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Churchill Downs Gains Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Approval for Three Night Racing Dates, Two New Wagers

Churchill Downs has been granted permission by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (“KHRC”) to conduct three historic sessions of night racing during its April 25-July 5 Spring Meet.  The regulatory panel has also granted approval to the track’s request to offer two new wagers during the meet.

Churchill Downs and Mattel Team Up to Create Kentucky Derby Barbie Doll

With Kentucky Derby® 135 on May 2, 2009, quickly approaching, Churchill Downs, the legendary racetrack that hosts the annual “Run for the Roses®,” and Mattel are pleased to announce that they have teamed up to create the Kentucky Derby® Barbie® doll.

Churchill Downs Welcomes 'Top Chef' to Infield Club for 2009 Kentucky Derby and Oaks

Churchill Downs will welcome one of cable television’s most-watched shows, Bravo’s Emmy® and James Beard Foundation® Award-winning “Top Chef,” to the Infield Club on Kentucky Oaks and Derby Days, May 1-2, 2009.  Top Chef: The Tour will be part of Churchill’s new Infield Club hospitality area, which allows Derby and Oaks guests to enjoy the exuberant party atmosphere of the traditional infield w

Churchill Downs to Shift Simulcast Wagering to Trackside Louisville

Due to preparations for the upcoming Spring Meet and Kentucky Derby 135, Churchill Downs will move simulcast operations to its Trackside Louisville facility at 4520 Poplar Level Road from Wednesday, April 1, through Friday, April 24.

Remembering Alysheba

Alysheba, winner of the 1987 Kentucky Derby and 1988 Horse of the Year, was euthanized on March 27 at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky., due to injuries suffered in a fall at the Kentucky Horse Park.  The son of Alydar was 25.  Click the links at right for more photos from Alysheba's historic Kentucky Derby victory in 1987.

Churchill Downs Opens Infield to Welcome 52nd Annual Scout-O-Rama

The infield at historic Churchill Downs will be filled Friday through Sunday, March 27-29, with images of colorful tents, the scent of campfires, and the sounds of special activities and competitions as thousands of Boy Scouts of all ages and levels of experience gather to participate in the 52nd annual celebration of Scout-O-Rama.

Churchill Downs to Open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 28 for Dubai World Cup Simulcast

Trackside at Churchill Downs will open early at 9 am (all times Eastern) on Saturday, March 28, to import the six lucrative stakes races that compromise the 14th annual Dubai World Cup program from Nad Al Sheba Race Course in the United Arab Emirates.

Solid-Gold Kentucky Derby 135 Winner's Trophy Scheduled to Arrive at Churchill Downs on March 25

The solid gold trophy that will be presented to the owner of the 3-year-old Thoroughbred that wins the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 2 is scheduled to arrive at historic Churchill Downs on Wednesday, March 25 at 2 p.m. ET.

Churchill Downs Introduces Official Kentucky Derby 135 Party Playlist

With Kentucky Derby® 135 on May 2, 2009, quickly approaching, Churchill Downs racetrack and the 2009 Kentucky Derby Chief Party Officer, Nick “RiNickulous” Ferrera, today announced the availability of the Official Kentucky Derby 135 Party Playlist.

Remembering Lil E. Tee

Lil E Tee, who captured the 1992 Kentucky Derby to give Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day his only Derby win, was euthanized on March 18 at Old Frankfort Stud near Frankfort, Ky., due to complications from an intestinal problem. The son of At the Threshold was 20.  Click the links at right for more photos from Lil E.