Spendthrift Farm and Churchill Downs have announced an expansion of the Spendthrift Juvenile Stallion Stakes, which will now be run as two divisional races starting in 2017: one for 2-year-old males, and, now, one for 2-year-old fillies.
Services have been planned for former Churchill Downs racetrack president Steve Sexton, who died Dec. 12 at age 57 from brain cancer.
Steve Sexton, who served as president of Churchill Downs racetrack from 2002-09, died Dec. 12 according to family and friends.
Churchill Downs reports a 1.9% increase in purses paid at the 21-day fall meet that concluded Nov. 27 in Louisville.
The pari-mutuel field of "all other 3-year-olds" closed as the 6-5 favorite in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW). Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Classic Empire was the 6-1 second choice.
The build up around McCraken live up to the billing in the 1 1/16 miles Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes as Janis Whitham's homebred used his big turn of foot to edge clear late under Brian Hernandez Jr. and remain unbeaten in three career starts.
Coffee Pot Stables' homebred Farrell took a field of 12 fillies gate to wire to win the Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) Nov. 26 at Churchill Downs by six lengths.
After dueling in early stretch with grade I winner Harmonize, Linda found another gear in the final furlong to register a clear win in the $200,000 Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs.
Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys' Gun Runner handily defeated older horses to earn his first grade I victory Nov. 25, turning back longshot Breaking Lucky for a gate-to-wire score in the $500,000 Clark Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Churchill Downs Racetrack and its horsemen presented checks totaling $55,000 to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance ("TAA") between races on Friday at Churchill Downs.
Thatcher Street capped a big day at Churchill Downs for Australian-born trainer Ian Wilkes when his 5-year-old gelding came back to beat chief rival Pleuven by a half-length to win the $100,000 River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) Nov. 24.
The Elkstone Group's Indiana homebred Lady Fog Horn—the reigning Indiana Horse of the Year—sounded off against open company Nov. 24 at Churchill Downs with a 1 1/2-length triumph over Streamline in the $200,000 Falls City Handicap (gr. II).
Thirty-nine days before Pearl Harbor, Misty Isle easily won the Falls City Handicap.
Daddys Lil Darling is the lone graded stakes winner entered in the $200,000 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) for juvenile fillies at Churchill Downs Nov. 26, but she'll face plenty of competition.
Eleven challengers will provide a litmus test on the quality of undefeated McCraken as a dozen juveniles have passed the entry box for the 1 1/16 miles Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II).
Stonestreet Stables' Valadorna, runner-up in the Nov. 5 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), will bypass the Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs Nov. 26 and be freshened for her sophomore campaign.
After finishing a close second and third in the Queen Elizabeth Challenge Cup Stakes presented by Lane's End (gr. IT) Oct. 15 at Keeneland, Harmonize and Hawksmoor (IRE) will meet again in the Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT) Nov. 25 at Churchill Downs.
Noble Bird, the horse who has had a most fitful relationship with consistency, brings some of his best recent form to the table in the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I) at Churchill Downs Nov. 25.
While the ever-popular "all others" is the morning-line favorite for the first of four 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) pools, Classic Empire is the favorite among individual choices in the wager that opens its four-day run Thanksgiving Day.
Stalwarts The Pizza Man and Are You Kidding Me will face a competitive field in the River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs Nov. 24.
Two-time graded stakes winners Go Maggie Go and Include Betty will attempt to add another graded victory to their résumés Nov. 26 in the 1 1/8 miles Falls City Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.
Bertram and Richard Klein's homebred Cash Control got an ideal stalking trip under Shaun Bridgmohan to score by four lengths over runner-up Kitten's Roar in the Cardinal Handicap (gr. IIIT) for her second career graded stakes triumph.
The complexion of two of the biggest stakes on Churchill Downs' fall schedule hinges on whether a pair of Breeders' Cup runners-up take one more stab at ending their 2016 campaigns on winning notes.
Plans for a $37 million capital project that will deliver more than 1,800 new seats in time for Kentucky Derby day 2018 were announced Nov. 17 by Churchill Downs.
Churchill Downs announced Nov. 17 it will increase walk-up general admission and advanced purchase pricing for this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Richard and Bertram Klein's homebred Cash Control returns to the site of her lone graded stakes victory, breaking from post No. 12 in a field of 13 for the $100,000 Cardinal Handicap (gr. IIIT) going 1 1/8 miles at Churchill Downs Nov. 19.
Sent to post at odds of 29-1 in a field of 11 for the 1 1/16-mile event, Hay Dakota was third-to-last at the top of the stretch but swung wide to deliver his late kick and outran Bondurant at the finish to stop the clock in 1:43.60 over firm turf.
Jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. is expected to be sidelined through mid-January after the 41-year-old native of Peru sustained a broken left tibia and fibula during a fall during the fourth race at Churchill Downs Nov. 10.
Jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital for further evaluation Nov. 10, following an accident in the fourth race at Churchill Downs.
After a break that followed starts in all three Canadian Triple Crown races, Queen's Plate Stakes winner Sir Dudley Digges is scheduled to make his racing return Nov. 12 in the Commonwealth Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs.
Myron Miller's Kiss to Remember stalked the early leaders, poked her head in front at the top of the stretch, and turned back a late challenge from favorite Birdatthewire to win the Nov. 5 $200,000 Chilukki (gr. II) at Churchill Downs by a head.
A look back at Awesome Again winning the 1998 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) in a field that many still argue is the best in the race's history.
Grade I winner Birdatthewire looking to snap eight-race losing streak, while Engaginlee seeks second graded stakes win in three starts.
Son of Warrior's Reward took the inaugural Spendthrift Stallion Stakes in a front-running fashion Oct. 30 at Churchill Downs
Tepin was one of five horses trained by Casse being pointed to Breeders' Cup races who completed workouts Oct. 28 at Churchill Downs.
Brad Grady's Cool Arrow will try for a second straight stakes win when he faces an expected 13 other juveniles in the inaugural running of the $300,000 Spendthrift Stallion Stakes Sunday, Oct. 30 at Churchill Downs.
Cooler temperatures and the leaves changing colors signify the return of live horse racing to the Louisville area as Churchill Downs, the historic home of Kentucky Derby day, readies to open its 127th Fall Meet Sunday, Oct. 30.
This week is a recap of the 1988 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs, written by Kimberly Herbert with the headline "Mile After Mile" from the 1988 BloodHorse Breeders' Cup special issue.
Multiple grade I winner Forever Unbridled and stablemate Tom's Ready were declared "happy and healthy" by trainer Dallas Stewart after each threw down their final works at Churchill Downs Oct. 26 in advance of their expected Breeders' Cup runs.
The adjectives were flowing fast and furious from trainer Dale Romans regarding Not This Time after the colt turned in a visually-impressive five-furlong work in 1:01 1/5 Oct. 22 at Churchill Downs.
In her first serious move since having her eight-race win streak snapped in the Oct. 8 First Lady Stakes (gr. IT) at Keeneland, Tepin signaled she was "back to her normal self" when she turned in a solid four-furlong work in :48 2/5.
Churchill Downs Racetrack, one of the world's most recognized sports venues, has announced a $16 million capital project to modernize the second floor of the famed facility's Clubhouse.
Through social media contest public can name the horse that the Churchill Downs Foundation is donating to the Mounted Patrol Unit of the Louisville Metro Police Department in partnership with the Louisville Metro Police Foundation.
Churchill Downs’ September meet posted strong handle growth this year, with all-sources and average daily wagering up 13.9% during the 11-day stand that concluded Oct. 2.
There will be no battle of September race dates in Kentucky this year, as the 2017 schedule will look a lot like 2016.
All-sources and average daily handle increased 1.2% during the 11-day September meet at Churchill Downs that ended Oct. 2, according to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.
Tom's Ready was doing well Oct. 2, the morning after defeating champion sprinter Runhappy in the Ack Ack Stakes (gr. III) and is set to make his next start in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) Nov. 4 at Santa Anita Park.
Reigning champion turf female Tepin arrived at trainer Mark Casse's Churchill Downs barn Oct. 2 at 5 a.m. after spending her summer at Saratoga Race Course, and she's set to make her next start in the $400,000 First Lady (gr. IT) Oct. 8 at Keeneland.
Runhappy makes his long awaited 2016 bow Oct. 1 in Churchill Downs' one-turn mile Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III). The race shares the bill with the $175,000 Lukas Classic featuring grade I winners Bradester and Noble Bird.
Louisiana-bred standout Star Guitar, a winner of 22 stakes in the Pelican State, saw his first winner as a stallion Sept. 24 when Clifford Grum's homebred Senor Guitar rallied from fifth to score a clear win in a Churchill Downs maiden-claiming race.
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