Churchill Downs announced Thursday that it will again offer racing a pair of lucrative all-stakes Pick Four wagers with large guaranteed minimum betting pools during its Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks Day (gr. I) racing cards April 30-May 1.
The only thing that may change more between now and Kentucky Derby day than who is in and who is out of the race -- and be discussed as much -- is the weather forecast.
Rock Hard Ten, the hard-luck 3-year-old on the outside looking in on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), drew post six in a six-horse field for Saturday's Derby Trial Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
With no workouts at Churchill Downs on Wednesday by any Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contenders, the news of the day came from developments off the track.
The former executive director of the abolished Kentucky Racing Commission could face ethics charges because he accepted a position as a consultant with Churchill Downs, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.
TVG will present a live one-hour Kentucky Derby Preview Show from Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY, April 30, the night before the 130th Run for the Roses.
Fair Grounds, after failing to reach an agreement with Churchill Downs Inc. on a sale of the track, filed in bankruptcy court Monday evening a Chapter 11 reorganization plan that would allow for an auction of the track through the court.
Bernie Hettel, the former chief state steward and executive director of the defunct Kentucky Racing Commission, has been hired by Churchill Downs as a consultant on racing issues.
Negotiations over the potential sale of Fair Grounds to Churchill Downs Inc. commenced Thursday afternoon but several issues remain unresolved, including whether current Fair Grounds president Bryan Krantz would maintain a position at the track.
The Crown Royal Festival in the Field at Churchill Downs will continue its growth in 2004 as the celebration on April 29 will feature a stellar musical lineup headed by The Fabulous Thunderbirds.
Fair Grounds has been granted an extension to Monday to file a Chapter 11 reorganization plan. The extension of Thursday's deadline was granted in order for Fair Grounds officials to have more time to negotiate a possible purchase of the track by Churchill Downs Inc.
Churchill Downs will offer free admission on weekdays after the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) during its "Spring Meet of Champions," which begins April 24.
Churchill Downs will offer free weekday admission, which begins the week after the May 1 Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Churchill Downs opens April 24 and continues through July 5.
An agreement has been reached between Churchill Downs Inc. and the Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association to purchase the horsemen's legal claims against Fair Grounds, and a letter of intent was filed with track officials to purchase Fair Grounds.
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Enhanced security measures used the past two years for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Kentucky Derby (gr. I) will once again be in effect for this year's runnings, officials for Churchill Downs said Wednesday.
By Dick Downey -- Six facts lead us to choose THE CLIFF'S EDGE in Saturday's Florida Derby.
Fountain of Youth (gr. I) winner Read The Footnotes and Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. II) winner Eurosilver are favored among the individual horses, but the wagering interest that includes "all other 3-year-olds" has been installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite for Pool Two of Churchill Downs' 2004 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
Patrons accustomed to a bird's-eye view of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) from Millionaires' Row will instead be watching from the infield this year as a consequence of Churchill Downs $95 million clubhouse renovation.
Disagreement between the horse racing industry and a legislator has put casino legislation in Kentucky in a tenuous position for the current session.
Churchill Downs Inc. has apparently upped its interest in Fair Grounds. According to a local report, CDI offered $28.5 million to buy the New Orleans racetrack, though about $20 million of that would go to horsemen to settle a revenue dispute.
Officials representing the horse industry said Wednesday following a Kentucky House of Representatives Licensing and Occupations committee meeting that full industry support for casino gaming at five racetracks and four off-site locations comes down to cleaning up language in the proposed bill. The bill, which was filed by Democrat Rep. Larry Clark, is expected to be heard in full committee during its March 10 meeting.
Churchill Downs will add a pair of permanent large-screen video display boards to its infield tote boards in a $1.5 million project designed to enhance the experience of the daily racing fan.
Legislation to authorize a constitutional amendment on casino gambling at nine locations--five of them racetracks--in Kentucky was filed Feb. 27 in the state House of Representatives. A companion bill was filed in the Senate.
The Thoroughbred Corp's Johar, a dead-heat winner with High Chaparral in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), and 3rd Turn Stable's defending winner Honor In War head a list of 98 older grass horses nominated to the 17th running of the $400,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Two-year-old champion filly Halfbridled and undefeated A. P. Adventure are among 145 3-year-old fillies nominated to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Churchill Downs, home of the famed Kentucky Derby, and Pepsi, the official soft drink of Churchill Downs, have joined forces in a promotion that will place millions of Pepsi cans that bear the 2004 Kentucky Derby Logo on the shelves of retailers in three states.
Churchill Downs Inc., which owns Hollywood Park in Inglewood Calif., is considering building a new racetrack in the Golden State at an abandoned Marine Corps air base about 45 miles south of Hollywood in Irvine.
Churchill Downs reached another milestone in its historic $121 million renovation Tuesday as the final steel beam was lifted into place in the large section of the track's clubhouse that is being completely rebuilt in the project.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- It's only mid-February, but it's never too early to start talking about the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and the Visa Triple Crown Challenge.
Equibase announced on Friday the 2004 launch of the Virtual Stable Triple Crown notification service. The service alerts users via a once-daily e-mail of workouts, entries, and results for the top contenders for the VISA Triple Crown.
The first of three future wagers conducted by Churchill Downs on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) will be held this week. from noon eastern time on Thursday until 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.
An ambitious strategic plan Churchill Downs Inc. hopes to accomplish in 2004, which president Tom Meeker said will "change the culture of our company," includes a major customer service initiative, increased branding of the company's assets, and possibly even a company-owned account-wagering platform.
Churchill Downs Inc. reported Tuesday that net revenues for 2003 of $424.2 million represented a 3.3% decline from $438.8 million in 2002. Net earnings totaled $1.80 per fully diluted share.
A total of $10,000 in prize money, including a first place prize of $6,000, will be up for grabs in Trackside Louisville OTB's Handicapping Challenge on Sunday.
Churchill Downs Inc. has launched the official 2004 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) Web site, www.kentuckyoaks.com.
Churchill Downs has launched the official 2004 Kentucky Derby Web site, www.kentuckyderby.com.
Members of the Louisville, Ky. Metro Planning Commission were expected to discuss possible changes in land-use regulations Jan. 22 that could have far-reaching effects on commercial horse stables in Jefferson County. But instead, planning officials agreed to table discussion of the controversial proposals until a later date.
The 130th Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) highlight a 2004 stakes schedule at Churchill Downs that includes five new races and record total stakes purses that will soar beyond the $9 million mark for the first time.
Churchill Downs Inc. has been in negotiations with Louisiana horsemen to acquire $90 million in legal claims against Fair Grounds, which shows CDI could be interested in purchasing Fair Grounds, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Wednesday.
Citing a new contract with horsemen, Churchill Downs halted its seven-year history with steeplechasing by canceling the $100,000 Hard Scuffle Stakes for 2004.
Churchill Downs Inc. has hired Atiqüe Shah as vice president of customer relations.
Churchill Downs has established the dates for its wagering pools for the 2004 Kentucky Derby (KDFW) and Kentucky Oaks Future Wagers (KOFW). The Oaks wager, which is entering its second year, will be offered in three pools for the first time.
By Ray Paulick -- Will 2004 be a turning point for the Frank Stronach-led Magna Entertainment, which frequently has stumbled and struggled since entering the racetrack ownership business in 1998 with its purchase of Santa Anita Park? Also, will Keeneland bring back the July yearling sale and will the Thoroughbred Championship Tour kick off in 2004?
Average daily interstate simulcast handle rose but on-track wagering and attendance declined during the 70-day meet at Hoosier Park in Anderson, Ind., that ended Thursday.
Churchill Downs marked a milestone in the second phase of its sweeping $121 million renovation on Wednesday when a special beam was lifted into place at the highest point of the track's rebuilt Clubhouse to highlight a "Topping Off" ceremony in the track's paddock.
In spite of ongoing construction that prohibited the use of most of the track's Clubhouse and wintry weather on the meet's final weekend, Churchill Downs reported gains in on-track attendance and wagering and set another record for total wagering during its 27-day "Fall Festival Of Racing" that drew to a close on Nov. 29.
Churchill Downs will mark the progress of its sweeping $121 million renovation next week when it holds a special "Topping Off" ceremony. The track has asked its fans to leave their imprint on the renovated facility by adding their signatures to a steel beam that will be placed at its highest point.
Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel has cancelled plans to ship a pair of grade I winning stars, Edmund Gann's Medaglia d'Oro and Juddmonte Farm's Sightseek, to Churchill Downs to compete in the $1.2 million "Big Four Weekend" of stakes competition.
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