Keyword: 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.

  • Lady Fog Horn wins the 2016 Falls City Handicap

    Lady Fog Horn Makes the Grade in Falls City

    The Elkstone Group's Indiana homebred Lady Fog Horn—the reigning Indiana Horse of the Year—sounded off against open company Nov. 24 at Churchill Downs with a 1 1/2-length triumph over Streamline in the $200,000 Falls City Handicap (gr. II).

  • Golden Rod Loaded with Talent

    Daddys Lil Darling is the lone graded stakes winner entered in the $200,000 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) for juvenile fillies at Churchill Downs Nov. 26, but she'll face plenty of competition.

  • Valadorna (outside) Oct. 22 at Keeneland

    Valadorna Receives a Racing Break

    Stonestreet Stables' Valadorna, runner-up in the Nov. 5 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), will bypass the Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs Nov. 26 and be freshened for her sophomore campaign.

  • Harmonize in October at Keeneland.

    Harmonize, Hawksmoor on Again in Mrs. Revere

    After finishing a close second and third in the Queen Elizabeth Challenge Cup Stakes presented by Lane's End (gr. IT) Oct. 15 at Keeneland, Harmonize and Hawksmoor (IRE) will meet again in the Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT) Nov. 25 at Churchill Downs.

  • Noble Bird wins the 2016 Hagyard Fayette Stakes

    Noble Bird Brings Form Into Clark Handicap

    Noble Bird, the horse who has had a most fitful relationship with consistency, brings some of his best recent form to the table in the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I) at Churchill Downs Nov. 25.

  • Classic Empire won Breeders' Cup Juvenile earlier this month

    Classic Empire Top Individual in Derby Future

    While the ever-popular "all others" is the morning-line favorite for the first of four 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) pools, Classic Empire is the favorite among individual choices in the wager that opens its four-day run Thanksgiving Day.

  • Go Maggie Go wins the Black Eyed Susan

    Go Maggie Go, 'Betty' Face Off in Falls City

    Two-time graded stakes winners Go Maggie Go and Include Betty will attempt to add another graded victory to their résumés Nov. 26 in the 1 1/8 miles Falls City Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.

  • Cash Control wins the 2016 Cardinal Handicap

    Cash Control Right at Home in Cardinal

    Bertram and Richard Klein's homebred Cash Control got an ideal stalking trip under Shaun Bridgmohan to score by four lengths over runner-up Kitten's Roar in the Cardinal Handicap (gr. IIIT) for her second career graded stakes triumph.

  • Churchill Downs (Coady Photography)

    Oaks, Derby Ticket Prices Increased

    Churchill Downs announced Nov. 17 it will increase walk-up general admission and advanced purchase pricing for this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • Cash Control wins the Old Forester Mint Julep at Churchill Downs

    Cash Control Leads Field of 13 in Cardinal

    Richard and Bertram Klein's homebred Cash Control returns to the site of her lone graded stakes victory, breaking from post No. 12 in a field of 13 for the $100,000 Cardinal Handicap (gr. IIIT) going 1 1/8 miles at Churchill Downs Nov. 19.

  • Hay Dakota and jockey Denny Velazquez

    Hay Dakota Upsets Commonwealth Turf

    Sent to post at odds of 29-1 in a field of 11 for the 1 1/16-mile event, Hay Dakota was third-to-last at the top of the stretch but swung wide to deliver his late kick and outran Bondurant at the finish to stop the clock in 1:43.60 over firm turf.

  • Jose Valdivia Jr.

    Valdivia Undergoes Surgery for Broken Leg

    Jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. is expected to be sidelined through mid-January after the 41-year-old native of Peru sustained a broken left tibia and fibula during a fall during the fourth race at Churchill Downs Nov. 10.

  • Sir Dudley Digges Set for Churchill Debut

    After a break that followed starts in all three Canadian Triple Crown races, Queen's Plate Stakes winner Sir Dudley Digges is scheduled to make his racing return Nov. 12 in the Commonwealth Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs.

  • Kiss To Remember and Joe Rocco Jr. win the Chilukki Stakes at Churchill

    Kiss to Remember Takes Chilukki at Churchill

    Myron Miller's Kiss to Remember stalked the early leaders, poked her head in front at the top of the stretch, and turned back a late challenge from favorite Birdatthewire to win the Nov. 5 $200,000 Chilukki (gr. II) at Churchill Downs by a head.

  • Awesome Again winning the 1988 Breeders' Cup Classic

    A Look Back: The Greatest Classic Field?

    A look back at Awesome Again winning the 1998 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) in a field that many still argue is the best in the race's history.

  • Kentucky Downs Juvenile winner All Right is one of 14 2-year-olds entered in Spendthrift Stallion Stakes

    Cool Arrow On Target for First Spendthrift

    Brad Grady's Cool Arrow will try for a second straight stakes win when he faces an expected 13 other juveniles in the inaugural running of the $300,000 Spendthrift Stallion Stakes Sunday, Oct. 30 at Churchill Downs.

  • Churchill Downs 2016

    Churchill Downs Readies for 21-Day Fall Meet

    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.

  • Miesque, with Freddy Head up, wins 1988 Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs.

    A Look Back: Miesque's Second Mile Victory

    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.

  • Forever Unbridled

    Forever Unbridled, Tom's Ready Work for BC

    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.

  • Champion Tepin Works 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 Announces Clubhouse Upgrades

    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.

  • Churchill Contest Looks to Name Retired Horse

    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.

    Churchill Downs Handle Up Slightly

    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.

  • 2016 Ack Ack Stakes winner Tom's Ready

    Tom's Ready Set for Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile

    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.

  • Tepin wins the 2016 Woodbine Mile

    Tepin Confirmed for Keeneland's First Lady

    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 Sept. 25 at Keeneland.

    Runhappy Faces Five in Ack Ack

    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.

  • Star Guitar

    Senor Guitar First Winner for Star Guitar

    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.

  • Bradester winning this year's Monmouth Cup.

    Bradester Pointing to Lukas Classic

    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. 

  • Not This Time rolls to victory in the Iroquois

    Not This Time Overwhelms Iroquois Rivals

    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.

  • Engaginglee comes running late to win the Locust Grove

    Engaginglee Rallies to Win Locust Grove

    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.

  • Exaggerator won this year's Haskell off a Preakness Stakes score

    Classic Winners Exaggerator, Nyquist Work

    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.

  • Runhappy Sept. 15 at Churchill Downs.

    Runhappy Works from Gate in 1:14 1/5

    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.

  • Ahh Chocolate (#5) leaves the starting gate and goes on to win the Allaire DuPont Distaff

    Ahh Chocolate Looks Hot in Locust Grove

    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.