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Churchill Puts Authentication Mark on Merchandise

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Churchill Downs Inc. has teamed with Applied Optical Technologies to create a holographic authentication mark applicable to all officially licensed Churchill Downs and Kentucky Derby merchandise.

Fined Derby Jockeys File Lawsuit

A lawsuit was filed in Kentucky circuit court Friday by 13 of the jockeys fined by Churchill Downs stewards for wearing a Jockeys' Guild patch during this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I). The suit asks for a reversal of the stewards' decision, which was upheld by the Kentucky Racing Commission in early October, on the grounds it is unconstitutional.

Paper Agrees Santos, Reporter Had Misunderstanding

The Miami Herald, in a short notice that appeared in its Nov. 1, edition, said a misunderstanding occurred between a writer and jockey Jose Santos in connection with a story that questioned whether Santos carried an electrical device in this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

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.

Final Bid

By Ron Franklin -- It was Feb. 4, 1978, the first race of my career. Race 4. No. 4. I won by four lengths. My big horse at the time was Tiger Castle. Wow, he could really run.

Written in Darkness

By Gary West -- When Jose Santos and Funny Cide left behind their rivals at Pimlico, and left even further behind the suggestions of impropriety, the jockey stood in the irons and kissed his right hand. He flashed the victory sign, and then he opened his hand to the world, as if to show again that it held nothing.

Santos' Nightmare Comes to an End

Last Sunday night, Rita Santos and her four children, Nadia, 15, Jose Jr., 8, Selena, 7, and Savannah, 5, all curled up in bed together, watching TV. Around that time, Rita's husband, Jose, was arriving in Kentucky to appear the following day before the Churchill Downs stewards.

Rush To Confusion

By Ray Paulick -- Most interesting comment in the 48-hour media barrage surrounding the "controversy" of Jose Santos and the 129th running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) came at about hour 24, during a roundtable discussion of journalists on ESPN's "Sports Reporters" telecast the morning of May 11.

Churchill Stewards: Santos Carried Only Whip in Derby Victory

After a thorough review of dozens of photographs and a replay of the NBC tape of the Kentucky Derby and interviews with various individuals, the Kentucky Racing Commission board of stewards determined that jockey Jose Santos did not carry anything other than a whip in his right hand when he won the Kentucky Derby with Funny Cide on May 3.

ESPN Derby Programs Enjoy Ratings Rise

Average household viewership of the lineup of Visa Triple Crown programming presented by the ESPN networks during the 2003 Kentucky Derby week rose sharply over the previous year's totals according to data supplied by Nielsen Media Research.

Derby Riders May Be Disciplined for Wearing Logo

The Kentucky Racing Commission has summoned 14 of the 16 jockeys that rode in the Kentucky Derby to appear before the Churchill Downs stewards May 16 for wearing a "Jockeys Guild" logo on their pants in apparent violation of the Kentucky rules of racing.

Steve Haskin's Derby Story: Cide Show

Owned by a group of high school buddies from Sackets Harbor, N.Y., along with several other partners racing under the name Sackatoga Stable, Funny Cide defeated the powerful Bobby Frankel-trained pair of Empire Maker and Peace Rules. Of the 17 horses entered in the 129th Kentucky Derby, Funny Cide was the only one based in New York. Not only did he become the first New York-bred to win the Run for the Roses, he also became the first victorious gelding since Clyde Van Dusen in 1929.

Kentucky Derby Stat Sheet

If Empire Maker is to win the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), he'll be bucking 52 years of history. This fact and more stats on the First Saturday in May...

Frankel, Bailey A True Dynamic Duo

It's like combining a Rolls Royce and a Mercedes when the rest of the world is represented by Dodge Darts. Bobby Frankel and Jerry Bailey have dominated their respective professions in the new century, and the dynamic duo hook up again Saturday with--and this is no surprise--the overwhelming favorite to win the Kentucky Derby.

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