Keyword: Churchill Downs

  • The Churchill Downs Incorporated educational 'Safety Center' is on display inside Gate 17 at the track.

    CDI Implements Safety/Welfare Policies

    Churchill Downs Inc. has announced a series of new rules and policies designed to enhance the safety and welfare of jockeys and horses. The measures will be in place at Churchill Downs racetrack in advance of the this year's Kentucky Derby and will include standardized third-party testing of track surfaces and comprehensive testing of all winning horses for more than 100 prohibited drugs.

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    Stardom Bound Heads KY Oaks Nominees

    IEAH Stables, Paul Pompa Jr., Michael Dubb, and Golden Goose Enterprises' Stardom Bound, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2008 and winner of the Las Virgenes (gr. I) at Santa Anita in her 2009 debut, heads an impressive roster of 170 horses nominated to compete in the 135th running of the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), which will be run at Churchill Downs May 1.

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    Kentucky Derby, Oaks Tix Now Available

    With Kentucky Derby 135 only two months away, Churchill Downs has announced that online advance ticket sales for general admission and select reserved seats to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and its companion event, the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), are now available for purchase at www.kentuckyderby.com/2009/tickets/buy.

  • Luke Kruytbosch

    Kruytbosch to be Honored at AHA Gala

    The late Luke Kruytbosch, who served for a decade as the track announcer at Churchill Downs, will be honored Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. (EST) as the American Heart Association holds its 17th annual Crystal Heart Gala at the Louisville Marriott Downtown.

  • Sam F. Davis Stakes winner General Quarters

    Porter on Pedigrees: General Quarters

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>One generally doesn't expect to find Kentucky Derby hopefuls hurtling down 4 1/2 furlongs at Churchill Downs in May of their juvenile season. Even less expected would be for that debut to be in a $20,000 maiden claiming event. That, however, was the launching point for the career of General Quarters.

  • Judge: 'Tough Issues' in CDI Lawsuit

    A federal judge presiding over the antitrust lawsuit filed by Churchill Downs Inc. against horsemen's groups basically said Feb. 19 he has his work cut out for him in trying to resolve the complex issues involved in the case.

  • 'All Others,' Old Fashioned Lead KDFW

    The traditional status of the mutuel field, or "all others," as the favorite in the opening pool of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager seems secure for another year, but unbeaten Old Fashioned has strengthened his position as the leading individual contender for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with one day of wagering remaining in the first of three 2009 Derby Future pools.

  • Florida Stallion Stakes Series Revamped

    The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association, in conjunction with Florida stallion owners, have announced an agreement with the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and Churchill Downs Inc., which will bring significant changes to juvenile racing at Calder Race Course this year.

  • Niven to Exit CDI, Twinspires.com

    Vernon Niven has left Churchill Downs Inc. for personal reasons, the company announced Feb. 12. Niven, who since October 2006 has served as executive vice president of CDI and president of Twinspires.com, will vacate his posts in June after the conclusion of the 2009 Triple Crown.

  • Road to the Roses Game Set to Begin

    The 2009 "Road to the Roses" Kentucky Derby Fantasy Challenge, a free online contest that allows racing fans to manage a stable of Kentucky Derby contenders during the three-month buildup to the historic Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is now open for registration. Located at www.roadtotheroses.com, the game's grand prize winner will receive a VIP trip for two to the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby in 2010.

  • Churchill Offers Exactas in Derby Wager

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has granted approval to allow Churchill Downs to offer exacta wagering in its Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools.

  • Derby Future Wager Pool 1 runs Feb. 12-15.

    'All Others' 5-2 Choice in First KDFW

    Churchill Downs' 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager begins its 11th year when the first of its three betting pools opens Feb. 12. And for the 11th time with the first pool, the mutuel field, or "all others," is the morning line betting favorite.

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    HANA's Top Tracks - #5 Churchill Downs

    The Horseplayers Association of North America regularly rates the 65 Thoroughbred racetracks in North America. Featured exclusively on BloodHorse.com is a countdown of the top 10 tracks. Churchill Downs is #5.

  • Churchill Trims Spring Stakes Schedule

    Churchill Downs has unveiled a stakes schedule for its 2009 spring meet that is headed by the 135th renewals of the $2-million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the $500,000 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). There will be 29 events with total purses of $7.575 million.

  • A clay model of the Barbaro statue that is being created for permanent display at Churchill Downs.

    Barbaro Memorial Unveiling Set for April

    The public unveiling of a bronze statue to celebrate the life of 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Barbaro will take place at Churchill Downs April 26. The announcement came on the second anniversary of Barbaro's passing on Jan. 29, 2007.

  • Mark Johnson

    Churchill Picks Johnson as New Announcer

    Mark Johnson, one of the most popular and acclaimed horse racing commentators in Britain, will bring his talents to America in 2009 as the new track announcer for Churchill Downs. The announcement was formally made by track officials during at news conference at the historic Louisville, Ky. racetrack Jan. 15.

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    Churchill to Name New Announcer

    The new voice of the home of the Kentucky Derby will be announced Jan. 15. Churchill Downs will hold a press conference at the Louisville, Ky., racetrack to let the industry know who will replace Luke Kruytbosch, who died of an apparent heart attack July 14 at age 47.

  • Gulfstream Seeking More Dates

    In a step some racing industry officials expected, Gulfstream Park has told Florida regulators that it plans to hold races during 2009's last five weeks--a lucrative set of dates on which Calder Race Course has raced exclusively in South Florida for more than a decade.

  • Churchill Downs Launches Derby Web Site

    Churchill Downs has launched the official Web site for the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), www.kentuckyderby.com, which will offer coverage of the horse racing season leading up to the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby May 2.

  • The coveted Triple Crown trophy

    TC Early Nomination Deadline is Jan. 24

    Nominations for the 2009 Triple Crown of racing the 135th Kentucky Derby (gr. I), 134th Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and 141st Belmont Stakes (gr. I) are being taken from horsemen with promising for 3-year-olds.

  • TrackNet Poised to Cut Off Nevada

    TrackNet Media Group is poised to cut off its signals to more than 80 Nevada casinos Jan. 7 unless a new agreement is met for what the content company feels are more equitable fees.

  • CDI Lawsuit Active Despite Agreement

    While a signal deal has been struck between Churchill Downs Inc. and Kentucky horsemen for the Churchill Downs spring meet, still unresolved are claims and counter-claims in federal antitrust lawsuit featuring many of the principal parties.

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    Churchill, Horsemen Reach ADW Agreement

    Churchill Downs has announced it has come to terms with horsemen over advance deposit wagering splits for the 2009 spring meeting at the Louisville, Ky., racetrack. The meet begins April 25.

  • BC Tax-Break Bill Offered in Kentucky

    Legislation authorizing a pari-mutuel tax break for a racetrack that hosts the Breeders' Cup World Championships has been pre-filed for the 2009 Kentucky General Assembly session.

  • Trainer Blackie Huffman Dead

    William G. "Blackie" Huffman, a trainer whose son Ben Huffman serves as racing secretary at Churchill Downs and Keeneland, died Dec. 24 following a short illness.

  • Shellman Leaving Churchill Post

    Lee Ann Shellman, who since 2003 has served as senior director of premium seating at Churchill Downs, is leaving the Kentucky racetrack. Her final day will be Dec. 31.

  • Calder Adds Marshall to Executive Team

    John T. Marshall has been named vice president and general manager of racing for Calder Race Course, Churchill Downs Inc. announced Dec. 19. He will report to Calder president and general manager Tom O' Donnell and begins his new role effective Jan. 19, 2009.

  • The synthetic track at the OBS

    Ocala Industry May Seek Racing Permit

    Cognizant of negative dynamics hammering the racing scene in South Florida, leaders of the Thoroughbred industry harbored in the central part of the state are considering preemptive-strike plans to pursue a permit for pari-mutuel meets to be run in the Ocala area.

  • Firm Hired to Promote Derby, Oaks

    Churchill Downs Inc. for the first time has hired a marketing and communications company to promote the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), it was announced Dec. 16.

  • Online Handicapping Contest Rescheduled

    TwinSpires.com, the advance deposit wagering service for Churchill Downs Inc. has rescheduled its "Biggest Vegas Qualifier Ever" online handicapping contest for Jan. 3, 2009.

  • Julien Leparoux celebrates his record win.

    Leparoux Sets Churchill Record for Wins

    Jockey Julien Leparoux broke a 23-year-old Churchill Downs record for wins at a fall meet Nov. 28 when he rode Just Like William to a head victory in the third race for his 56th victory of the meet.

  • Capt. Candyman Can is the lone graded stakes winner in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes.

    Capt. Candyman Can Tops KY Jockey Club

    Joseph Rauch and David Zell's Capt. Candyman Can sparkled in his Churchill Downs debut while winning the Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) by three lengths Nov. 1. Four weeks later the son of Candy Ride tries to run them off their feet again, this time facing nine juvenile rivals in the $150,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) Nov. 29 in Louisville.

  • Pocahontas winner Sara Louise faces Breeders&#39; Cup Juvenile Fillies runner-up Dream Empress in the Golden Rod Stakes.

    Golden Rod Features Two Graded Victors

    Accomplished juvenile fillies Dream Empress and Sara Louise are both looking to add another graded stakes victory to their already impressive resumes in the Nov. 29 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs. The race is part of the "Stars of Tomorrow II" card that features races limited exclusively to 2-year-olds.

  • Churchill Downs to Debut Infield Club

    Churchill Downs is introducing a new experience called the "Infield Club" for the 135th Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks (both gr. I) May 1 and 2, 2009, allowing fans the opportunity to enjoy the party atmosphere of the infield with an upgraded twist.

  • Commentator will try to cap off a terrific season when he takes on seven rivals in the Clark Handicap.

    Commentator Clear Choice in Clark

    Like a fine wine, Commentator seems to get better with age. And on Nov. 28 at Churchill Downs, Tracy Farmer's remarkable 7-year-old gelding will try to cap off a terrific season when he takes on seven rivals in the $400,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. II).

  • Karelian (right) and Demarcation head to a dead-heat in the River City Handicap

    Dead-Heat in River City Handicap

    Green Lantern Stables' Karelian and American Racing Stables' Demarcation, head-bobbing to the wire, finished in a dead-heat in the River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) Nov. 22 at Churchill Downs, each of them earning their first career graded stakes win in the process.

  • Most Derby, Oaks Prices Remain Same

    Churchill Downs racetrack announced Nov. 21 it will freeze most ticket prices for the 2009 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), allowing customers to purchase the majority of reserved seats and general admission at the same price levels offered in 2008.

  • Food Drive Being Held at Churchill Downs

    Churchill Downs will offer free general admission Friday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 23 to all patrons who donate two non-perishable canned goods

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    Commentator Headlines Clark Nominees

    Tracy Farmer's two-time Whitney Handicap (gr. I) winner Commentator, Robert LaPenta's 2008 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Da' Tara and Four Roses Thoroughbreds' 2007 Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) winner Anak Nakal, all trained by Nick Zito, headline a list 26 horses nominated to the $400,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. II) to be run Nov. 28 at Churchill Downs.

  • Slot machine revenue has fueled purses at Fair Grounds Racetrack.

    Fair Grounds ADW Deal: Good or Bad?

    A recent deal that allowed expanded distribution of the Fair Grounds racing signal was hailed by some as a step forward in the months-long nationwide dispute between horsemen, racetracks, and advance deposit wagering entities. But some horsemen's groups are categorizing the development as a step backwards in an overall plan to secure higher revenue shares for purses from a growing wagering segment.