Keyword: Churchill Downs

  • Meeker Presides Over Final Shareholders' Meeting

    As the search for his successor continues, Churchill Downs Inc. president and chief executive officer Tom Meeker presided over his 22nd and final shareholders' meeting Thursday, painting a positive picture of the racetrack operating company's future while also accepting plaudits from fellow directors and company employees.

  • Brass Hat, Buzzards Bay Assigned 121 for Foster H.

    Brass Hat, winner of the Donn Handicap (gr. I) and runner-up in the $6 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), and Buzzards Bay, winner of the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II), were assigned high weight of 121 pounds apiece for Saturday's $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Hall Monitor

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- For the second consecutive year, no contemporary horses were elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame. That is astonishing, considering some of the champions named on the ballot.

  • Breeders' Cup Ticket Applications Due June 1

    Churchill Downs must receive ticket applications for the 2006 Breeders' Cup World Championships by June 1 in order to be included in a random drawing that determines the order those applications will be processed.

  • Chicagoan Wins Kentucky Derby 'Super Challenge'

    Ronald H. Rodriguez of Chicago defeated 125,211 fellow handicappers to claim a $10,000 prize by selecting the winning Kentucky Derby 132 superfecta in the $1 million Kentucky Derby "Super" Challenge, a free contest sponsored by Churchill Downs Incorporated.

  • Fair Grounds Slots May Have to Wait Until 2008

    Churchill Downs Inc. officials are encouraged by a rebound of their Louisiana operations in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, but it appears slot machines at Fair Grounds won't be operating until mid-2008 at the earliest.

  • Youbet.com Sets New Handle Record on Derby Day

    Youbet.com, the online wagering company with headquarters in Southern California, handled $5.6 million Kentucky Derby day, May 6, an increase of 34% from 2005 and the highest one-day amount in the history of the company.

  • Derby-winning trainer Michael Matz makes his way to the winner&#39;s circle.

    Matz Savors Win as Others Plan Ahead

    As trainer Michael Matz savored Saturday's impressive victory by Lael Stables' Barbaro in the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainers of the horses that finished behind the son of Dynaformer reflected Sunday morning on what went wrong and what lies ahead.

  • Wagering on Derby Soars to Record $118M

    Wagering on Saturday's 132nd Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs shattered several records, including a North American mark for total betting on a single race, as an on-track crowd of 157,536 saw Lael Stable's unbeaten Barbaro dominate the "Run for the Roses."

  • English Channel wins Woodford Reserve as Derby time draws near.

    English Channel Tops Deep Woodford Reserve

    English Channel, a top turf horse last year as a 3-year-old, may be even better this year, now two-for-two in 2006 after a win Saturday at Churchill Downs in the $454,900 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT).

  • Stream Cat takes the Crown Royal American Turf.

    Stream Cat Wins Crown Royal for Biancone, Leparoux

    Patrick Biancone has been a big supporter of Polytrack and Stream Cat, who trained on the surface at Turfway Park, won the $114,300 Crown Royal American Turf (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs Friday.

  • Barbaro and trainer Michael Matz currently favored to win tomorrow&#39;s Kentucky Derby.

    Early Derby Favorite Barbaro at 5-1

    With nearly $400,000 in the pool, admittedly a small amount compared to what will eventually be wagered to win on the Derby, the favorite is only 6-1.

  • Magnificent Song wins Edgewood to cap perfect string for Todd Pletcher.

    Pletcher Perfect 3-for-3 After Edgewood Score

    Trainer Todd Pletcher is having a perfect day at Churchill Downs Friday, winning all three of the races in which he had entries. The third was Magnificent Song, who won the $114,900 Edgewood Stakes, the first undercard stakes on Kentucky Oaks day.

  • Churchill Downs president and CEO Tom Meeker receives award for years of service to Churchill as Nasdaq rep Bruce Aust, left front, Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, left back, and Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher look on.

    Outgoing 'Caretaker of the Derby' Reflects on Tradition, Changes

    For Churchill Downs Inc. president and chief executive officer Tom Meeker, being what he calls a "caretaker of the Derby" is one of his jobs. But that doesn't mean there can't be change for the world's most recognized horse race, or other aspects of the industry for that matter, he said.

  • Wait a While Undergoes Gate Schooling

    Trainer Todd Pletcher said racing fans will not have to "Wait a While" for his grey filly to be loaded in to the starting gate for Friday's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) after undergoing gate-schooling sessions.

  • Breeders&#39; Cup officials announced that 2006 race day purses will total $20-million.

    Breeders' Cup Purses Hiked to $20M This Year

    Total purses for this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs will be $20 million, up $6 million from last year under a new structure officials said is designed to keep the races competitive with other major Thoroughbred stakes around the world.

  • Wednesday Morning Line at Churchill Downs

    At the racing office for the draw for the order of post position draw later today at Fourth Street Live! The atmosphere is almost party like. There are a few nervous faces, but overall most people are in a jovial mood.

  • Happy Birthday! Foaling Dates of Derby Contenders

    On Monday, did anybody wish Derby contender Seaside Retreat happy birthday? Someone should have, because May 1 was his foaling date. While all horses foaled in the Northern Hemisphere have the universal birth date of Jan. 1 as their official age of racing, not all of this year's contenders are actually 3-year-olds.

  • Tuesday Morning Line at Churchill Downs

    Jockey John McKee shares a chat with <b>Bonnie Holthus</b> back at their barn after <b>Lawyer Ron</b> took a tour of the track Tuesday morning. Bonnie is the wife of trainer <b>Bob Holthus</b>, or "Mr. Bob" as he's called at his base at Oaklawn Park.

  • Haskin on Lawyer Ron: &quot;This colt has a &#39;go&#39; button and nothing else.&quot;

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Brother, Where Art Thou?

    It's becoming an adventure waiting for jockeys to arrive for morning works. Unlike Kent Desormeaux, who never showed up for Sweetnorthernsaint's work on Saturday, Alex Solis did make it to Churchill Monday morning to work Brother Derek following a flight from Los Angeles to Cincinnati.

  • McLaughlin Returns With Late-Running Jazil

    Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is no stranger to Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby. The 45-year-old Lexington native was a long-time assistant to five-time Derby winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas and last year sent out 71-1 Closing Argument, a surprise runner-up behind Giacomo. This year, the laid-back Kentuckian hopefully has two horses for this year's Run for the Roses in Jazil and Flashy Bull.

  • Evan Hammonds reports from Churchill Downs, beginning Monday of Derby Week.

    Morning Line Goes to the Kentucky Derby

    Beginning May 1 and running daily through Derby Day, bloodhorse.com introduces <b>Morning Line</b>, a new feature designed to bring the horses, people, and places of Thoroughbred racing closer to racing enthusiasts.

  • Lawyer Ron trainer Bob Holthus

    For Derby Trainers, Wait Is Almost Over

    Three first-time Kentucky Derby trainers joined veteran conditioner Bob Holthus on a national teleconference April 25 to discuss final preparations for their horses heading into the Derby.

  • Kentucky Oaks Fillies Working

    Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) contender Diplomat Lady worked a half-mile in :48.20 after the renovation break at Churchill Downs April 24. The move was the third fastest at the distance. She galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.20.

  • Limited Edition Derby Glasses to Commemorate Secretariat

    The Kentucky Derby (gr. I) victory by Triple Crown champion Secretariat will be commemorated by Churchill Downs in a limited edition offering of Kentucky Derby mint julep glasses that highlight the track record set by "Big Red" in the 1973 Run for the Roses.