Keyword: Churchill Downs

  • Shaun Bridgmohan

    Derby Jockey Profile: Shaun Bridgmohan

    Call Shaun Bridgmohan the strong, silent type. This 28-year-old rider keeps a relatively low profile in the jockeys' room and could be overshadowed by his more flamboyant fellow riders. But his exceedingly professional approach to his career has been the foundation for a highly successful partnership with trainer Steve Asmussen, for whom Bridgmohan will ride Pyro in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Grade I winner Majestic Warrior heads the April 26 Derby Trial at Churchill Downs

    Four Graded Winners Contest Derby Trial

    Kinsman Stable's Majestic Warrior, winner of the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga last summer in his second career start, heads a field of 10 3-year-olds entered in the 84th running of the $100,000-added Derby Trial at Churchill Downs April 26.

  • Rags to Riches grazing at Ashford Stud.

    Hangin' at Home With Rags to Riches

    One year ago, Rags to Riches was a superstar on the racetrack and the favorite to win the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). Today, she is an expectant mother spending her retirement days at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.

  • Kentucky Derby: Graded Stakes Earnings

    The field for the 134th running of the $2-million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) Saturday, May 3, at Churchill Downs is limited to 20 horses. Here is a look at graded stakes earnings for Kentucky Derby 134 nominees through April 23, 2008.

  • Davona Dale winner Bsharpsonata worked this morning at Churchill Downs.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D3741923%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Camacho Confident in Bsharpsonata

    Jockey Eric Camacho was in Louisville April 23 to work Cloverleaf Farm's Bsharpsonata, from the Tim Salzman stable, one of the favorites in the May 2 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. The daughter of Pulpit was sharp in her five-furlong breeze, stopping the clock in :59.80, the third fastest drill of the morning at the famed Kentucky oval.

  • Guild Plan Submitted; Gertmenian Out

    Two days after the Jockeys' Guild filed a formal plan of reorganization in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the U.S. Trustee overseeing the action dropped the group's former national manager Wayne Gertmenian from the unsecured creditors committee.

  • Rafael Bejarano

    Derby Jockey Profile: Rafael Bejarano

    He has a new first-rate home base (California) and a new first-call trainer (Bobby Frankel), but Rafael Bejarano, 25, will be back in Kentucky to ride Anak Nakal for trainer Nick Zito in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) the first Saturday in May.

  • E.T. Baird

    Derby Jockey Profile: E.T. Baird

    He can't live without his cell phone. If he could choose another profession, he would be a rock star. He once drove 165 miles per hour to reach the track in time for the first race. And May 3, E.T. Baird will be riding to the post aboard Recapturetheglory in the 134th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I)

  • Golden Rod winner Pure Clan will be piloted by Edgar Prado in the Kentucky Oaks.

    Prado Partners With Pure Clan

    Jockey Edgar Prado will be in the irons when Pure Clan takes the gate for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 2 at Churchill Downs. The Oaks will make Prado's first mount aboard the daughter of Pure Prize. She was ridden in five of her six previous career starts by Julien Leparoux.

  • TrackNet, THG Clarify 'Proposal' Stands

    TrackNet Media Group said April 22 it doesn't like a proposal from horsemen that would allow advance deposit wagering companies the cards of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), locking in place a stalemate over broader revenue sharing models.

  • Horsemen Pitch ADW plan for Derby, Oaks

    Horsemen at odds with TrackNet Media Group over advance deposit wagering revenue sharing plans are suggesting a plan that would allow all ADWs to carry programs of both the May 2 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • New York OTB Gets Calder Signal

    After the start of Calder Race Course's opening-day card of nine races April 21, the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association agreed to permit the racetrack to send its signal to New York's off-track betting companies. Six OTB outlets in that state received the signal for the last three races.

  • Curlin winning the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I).

    Curlin Back to Work after Dubai Trip

    Nearly two weeks after returning to the United States following his record victory in the $6 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), reigning Horse of the Year Curlin resumed work April 21 with a short breeze at Keeneland through a thick curtain of fog.

  • Derby, Oaks Signal Rights Debated

    Horsemen at odds with TrackNet Media Group over advance deposit wagering revenue sharing plans are proposing an arrangement that would allow all ADWs to carry programs of both the May 2 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Behindatthebar comes from off the pace to take the Coolmore Lexington.

    Behindatthebar in Front in Lexington

    Two weeks ago, Todd Pletcher was sitting on the outside of the Derby picture looking in. But when Padua Stables and partners' Behindatthebar followed the hard-knocking efforts of Monba and Cowboy Cal in the April 12 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) with an impressive performance of his own in the $325,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) April 19, the venerable trainer could count not one, but three potential contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Derby, Oaks Tickets Available Online

    General admission tickets for Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) are now available for advanced purchase through Ticketmaster. The tickets will be available for purchase at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

  • Recapturetheglory works five furlongs at Churchill Downs April 17.

    Recapturetheglory Works at Churchill

    Illinois Derby (gr. II) winner Recapturetheglory, a potential contender for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), worked five furlongs at Churchill Downs April 17.

  • Z Humor works four furlongs April 17 at Churchill Downs.

    Z Humor Works at Churchill Downs

    Prepping for a run in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Zayat Stables' Z Humor worked four furlongs in :47.50 at Churchill Downs April 17.

  • Eight Belles next start could be in either the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) or Kentucky Derby (gr. I). <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D3918866%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    'Day-to-Day' on Eight Belles Decision

    Trainer Larry Jones said it is still up in the air whether his filly Eight Belles will challenge the boys in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) or if she will battle the fillies the day before in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • TOBA to Conduct New Owner Seminar

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced April 16 it will conduct a new owner seminar May 1 at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville.

  • THG, TrackNet Have Differing Views

    The Thoroughbred Horsemen's Group claims it wants advance deposit wagering entities to pay a fairer share into purse coffers, but those on the other side of the negotiating table claim the math simply doesn't add up.

  • Eight Belles could be entered in both the Kentucky Oaks and Derby.

    Eight Belles Could Run in Derby

    Owner Rick Porter has always known Eight Belles is a solid contender -- but he's thinking about putting the 3-year-old filly's class and stamina to the ultimate test May 3. Porter said April 13, if all goes well, the daughter of Unbridled's Song will be entered in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Adriano, with Edgar Prado up, works Adriano at Churchill Downs April 13.

    Adriano Drills at CD; Likely for Derby

    Courtlandt Farm's homebred Adriano is now considered "likely" for a run in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) following a four-furlong workout April 13 at Churchill Downs.

  • Tomcito continues his preparations for the Kentucky Derby after a third-place finish in the Florida Derby.

    Tomcito Preparing For Kentucky Derby

    Jet Set Racing Stable's Tomcito, third in the Florida Derby (gr. I) in his United States racing debut, traveled to Churchill Downs April 9 for a test run over the track which the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will be run May 3.

  • International Official Truck of Derby

    International has been named the official truck of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby, officials said April 8. Churchill Downs Inc. and Navistar International Corp. have agreed to a two-year deal.

  • WinStar Derby winner Liberty Bull prepped for a scheduled run in the Arkansas Derby with a workout April 5 at Churchill Downs.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D3927733%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Arkansas Derby Runners Prep at Churchill

    Dogwood Stable's Blackberry Road, runner-up in the Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II), and WinStar Derby winner Liberty Bull prepped for scheduled runs in next week's $1-million Arkansas Derby (gr. II) with workouts in the mud April 5 at Churchill Downs.

  • Fountain of Youth winner Cool Coal Man is scheduled to start next in the Blue Grass Stakes on April 12.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D3670147%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Cool Coal Man Sharp in Churchill Work

    Robert LaPenta's Cool Coal Man, a major contender for the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), prepped for a planned run in the April 12 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland with a sharp half-mile work at Churchill Downs April 3.

  • Big Brown has been installed as the 3-1 morning-line favorite for the third and final pool for 2008 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4008099%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Big Brown Choice in Final 'Future' Pool

    Unbeaten newcomer Big Brown, a dazzling five-length winner in his stakes debut in the $1-million Florida Derby (gr. I), has been installed as the 3-1 morning-line favorite for the third and final pool for Churchill Downs' 2008 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which opens its four-day run April 3.

  • Proud Spell, trained by Larry Jones, has been installed as the narrow 4-1 choice in Pool 3 of the Future Wager by Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia.

    Proud Spell, Country Star Top 'Futures'

    Brereton Jones' Proud Spell, winner of the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II), and Stonerside Stable's Country Star, a two-time winner in grade I company, are the top choices for the third pool of Churchill Downs' 2008 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, which begins four days of betting April 3.

  • Southwest (gr. II) winner Denis of Cork is now training at Churchill Downs.

    Derby Contenders Work at Churchill

    Denis of Cork, Blackberry Road, and My Pal Charlie worked at Churchill Downs March 30 as they prepared for final starts before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Tracy Hebert, shown winning the Sportman's Paradise on Beta Capo in March 2007, has been granted a license to ride by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.

    Hebert Cleared to Ride at Churchill

    Jockey Tracy Hebert has been granted a license to ride by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority and will be allowed to accept mounts at Churchill Downs, it was reported March 28.

  • Twinspires Offers Derby, Poker Contest

    TwinSpires.com, the official advance deposit wagering service for Churchill Downs Incorporated, is teaming with 11-time "World Series of Poker" champion Phil Hellmuth Jr. to deliver the "Ultimate Kentucky Derby Players Weekend."

  • Judge Clears CDI Payment to Guild

    A federal bankruptcy judge recently signed an order paving the way for Churchill Downs Inc. to make a contractual payment of nearly $150,000 to the Jockeys' Guild, which will use the money to pay medical and insurance bills.

  • David Vance

    Inside Track: Working on a Comeback

    Every morning for more than four decades David Vance made the same trek up Interstate I-71 to Turfway Park. Beginning in 1966, his first year as a trainer, Vance's schedule was the same, waking up at the crack of dawn, jumping in his car, and venturing to the Florence, Ky., racetrack to tend to his stable of horses. But Dec. 9, while making the drive for who-knows-how-many-thousandth-time, life changed in an instant.

  • CDI president Robert L. Evans

    CDI: 2007 Challenges, 2008 Opportunities

    Churchill Downs Inc. is asking for patience in seeing financial rewards from what it termed an $80 million investment into the advance deposit wagering industry in 2007, and promises to act on opportunities for the company's progress in 2008.

  • Ellis Park

    Ellis Park Owner Vows to Battle On

    Ron Geary said he is facing a myriad of economic pressures in making Ellis Park a viable operation, but the owner of the Henderson, Ky., racetrack vows to fight the challenges with every resource before he considers closing the facility.

  • Commentary: Group Therapy

    <i>By Bruce Greene</i> - I have been to the racetrack thousands of times. From Churchill Downs on Derby day, to the Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale on Marathon day. I have memories of tracks and champions that no longer exist.

  • Breeders&#39; Cup Winner and champion Indian Blessing tops a roster of 165 fillies nominated to the Kentucky Oaks.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D2626382%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Indian Blessing Tops Kentucky Oaks Noms

    Hal and Patti Earnhardt's unbeaten Indian Blessing, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2007, and winner of the $2 million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), tops a roster of 165 3-year-old fillies nominated to compete in the 134th running of the $500,000 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs on Friday, May 2.

  • Special Kentucky Derby 134 paint scheme for the #44 UPS Toyota Camry which will be used during the Aaron&#39;s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway on April 27.

    Kentucky Derby, NASCAR Team Up Again

    For the second consecutive year, Churchill Downs and UPS will team up to bring the horsepower of the Kentucky Derby to NASCAR, as the two companies unveiled a special Kentucky Derby 134 paint scheme Feb. 29 that will be featured on the #44 UPS Toyota Camry during the Aaron's 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway April 27.

  • Darren Rogers joins Churchill Downs March 3 as senior director of communications and media services.

    Rogers Joins Churchill Team

    Darren Rogers, director of communications at Lone Star Park since 1999, will join Churchill Downs racetrack on March 3 as senior director of communications and media services.

  • Dan Liebman: Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Half Empty

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - The Breeders' Cup should be a win-win for the organization and the host track.

  • Market Said to Be Big Factor for BC

    The Los Angeles media market and its attractiveness to sponsors played a key role in the decision by Breeders' Cup to tab Santa Anita Park as a host site for two consecutive years, Breeders' Cup president Greg Avioli said.

  • CDI: Multi-Year Proposal for 'Cup

    Churchill Downs Inc. says it is sincerely interested in hosting the Breeders' Cup World Championships, so much so that it offered what it considered an "innovative" multi-year plan for regularly staging the annual event at its signature namesake track starting in 2009.