Keyword: Churchill Downs

  • Muggy Oaks Day, Rain Has Arrived

    As the gates opened at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks day, the key was not the field for the race but the weather forecast.

  • Dreaming of Anna will be only the 2nd BC Juvenile Fillies winner to run in the Oaks since Silverbulletday.

    Breaking the Curse: Not Just for the Boys

    A lot of talk this week has centered on Street Sense's attempt to break the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I)/Kentucky Derby (gr. I) curse, but there is a little known fact that Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winners have also suffered their share of bad racing luck on the first Friday in May.

  • Churchill Downs is preparing to host Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip on Derby Day.

    Churchill Prepares for Visit from Queen

    Staff members and security guards at Churchill Downs are preparing for a visit from Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, who will attend Saturday's running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Street Sense, one of 7 homebreds competing for Derby glory.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fgallery_id%3D14779%26sequencenum%3D0%26provider_id%3D368%26process%3Dgallery%26page%3Dthumbnails">Derby Works Photos</a>

    Homebred Runners Have Tradition in Derby

    From Aristides in 1875 to Barbaro in 2006, homebred runners have a successful history in the Run for the Roses, with 49 of 132 winners carrying the colors of their breeders into the winner's circle at Churchill Downs.

  • Storm in May has the first post position pick.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fgallery_id%3D14779%26sequencenum%3D0%26provider_id%3D368%26process%3Dgallery%26page%3Dthumbnails">Derby Works Photos</a>

    May Day! Storm in May to Pick First Post Position

    The connections of Storm in May will have first choice when post positions are selected later this evening thanks to pulling the No. 1 pill during the pill pull at the racing office. In all 22 horses were entered. Reporting for Duty and Delightful Kiss did not draw into the body of the field due to lack of enough graded earnings.

  • Last year's Kentucky Derby winner took the undefeated route to the roses.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fgallery_id%3D6822%26sequencenum%3D0%26provider_id%3D368%26process%3Dgallery%26page%3Dthumbnails">Barbaro Photo Gallery</a>

    Prepping for the Roses

    In a year filled with synthetic surface preps and extended layoffs between races, most of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders are looking to break some kind of trend.

  • TwinSpires Wagering Site to Begin May 2

    A new advance deposit wagering service, TwinSpires, is prepared to launch on May 2, accepting wagers on the 2007 spring meet at Churchill Downs racetrack in time for the 133rd renewals of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on May 5 and the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) a day earlier, Churchill Downs Inc., announced.

  • Derby hopeful Circular Quay disembarks at Churchill<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fgallery_id%3D14779%26sequencenum%3D0%26provider_id%3D368%26process%3Dgallery%26page%3Dthumbnails">Derby Works Photos</a>

    Pletcher's Hopefuls Are in the House

    It wasn't quite like a scene from Noah's Ark, but four of trainer Todd Pletcher's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders arrived Tuesday afternoon two by two in separate vans.

  • Yum! Brands Bonus Receives Mixed Responses

    The $1-million Yum! Brands bonus that will be offered to this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) victor if he posts a margin larger than Barbaro's 6 1/2-length triumph in 2006 received cautious responses from Derby-bound trainers Tuesday morning on the backstretch at Churchill Downs.

  • Tuesday Morning Line: Day Before the Draw

    Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas holds court for an assembling of media in front of his spotless barn. He's the only trainer without a Derby horse who can still provoke a good half-hour worth of questioning.

  • Imawildandcrazyguy breezes Monday as his connections eye the earnings list.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fgallery_id%3D14779%26sequencenum%3D0%26provider_id%3D368%26process%3Dgallery%26page%3Dthumbnails">Derby Works Photos</a>

    Derby Works: The More the Merrier

    The work of the morning at Churchill Downs Monday was Hard Spun's :57 3/5 scorcher, but other Derby hopefuls went through their final paces over the main track just after the renovation break. Trainer Bill Kaplan sent out Storm in May and Imawildandcrazyguy while trainer Darrin Miller worked Silverton Hills' Sedgefield.

  • Hard Spun delivers a bullet in the morning<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fgallery_id%3D14779%26sequencenum%3D0%26provider_id%3D368%26process%3Dgallery%26page%3Dthumbnails">Derby Works Photos</a>

    Hard Spun Blazes Five Furlongs in :57 3/5

    Richard Porter's Hard Spun scorched the Churchill Downs main track Monday morning, blazing five furlongs in :57 3/5 under regular rider Mario Pino. Hard Spun worked in company, for a while at least, with graded stakes winner Wildcat Bettie B.

  • Churchill's ADW Launch to be Delayed

    Churchill Downs' new account wagering service, TwinSpires, will not be open for business in time for the opening of the 2007 spring meet on Saturday, Churchill Downs Inc. announced April 27.

  • What's in a Name? Tradition, Humor

    To aid in unscientific handicapping (and for the entertainment of trivia aficionados), here are the stories behind the titles of this year's contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Derby Trial Features Full Field

    Kicking off Churchill Down's spring meet a week before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) is the April 28 Derby Trial Stakes, where a full field of 14 3-year-old males will contend for the title of the $100,000 race. Appearing to head the field is Southwest Stakes winner Teuflesberg.

  • Great Hunter, winning the Lane's End, has a pedigree that indicates he will get the 1 1/4 mile distance in the Kentucky 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%3D588554%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Won't You Stay, Just a Little Bit Farther

    With speed the primary ingredient in the Thoroughbred, and true stamina being pushed deeper and deeper into a horse's pedigree, we have to try to find staying power wherever we can. Although old-fashioned stamina on the sire's side no longer is necessary to win the Derby, it still has been a main factor on the dam's side.

  • HRTV's Live Derby Coverage Begins April 28

    HorseRacing Television's popular weekly show "Target Louisville" will be broadcast daily as "Target Louisville Live," offering racing fans up-to-date information developments directly from Churchill Downs leading up to the 133rd edition of the Kentucky Derby.

  • Curlin worked Monday at Keeneland.<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%3D1051556%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: History Be Damned

    With not much going on at Churchill Downs or Keeneland Wednesday morning, this will be more of a potpourri of Derby tidbits and a few early thoughts on the race. And, guess what? We have another name being tossed in the Derby hat, which is par for the course in late April.

  • Street Sense delivers workout masterpiece.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Starting to Make Perfect Sense

    There was one disappointing aspect of Tuesday morning's brief activity at Churchill Downs. With 11 days still left until the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), it would come as a major surprise - no, make that a shock - if any horse turns in a more impressive workout than Street Sense's five-furlong masterpiece.

  • Churchill Downs to Honor Barbaro, Jacksons on Derby Day

    Representatives from Churchill Downs will honor the late 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Barbaro and his owners, Roy and Gretchen Jackson, during a winner's circle ceremony at this year's Derby May 5. The ceremony will take place between races six and seven at approximately 2:30 p.m. EDT.

  • Churchill to treat Queen to Kentucky cuisine.

    Churchill Downs Preparing a Meal Fit for the Queen

    When Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip attend the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 5, they will enjoy a meal fit for a queen. Executive chef Gil Logan of Levy Restaurants, the official caterer for Churchill Downs, will showcase authentic Derby cuisine made with the finest, freshest ingredients, many from Kentucky Proud producers in the Bluegrass State.

  • TrackNet Media CEO Comments on Impasse With Youbet.com

    In response to a release and teleconference by Youbet.com Monday concerning an impasse in its negotiations with TrackNet Media Group over account deposit wagering, Scott Daruty, chief executive officer of TrackNet Media Group, released a statement outlining his company's position.

  • Champion Wait A While among those scheduled to compete Derby Week

    Derby Week Nominations Include Wait A While, 'Anna

    Eclipse Award champions Wait A While, the nation's top 3-year-old filly of 2006, and Dreaming of Anna, last year's champion 2-year-old filly, are among stars nominated to compete in stakes races scheduled to be run at Churchill Downs during Kentucky Derby Week, April 28-May 5.

  • Churchill Chief in Frank Talk With Wall Street Journal

    Robert Evans, the horse owner-breeder who became president and chief executive of Churchill Downs nine months ago, offered his advice on the future of his company and the horse industry in a frank interview that appears in the Monday, April 16, edition of the Wall Street Journal.

  • Derby Tickets Available Through Public Drawing

    For the first time in the history of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Churchill Downs will host a public drawing for Derby fans to purchase two seats to the upcoming race. Churchill Downs will offer a total of 1,000 reserved seats, which will be sold in pairs of two beginning at 8 a.m. EDT April 14.

  • Rags to Riches Tops Final Oaks Future Pool

    Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor's Rags to Riches, the Todd Pletcher-trained winner of the Las Virgenes (gr. I) and Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I), will be a heavy favorite when the third and final pool Churchill Downs' 2007 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager ("KOFW") launches its four-day run April 12.

  • KFLC Offers Training and Racing Course

    The Klein Family Learning Center and the Groom Elite Program will offer a three-day course in "Elite Grooming for Racehorse Owners" at sites in Louisville and Lexington March 23-25.

  • Youbet Reports 62% Handle Growth in 2006

    Youbet reiterated its desire to work with the new TrackNet Media team of Churchill Downs and Magna Entertainment, hoping to build off a fifth-straight year the wagering company reported double-digit handle growth.

  • Churchill Downs to Offer Podcasts for Derby and Oaks

    Racing fans can experience all of the action from the 2007 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr.I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) prep seasons in a new way this year, through the official Web site of the Kentucky Derby, www.kentuckyderby.com. Churchill Downs will offer free video podcasts for the two prep seasons featuring updates on the contenders, replays of prep races and interviews with top handicappers. The racetrack will host the 133rd running of the Kentucky Oaks May 4 and the 133rd Kentucky Derby May 5.

  • Churchill Downs Adds Quarantine Facility

    Foreign horsemen who wish to ship their Thoroughbreds to compete in the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and other races at Churchill Downs will benefit from an on-track quarantine and isolation facility now located on the grounds.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Turn Signal

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Twenty years ago, in the infancy of whole-card simulcasting, there were fears that only the so-called "super tracks" would survive -- those offering the highest-quality racing signals to receiving sites around the country.

  • Rags To Riches Favored in Pool 2 of Kentucky Oaks Future Wager

    Rags to Riches has been installed as the morning line choice for Pool 2 of Churchill Downs' 2007 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, which opens its four-day run March 8. The 24 betting interests in KOFW Pool 2 include nine fillies that were not among the horses listed in February's opening pool.

  • Robert L. Evans, Churchill Downs president and CEO, said agreements will benefit customers and the industry.

    Churchill, Magna Enter Major Content Agreement

    Churchill Downs Inc. and Magna Entertainment Corp., the two leading owners of racetracks in North America, said March 5 they have entered into agreements that include CDI's purchase of 50% interest in MEC's HRTV network.