Churchill Downs entered the real estate market this week when it began pitching leases for its 59 luxury suites now under construction. The suites, when sold, could generate $4 million a year in new money for the racetrack.
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Folks who like betting the gray horse in every race might have a hard time choosing a favorite in the Gray Ghost at Churchill Downs.
Churchill Downs on Wednesday introduced its official logo for the 2003 Kentucky Derby and announced a contest for an all expenses paid trip for four to the 2003 "Run for the Roses."
The board of directors of Churchill Downs Inc. has approved a $95-million expenditure to fund the second phase of a major construction project at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
News and notes from around the Thoroughbred industry...
The last Saturday in October in 2005 works for NBC Sports in regard to coverage of the World Thoroughbred Championships, but Breeders' Cup might have another problem.
It appears that the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will have to either change its date or its location in 2005.
On the heels of battle with its former president, the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has moved its offices to the Churchill Downs backstretch from a building owned by Dr. Alex Harthill.
Officials with the Jefferson County, Ky. Health Department said that at least one mosquito infected with West Nile Virus has been found at Churchill Downs.
Churchill Downs will offer a special separate pool "Arlington Million Pick 3" to racing fans at racetracks and off-track betting facilities in Kentucky and Indiana on Saturday, Aug. 17.
A construction mishap at Churchill Downs on Wednesday afternoon caused a power outage that briefly interrupted wagering on races at Ellis Park, its sister track in Henderson, Ky., and left most of the historic racetrack and its offices in the dark for a time.
Alex Waldrop is stepping down as president of Churchill Downs racetrack to fill a new position as the chief lobbying strategist for Churchill Downs Inc.
Churchill Downs Inc. hit a couple financial records during its second quarter due to record wagering on Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks days, additional racing days, and growth in its simulcast network.
Churchill Downs Inc. hit several financial records during its second quarter due to record wagering on Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks days, additional racing days, and growth in its simulcast network.
New Phoenix Stable and Susan Roy's Sarava, who won this year's Belmont Stakes at 70-1 and was expected to compete this summer at Saratoga, has fractured a cannon bone and will be on the sidelines until probably next year.
Churchill Downs and labor union leaders reached a deal July 13 that will allow the racetrack to receive $7.5 million in tax breaks and help finance a major renovation project.
Efforts by Churchill Downs to obtain local tax breaks totaling an estimated $7.5 million over 30 years were derailed Friday after representatives of the track were unable to reach an agreement over labor demands being made by the Louisville, Ky. Board of Aldermen.
Breeders' Cup elected 13 new board members using a new method that gave foal and stallion nominators more input. The board also approved new eligibilty rules for horses entering a Breeders' Cup race.
Boosted by record wagering on the Kentucky Derby, total betting during Churchill Downs' 52-day spring meet surpassed the $500 million mark for the third consecutive year. Meanwhile, declines in on-track attendance and wagering were offset by gains in off-track betting.
Lazy Lane Farm's Blues In Seattle is the early line favorite in Saturday's $100,000-added Debutante Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
A revamped Indiana Horse Racing Commission granted approval July 2 for the proposed Indianapolis Downs to build and operate an off-track betting parlor in Evansville, not far from Ellis Park in Kentucky.
As Churchill Downs prepares to close out its 2002 Spring Meet on July 7, several top juveniles were on the track preparing for weekend stakes events. The Louisville track will host the Debutante Stakes (gr. III) on Saturday and Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III) on Sunday.
Spain, Thoroughbred racing's all-time leading female money earner, has been retired from racing. She leaves the track with a record of 9-9-7 in 35 races with earnings of $3,540,542.
Churchill Downs has changed its first race post time and added a race to the track's racing program on Friday, July 5.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Sarava turned in a solid half-mile breeze the morning of June 29 at Churchill Downs as the Kenny McPeek-trained colt continues his preparation for a late summer/fall campaign.
Orientate took an early lead and pulled away down the stretch to win the Aristides by 4 1/2 lengths Saturday at Churchill Downs. Orientate's victory foiled Bet On Sunshine's attempt to win the stakes race for the third straight year, as the 10-year-old checked home a non-threatening fourth.
Bet on Sunshine, the 10-year-old Paul McGee trainee, is the highweight for Saturday's $100,000-added Aristides Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
Just days after the Kentucky Racing Commission licensed a jockeys' valet whose conviction for a Class D felony is under appeal, Churchill Downs reportedly told him he can't work on racetrack property.
Churchill Downs would get a 30-year tax break under a new agreement with the city that will help the racetrack finance the second phase of a $130 million renovation.
He might be 10 years old, but David Holloway's Bet On Sunshine is preparing to compete in the June 29 Aristides Handicap, a grade III event he has won the past two years.
Jockey Patricia Cooksey, 44, the all-time leading female rider at Churchill Downs, is scheduled to ride at the Louisville track June 26 in her return to competition after a battle with breast cancer.
Green Hills Farm's Voodoo Dancer took the lead inside the final sixteenth of a mile to win over Blue Moon by 1 1/4 lengths in Saturday's $168,900 Locust Grove Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the firm turf course at Churchill Downs. With jockey Jose Santos aboard, the 4-year-old daughter of Kingmambo covered the 1 1/8 miles in a stakes record 1:46.91 to erase the mark of 1:47.27 set by Behaving Dancer in 1992.
Churchill Downs has postponed asking its board of directors to approve the financing for a $100 million renovation project. The company is still negotiating some public assistance deals and is tweaking the project's design.
James Routsong's Megan's Bluff, a 5-year-old mare who has won stakes races at Churchill Downs in each of the past three years, faces eight rivals in Saturday's $150,000-added Locust Grove Handicap (gr. III) for older fillies and mares on the turf.
Churchill Downs Inc., through its simulcasting network, has created a pick 4 linking four races at four of the tracks under the Churchill ownership umbrella, starting on June 22.
Churchill Downs Inc. raised $101,000 to benefit the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation during its inaugural "Out to Pasture Party."
Street Cry composes a hit tune in the Stephen Foster Handicap.
Apprentice jockey Kris Prather suffered a fractured pelvis at Churchill Downs Saturday when he mount apparently wheeled and kicked her while she was removing her saddle following the fifth race.
A mid-year clash of top-level handicap runners is in store Saturday at Churchill Downs as Congaree, third-place finisher in last year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes (both gr. I) faces off against Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner Street Cry in the $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Churchill Downs will become a special taxing district under an ordinance approved by the Louisville Board of Aldermen, and as such will retain 80% of tax revenue generated by its capital improvement plan.
The field for Saturday's $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) gained Congaree, but it lost the Niall O' Callaghan-trained Hail the Chief when he was withdrawn from the race because of injury.
Spain, the all-time leading female money earner, headlines Saturday's $300,000 Fleur De Lis Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs. The Fleur De Lis, along with the Regret (gr. II), and Northern Dancer Stakes, are part of the Stephen Foster Super Saturday. Post Time Saturday is 1:10 p.m., with the first stakes race, the Northern Dancer, scheduled to go off at 4:42 p.m., and the Stephen Foster (gr. I) post time at 4:42 p.m.
Trainer Bob Baffert confirmed that Stonerside Stable's Congaree would run in Saturday's $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs despite his top weight assignment of 121 pounds, where he'll concede from one to 11 pounds to the other probable starters.
Mary and Gary West's Dollar Bill breezed six furlongs at Churchill Downs Sunday ahead of Saturday's $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I). The Dallas Stewart trainee completed the work in 1:13 4/5 under exercise rider Joanne McNamara.
Peter Vegso's homebred Orchard Park rallied through the stretch to defeat Mr. Mellon by a length in Saturday's $277,500 Jefferson Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
Apprentice jockey Valerie Nagle was knocked unconscious when the horse she was riding fell during a race at Churchill Downs on Saturday. Nagle, 23, a native of Ireland and former dressage rider, was aboard Derby City Slew in the fourth race.
Three horses who ran in Triple Crown prep races this spring will experiment with turf racing in Saturday's $250,000 Jefferson Cup (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs.
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