Keyword: Churchill

  • Churchill Purses to Top $10 Million in 2005

    With the doubling of the purse for the 131st running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) to $2 million, the total value of purses in Churchill Downs' 2005 schedule of stakes races will reach a record $10 million.

  • Churchill's On-Track Averages Increase

    During a season hampered by ongoing construction, near-record rainfall and the loss of several top jockeys in a dispute with management, Churchill Downs ended its 21-day fall meeting with increases in attendance and on-track wagering while experiencing a slight decline in total wagering from last year's record total.

  • Calder Increases Purses $1,000 Per Overnight

    Horsemen at Calder will find a little something extra on their plates Thanksgiving Day. The track announced a purse increase of $1,000 per overnight race, which will take effect with the Nov. 25 race card.

  • Jockey Dean Sarvis Reinstated by Churchill

    Jockey Dean Sarvis has been removed from a published list of jockeys who were excluded from riding at Churchill Downs through the remainder of the fall meeting and he will return to the saddle on Friday.

  • Guild Targets Churchill, Kentucky in Insurance Conflict

    The Jockeys' Guild, in the wake of the ejection of 15 riders by Churchill Downs, has targeted the racetrack and the state of Kentucky in a rapidly developing conflict over what the Guild believes is inadequate medical insurance in many racing states.

  • Churchill Trims Maximum Fields to Dozen

    Churchill Downs is trimming the maximum size of its overnight fields for races on the main track from 14 horses to 12 beginning Saturday.

  • Jerry Bailey and Stroll win the Woodford Reserve.

    Stroll Strolls to Woodford Reserve Win

    Stroll had won a grade III and grade II. Now he has a grade I on his resume, winning Saturday's $453,900 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs by 2 1/2 lengths the race prior to the Kentucky Derby (gr. IT).

  • Lunarpal runs away with the Three Chimneys Juvenile, Saturday at Churchill Downs.

    Lunarpal Easy Winner of Three Chimneys

    Favored Lunarpal made it look easy, coasting home by five lengths in the $115,400 Three Chimneys Juvenile on the Kentucky Derby day undercard.

  • Fitting Derby Mount for Jockey Pat Day

    It is well known that jockey Pat Day is a very religious person. So, could something be at work other than circumstance that led him to his 2004 Derby mount?

  • Fair Grounds Plan Calls for Track to be Auctioned

    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.

  • Churchill Addresses Kentucky Derby Seating

    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.

  • Steel Construction Concludes In Renovation At Churchill

    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.

  • Former CDI Financial Chief Decker Now Consultant

    Robert Decker, previously executive vice president and chief financial officer for Churchill Downs Inc., has opened a Louisville, Ky., consulting practice that will provide advisory services to racetrack companies and racing support companies, as well as Kentucky-based firms in other industries.

  • Richard L. "Dick" Duchossois, to receive Eclipse Award of Merit.

    Duchossois Receives Eclipse Award of Merit

    Richard L. "Dick" Duchossois, who brought Arlington Park back from the ashes, and then saw the track become a part of Churchill Downs Inc., has been selected to receive an Eclipse Award of Merit.

  • Beam put in place as part of "Topping Off" ceremony at Churchill Downs.

    Churchill Celebrates Construction Progress with Topping Off Ceremony

    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.

  • Churchill Ceremony to Mark Project's Progress

    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.

  • CDI Revenue Dips in Third Quarter

    Fewer racing dates and an unfavorable racing commission ruling led net revenue for Churchill Downs Inc. to drop by 6% during the third quarter of the year.

  • Another Churchill Project: Marketing the New Suites

    The fall meet at Churchill Downs may not begin until Oct. 26, but track officials having been wooing prospective occupants for the recently completed fifth- and sixth-floors of the new Jockey Club suites, which officially opened Sept. 8.

  • Churchill Unveils Kentucky Derby 130 Logo

    The world famous Twin Spires, traditional Derby roses, and a horse and rider in full flight are among the key design elements of Churchill Downs' official logo for the 130th running of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) on May 1, 2004.

  • It's Double Shifts as Churchill Plows Through Rebuild

    Construction crews at Churchill Downs are working double shifts in an effort to complete the steel skeleton of the racetrack's new six-story clubhouse before the start of the fall meet Oct. 26.

  • Churchill Downs Renovation Creates New Hospitality Spaces

    Churchill Downs has begun accepting reservations for the daily group rentals of its Jockey Club Suites and other new hospitality and entertainment areas created during the first phase of its $121 million renovation.

  • Churchill president and CEO Tom Meeker.

    Meeker: Wagering Products Must Match Customer Demand

    Churchill Downs Inc. will look to develop products that suit its patrons under a new customer relationship management program expected to have "dramatic" results, CDI president Tom Meeker said June 19 during the company's annual shareholder meeting in Louisville, Ky.

  • Churchill Downs Next Bobblehead: Seattle Slew

    Seattle Slew, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Triple Crown in 1977 and racing's only unbeaten Triple Crown champion, will be featured in Churchill Downs' next bobblehead giveaway on Sunday, June 8 as the latest offering in the track's "Triple Crown Heroes of the 1970's" collectible series.

  • Overlooked gelding becomes first NY Bred to win Derby.

    Move Over, Clyde!

    Funny Cide, who was beaten just a half-length by Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite Empire Maker in the Wood Memorial (gr. I), sprung the upset Saturday at Churchill Downs. He became the first New York-bred to ever win the Derby and the first gelding to take the roses since Clyde Van Dusen in 1929.

  • Frankel runs the table early on Derby Day.

    Frankel Having Huge Day at Churchill

    After Juddmonte Farms' filly Sightseek won the Humana Distaff (gr. I), trainer Bobby Frankel had his third graded stakes winner on Saturday's card, leading up to his sending out Empire Maker in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Heat Haze Circles Field to Take Citgo Distaff Turf Mile

    Heat Haze walked out of the gate, was dead last for most of the running, and then exploded down the stretch to circle the field and win the Citgo Distaff Turf Mile (gr. III) at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day.

  • Limehouse Wins Three Chimneys

    Limehouse, a 2-year-old Grand Slam colt, won the first important juvenile stakes of the year, the Three Chimneys at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day.

  • Aldeberan Wins First Stakes on Derby Day

    Aldeberan, known for his many second-place finishes, did not finish second Saturday in the Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II). Under Jerry Bailey, he won the seven-furlong stakes as the 6-5 favorite, withstanding an objection from Tony Farina, who rode second-place finisher Pass Rush.

  • Kentucky Oaks Day Handle Up

    Wagering Friday on Kentucky Oaks Day was up both on and off track, Churchill Downs officials announced.

  • New Tote Security Measures Announced

    The NTRA's wagering technology working group on Friday called for three intitial, concrete steps to improve electronic wagering security in an effort to increase customer confidence. The steps will be implemented immediately by Churchill Downs, Magna Entertainment, and the New York Racing Association, as well as by the three largest totalisator companies. Other racetracks and off-track wagering operators were expected to sign on as well.