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  • Derby Horses Looking Good Getting Ready For Kentucky Derby 143

    Derby Horses Looking Good Getting Ready For Kentucky Derby 143

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 5:36 AM EDT2017-04-25 09:36:58 GMT
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    Whitham Thoroughbreds’ McCracken turned in his penultimate workout for Kentucky Derby 143 by working five furlongs in 1:00.60 in company on a sunny Monday morning at Churchill Downs. Also working toward the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) on May 6 was a quartet of hopefuls from trainer Steve Asmussen: Hence (five furlongs in 1:00), Local Hero (five furlongs in 1:00),Untrapped (five furlongs in 1:01.60) and Lookin...
    Whitham Thoroughbreds’ McCracken turned in his penultimate workout for Kentucky Derby 143 by working five furlongs in 1:00.60 in company on a sunny Monday morning at Churchill Downs. Also working toward the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) on May 6 was a quartet of hopefuls from trainer Steve Asmussen: Hence (five furlongs in 1:00), Local Hero (five furlongs in 1:00),Untrapped (five furlongs in 1:01.60) and Lookin...
  • Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Gala Guest List Announced

    Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Gala Guest List Announced

    Monday, April 24 2017 7:14 AM EDT2017-04-24 11:14:49 GMT

    (LOUISVILLE, KY) – April 24, 2017 – The Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala, internationally recognized as the “premier” Kentucky Derby gala and counted among the “Ten Best Parties in the World” by Condé Nast, is proud to announce the celebrity lineup for its 29th annual gala. The celebrity guest list includes: Tom Brady Kid Rock Tracy Morgan Katie Couric Larry David Kacey Musgraves Aaron Rodgers  Sammy Hagar Ri...

    (LOUISVILLE, KY) – April 24, 2017 – The Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala, internationally recognized as the “premier” Kentucky Derby gala and counted among the “Ten Best Parties in the World” by Condé Nast, is proud to announce the celebrity lineup for its 29th annual gala. The celebrity guest list includes: Tom Brady Kid Rock Tracy Morgan Katie Couric Larry David Kacey Musgraves Aaron Rodgers  Sammy Hagar Ri...

  • Loose On The Town Wins Sunday’s Featured Cherry Valley Farm Purse

    Loose On The Town Wins Sunday’s Featured Cherry Valley Farm Purse

    Sunday, April 23 2017 10:00 PM EDT2017-04-24 02:00:14 GMT
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    LEXINGTON, KY (April 23, 2017) – Susan and Jim Hill’s Loose On the Town took the lead out of the gate and cruised to a 2 3/4-length victory over Canadian Flyer in the $74,000 Cherry Valley Farm Purse for 4-year-olds and up before a Sunday afternoon crowd of 14,776. Trained by Brian Lynch and ridden by Javier Castellano, Loose On the Town covered the  5½ furlongs on a yielding turf course in 1:03.24. The race was marred when Chiltern Street stumbled at th...
    LEXINGTON, KY (April 23, 2017) – Susan and Jim Hill’s Loose On the Town took the lead out of the gate and cruised to a 2 3/4-length victory over Canadian Flyer in the $74,000 Cherry Valley Farm Purse for 4-year-olds and up before a Sunday afternoon crowd of 14,776. Trained by Brian Lynch and ridden by Javier Castellano, Loose On the Town covered the  5½ furlongs on a yielding turf course in 1:03.24. The race was marred when Chiltern Street stumbled at th...
  • Updated: Albarado’s Broken Ankle To Keep Him Out Of Kentucky Derby

    Updated: Albarado’s Broken Ankle To Keep Him Out Of Kentucky Derby

    Sunday, April 23 2017 8:15 PM EDT2017-04-24 00:15:08 GMT
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    Robby Albarado is likely to miss the Kentucky Derby on May 6, after being thrown from his mount in Sunday's eighth race at Keeneland. Said Keeneland medical director, Dr. Barry Schumer, “Robby's horse (Chiltern Street) stumbled at the start of the race and Robby was thrown to the ground.  He braced himself. He suffered an injury to his left ankle. He is being transported to UK Chandler Hospital (at the University of Kentucky in Lexington) for X-rays and further evaluation....
    Robby Albarado is likely to miss the Kentucky Derby on May 6, after being thrown from his mount in Sunday's eighth race at Keeneland. Said Keeneland medical director, Dr. Barry Schumer, “Robby's horse (Chiltern Street) stumbled at the start of the race and Robby was thrown to the ground.  He braced himself. He suffered an injury to his left ankle. He is being transported to UK Chandler Hospital (at the University of Kentucky in Lexington) for X-rays and further evaluation....
  • Kentucky Derby Hopeful Girvin Gets Feel For Keeneland Main Track

    Kentucky Derby Hopeful Girvin Gets Feel For Keeneland Main Track

    Sunday, April 23 2017 7:00 PM EDT2017-04-23 23:00:20 GMT
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    Brad Grady’s Girvin, winner of the Risen Star (G2) and Louisiana Derby (G2) and the top point earner on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1), jogged twice around the main track next to a lead pony Sunday morning after the renovation break. The track had been sealed for the first part of training Sunday but was opened when morning rains did not materialize. After 9 a.m. ET, Girvin made his first appearance on the main track with Rosie Napravnik aboard after having trained t...

    Brad Grady’s Girvin, winner of the Risen Star (G2) and Louisiana Derby (G2) and the top point earner on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1), jogged twice around the main track next to a lead pony Sunday morning after the renovation break. The track had been sealed for the first part of training Sunday but was opened when morning rains did not materialize. After 9 a.m. ET, Girvin made his first appearance on the main track with Rosie Napravnik aboard after having trained t...

  • Robby Albarado Unseated In Eighth Race At Keeneland

    Robby Albarado Unseated In Eighth Race At Keeneland

    Sunday, April 23 2017 6:30 PM EDT2017-04-23 22:30:18 GMT
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    Statement from Keeneland Medical Director Dr. Barry Schumer about jockey Robby Albarado, who was unseated at the start of the eighth race on Sunday: “Robby’s horse (Chiltern Street) stumbled at the start of the race and Robby was thrown to the ground. He braced himself. He suffered an injury to his left ankle. He is being transported to UK Chandler Hospital (at the University of Kentucky in Lexington) for X-rays and further evaluation.”
    Statement from Keeneland Medical Director Dr. Barry Schumer about jockey Robby Albarado, who was unseated at the start of the eighth race on Sunday: “Robby’s horse (Chiltern Street) stumbled at the start of the race and Robby was thrown to the ground. He braced himself. He suffered an injury to his left ankle. He is being transported to UK Chandler Hospital (at the University of Kentucky in Lexington) for X-rays and further evaluation.”
  • Gotham Winner J Boys Echo Breezes Half-Mile At Churchill Downs

    Gotham Winner J Boys Echo Breezes Half-Mile At Churchill Downs

    Sunday, April 23 2017 6:00 PM EDT2017-04-23 22:00:16 GMT

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, April 23, 2017) – Albaugh Family Stable’s J Boys Echo breezed a half-mile in :49.20 Sunday at Churchill Downs in preparation for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 6. J Boys Echo, with regular exercise rider Tammy Fox aboard, was clocked in splits of :12, :24.40 and :37 before galloping out five furlongs in 1:02.20 and three-quarters of a mile in 1:16 over a 

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, April 23, 2017) – Albaugh Family Stable’s J Boys Echo breezed a half-mile in :49.20 Sunday at Churchill Downs in preparation for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 6. J Boys Echo, with regular exercise rider Tammy Fox aboard, was clocked in splits of :12, :24.40 and :37 before galloping out five furlongs in 1:02.20 and three-quarters of a mile in 1:16 over a 

  • Kentucky Derby Round-Up - April 23, 2017

    Kentucky Derby Round-Up - April 23, 2017

    Sunday, April 23 2017 5:30 PM EDT2017-04-23 21:30:09 GMT
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    With inclement weather on Saturday, Sunday morning was busier for Kentucky Derby contenders during Churchill Downs’ exclusive training session from 8:30-8:45 a.m. Blue Grass (Grade II) third-place finisher McCraken galloped 1 ¾ miles with regular exercise riderYoni Orantes up. The Ghostzapper colt is scheduled to breeze Monday at 8:30 a.m. for trainer Ian Wilkes. Two of trainer Steve Asmussen’s Derby contenders came to the track after th...
    With inclement weather on Saturday, Sunday morning was busier for Kentucky Derby contenders during Churchill Downs’ exclusive training session from 8:30-8:45 a.m. Blue Grass (Grade II) third-place finisher McCraken galloped 1 ¾ miles with regular exercise riderYoni Orantes up. The Ghostzapper colt is scheduled to breeze Monday at 8:30 a.m. for trainer Ian Wilkes. Two of trainer Steve Asmussen’s Derby contenders came to the track after th...
  • Keeneland Barn Notes - April 23, 2017

    Keeneland Barn Notes - April 23, 2017

    Sunday, April 23 2017 5:00 PM EDT2017-04-23 21:00:14 GMT
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    MEANTIME COULD BE READY FOR THE BIG TIME AFTER SMASHING SATURDAY VICTORY Silverton Hill LLC’s Meantime showed Saturday he could become a prime-time player for trainer Brian Lynch when he broke his maiden by 7½ widening lengths in Keeneland’s sixth race at 1 1/8 miles. “He sure looked good yesterday,” Lynch said about the 3-year-old Shackleford colt, who is a half-brother to multiple Grade 1 winnerSweet Reason. In his debut going a one-turn m...
    MEANTIME COULD BE READY FOR THE BIG TIME AFTER SMASHING SATURDAY VICTORY Silverton Hill LLC’s Meantime showed Saturday he could become a prime-time player for trainer Brian Lynch when he broke his maiden by 7½ widening lengths in Keeneland’s sixth race at 1 1/8 miles. “He sure looked good yesterday,” Lynch said about the 3-year-old Shackleford colt, who is a half-brother to multiple Grade 1 winnerSweet Reason. In his debut going a one-turn m...
  • Quotes From The $250,000 Dixiana Elkhorn (G2)

    Quotes From The $250,000 Dixiana Elkhorn (G2)

    Saturday, April 22 2017 9:00 PM EDT2017-04-23 01:00:12 GMT
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    Tyler Baze (winning rider of Itsinthepost [FR]) “It’s been my dream to win a race at Keeneland. This horse has been just a phenomenal horse, especially the last year. He gives it everything. Once I got him to the outside, it was just a matter of being patient because this stretch is a long stretch.” Jeff Mullins (winning trainer) On Itsinthepost winning his second consecutive turf stakes at 1½ miles after competing in shorter races “It seems like the...
    Tyler Baze (winning rider of Itsinthepost [FR]) “It’s been my dream to win a race at Keeneland. This horse has been just a phenomenal horse, especially the last year. He gives it everything. Once I got him to the outside, it was just a matter of being patient because this stretch is a long stretch.” Jeff Mullins (winning trainer) On Itsinthepost winning his second consecutive turf stakes at 1½ miles after competing in shorter races “It seems like the...
  • Stakes Winners Prep For Kentucky Derby

    Stakes Winners Prep For Kentucky Derby

    Saturday, April 22 2017 8:30 PM EDT2017-04-23 00:30:10 GMT
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    Toyota Blue Grass (G2) winner Irap came out of his 1:44 mile work Friday in good order and is expected to return to the track Sunday, most likely the all-weather training track. Irap is scheduled to work again next Friday and van to Churchill Downs a day or two after the work. Practical Joke, runner-up in the Toyota Blue Grass, came out of his :49.80 half-mile work Friday in fine fashion, according to trainer Chad Brown. Brown indicated that the two-time Grade 1 winner wou...
    Toyota Blue Grass (G2) winner Irap came out of his 1:44 mile work Friday in good order and is expected to return to the track Sunday, most likely the all-weather training track. Irap is scheduled to work again next Friday and van to Churchill Downs a day or two after the work. Practical Joke, runner-up in the Toyota Blue Grass, came out of his :49.80 half-mile work Friday in fine fashion, according to trainer Chad Brown. Brown indicated that the two-time Grade 1 winner wou...
  • Keeneland Barn Notes - April 22, 2017

    Keeneland Barn Notes - April 22, 2017

    Saturday, April 22 2017 7:30 PM EDT2017-04-22 23:30:13 GMT
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    UNBRIDLED MO EXITS HILLIARD LYONS DOUBLEDOGDARE VICTORY IN GOOD ORDER Red Oak Stable’s Unbridled Mo exited her three-quarter length victory in Friday’s Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3) in good order, according to Ginny DePasquale, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher. Unbridled Mo gave Pletcher his third stakes victory of the Spring Meet and boosted his overall Keeneland record total to 52. Plans were to be determined for Unbridled Mo, now a three-time...
    UNBRIDLED MO EXITS HILLIARD LYONS DOUBLEDOGDARE VICTORY IN GOOD ORDER Red Oak Stable’s Unbridled Mo exited her three-quarter length victory in Friday’s Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3) in good order, according to Ginny DePasquale, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher. Unbridled Mo gave Pletcher his third stakes victory of the Spring Meet and boosted his overall Keeneland record total to 52. Plans were to be determined for Unbridled Mo, now a three-time...
  • Louisiana Derby Winner, Girvin, To Work At Keeneland Monday

    Louisiana Derby Winner, Girvin, To Work At Keeneland Monday

    Saturday, April 22 2017 6:30 PM EDT2017-04-22 22:30:12 GMT
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    The weekend forecast of rain prompted trainer Joe Sharp to bring Louisiana Derby (G2) winner Girvin, a candidate for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) on May 6, to Keeneland to use the 5-furlong all-weather training track. He quickly put the plan in action Saturday, sending Girvin to gallop over it shortly after 6 a.m. Girvin is the leading point earner on the Road to the Kentucky Derby with 150 points. He won the Louisiana Derby and Risen Star (G2) at ...
    The weekend forecast of rain prompted trainer Joe Sharp to bring Louisiana Derby (G2) winner Girvin, a candidate for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) on May 6, to Keeneland to use the 5-furlong all-weather training track. He quickly put the plan in action Saturday, sending Girvin to gallop over it shortly after 6 a.m. Girvin is the leading point earner on the Road to the Kentucky Derby with 150 points. He won the Louisiana Derby and Risen Star (G2) at ...
  • Military Day At The Races Presented By Marathon

    Military Day At The Races Presented By Marathon

    Saturday, April 22 2017 5:30 PM EDT2017-04-22 21:30:05 GMT
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    WHAT:           Military Day at the Races Presented by Marathon recognizes the men and women who serve our country. All active and inactive members of the military and their families receive free general admission with a military ID. A Family Zone in the North Terrace from noon to 4 p.m. ET will feature free food, live music and more. In honor of Month of the Military Child, children’s activities will be available that...

    WHAT:           Military Day at the Races Presented by Marathon recognizes the men and women who serve our country. All active and inactive members of the military and their families receive free general admission with a military ID. A Family Zone in the North Terrace from noon to 4 p.m. ET will feature free food, live music and more. In honor of Month of the Military Child, children’s activities will be available that...

  • Rain Puts Damper On Day One Of Derby, Oaks Exclusive Training

    Rain Puts Damper On Day One Of Derby, Oaks Exclusive Training

    Saturday, April 22 2017 4:30 PM EDT2017-04-22 20:30:09 GMT
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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, April 22, 2017) – Thanks to inclement weather, Janis Whitham’s McCrakenand the Albaugh Family Stable’s J Boys Echo were the only two 3-year-olds on the “sloppy” main track Saturday during the first of Churchill Downs’ exclusive Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks training periods from 8:30-8:45 a.m. (all times EDT). Both colts galloped in the mud in preparation for scheduled starts in the $2 mil...

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, April 22, 2017) – Thanks to inclement weather, Janis Whitham’s McCrakenand the Albaugh Family Stable’s J Boys Echo were the only two 3-year-olds on the “sloppy” main track Saturday during the first of Churchill Downs’ exclusive Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks training periods from 8:30-8:45 a.m. (all times EDT). Both colts galloped in the mud in preparation for scheduled starts in the $2 mil...

  • Kentucky Derby And Kentucky Oaks Update: Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Kentucky Derby And Kentucky Oaks Update: Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Saturday, April 22 2017 3:18 PM EDT2017-04-22 19:18:50 GMT
    SHAPING UP: THE KENTUCKY DERBY – Likely starters in the 143rd running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) to be run for 3-year-olds at 1 ¼ miles on Saturday, May 6: Always Dreaming (John Velazquez), Battalion Runner (TBA), Battle of Midway (Flavien Prat), Classic Empire(Julien Leparoux), Fast and Accurate (TBA), Girvin (Mike Smith), Gormley (Victor Espinoza), Gunneve...
    SHAPING UP: THE KENTUCKY DERBY – Likely starters in the 143rd running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) to be run for 3-year-olds at 1 ¼ miles on Saturday, May 6: Always Dreaming (John Velazquez), Battalion Runner (TBA), Battle of Midway (Flavien Prat), Classic Empire(Julien Leparoux), Fast and Accurate (TBA), Girvin (Mike Smith), Gormley (Victor Espinoza), Gunneve...
  • Derby Winning Trainer Lynn Whiting Has Died At The Age Of 77

    Derby Winning Trainer Lynn Whiting Has Died At The Age Of 77

    Wednesday, April 19 2017 4:41 PM EDT2017-04-19 20:41:07 GMT

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, April 19, 2017) – Veteran Thoroughbred trainer Lynn Whiting, best-known for his victory in the 1992 Kentucky Derby with W.C. Partee’s Lil E. Tee, has died at the age of 77.           Whiting, a second-generation horseman who raced primarily at tracks in Kentucky and Arkansas, died Wednesday, April 19 in Louisville, only days after his return to his stable at Churchill Downs fo...

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, April 19, 2017) – Veteran Thoroughbred trainer Lynn Whiting, best-known for his victory in the 1992 Kentucky Derby with W.C. Partee’s Lil E. Tee, has died at the age of 77.           Whiting, a second-generation horseman who raced primarily at tracks in Kentucky and Arkansas, died Wednesday, April 19 in Louisville, only days after his return to his stable at Churchill Downs fo...

  • McCraken Breezes Half-Mile at Churchill Downs

    McCraken Breezes Half-Mile at Churchill Downs

    Tuesday, April 18 2017 5:30 PM EDT2017-04-18 21:30:08 GMT
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    Janis Whitham’s Blue Grass (Grade II) third-place finisher McCraken breezed a half-mile in :47.80 Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Ian Wilkes in preparation for the Grade I, $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 6. McCraken, who was ridden by jockey Brian Hernandez Jr., breezed over the “fast” track through splits of :12.60, :24.60 and :36.40 before galloping out five furlongs in 1:00 and three-q...
    Janis Whitham’s Blue Grass (Grade II) third-place finisher McCraken breezed a half-mile in :47.80 Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Ian Wilkes in preparation for the Grade I, $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 6. McCraken, who was ridden by jockey Brian Hernandez Jr., breezed over the “fast” track through splits of :12.60, :24.60 and :36.40 before galloping out five furlongs in 1:00 and three-q...
  • Kentucky Derby Update - April 17, 2017

    Kentucky Derby Update - April 17, 2017

    Monday, April 17 2017 9:30 PM EDT2017-04-18 01:30:09 GMT

    Blue Grass (Grade II) third-place finisher McCraken has been training regularly over the Churchill Downs surface and is scheduled for a breeze in the first or second set of horses between 6-6:30 a.m. on Tuesday. … Gazelle (GII) winner Miss Sky Warrior, trained by Kelly Breen, is scheduled to van from Keeneland to Barn 43 at Churchill Downs on Monday afternoon to begin final preparations for the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) on Friday, May 5.

    Blue Grass (Grade II) third-place finisher McCraken has been training regularly over the Churchill Downs surface and is scheduled for a breeze in the first or second set of horses between 6-6:30 a.m. on Tuesday. … Gazelle (GII) winner Miss Sky Warrior, trained by Kelly Breen, is scheduled to van from Keeneland to Barn 43 at Churchill Downs on Monday afternoon to begin final preparations for the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) on Friday, May 5.

  • Blue Grass Fourth-Place Finisher J Boys Echo Returns To Work Tab

    Blue Grass Fourth-Place Finisher J Boys Echo Returns To Work Tab

    Monday, April 17 2017 8:30 PM EDT2017-04-18 00:30:07 GMT
    Kentucky Derby contender J Boys Echo recorded a half-mile move in :49.20 Monday morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Dale Romans, his first breeze since running fourth in the Blue Grass (Grade II) on April 8 at Keeneland.  The 3-year-old colt by Mineshaft and winner of the March 4 Gotham (GIII) began his workout at the three-furlong pole under Tammy Fox, who recorded splits of :12.20, :24.60 and :36.80. “I think this is the best he’s looked over the...
    Kentucky Derby contender J Boys Echo recorded a half-mile move in :49.20 Monday morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Dale Romans, his first breeze since running fourth in the Blue Grass (Grade II) on April 8 at Keeneland.  The 3-year-old colt by Mineshaft and winner of the March 4 Gotham (GIII) began his workout at the three-furlong pole under Tammy Fox, who recorded splits of :12.20, :24.60 and :36.80. “I think this is the best he’s looked over the...
  • Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation Announces Opening Of Three 50/50 Charitable Raffles During Kentucky Derby Week

    Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation Announces Opening Of Three 50/50 Charitable Raffles During Kentucky Derby Week

    Monday, April 17 2017 7:30 PM EDT2017-04-17 23:30:20 GMT
    LOUISVILLE, KY., (Monday, April 17, 2017) – Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation today announced the opening of three separate 50/50 Charitable Raffle drawings that will be held during Kentucky Derby week, one drawing on each Thurby, Oaks and Derby days. For each raffle, participants will have the chance to win half of that day’s raffle sales, with the other half of the day’s raffle proceeds going toward the Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation in support ...
    LOUISVILLE, KY., (Monday, April 17, 2017) – Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation today announced the opening of three separate 50/50 Charitable Raffle drawings that will be held during Kentucky Derby week, one drawing on each Thurby, Oaks and Derby days. For each raffle, participants will have the chance to win half of that day’s raffle sales, with the other half of the day’s raffle proceeds going toward the Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation in support ...
  • Sunland Derby Winner Hence Breezes At Churchill Downs

    Sunland Derby Winner Hence Breezes At Churchill Downs

    Monday, April 17 2017 7:30 PM EDT2017-04-17 23:30:20 GMT
    Calumet Farm’s Sunland Derby (Grade III) winner Hence breezed five furlongs in 1:00.40 Monday morning at Churchill Downs for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen in preparation for the Kentucky Derby (GI) on Saturday, May 6. Hence breezed in company over the “fast” track at 6 a.m. with Local Hero (1:00.40) in fractions of :13, :25,40, :37 and :48.60, before galloping out three-quarters of a mile in 1:13.40 and seven furlongs in...
    Calumet Farm’s Sunland Derby (Grade III) winner Hence breezed five furlongs in 1:00.40 Monday morning at Churchill Downs for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen in preparation for the Kentucky Derby (GI) on Saturday, May 6. Hence breezed in company over the “fast” track at 6 a.m. with Local Hero (1:00.40) in fractions of :13, :25,40, :37 and :48.60, before galloping out three-quarters of a mile in 1:13.40 and seven furlongs in...
  • Arkansas Derby Winner Classic Empire Returns To Churchill Downs

    Arkansas Derby Winner Classic Empire Returns To Churchill Downs

    Monday, April 17 2017 6:30 PM EDT2017-04-17 22:30:32 GMT
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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, April 17, 2017) – Classic Empire, last year’s champion 2-year-old who won Saturday’s Arkansas Derby (Grade I), arrived at Churchill Downs on Monday morning to prepare for the Grade I, $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 6. Classic Empire, who is expected to vie for favoritism in the Kentucky Derby after his half-length Arkansas Derby triumph, was bedded down in trainer Mark Casse’s Barn 36...
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, April 17, 2017) – Classic Empire, last year’s champion 2-year-old who won Saturday’s Arkansas Derby (Grade I), arrived at Churchill Downs on Monday morning to prepare for the Grade I, $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 6. Classic Empire, who is expected to vie for favoritism in the Kentucky Derby after his half-length Arkansas Derby triumph, was bedded down in trainer Mark Casse’s Barn 36...
  • Classic Empire Arrives At Churchill Downs

    Classic Empire Arrives At Churchill Downs

    Monday, April 17 2017 5:51 PM EDT2017-04-17 21:51:17 GMT
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    The Derby Favorite for this year's Kentucky Derby arrived at Churchill Downs Monday. Derby oddsmakers say that after a come-from-behind victory at the Arkansas Derby, Classic Empire is now a slight favorite to win the Run for the Roses.  Classic Empire has arrived! ??: @CoadyPhoto pic.twitter.com/Wq41Cq6N7j — Kentucky Derby (@KentuckyDerby) April 17, 2017 Always Dreaming, the winner of the Florida Derby, will be the second choice.  Derby coverage begins on LEX ...
    The Derby Favorite for this year's Kentucky Derby arrived at Churchill Downs Monday. Derby oddsmakers say that after a come-from-behind victory at the Arkansas Derby, Classic Empire is now a slight favorite to win the Run for the Roses.  Classic Empire has arrived! ??: @CoadyPhoto pic.twitter.com/Wq41Cq6N7j — Kentucky Derby (@KentuckyDerby) April 17, 2017 Always Dreaming, the winner of the Florida Derby, will be the second choice.  Derby coverage begins on LEX ...
  • Keeneland Barn Notes - April 16, 2017

    Keeneland Barn Notes - April 16, 2017

    Sunday, April 16 2017 7:00 PM EDT2017-04-16 23:00:18 GMT
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    DICKINSON’S COOLMORE JENNY WILEY VICTORY CAPS MAGICAL DAY FOR McLAUGHLIN BARN The afternoon started with a maiden win in the fourth race and by the time the day was done with the victory by Dickinson in the Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1), trainer Kiaran McLaughlin had earned a spot in the Keeneland record books. The Lexington native joined Bill Mott and Todd Pletcher as the only trainers to win four races on a single Keeneland card since the track began running races...

    DICKINSON’S COOLMORE JENNY WILEY VICTORY CAPS MAGICAL DAY FOR McLAUGHLIN BARN The afternoon started with a maiden win in the fourth race and by the time the day was done with the victory by Dickinson in the Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1), trainer Kiaran McLaughlin had earned a spot in the Keeneland record books. The Lexington native joined Bill Mott and Todd Pletcher as the only trainers to win four races on a single Keeneland card since the track began running races...

  • Kentucky Derby And Kentucky Oaks Update - April 16, 2017

    Kentucky Derby And Kentucky Oaks Update - April 16, 2017

    Sunday, April 16 2017 5:30 PM EDT2017-04-16 21:30:06 GMT
    KENTUCKY OAKS CONTENDER SALTY BREEZES AT CHURCHILL DOWNS – Salty, a top contender for the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) after winning the Gulfstream Park Oaks (GII), breezed a half-mile in :48 Sunday in preparation for the Friday, May 5 race. The 3-year-old daughter of Quality Road went to the track at 6 a.m. with exercise rider JanelleCastonguay and breezed in company with multiple graded stakes-placed mare Mississippi Delta (:4...
    KENTUCKY OAKS CONTENDER SALTY BREEZES AT CHURCHILL DOWNS – Salty, a top contender for the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) after winning the Gulfstream Park Oaks (GII), breezed a half-mile in :48 Sunday in preparation for the Friday, May 5 race. The 3-year-old daughter of Quality Road went to the track at 6 a.m. with exercise rider JanelleCastonguay and breezed in company with multiple graded stakes-placed mare Mississippi Delta (:4...
  • Florida Derby Runner-Up State Of Honor Breezes At Churchill Downs

    Florida Derby Runner-Up State Of Honor Breezes At Churchill Downs

    Sunday, April 16 2017 4:30 PM EDT2017-04-16 20:30:09 GMT
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, April 16, 2017) – Florida Derby (Grade I) runner-up State of Honor breezed a half-mile in :49.80 over a fast track on Easter Sunday at Churchill Downs in preparation for a start in the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on Saturday, May 6. The Ontario-bred son of To Honor and Serve, trained by Mark Casse, was put through eighth-mile splits of :12 and :24.40 by exercise E.J. Bowler and galloped out ...
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, April 16, 2017) – Florida Derby (Grade I) runner-up State of Honor breezed a half-mile in :49.80 over a fast track on Easter Sunday at Churchill Downs in preparation for a start in the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on Saturday, May 6. The Ontario-bred son of To Honor and Serve, trained by Mark Casse, was put through eighth-mile splits of :12 and :24.40 by exercise E.J. Bowler and galloped out ...
  • Classic Empire Clinches Kentucky Derby Spot With Oaklawn Win

    Classic Empire Clinches Kentucky Derby Spot With Oaklawn Win

    Saturday, April 15 2017 10:00 PM EDT2017-04-16 02:00:12 GMT
    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Two-year-old champion Classic Empire recovered from a poor performance his last time out and locked up a Kentucky Derby bid Saturday with a come-from-well-behind win in the $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park.      "He just has so much ability," trainer Mark Casse said. "I wasn't sure he was going to get there. I was afraid that maybe late he'd get tired, but it was exciting. I'll never forget it."      M...
    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Two-year-old champion Classic Empire recovered from a poor performance his last time out and locked up a Kentucky Derby bid Saturday with a come-from-well-behind win in the $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park.      "He just has so much ability," trainer Mark Casse said. "I wasn't sure he was going to get there. I was afraid that maybe late he'd get tired, but it was exciting. I'll never forget it."      M...
  • Quotes From The $100,000 Giant’s Causeway (L)

    Quotes From The $100,000 Giant’s Causeway (L)

    Saturday, April 15 2017 7:30 PM EDT2017-04-15 23:30:16 GMT
    KeenelandKeeneland
    Wesley Ward (winning trainer of Lady Aurelia) “She’s a wonderful filly. Has a big future – excited to get back over to England to (Royal) Ascot (where she won the Queen Mary-G2 last year). She’ll train right here at Keeneland until we go. “Lot of credit goes out to (jockey) Julio Garcia, who gets on her and works her every day. Instead of shooting to the front, he gets her to relax. He sits back with her and every time she works, she gets more and more ...
    Wesley Ward (winning trainer of Lady Aurelia) “She’s a wonderful filly. Has a big future – excited to get back over to England to (Royal) Ascot (where she won the Queen Mary-G2 last year). She’ll train right here at Keeneland until we go. “Lot of credit goes out to (jockey) Julio Garcia, who gets on her and works her every day. Instead of shooting to the front, he gets her to relax. He sits back with her and every time she works, she gets more and more ...
  • Kentucky Derby Update - April 15, 2017

    Kentucky Derby Update - April 15, 2017

    Saturday, April 15 2017 7:00 PM EDT2017-04-15 23:00:20 GMT
    FAIR GROUNDS OAKS WINNER FARRELL BREEZES AT CHURCHILL DOWNS  Farrell, a top contender for the 1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) after winning the TwinSpires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (GII), breezed five furlongs in 1:00.20 on Saturday morning at Churchill Downs in preparation for the Friday, May 5 race. The 3-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon went to the “fast” track at 6 a.m. and clipped through fractions of :13, :25, :36 and  :48.40, before galloping out ...
    FAIR GROUNDS OAKS WINNER FARRELL BREEZES AT CHURCHILL DOWNS  Farrell, a top contender for the 1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) after winning the TwinSpires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (GII), breezed five furlongs in 1:00.20 on Saturday morning at Churchill Downs in preparation for the Friday, May 5 race. The 3-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon went to the “fast” track at 6 a.m. and clipped through fractions of :13, :25, :36 and  :48.40, before galloping out ...
  • Quotes From The $200,000 GRADE 3 Ben Ali

    Quotes From The $200,000 GRADE 3 Ben Ali

    Saturday, April 15 2017 6:30 PM EDT2017-04-15 22:30:16 GMT
    KEENELANDKEENELAND
    Kiaran McLaughlin (winning trainer of Watershed) On winning his third race of the afternoon “(Jockey) Paco (Lopez) rode a great race. It’s always wonderful to win here in our hometown, Lexington, and at Keeneland. It’s a great crowd, great people and it’s fun to win.” On racing Watershed in the Ben Ali “We tried him on the turf, and last time he ran well, but we thought he was better on dirt. We’re happy everything worked out today.”...
    Kiaran McLaughlin (winning trainer of Watershed) On winning his third race of the afternoon “(Jockey) Paco (Lopez) rode a great race. It’s always wonderful to win here in our hometown, Lexington, and at Keeneland. It’s a great crowd, great people and it’s fun to win.” On racing Watershed in the Ben Ali “We tried him on the turf, and last time he ran well, but we thought he was better on dirt. We’re happy everything worked out today.”...
  • Spiral Winner Fast And Accurate Records Bullet Work At Trackside

    Spiral Winner Fast And Accurate Records Bullet Work At Trackside

    Saturday, April 15 2017 5:00 PM EDT2017-04-15 21:00:11 GMT
    Churchill DownsChurchill Downs
    Spiral Stakes (Grade III) upset-winner Fast and Accurate recorded a five-furlong breeze in :59.60 on Saturday morning at the Trackside Louisville training center in preparation for a start in the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on Saturday, May 6. The 3-year-old Hansen colt trained by Mike Maker worked in company with stablemate On John and was credited with fractional splits of :12, :24, :35.80 and :47.60. Fast and...
    Spiral Stakes (Grade III) upset-winner Fast and Accurate recorded a five-furlong breeze in :59.60 on Saturday morning at the Trackside Louisville training center in preparation for a start in the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on Saturday, May 6. The 3-year-old Hansen colt trained by Mike Maker worked in company with stablemate On John and was credited with fractional splits of :12, :24, :35.80 and :47.60. Fast and...
  • Louisiana Derby Winner Girvin Breezes At Churchill Downs

    Louisiana Derby Winner Girvin Breezes At Churchill Downs

    Saturday, April 15 2017 4:00 PM EDT2017-04-15 20:00:18 GMT
    Churchill DownsChurchill Downs

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, April 15, 2017) – Kentucky Derby contender Girvin recorded his first breeze since winning the TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (Grade II) with a half-mile move in :47.80 on Saturday morning at Trackside Louisville, Churchill Downs’ satellite training center located five miles from the home of the Derby. Girvin, with regular exercise rider and former jockey Rosie Napravnik aboard, breezed in company with stablemate

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, April 15, 2017) – Kentucky Derby contender Girvin recorded his first breeze since winning the TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (Grade II) with a half-mile move in :47.80 on Saturday morning at Trackside Louisville, Churchill Downs’ satellite training center located five miles from the home of the Derby. Girvin, with regular exercise rider and former jockey Rosie Napravnik aboard, breezed in company with stablemate

  • Keeneland Barn Notes - April 15, 2017

    Keeneland Barn Notes - April 15, 2017

    Saturday, April 15 2017 3:30 PM EDT2017-04-15 19:30:38 GMT
    KeenelandKeeneland
    SIGN OF THE TIMES: PLETCHER REWRITES HISTORY WITH MAKER’S 46 MILE VICTORY Trainer Todd Pletcher rocketed to the top of the Keeneland record book for most stakes victories Friday when WinStar Farm’sAmerican Patriot rallied to win the $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) by a neck. The triumph was his 51st here, breaking the mark established by his mentor D. Wayne Lukas. Pletcher tied Lukas last Sunday whenSweet Loretta won the Adena Springs Be...
    SIGN OF THE TIMES: PLETCHER REWRITES HISTORY WITH MAKER’S 46 MILE VICTORY Trainer Todd Pletcher rocketed to the top of the Keeneland record book for most stakes victories Friday when WinStar Farm’sAmerican Patriot rallied to win the $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) by a neck. The triumph was his 51st here, breaking the mark established by his mentor D. Wayne Lukas. Pletcher tied Lukas last Sunday whenSweet Loretta won the Adena Springs Be...
  • $10,000 Runhappy Scholarship Returns As Part Of Keeneland’s College Scholarship Day

    $10,000 Runhappy Scholarship Returns As Part Of Keeneland’s College Scholarship Day

    Friday, March 31 2017 7:00 PM EDT2017-03-31 23:00:22 GMT
    LEXINGTON, KY (March 31, 2017) – For the second consecutive year, Jim and Linda McIngvale, owners of champion and Keeneland sales graduate Runhappy, will give away a $10,000 college scholarship during Keeneland’s College Scholarship Day on Friday, April 7, opening day of the 2017 Spring Meet. The Runhappy Scholarship will be awarded via random drawing to one lucky full-time student after the 8th race post parade.  “Runhappy has strong ties to Kee...
    LEXINGTON, KY (March 31, 2017) – For the second consecutive year, Jim and Linda McIngvale, owners of champion and Keeneland sales graduate Runhappy, will give away a $10,000 college scholarship during Keeneland’s College Scholarship Day on Friday, April 7, opening day of the 2017 Spring Meet. The Runhappy Scholarship will be awarded via random drawing to one lucky full-time student after the 8th race post parade.  “Runhappy has strong ties to Kee...
  • Wagering Interests Include Six Newcomers In March 31-April 2 Derby Futures Pool

    Wagering Interests Include Six Newcomers In March 31-April 2 Derby Futures Pool

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 11:44 AM EDT2017-03-28 15:44:41 GMT
    Churchill DownsChurchill Downs

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Two veterans of this year’s Road to the Kentucky Derby – Whitham Thoroughbreds LLC’s unbeaten McCraken (#15, 6-1) and Peacock Racing Stables LLC’s Gunnevera (#10, 6-1) – are the morning line co-favorites for the fourth and final pool of Churchill Downs Racetrack’s 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Two veterans of this year’s Road to the Kentucky Derby – Whitham Thoroughbreds LLC’s unbeaten McCraken (#15, 6-1) and Peacock Racing Stables LLC’s Gunnevera (#10, 6-1) – are the morning line co-favorites for the fourth and final pool of Churchill Downs Racetrack’s 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

  • Fast And Accurate Pulls Off Upset In Spiral Stakes

    Fast And Accurate Pulls Off Upset In Spiral Stakes

    Saturday, March 25 2017 10:48 PM EDT2017-03-26 02:48:59 GMT
    Churchill DownsChurchill Downs
    Fast and Accurate, pulled a stunning 24-1 upset in the 46th running of the Grade 3, $500,000 Spiral Stakes, the annual Turfway showcase.   Fast and Accurate, always close to the pace when ridden by Tyler Gaffalione for trainer Mike Maker, returned $51 after finishing in 1:50.96 in leading a parade of longshots to the wire. Blueridge Traveler, a 35-1 shot, rallied late to finish second, a half-length before Convict Pike, a 10-1 shot. Kitten’s Cat, the 5-2 favorite in a fiel...
    Fast and Accurate, pulled a stunning 24-1 upset in the 46th running of the Grade 3, $500,000 Spiral Stakes, the annual Turfway showcase.   Fast and Accurate, always close to the pace when ridden by Tyler Gaffalione for trainer Mike Maker, returned $51 after finishing in 1:50.96 in leading a parade of longshots to the wire. Blueridge Traveler, a 35-1 shot, rallied late to finish second, a half-length before Convict Pike, a 10-1 shot. Kitten’s Cat, the 5-2 favorite in a fiel...
  • Malagacy Wins Rebel Stakes

    Malagacy Wins Rebel Stakes

    Saturday, March 18 2017 10:45 PM EDT2017-03-19 02:45:56 GMT
    Churchill DownsChurchill Downs
    Malagacy remained undefeated Saturday, mastering two turns in the Grade 2, $900,000 Rebel Stakes.  The Todd Pletcher colt took the race in 1.43.00 under Javier Castellano by two lengths Sonneteer, while it was a nose back in third to Untrapped. American Anthem, who was favored while attempting to give trainer Bob Baffert his seventh win in the Rebel, finished 10th and following the race jockey Mike Smith said the horse "slipped badly" leaving the gate and str...
    Malagacy remained undefeated Saturday, mastering two turns in the Grade 2, $900,000 Rebel Stakes.  The Todd Pletcher colt took the race in 1.43.00 under Javier Castellano by two lengths Sonneteer, while it was a nose back in third to Untrapped. American Anthem, who was favored while attempting to give trainer Bob Baffert his seventh win in the Rebel, finished 10th and following the race jockey Mike Smith said the horse "slipped badly" leaving the gate and str...
  • Mastery Suffers Condylar Fracture After Dominating San Felipe

    Mastery Suffers Condylar Fracture After Dominating San Felipe

    Saturday, March 11 2017 11:00 PM EST2017-03-12 04:00:53 GMT
    Benoit PhotoBenoit Photo
    Despite dominating in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes, Mastery is likely off the Kentucky Derby trail.  Mastery had recorded a final time of 1:42.28 for 1 1/16 miles over Santa Anita's fast main track, winning by open lengths, but Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith pulled the colt up sharply on the gallop out. It was later reporter that the Bob Baffert trained colt suffered a condylar fracture of his left front ankle, for which he will be having surgery on Monday. ...
    Despite dominating in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes, Mastery is likely off the Kentucky Derby trail.  Mastery had recorded a final time of 1:42.28 for 1 1/16 miles over Santa Anita's fast main track, winning by open lengths, but Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith pulled the colt up sharply on the gallop out. It was later reporter that the Bob Baffert trained colt suffered a condylar fracture of his left front ankle, for which he will be having surgery on Monday. ...
  • Tapwrit Wins Tampa Bay Derby In Record Time

    Tapwrit Wins Tampa Bay Derby In Record Time

    Saturday, March 11 2017 10:30 PM EST2017-03-12 03:30:04 GMT
    Even money favorite, Tapwrit, won the Grade 2, $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby in a stakes record time Saturday.  Tapwrit finished in 1:42.36, breaking the stakes record of 1:42.82 set by Destin last year.  The Todd Pletcher trained colt took the 1 1/16 miles race by 4 1/2 lengths over State of Honor. The runner-up in the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes here last month, earned 50 qualifying points towards the 2017 Kentucky Derby, giving him 54.  State of Honor now has 20 points a...
    Even money favorite, Tapwrit, won the Grade 2, $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby in a stakes record time Saturday.  Tapwrit finished in 1:42.36, breaking the stakes record of 1:42.82 set by Destin last year.  The Todd Pletcher trained colt took the 1 1/16 miles race by 4 1/2 lengths over State of Honor. The runner-up in the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes here last month, earned 50 qualifying points towards the 2017 Kentucky Derby, giving him 54.  State of Honor now has 20 points a...
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