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.
Joseph Sutton's Bradester, upset winner of the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) in June, will be looking for another victory over the Churchill Downs main track when he makes his next start in the $175,000 Lukas Classic Oct. 1.
John C. Oxley's promising 2-year-old Classic Empire worked from the starting gate over the Churchill Downs main track Sept. 23.
In his first stakes start, Albaugh Family Stable homebred Not This Time rallied four wide in the far turn then drew off in the stretch to post about a six-length victory in the $150,000 Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 17 at Churchill Downs.
After racing near the back of the field of six fillies and mares early, Engaginglee rallied four wide in the stretch to earn a narrow victory in the $100,000 Locust Grove Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 17 on a muddy track at Churchill Downs.
Jockeys Jon Court and Joe Rocco Jr. have been sidelined from injuries sustained in separate incidents Friday, Sept. 16 on Churchill Downs’ opening day card.
Exaggerator delivered a five-furlong move Sept. 17 at Churchill Downs in preparation for a planned start in the Sept. 24 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II). Meanwhile at San Luis Rey Downs, Nyquist also worked.
Sprint male champion Runhappy continues to move toward his 2016 debut with a six-furlong work in 1:14 1/5 from the gate Sept. 15 at Churchill Downs. Hall of Fame rider Edgar Prado flew in for the move.
Trainer Mark Casse has plenty of firepower in Churchill Downs' two 1 1/16-mile stakes for 2-year-olds Sept. 17, the Iroquois and Pocahontas stakes.
Ahh Chocolate, winner of two graded stakes, looks to have a class edge in the Locust Grove, but will have to turn the tables on Innovative Idea, who outfinished her in the Groupie Doll Stakes last out.
The grade III race is a key Tampa Bay Derby prep
Spendthrift Farm has partnered with Churchill Downs to create the Spendthrift Stallion Stakes, a new $300,000 race to be run this fall for 2-year-olds that are sired by Spendthrift stallions.
Runhappy, last year's sprint male champion, recorded his second public work of the year Sept. 1 at Keeneland, zipping five furlongs in :58. He is being pointed toward the one-turn mile Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) Oct. 1 at Churchill Downs.
Owner-trainer Otabek Umarov will not be racing horses while he appeals a 10-year suspension of his racing license.
A Kentucky court hearing scheduled Monday, Aug. 1 could determine if the KHRC can move forward on its intentions to immediately sanction trainer Otabek Umarov for allegedly refusing to allow a horse to receive pre-race testing in late April.
Stakes schedules with combined purses of more than $3.2 million were announced July 27 by Churchill Downs for the Kentucky track's upcoming 2016 meets.
For a second straight year Churchill Downs registered an increase in total pari-mutuel handle for its 38-day spring meet.
Owner John Oxley, trainer Mark Casse, and jockey Julien Leparoux, completed an impressive 2-year-old stakes double July 2 at Churchill Downs.
Brody's Cause and Cherry Wine are back to work since finishing sixth and seventh, respectively, in the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Both breezed a half-mile July 2 at Churchill Downs.
Champion turf mare Tepin is taking it easy at her Churchill Downs base and has settled in well since returning June 27.
After winning his maiden debut by 10 1/4 lengths May 28 at Pimlico Race Course, Recruiting Ready is scheduled to ship west for the $100,000 Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III) July 2 at Churchill Downs.
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.
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