Continued growth in the week leading up to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) fueled an increase in earnings for the racing segment of Churchill Downs Inc. in the second quarter of 2016.
Tom McCarthy, best known for training General Quarters, a former claimer who went on to win the 2009 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), died July 21 after a battle with melanoma. He was 82.
Whether in partnerships or solo, Peter J. Callahan has a finger in every equine pot. Most recently, three-year-old colt Collected (whom he co-bred with historic Runnymede Farm of Paris, Kentucky) made a splash on this year’s Derby trail.
For a second straight year Churchill Downs registered an increase in total pari-mutuel handle for its 38-day spring meet.
Jockey Ovie Scurlock, who rode in three Kentucky Derbys and rode Coaltown for Calumet Farm and trainer Ben Jones, died earlier this month at 97.
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.
The official winner of the 1968 Kentucky Derby never wore the blanket of roses. He never stood in the winner’s circle to have his photo taken for posterity.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist spent his last morning on the main track at Pimlico Race Course with an energetic two-mile jog the morning of June 4.
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.
West Point Thoroughbreds' Commanding Curve has been retired from racing and will begin retraining for a second career with Olympic level three-day event rider Phillip Dutton, according to a May 24 release.
So, just what did we learn about Lani in the Kentucky Derby?
Steve Asmussen officially took Gun Runner, the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner who finished third in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), out of consideration for the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) the morning of May 17.
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.
The undefeated Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner, who was ridden by exercise rider Jonny Garcia, backtracked with a pony to the top of the first turn before reversing direction and galloping approximately a mile May 13.
Reddam Racing's Nyquist is scheduled to make his first visit to the track at Pimlico Race Course the morning of May 11 as he begins preparations for the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
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NBC Sports Group's coverage of the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) averaged 15.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen Company data released May 10.
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Just two days after winning the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Reddam Racing’s Nyquist arrived at Pimlico Race Course May 9 to begin preparing to run in the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
It took eight races, five grade I victories, and a Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Kentucky Derby victory, but Nyquist finally closed the book on the American Pharoah saga and began scripting his own legacy.
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).
Trainers of some of the horses that finished behind Reddam Racing’s Nyquist in the champion colt’s May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) said Sunday morning they were impressed with what they saw the previous day.
Nyquist jockey Mario Gutierrez discusses his Kentucky Derby ride.
The overnight rating for the race portion of the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) was down almost 14% from last year to 9.3 with a 21 share, according to Nielsen ratings and NBC Sports Group, which televised the event.
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.
Relive Nyquist's victory in the 2016 Kentucky Derby (gr. I). See where your favorite horse was at several crucial points of the race with our interactive slideshow. View Sequence
Claire Novak updates us on Kentucky Derby runners Gun Runner, Creator, Exaggerator and winner Nyquist as well as plans for Land Over Sea.
Kentucky Derby 142 post race press conference featuring the connections of winner Nyquist.
Claire Novak recaps Nyquist's win in Kentucky Derby 142 and shares post race details.
Nyquist and jockey Mario Gutierrez win the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs
Whatever has been thrown at Reddam Racing's Nyquist, he has been able to handle. And May 7 he added the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) to his already impressive résumé.
1916 Kentucky Derby winner George Smith had a colorful history behind his prosaic name—a history that involved his dam and a man for whom playing the horses was as much a science as a passion.
Kentucky Derby day Scenesetter with Claire Novak at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2016.
John Servis, who saddled Cathryn Sophia to win the May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), said it's unbelievable that he could add the filly classic to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) he captured with the popular Smarty Jones in 2004.
Churchill Downs issued a statement saying it is tweaking its admissions procedures that resulted in lengthy delays for some ticketholders for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) card May 6.
Yutaka Take has a robust resume bursting at the seams, which should be considered when examining his impact on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) this year.
Based on early Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) wagering, undefeated Nyquist will be a solid favorite in the 1 1/4-mile classic May 7 at Churchill Downs.
NBC Sports will produce the first virtual reality horse racing coverage.
It was a routine, quiet morning in the stable area of Churchill Downs May 6, with the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) entrants on the track early for their routine exercise.
Steve's observations, strategy, and wagers for the 2016 Kentucky Derby.
Claire Novak introduces us to the horses who help out our Kentucky Derby contenders. Meet the Kentucky Derby ponies Satire, Harley, Smokey, Chester, and Red.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Kentucky Derby on location at Churchill Downs. What do they think about the 2016 field and who do they pick? Watch to find out! Sponsored by Equibase
Trainer Doug O'Neill said he's confident in the training strategy he has employed with Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist, who did a little more than jog the morning of May 5 at Churchill Downs.
Mike Repole, the former owner of Uncle Mo, believes the horse's eye-opening success with his first crop as a sire offers insight into what might have been.
Claire Novak reports on the activities of the Derby horses for Thursday, including Oscar Nominated, Laoban, Whitmore, and Nyquist.
Expect some "Who Dat" chants from the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) crowd May 7 as supporters of Gayle and Tom Benson's Mo Tom and Tom's Ready try to bring some Mardi Gras to Louisville's biggest party.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will almost triple the number of veterinarians it has on a typical race day to assist with the two biggest programs of the year May 6-7 at Churchill Downs.
Champion Nyquist drew post 13 and was tabbed the 3-1 morning-line favorite for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) during the May 4 post position draw at Churchill Downs.
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