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Mine That Bird's Owners Check In

Mine That Bird's entourage grew a bit the morning of May 31 as Mark Allen and Dr. Leonard Blach, the New Mexico-based co-owners of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner, made a quick stop in Louisville en route to New York for the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

Friesan Fire 7-2 Derby Favorite

Friesan Fire 7-2 Derby Favorite

With three hours to post and more than $10 million in the win pool, Friesan Fire is the 7-2 favorite for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

TOBA New Owner Seminar Scheduled

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced April 1 that it will conduct a New Owner Seminar April 30 at the Kentucky Derby Museum, in Louisville, Ky.

CDI Implements Safety/Welfare Policies

CDI Implements Safety/Welfare Policies

Churchill Downs Inc. has announced a series of new rules and policies designed to enhance the safety and welfare of jockeys and horses. The measures will be in place at Churchill Downs racetrack in advance of the this year's Kentucky Derby and will include standardized third-party testing of track surfaces and comprehensive testing of all winning horses for more than 100 prohibited drugs.

Churchill to Name New Announcer

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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.

WAVE3-TV Documentary Wins Eclipse Award

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WAVE3-TV Documentary Wins Eclipse Award

WAVE3-TV in Louisville, Ky., is the winner of the 2008 media Eclipse Award for local television, it was announced Jan. 5 by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, National Turf Writers Association, and Daily Racing Form. WAVE3-TV earned the honor for its documentary on the 30th anniversary of the Affirmed-Alydar rivalry, "A Legend Re-Affirmed â€" The 1978 Triple Crown." The 30-minute telecast aired on May 1, 2008.

Churchill, Horsemen Reach ADW Agreement

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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.

Charity Golf Tournament Set for October

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Charity Golf Tournament Set for October

The eighth annual National Thoroughbred Racing Association Charities and Kentucky Derby Museum Golf Classic will take place at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville Oct. 6.

ECB Equine Spa Comes to Churchill

ECB Equine Spa Comes to Churchill

John Christensen has teamed with Churchill Downs to install an equine hydrotherapy spa product and service at the Churchill Downs Trackside Training Center on Poplar Level Road in Louisville.

Horsemen Urged to Stay the Course

Horsemen Urged to Stay the Course

Players involved in the fractious negotiations with Churchill Downs over revenue sharing on the evening of May 13 exhorted a gathering of more than 150 horsemen to stay the course in the standoff and support their efforts.

Big Brown Narrow Choice in Betting

Just like the morning line suggested, bettors in the advance wagering have installed Big Brown as the favorite for Saturday's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

Stutts a Hit at Derby Trainers' Dinner

Stutts a Hit at Derby Trainers' Dinner

An interview with Benny Stutts Jr. was the highlight of the annual Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners' and Breeders' Association's Derby trainers' dinner, as the 70-year-old trainer expressed his delight at preparing to saddle his first Kentucky Derby starter - Mount Joy Stables' Smooth Air.

Morning Line: Super Tuesday

Trainer Nick Zito is holding court with a ring of media members outside his barn. The two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer has two starters for Saturday's running: Cool Coal Man and Anak Naktal. Zito is talking about the subject of the year: synthetic surfaces. We have a feeling he's not a big fan.

Legends on Tour: Hall of Fame Jockeys

Legends on Tour: Hall of Fame Jockeys

Hall of Fame jockeys Angel Cordero Jr., Pat Day, Chris McCarron and Laffit Pincay have signed on to participate in an international promotion of the horse racing industry known as "Legends on Tour." The tour kicks off May 2, the night before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a gala at the Executive West Hotel in Louisville, Ky.

Jockeys' Guild Operating in Deficit

Jockeys' Guild Operating in Deficit

The financially troubled Jockeys' Guild has slightly more assets than liabilities, but projects a working monthly deficit of nearly $120,000, according to documents filed Nov. 26 in compliance with the group's bankruptcy protection action.

Red Smith Kentucky Derby Award Winners Announced

Red Smith Kentucky Derby Award Winners Announced

First time winners Eric Crawdford of the Louisville Courier-Journal and John Cheinman of the Washington Post joined repeat winners Steve Haskin and William Nack (both writing for The Blood-Horse Magazine) as the winners of Churchill Downs' 2007 Red Smith Kentucky Derby Writing Contest, the Louisville racetrack announced Oct. 18.

Churchill Names Bill Mudd Chief Financial Officer

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Churchill Downs Inc. has appointed William "Bill" Mudd to serve as executive vice president and chief financial officer, the Louisville-based racing company announced Oct. 4. Mudd succeeds Mike Miller, who left his role as executive vice president and CFO in January to pursue other business interests.

Belmont Overnight TV Ratings Slump

The Belmont Stakes telecast June 9 on ABC, which ended up being a thrilling race with a historic finish thanks to the filly Rags to Riches, nevertheless registered modest ratings numbers that continued a downward trend for the race.

More Rain Expected in Louisville Friday, Saturday

People may anticipating summer-like temperatures this weekend in Louisville, but those planning to attend this year's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) had better brace themselves for the strong possibility of rain.

KFLC Offers Training and Racing Course

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The Klein Family Learning Center and the Groom Elite Program will offer a three-day course in "Elite Grooming for Racehorse Owners" at sites in Louisville and Lexington March 23-25.

Churchill Downs Adds Quarantine Facility

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Foreign horsemen who wish to ship their Thoroughbreds to compete in the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and other races at Churchill Downs will benefit from an on-track quarantine and isolation facility now located on the grounds.

Delta to Offer Special Flights for Kentucky Derby

Delta Air Lines will offer customers more than 5,900 additional seats between Louisville and its hubs in Atlanta, Cincinnati, and New York in celebration of the 133rd Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Customers now can book Delta's added Derby flights on delta.com.

Churchill Stakes Schedule Totals $11.3 Million

Churchill Downs has announced a stakes schedule for its Spring and Fall racing meets in 2007 that features a record $11.3 million in purses for 47 stakes events, including a Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) program May 5 that offers record purses of $3.35 million and five supporting stakes races. The schedule is the first in track history to surpass $11 million in total purses.

Blasi Fined for Attempting to Run Wrong Horse at Churchill

During a Nov. 20 Kentucky Horse Racing Authority meeting at the Kentucky Horse Park, the state's chief steward John Veitch announced that trainer Scott Blasi had been fined $2,500 for bringing the wrong horse to the Churchill Downs paddock before the seventh race Nov. 9.

O'Neill and Albertrani Discuss BC Chances

Two days before the Breeders' Cup World Championships, Doug O'Neill, trainer of Lava Man, Sharp Lisa, and Great Hunter; and Tom Albertrani, trainer of Bernardini and Balletto, discussed the chances of their stars leading up to their respective races.

Team Barbaro, Richardson, Crist Honored at NTWA Dinner

The individuals associated with undefeated Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Barbaro and veteran racing journalist Steven Crist were among those honored at the 47th annual National Turf Writers Association Dinner Nov. 1 at The Olmstead in Louisville.

Thursday Morning Line at the Breeders' Cup

The great Laffit Pincay Jr., now retired but still the world's all-time leading jockey (and winner of eight Breeders' Cup races), is at Churchill Downs to introduce the nominees for the Race Track Chaplaincy's White Horse Award.

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