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Horses returend to the historic one-mile main track at Churchill Downs on Thursday, Aug. 6 for the first time since flood waters swept over the surface nearly 48 hours earlier.
Life at Churchill Downs is not yet back to normal, but it’s heading in that direction as repairs to the dirt track, several barns and track offices were underway on Wednesday, one day after a slow-moving storm packing torrential rains flooded the track and left several vehicles either partially or completely submerged in parking lots and on streets around the track.
A torrential rainstorm that dumped a record six inches of rain in just over an hour on much of Louisville, Ky. Tuesday morning left large portions of the dirt and turf courses at Churchill Downs and other areas of the historic track under water and rising water prompted the evacuation of some Thoroughbreds from barns at the historic home of the Kentucky Derby.
The 135th renewal of the Grade II, $400,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare, a race that is as old as the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and the Kentucky Oaks (GI), is the premier event on a schedule of 12 stakes races with total purses of $1.775 million announced today for the Nov. 1-28 Fall Meet at historic Churchill Downs.
Kentucky Derby Winner Mine That Bird Leaves Churchill Downs, Bound for Mountaineer, West Virginia Derby
A trailer carrying Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Serte Equine’s Mine That Bird, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), has departed Churchill Downs on an approximately seven-hour journey to West Virginia’s Mountaineer Racetrack Casino and Resort.
Kentucky Derby Winner Mine That Bird Sharp In Final Work Before Departing Churchill Downs for West Virginia Derby
Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Serte Equine’s Mine That Bird, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), turned in a sharp four-furlong work on Monday in his final major training move at Churchill Downs prior to his scheduled run in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (GII) on Aug. 1 at Mountaineer.
Kentucky Derby (Grade I) winner Mine That Bird continued his preparation for a return to competition in the Aug. 1 West Virginia Derby (GII) with a strong five-furlong work on Monday at Churchill Downs.
Churchill Downs Incorporated has announced that T Kevin Flanery has been named the 13th track president of Churchill Downs Racetrack, home of America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby.
Flanery will report to Bill Carstanjen, chief operating officer of CDI, and will remain a Company senior vice president.
Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Serte Thoroughbreds’ Mine That Bird, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), tuned up for a return to competition with a sharp four-furlong work on Tuesday at Churchill Downs.
Jockey Jamie Theriot was aboard the gelded son of Birdstone as he covered the half-mile over a “fast” track in :49.40.
A wet track prompted trainer Chip Woolley to delay by a day a scheduled Monday work at Churchill Downs for Mine That Bird, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I).