Keyword: Churchill Downs

  • Alert Bay will look to repeat his winning performance in the San Francisco Mile

    Weekend Stakes Rundown: Turf Mile Saturday

    Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. Consider this your guide to the best stakes in North America. This week we have a trio of grade 3 turf miles Saturday, Churchill Downs' opening night, and more.

  • Vexatious works six furlongs in 1:14 3/5 at Churchill for the Kentucky Oaks

    Vexatious Stands Out in Oaks Move

    One Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) filly working out April 28 stood out for her attire—if nothing else—during Churchill Downs' special training time reserved for horses in its two biggest races.

  • Practical Joke breezes under Joel Rosario April 28 at Churchill Downs

    Blinkers Likely for Practical Joke in Kentucky Derby

    After trainer Chad Brown watched how Practical Joke breezed wearing blinkers April 28 at Churchill Downs, the Eclipse Award-winning trainer is leaning toward equipping the two-time grade 1 winner with a small cup pair for the Kentucky Derby.

  • Gunnevera works a relaxed pace ahead of the Derby at Churchill

    Sano Star Gunnevera Goes Easy Five Furlongs

    Blissfully unaware of the weight upon his stout shoulders, Gunnevera went about his final serious paces in advance of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), working an easy five furlongs in 1:03 3/5 at Churchill Downs April 28.

  • Classic Empire gallops April 27 at Churchill Downs.

    Derby, Oaks Notes from Churchill Downs, April 27

    Two-year-old champion Classic Empire and Florida Derby (Grade I) runner-up State of Honor could bring a lifelong dream to the Mark Casse barn in the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on Saturday, May 6. 

  • Omaha, Triple Crown winner of 1935

    Derby Wins of the Triple Crown Victors: Omaha

    A BloodHorse Magazine recap of the Kentucky Derby won by Omaha that ran in the May 11, 1935 issue. The story is a staff report that carried the to-the-point headline of, "The Kentucky Derby."

  • Gunnevera April 25 at Churchill Downs

    Derby, Oaks Notes, from Churchill Downs, April 25

    Peacock Racing Stables' Gunnevera, a three-time graded stakes winner and a millionaire in his young career, took his first steps on the main track at Churchill Downs on Tuesday morning with exercise rider Victor Farrel aboard.

  • McCraken works at Churchill Downs under Brian Hernandez Jr. April 24

    McCraken Finishes Strong in Five-Furlong Move

    Whether McCraken becomes the latest Derby winner to come out of Churchill's Barn 26 remains to be seen, but the bay colt put in five-furlong drill in 1:00 3/5 April 24 that was nearly as buzz worthy as Street Sense's final move before his triumph.

  • State of Honor at Churchill Downs April 21

    State of Honor, Salty Breeze for Casse at Churchill

    State of Honor and Salty both put in five-furlong moves for trainer Mark Casse April 21 at Churchill Downs in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) May 6 and the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) May 5. 

  • Calumet Farm's Hence at Churchill Downs April 5

    Hence, J Boys Echo Breeze at Churchill

    Calumet Farm's Sunland Derby (G3) winner Hence and Albaugh Family Stable's Gotham Stakes (G3) winner J Boys Echo worked April 17 at Churchill Downs in preparation for the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.

  • Salty wins the Gulfstream Park Oaks by 4 1/4 lengths

    State of Honor, Salty Get First Works at Churchill

    Less than 24 hours after champion Classic Empire crossed the wire first in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1), trainer Mark Casse was overseeing approximately 20 of his runners put in their first works at Churchill Downs April 16. 

  • Weep No More earned grade 1 status with a last-to-first move in Keeneland's 2016 Ashland

    Grade 1 Winner Weep No More Nearing Return

    Ashbrook Farm's Weep No More, winner of the 2016 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1), has returned to training with designs on making her seasonal debut during the Churchill Downs spring meet, her conditioner Rusty Arnold said March 8.

  • Trainer Mark Hennig in 1995 at Churchill Downs

    Derby Hopeful Beasley Brings Back Memories

    In the days to come, Beasley's connections hope he'll take them full circle to a certain racetrack on a certain Saturday in May—where 24 years ago, owner Lee Lewis and trainer Mark Hennig found themselves with their only Kentucky Derby (G1) starter.

  • TOBA March Member of the Month

    Until now, the Whithams' best runners have primarily been older horses, but 2016 marked a change. In addition to McCraken, they own Linda, a four-year-old filly who captured the Mrs. Revere (Gr. II) at Churchill Downs last year.

  • Otabek Umarov

    Under Agreement, Trainer Umarov Suspended Five Years

    The KHRC on Feb. 21 settled its case against Otabek Umarov, suspending the trainer for five years in a case involving Umarov's refusal to allow an out-of-competition sample to be collected from Looks to Spare on April 30, 2016 at Churchill Downs.

  • Churchill Downs, Cancer Institute Announce Partnership

    Churchill Downs and Norton Cancer Institute announced a new charitable partnership to raise funds to help provide care for women in our community who lack access to necessary breast health screenings and services.

  • Bourbon Empire (left) finished third in the 2016 Notebook Stakes

    Bourbon Empire Added to Early TC Nominees

    Because of a clerical error, Bourbon Lane Stable's Bourbon Empire was inadvertently omitted from the original list of 3-year-olds made eligible during the early nomination phase to compete in the 2017 Triple Crown.

  • Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Classic Empire is the 6-1 second choice in the first Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool

    KY Derby Future Wager Pool 1 Closes

    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.

  • McCraken wins the 2016 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes

    McCraken the Real Deal in KY Jockey Club

    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.

  • Linda and Brian Hernandez Jr. win Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs.

    Linda Powers Home to Win Mrs. Revere Stakes

    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.

  • Gun Runner takes the Clark Handicap

    Gun Runner Overcomes Elders in Clark

    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.

  • Thatcher Street wins the 2016 River City Handicap

    Thatcher Street Caps Wilkes' Three-Win Day

    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.