Evan Hammonds recaps several turf races from the weekend, including the Sheepshead Bay Stakes, Louisville Handicap, and Whittingham Stakes.
After an intense duel down the Churchill Downs stretch, odds-on favorite War Dancer thrust his head in front of Suntracer at the finish line and won the Louisville Handicap (gr. IIIT) May 24.
Doug Salvatore handicaps juvenile races at Churchill Downs and Santa Anita. read blog
West Point Thoroughbreds' Commanding Curve, second in the Kentucky Derby last out, breezed five furlongs at Churchill Downs May 23 as he continues to prepare for the upcoming Belmont Stakes.
A spokesman for Churchill Downs said the track is gathering facts and conducting interviews in an effort to ascertain the circumstances leading to the death of a horse en route to the paddock for schooling May 22.
War Dancer, winner of the 2013 Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) and runner-up in last month's Elkhorn (gr. IIT) at Keeneland, is the 118-pound highweight May 24 in the Louisville Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs.
A horseplayers group that organized a protest of Churchill Downs reports handle is down $19.3 million through the first 14 race days at the Louisville track.
- By Tom LaMarra
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Mid-Atlantic Region
Steve Coburn, part owner and breeder of California Chrome, said he loves Pimlico Race Course and its hospitality, and also had some choice words for Churchill Downs.
NFL wide receiver and Thoroughbred owner Wes Welker, who celebrated a big betting score on Kentucky Derby day at Churchill Downs by passing out $100 bills, has received a letter from the track demanding back nearly $15,000.
A historical comparison of Kentucky Derby winners foaled in Kentucky with those foaled outside the Bluegrass State suggests that they win additional Triple Crown races at an identical rate.
Kentucky Horse Racing Commissioner Ned Bonnie suggested the regulator bring in outside help to investigate the events surrounding the victory by Masochistic in the third race on the May 3 Kentucky Derby day card at Churchill.
Churchill Downs is partnering with Saratoga Casino and Raceway on a proposed resort-style casino near Albany.
A pair of grade I-placed colts who will make their Triple Crown racing debuts in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) wrapped up their serious exercise before the Maryland classic with workouts Monday, May 12.
Ria Antonia worked a half-mile in :47 3/5 over a track labeled as good the morning of May 11 at Churchill Downs with a decision looming on whether the 3-year-old filly is to take on males in the upcoming Preaknes
After heavy rain overnight in Louisville, Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner California Chrome was out a bit earlier than usual the morning of May 10 for a routine gallop at Churchill Downs.
Pedigree Handicapping With Brisnet.com & Doug Salvatore: Race 6 Friday at Churchill read blog
Friday and Saturday are on display for the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby. See up close racing footage, breathtaking scenic shots, the red carpet, fashion, and more! watch video
Friday and Saturday are on display for the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby. See up close racing footage, breathtaking scenic shots, the red carpet, fashion, and more!
Jockey Jon Court, injured in the final race at Churchill Downs May 3, is scheduled to have surgery on his broken right hand May 19 according to his agent.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner California Chrome made his first appearance on the track at Churchill Downs the morning of May 7 since winning the 140th Run for the Roses.
Experience an interactive turn-by-turn slideshow of the 2014 Kentucky Oaks. view experience
Experience an interactive turn-by-turn slideshow of the 2014 Kentucky Derby. view slideshow
A historical look at the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) prior to California Chrome's victory. view infographic
Photos from Churchill Downs, Europe, Santa Anita, Japan, Parx Racing and more. view slideshow
Churchill Downs, Europe, Santa Anita, Japan, Parx, Hong Kong, Turf Paradise and More
The $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 17 at Pimlico Race Course will provide a joyous homecoming for Willie Delgado, the exercise rider of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner California Chrome.
Relive California Chrome's victory in the 2014 Kentucky Derby. See where your favorite horse was at six crucial points of the race with our interactive slideshow.
Relive Untapable's dominating victory in the 2014 Kentucky Oaks. See where your favorite horse was at six crucial points of the race with our interactive slideshow.
Trainer Art Sherman on California Chrome's Kentucky Derby win the morning after.
One day after winning the Kentucky Derby, California gets his legs washed down. watch video
One day after saddling California Chrome to win the 140th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Art Sherman was still absorbing the magnitude of the achievement.
Churchill Downs reported a 1.08% increase in all-sources wagering for this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) program May 3, but an overall 1.81% decrease in total pari-mutuel handle for the six days that make up Derby week.
Images from Kentucky Derby Day 2014 View Slideshow
Maybe California Chrome felt the needed boost of Art Sherman's old-time mount in the final furlong of the longest race of his life on Saturday, maybe he got there on heart and class alone.
Recovering jockey Jose Espinoza has been empowered by his younger brother's victory in the Kentucky Derby with California Chrome.
The Kentucky Derby winner returns after victory under Victor Espinoza, and is greeted by assistant Allan Sherman.
Learn more about California Chrome and the journey that brought him to the 140th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). watch video
In one of the more dramatic victories of his career, Wise Dan held off a late surge from Juddmonte Farms' Seek Again to post a narrow victory in the $559,100 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Stakes (gr. IT) May 3.
Son of Galileo gets gutsy win by a neck over Storming Inti. Connections for the Glen Hill Farm colt believe he will just keep getting better.
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Central Banker, one-for-one at Churchill Downs heading into the $464,800 Churchill Downs Stakes (gr. II), made it two-for-two with a win in the seven-furlong test May 3.
Midnight Lucky had nearly a year since her last race, but lost none of her class in the interim. She rumbled into the stretch of the $330,600 Humana Distaff (gr. I) at Churchill and widened away to a 4 1/2 length victory.
Amerman Racing Stables' Coffee Clique came up the hedge to record a half-length victory over longshot Dame Marie in the May 3 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIT).
An unofficial poll of media members covering the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs put Spendthrift Farm's Medal Count at the top of the selections list May 3.
Claire Novak sets the scene for Kentucky Derby 140. Watch Video
It's impossible not to notice Churchill Downs' new "big board," which has been a major topic of conversation since the gargantuan video screen was unveiled opening night April 26.
'We need heroes right now, and I'm hoping he's one of them.' -- Art Sherman, trainer of 5-2 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite California Chrome.
Relive the unfolding of the 2014 Kentucky Oaks! view slideshow
Churchill Downs reported that the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) attendance of 113,071 May 2 was the third-highest in Oaks history as Untapable and jockey Rosie Napravnik pulled away in the stretch for a 4 1/2-length victory.
Winchell Thoroughbreds' homebred Untapable, the even-money favorite, drew clear to win the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) by 4 1/2 lengths May 2 at Churchill Downs.
Showing her affinity for the Churchill Downs' main track, Anita Cauley's homebred On Fire Baby took the lead coming out of the second turn and wore down pacesetter Devil's Cave to win the La Troienne Stakes (gr. I) May 2.
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