Keyword: Churchill Downs

  • Derby Trial winner Macho Again will skip the Preakness and instead run in the Ohio Derby.

    Macho Again to Skip Preakness

    Trainer Dallas Stewart said the morning of May 9 that West Point Thoroughbreds' Macho Again would bypass the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and instead point to the $300,000 Ohio Derby (gr. II) at Thistledown May 31.

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    Eight Bells for Eight Belles

    A petition urging Churchill Downs to honor Fox Hill Farms' deceased filly Eight Belles by ringing eight bells, a nautical euphemism for "finished," prior to the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is gaining momentum among horse lovers across the nation.

  • CDI, MEC Pull Out of Racing World UK

    Churchill Downs Inc. and Magna Entertainment Corp. have pulled the plug on their involvement in Racing World UK, the United Kingdom broadcast and wagering venture launched two years ago.

  • Tres Borrachos worked five furlongs in :59.60 at Churchill Downs May 7.

    Tres Borrachos Works for Preakness

    With Andy Durnin up and trainer Beau Greely looking on from the grandstand, third-place Arkansas Derby (gr. II) finisher Tres Borrachos worked five furlongs in :59.60 at Churchill Downs May 7 in preparation for a start in the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Big Brown on track at Churchill Downs May 7.

    Big Brown Jogs at Churchill Downs

    IEAH Stables and Paul Pompa Jr.'s Big Brown, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), jogged a mile under exercise rider Michelle Nevin alongside a pony May 7 at Churchill Downs.

  • Purse Cuts Planned at CDI-Owned Tracks

    A Churchill Downs Inc. official said May 7 purses at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., could be cut the week of May 11, while Calder Race Course in South Florida could face another reduction in purses.

  • Kentucky Thoroughbred Association executive director David Switzer

    KTA Upset with Churchill Dealings

    The head of a Kentucky horsemen's association said his group withheld approval for the Churchill Downs signal to go out to a pair of offshore rebate shops for the undercards of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), and is aggravated that the track is blaming horsemen for a decline in handle on the two programs.

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    Chelokee's Surgery Goes 'Very Well'

    Chelokee, who dislocated his right front ankle May 2 at Churchill Downs, underwent surgery that "went very well" May 5 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, according to Dr. Larry Bramlage.

  • Youbet Focusing on the Future

    Youbet.com put the memory of its association with former subsidiary International Racing Group in its rear-view mirror during a May 6 conference call where it reported a net income of $774,000 for the first quarter of 2008.

  • Big Brown's Win Benefits Namesake UPS

    UPS, the company which inspired the name of the winning Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) horse, Big Brown, took advantage of its logo placements on the pants of winning jockey Kent Desormeaux to garner 0:56 of on-screen time.

  • Derby Sponsor Gains Valuable Exposure

    When combining the media exposure the Kentucky Derby presenting sponsor received from NBC's live telecast May 3 with print and Internet news articles referencing the sponsor over the last week, Yum Brands earned a comparable exposure value of $5,750,215.

  • Slot Machine

    Florida Slots Bills Die as Session Ends

    The Florida Legislature ended its annual two-month session May 2 without passing two slot machine bills that were sought by the Thoroughbred industry.

  • Rick Dutrow, Jr. making his way to the winner's circle after Big Brown's victory.

    Dutrow After Derby: 'The Horse is Good'

    Speaking to reporters on the Churchill Downs backside the day after Big Brown won the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. was cautiously optimistic regarding his starter's chances in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • ADW Lockout Blamed for Derby Handle Drop

    All-sources handle dropped nearly 2% on the May 3 card of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), a result a Churchill Downs official blamed on the fallout from an ongoing dispute with horsemen over signal distribution.

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    Filly Eight Belles 'Went Out in Glory'

    A tearful Larry Jones, the trainer of Eight Belles, who broke down in the gallop-out after finishing second in the Run for the Roses, said there would be no second-guessing in what he called an "unfortunate" outcome that couldn't be foreseen.

  • Einstein wins the Woodford Reserve in his third try in the Grade One race.<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%3D4388074%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Einstein Proves Smart Choice in Woodford

    The Helen Pitts-trained Einstein went to the head of the class in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT), one race before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 3 at Churchill Downs.

  • Chelokee won the Barbaro Stakes in 2007.

    Chelokee Given '50-50 Chance' to Survive

    Chelokee, who suffered a dislocated right front ankle during the running of the May 2 Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs, has "at least a 50-50 chance" of survival, according to prominent equine surgeon Larry Bramlage.

  • Handle Declines on Kentucky Oaks Card

    Perhaps feeling the effects of an ongoing dispute with horsemen over signal distribution, handle on the May 2 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) program was down about 7%, according to numbers released by the track.

  • Big Brown Narrow Choice in Betting

    Just like the morning line suggested, bettors in the advance wagering have installed Big Brown as the favorite for Saturday's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Proud Spell draws off in the 2008 Kentucky Oaks.<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%3D4378418%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Proud Spell Splashes to Oaks Victory

    Trainer Larry Jones scratched the filly Eight Belles from the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), and then proceeded to win the race with Proud Spell.

  • Old Hat winner Game Face takes on Alina in the La Troienne Stakes.

    Alina, Game Face Top La Troienne Field

    Alina, only three-quarters of a length in back of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) starter Eight Belles in her last start, is the 5-2 favorite in the $150,000 La Troienne Stakes (gr. III) May 2 at Churchill Downs.

  • Run Away and Hide draws off in the Kentucky Stakes.

    Run Away and Hide Scores Kentucky Stakes

    Run Away and Hide stalked the early pace, took over just at the top of the lane, and drew clear to post a 2 1/2-length victory in the Kentucky Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) May 1 at Churchill Downs.

  • Jon Miller, senior vice president of NBC, discusses World Equestrian Games coverage at Churchill press conference with John Long, left, and Jack Kelly, center.

    NBC to be Broadcast Partner of WEG

    On the lavish fourth floor of the Jockey Club Suites, two days prior to the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs, representatives of the World Games 2010 Foundation announced NBC as the official network broadcast partner for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington Sept. 25-Oct. 10, 2010.

  • Big Brown worked three furlongs at Churchill Downs May 1.<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%3D4360890%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Big Brown Gets Easy Work at Churchill

    Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. sent Big Brown for an easy work over the Churchill Downs surface May 1, and the imposing colt looked every bit the Derby favorite as he took to the track under regular exercise rider Michelle Nevin. Big Brown, installed as the 3-1 morning line choice following the April 30 post position draw, went three-eighths in :35 2/5.

  • Sugar Swirl seeks her first grade I victory in the Humana Distaff Stakes.<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%3D4024847%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Sugar Swirl Could Sweeten Humana Distaff

    Stronach Stables' homebred Sugar Swirl has taken everything trainer Brian Lynch has thrown at her, including four back-to-back stakes races " three of them graded. Now the 5-year-old daughter of Touch Gold seeks her first grade I victory against the likes of Hystericalady, Baroness Thatcher, and Intangaroo in the $300,000 Humana Distaff Stakes (gr. I).

  • Visionaire is accompanied from the racetrack by trainer Michael Matz aboard his pony Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs.

    Matz is Quietly Confident in Visionaire

    Things are relatively quiet at the barn of trainer Michael Matz and void of the media buzz that surrounded other such barns as Richard Dutrow and Eoin Harty leading up to Saturday's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Awesome Chic training earlier this week at Churchill Downs.

    Awesome Chic Has Pedigree to Win Oaks

    Despite entering the May 2 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at 20-1 on the morning line, Awesome Chic is a filly that should not be overlooked. She has the class and the pedigree to pull an upset in the 1 1/8-mile race for the lilies at Churchill Downs.

  • Hillsborough Stakes winner Dreaming of Anna is the one to beat in the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIIT).

    Dreaming of Anna Leads CD Distaff Turf

    Frank Calabrese's homebred Dreaming of Anna, winner of the March 15 Hillsborough Stakes (gr. IIIT) in her last start, will be the one to beat when nine older fillies and mares heads postward in the $150,000-added Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIIT).

  • Noonmark looks for his second graded stakes score of the year in the Churchill Downs Stakes.<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%3D3215430%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Noonmark Eyes Churchill Downs Score

    Noonmark, who dropped down to allowance-optional claiming as late as September of 2007, looks for his second graded stakes score of the year when he takes on eight older horses in the $250,000 Churchill Downs Stakes (gr. II) May 3.

  • Monba arrives at Churchill Downs on April 30.

    Pletcher's Pair Arrives at Churchill

    As Todd Pletcher's contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) arrived at Barn 34 from Keeneland April 30, accompanied by stakes contenders Danzon, Leah's Secret, and Garden District, the Eclipse Award-winning trainer took time to reflect upon the challenge of reaching - let alone winning - the first leg of the Triple Crown.

  • A bottle and numbered pills are used to determine the post position selection order for the Derby.

    Derby Post Position Selection Order

    Big Brown drew No. 16 at the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) post position selection order Wednesday morning, meaning that the probable Derby favorite may have to break from the auxiliary gate when the field of 20 lines up for action May 3 at Churchill Downs.

  • Morning Line: It's All in the Draw

    The best drama in Louisville today takes place in the racing office on the backside at Churchill Downs. It's the pill pull to see what order post positions will be drawn later this afternoon in the made-for-television post position show on ESPN.

  • Adriano won't have his third birthday until more than 2 weeks after the Derby.<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%3D4335621%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Foaling Dates of Derby Contenders

    Poet T.S. Eliot labeled April "cruelest month," but it is not a bad month on stud farms for foaling winners of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). In fact, over the last eight years, April foals have won three runnings of the Derby. February, the month that gives us both Groundhog Day and Presidents Day despite being the shortest month of the year, has been responsible for five winners.

  • Proud Spell will be the likely Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) post time favorite if stablemate Eight Belles scratches in favor of the Derby.

    Jones Girls Rule Kentucky Oaks Line-Up

    Trainer Larry Jones took it as a sign of better things to come when his Eight Belles drew the outside 12 post for the May 2 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), but all was not lost for the Kentucky-born trainer when his Proud Spell drew post 8 in the 1 1/8-mile race for the lilies on the first Friday in May.

  • Passage of Florida Slot Bills in Doubt

    As the Florida legislature prepares to end its annual session May 2, chances appear very slim that it will pass either of two slot machine bills being sought by the Thoroughbred industry.

  • Sunshine Millions Distaff will look to return to the Winner's Circle in the Louisville Stakes.<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%3D3398698%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Ginger Punch Tops Louisville Field

    Frank Stronach's 5-year-old Ginger Punch heads a field packed with talent in the $300,000 Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) day May 2. Facing the Eclipse Award winner will be grade I winner Lear's Princess, grade II winner Kettleoneup, and blacktype winner Unforgotten.

  • Chelokee, who won the Northern Dancer at Churchill Downs on June 16, 2008, takes on 6 in the Alysheba Stakes May 2.

    Chelokee Continues Comeback in Alysheba

    Centennial Farms' Chelokee, on the Triple Crown trail a year ago, makes his return to graded stakes action May 2 when he faces six older horses in the $150,000 Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) on the dirt at Churchill Downs.

  • Cowboy Cal Races to Help Fight Cancer

    Janice and Robert McNair of Stonerside Stable announced April 29 that any earnings by their homebred Cowboy Cal in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will be donated to the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, in memory of John Long.

  • Big Brown headed to the track at Churchill Downs April 29.

    Dutrow Remains Confident

    Ten years ago Rick Dutrow was living in a tack room at Aqueduct, determined to make it on his own in the racing industry. On the morning of April 28, he faced a room full of media members intent on covering the progress of his contender for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).