than two hours during the running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Alternating between falling asleep and trying to playfully nip at assistant trainer Julie Clark May 8 in his stall at Churchill Downs, it was clear Exaggerator came out of his second-place run in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) in good order.
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