Keyword: Churchill Downs

  • Gun Runner gallops at Churchill Downs

    Gun Runner to Return in Stephen Foster Handicap

    Grade 1 winner Gun Runner has been steadily training since returning from a runner-up finish in the Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) and is targeting the June 17 Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) at Churchill Downs, Asmussen said May 1.

  • Sonneteer works at Churchill under jockey Corey Lanerie

    'Maturing' Sonneteer Fires Bullet for Derby

    Calumet Farm homebred Sonneteer is a compliant sort, so it was no surprise to assistant Julie Clark when Corey Lanerie, aboard May 1 for a four-furlong work, reminded the striking Midnight Lute colt to get down to business and Sonneteer responded.

  • Carl Nafzger with former assistant Ian Wilkes

    Wilkes Continues to Do Nafzger Proud

    As he took in Ian Wilkes' cool demeanor less than a week out from the first leg of the Triple Crown, it was hard to find anyone enjoying the ascent of multiple graded stakes winner McCraken more than Carl Nafzger himself.

  • Wesley Ward trainee McErin on the track at Keeneland April 12

    McErin, Five Fillies Take on Kentucky Juvenile Stakes

    The $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile Stakes at Churchill Downs May 4, the first stakes of the year for 2-year-olds, will feature a field of five colts and geldings and five fillies that each made their first starts during Keeneland's spring meet.

  • 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.