Keyword: Kentucky Derby

  • Big Brown <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%3D4542731%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    3-Year-Old Male Eclipse: Big Brown

    Big Brown's championship campaign in 2008 was predominantly about his long list of accomplishments, several which were history-making and unlikely to be duplicated for a long time.

  • Derby Contender Workouts

    No prominent 3-year-old races this weekend, but plenty of action on the worktab. Triple Crown Talk blog, with host Jason Shandler, looks at this week's works for Derby contenders.

  • Mark Johnson

    Churchill Picks Johnson as New Announcer

    Mark Johnson, one of the most popular and acclaimed horse racing commentators in Britain, will bring his talents to America in 2009 as the new track announcer for Churchill Downs. The announcement was formally made by track officials during at news conference at the historic Louisville, Ky. racetrack Jan. 15.

  • And They're Off: Jan 14 (Video)

    Hosted by Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin, "And They're Off" is a bi-monthly online video series sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. This weeks topics include: an early look at the Derby Trail, Joe Hirsch, and Toussaud.

  • Churchill Downs

    Churchill to Name New Announcer

    The new voice of the home of the Kentucky Derby will be announced Jan. 15. Churchill Downs will hold a press conference at the Louisville, Ky., racetrack to let the industry know who will replace Luke Kruytbosch, who died of an apparent heart attack July 14 at age 47.

  • Churchill Downs Launches Derby Web Site

    Churchill Downs has launched the official Web site for the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), www.kentuckyderby.com, which will offer coverage of the horse racing season leading up to the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby May 2.

  • The coveted Triple Crown trophy

    TC Early Nomination Deadline is Jan. 24

    Nominations for the 2009 Triple Crown of racing the 135th Kentucky Derby (gr. I), 134th Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and 141st Belmont Stakes (gr. I) are being taken from horsemen with promising for 3-year-olds.

  • Churchill Downs

    Churchill, Horsemen Reach ADW Agreement

    Churchill Downs has announced it has come to terms with horsemen over advance deposit wagering splits for the 2009 spring meeting at the Louisville, Ky., racetrack. The meet begins April 25.

  • Billy Reed has won the 2008 Media Eclipse Award for Writing in the News/Commentary category.

    Third Eclipse Award for Billy Reed

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers Association announced Dec. 31 that Billy Reed, long time sports writer and columnist, has won the 2008 Media Eclipse Award for Writing in the News/Commentary category for his column "A Rose for Eight Belles."

  • The Gulfstream Park meeting begins Jan. 3.

    Gulfstream Banking on 2009 Meet Changes

    Gulfstream Park is hoping that a move to a five-day race week will help produce larger fields and attract more live fans and other bettors on days that have proven more popular than its newly-dark Mondays.

  • Shellman Leaving Churchill Post

    Lee Ann Shellman, who since 2003 has served as senior director of premium seating at Churchill Downs, is leaving the Kentucky racetrack. Her final day will be Dec. 31.

  • Firm Hired to Promote Derby, Oaks

    Churchill Downs Inc. for the first time has hired a marketing and communications company to promote the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), it was announced Dec. 16.

  • Has Racing Speed Reached Its Limit?

    It doesn't look like Thoroughbred racehorses will be breaking records anytime soon ... or perhaps ever again. According to Mark Denny, PhD, of California's Stanford University, a plateau in racing speed was reached back in 1949, 1971, and 1973 for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Preakness Stakes (gr. I), and Belmont Stakes (gr. I), respectively.

  • Trainer Larry Jones has a pair of promising 2-year-old colts in an allowance race Dec. 11 at Fair Grounds.

    Derby Hopefuls Clash at Fair Grounds

    In what has to be one of the strongest and deepest 2-year-old allowance fields ever assembled at Fair Grounds, nine juveniles will go to the post in Thursday's one-mile test, several of whom have already excited fans with their dazzling performances.

  • Trinity Magic

    Trinity Magic's Earnings to Aid Charity

    The owners of undefeated Trinity Magic have pledged a portion of the winning purse to the Blessed Trinity Church if the colt wins the $750,000 Delta Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) Dec. 5.

  • Churchill Downs to Debut Infield Club

    Churchill Downs is introducing a new experience called the "Infield Club" for the 135th Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks (both gr. I) May 1 and 2, 2009, allowing fans the opportunity to enjoy the party atmosphere of the infield with an upgraded twist.

  • Henrythenavigator

    Big Brown's Dam Going to 'Henry'

    Mien, the dam of 2008 Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Big Brown, will be bred to Henrythenavigator in 2009. An English and Irish classic winner, Henrythenavigator (by Kingmambo) finished second in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). He will be standing his inaugural breeding season at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., for a fee of $65,000.

  • Most Derby, Oaks Prices Remain Same

    Churchill Downs racetrack announced Nov. 21 it will freeze most ticket prices for the 2009 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), allowing customers to purchase the majority of reserved seats and general admission at the same price levels offered in 2008.

  • Alysheba arrives at the Kentucky Horse Park on October 31, 2008.<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%3D6546991%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Alysheba Arrives at Kentucky Horse Park

    Two-time champion and 1988 Horse of the Year Alysheba returned to his Kentucky roots Oct. 31 and took up residence at the Kentucky Horse Park's Hall of Champions, where he will be admired by the fans he thrilled in his Hall of Fame career.

  • Mike Iavarone

    Iavarone Reflects on Big Brown's Injury

    One minute, Mike Iavarone was all smiles after watching Big Brown work a sharp six furlongs in 1:12 4/5 over the Aqueduct turf course in company with stablemate Kip Deville on Oct. 13, and the next he was announcing the colt's retirement.

  • British Race Provides Path to Derby

    Churchill Downs and Great Britain's Kempton Park Racecourse have announced a race for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds that will provide a clear path for the winner to a starting spot in the field for the 2009 running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • The winner of the Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes at Kempton Park racecourse will be eligible for the 2009 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

    British Track Sets Derby Challenge Race

    Kempton Park racecourse, 15 miles west of London, England, is to stage the Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes March 18, 2009, for the first time. The winner of the nine-furlong, $150,000 conditions race, run on fibresand under floodlights, will be eligible for the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 2.

  • Circular Quay

    Circular Quay to Stand at Journeyman

    Grade I winner Circular Quay, a 4-year-old son of leading sire Thunder Gulch, has been retired from racing and will stand the 2009 breeding season at Brent and Crystal Fernung's Journeyman Stud near Ocala, Fla.

  • Flowers surround the Eight Belles memorial plaque in the gardens of the Kentucky Derby Museum.

    Eight Belles Honored in Public Memorial

    With more than 200 people in attendance, this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) runner-up Eight Belles was memorialized in a public ceremony in the garden of the Kentucky Derby Museum Sept. 7.

  • Eight Belles

    Public Invited to Eight Belles Ceremony

    Eight Belles, who had to be euthanized on the Churchill Downs racetrack shortly after finishing second in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will be memorialized in a ceremony Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. in the Kentucky Derby Museum's gardens.

  • Eight Belles' remains will be interred at the Kentucky Derby Museum Sept. 7.

    Eight Belles Honored at Derby Museum

    This year's second-place Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) finisher Eight Belles will be memorialized in a ceremony open to the public Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. in the Kentucky Derby Museum's gardens.

  • CDI Pleased with Quarterly Results

    Churchill Downs Inc. said Aug. 6 it was pleased with its second quarter results despite various challenges that left the company with flat earnings in year-over-year comparison, claiming a high-profile dispute with horsemen had "little impact" on certain aspects of its financial performance.

  • Luke Kruytbosch

    Kruytbosch Funeral Plans Announced

    The funeral service for popular track announcer Luke Kruytbosch, the "Voice of the Kentucky Derby" since 1999, will be held in Churchill Downs' paddock garden on Monday, July 21, at 1 p.m. EDT.

  • Churchill Penalized in Derby Gate Case

    Under an agreement with the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, Churchill Downs has agreed to pay a $15,000 administrative penalty stemming from actions involving an assistant starter at this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Curlin, shown during his June 2 workout, will start in the Stephen Foster (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

    Curlin Expected to Make Stephen Foster

    Trainer Steve Asmussen was none too pleased with the 128-pound impost assigned to 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin for his expected bid in the June 14 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. Still, after a half-mile breeze in :49 seconds by the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner June 9, Asmussen indicated the horse would start in the 1 1/8-mile event.

  • Big Brown, Kent Desormeaux, and the Hooters Girls.

    Desormeaux Picks Up Hooters Sponsorship

    When Kent Desormeaux heads to the starting gate aboard Big Brown in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), viewers won't see the lone UPS logo that was prominently placed on the jockey's pants in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I). Instead, Desormeaux will bear not only the UPS symbol, but also Hooters' orange logo, as the popular restaurant chain represtented by an owl peering through the "OO" in its name becomes his second official sponsor.

  • Stewart Elliot

    Triple Crown Jockeys Recall Near-Misses

    The loss of the 2004 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) by Smarty Jones still plays in Stewart Elliott's mind, especially around this time of year. He thinks of the pressure going into that race, remembering the media frenzy and build-up of public recognition.

  • Eight Belles will be buried at the Kentucky Derby Museum.

    Eight Belles to Be Interred at Museum

    Eight Belles, who finished second in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) but suffered a catastrophic injury moments after the race, will be honored by Churchill Downs Inc. through a series of charitable contributions and initiatives, including the interment of her remains at the Kentucky Derby Museum.

  • Big Brown remains "right on target" for the Belmont.<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%3D4597334%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Belmont Notes: Big Brown Right On Target

    Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Big Brown remains "right on target" for the $1-million Belmont Stakes (gr. I), in which he will attempt to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner and the first in 30 years.

  • Behindatthebar

    Belmont Profile: Behindatthebar

    Behindatthebar comes into the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) a fresh horse, having scratched from the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) due to a bruised left front foot.

  • Richter Scale winner Commentator heads the Met Mile.<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%3D3788789%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Commentator Takes on Met Mile

    In January, Tracy Farmer's Commentator blistered to a new track record at Gulfstream Park as he trounced an outclassed field of five allowance competitors by 14 lengths. In March, he demolished six Richter Scale Sprint Handicap (gr. II) contenders while drawing off to win by 13 3/4 lengths. But the 7-year-old Distorted Humor gelding faces his steepest test of the season this Memorial Day, when he heads a field of nine in the $600,000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park.

  • Patrick Valenzuela

    Valenzuela Eyes Louisiana Downs Return

    Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, on three years' probation for a California DUI and unable to apply for a riding license in that state until Dec. 31 of this year, plans to begin riding races at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La., according to a report in the Daily Racing Form.

  • Wood Memorial winner Tale of Ekati worked at Belmont in preparation for the Belmont Stakes.<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%3D4084409%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Tale of Ekati Works for Belmont

    Tale of Ekati turned in a super-sharp work for the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr.I) when he sped four furlongs in 46.84 seconds over Belmont Park's main track May 20. The move was the fastest of 37 works at the distance, on a track listed as fast before a steady rain began falling later in the morning.

  • Peter Pan winner Casino Drive<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%3D4477198%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    No Rider Named Yet for Casino Drive

    Nobutaka Tada, racing manager for owner Hidetoshi Yamamoto, said consideration has been given to Japanese, European, and American riders, but no decision will be made for "four or five days," on who will ride Casino Drive in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr.I).