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The Bret Calhoun-trained trio of Beat the Blues, Speedacious and Gleaming lead a field of eight fillies and mares entered for the ninth running of the $100,000-added Winning Colors (Grade III) to be run under the lights on Saturday at Churchill Downs as part of the Downs After Dark Presented by Stella A
Dane Kobiskie recorded the first win of his riding career aboard Candy and Flowers on June 22, 2005 at Churchill Downs and is back beneath the Twin Spires seven years later – but this time as a trainer.
Veteran rider Corey Lanerie won with six of his seven mounts Sunday at Churchill Downs, including the $45,168 feature race aboard Professor Fate, to become only the eighth jockey to achieve the feat beneath the historic Twin Spires.
Tapitsfly High Weight for Early Times Mint Julep; Sassy Image Tops List of Probables for June 2 Stakes Races
Frank Jones Jr.’s Tapitsfly, runner-up to Hungry Island in the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Presented by American Commercial Lines (Grade II) has been assigned the high weight of 121 pounds by Racing Secretary Ben Huffman for Saturday’s 36th running of the $100,000-added Early Times Mint Julep Handicap (GIII).
Canadian-based Simmard took the lead at the head of the stretch and turned back a late charge by Joinem to win the 75th running of the Grade III, $115,200 Louisville Handicap by 1 ¼ lengths on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Donegal Racing’s Dullahan, third behind I’ll Have Another and Bodemeister in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!
Churchill Downs to Boost Overnight Purses 10 Percent Thanks to Strong Kentucky Derby Week Business Levels
Effective Monday, May 28, Churchill Downs Racetrack will raise overnight race purses 10 percent because of higher than expected all-sources wagering levels during Kentucky Derby Week.
Purses for overnight races – which include overnight stakes, allowance, maiden special weight, claiming and maiden claiming events – will rise by an approximate blended average of $3,400 per race.
Roger Attfield and William Werner’s Simmard arrived at Churchill Downs on Thursday morning from Woodbine to continue his preparations for Saturday’s 75th running of the $100,000-added Louisville Handicap (Grade III).
John Oxley’s Stealcase, third in The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial (Grade III) in his most recent start, will skip the June 9 Belmont Stakes (GI), the third jewel of the Triple Crown, according to trainer Mark Casse.
Black Lillies, Bluegrass Art Experience, 'Family Fun' Sunday Share Churchill Downs Holiday Weekend Spotlight with Louisville 'Cap
A Paddock Concert Series performance by The Black Lillies on Friday evening kicks off a festive four-day holiday weekend at Churchill Downs that includes a special Memorial Day racing program on Monday, infield fun Saturday-through-Monday with the first Bluegrass Art Experience, and another ‘Family Fun’ Sun
Roger Attfield and William Werner’s Simmard, winner of the Mac Diarmida (Grade II) by a nose over Newsdad at Gulfstream Park in February, will carry top weight of 120 pounds when he faces seven rivals in Saturday’s 75th running of the $100,000-added Louisville Handicap (GIII) for 3-year-olds and up a
Half and Full Day Sessions Feature Wagering Advice and Thoroughbred Education From Two of Racing’s Leading Ladies, Jill Byrne and Donna Barton Brothers
The morning after Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another ran down Bodemeister in the Pimlico stretch to capture the Preakness (GI), trainer Mark Casse said he is considering running John Oxley’s Stealcase in the 1 ½-mile Belmont (GI), the final jewel of the Triple Crown.
Donegal Racing’s Dullahan, winner of the Toyota Blue Grass (Grade I) and most recently third in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!
Paul McGee thought he secured his 300th career training win at Churchill Downs when Chilled won a close photo finish in Friday’s $57,528 allowance feature, but the 49-year-old Louisville native was denied the milestone when Kentucky Horse Racing Commission stewards disqualified his colt to second for trying to savage Zimmer near the finish line.
Churchill Downs joins racing fans in celebrating the bid by I’ll Have Another, winner of the 138th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!
The day before the 137th running of the Preakness (Grade I), several trainers at Churchill Downs offered their opinions about who will win the second jewel of the Triple Crown and most are picking Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) winner I’ll Have Another or Derby runner-up Bodemeister.
The Kentucky Derby trail for Take Charge Indy ended with 3-year-old dark bay son of A.P. Indy finishing 19th of 20 in the Run for the Roses, but his connections are hoping to get right back on the Derby trail with Positively, a 2-year-old son of Distorted Humor who is scheduled to make his career debut in Friday’s sixth race at Churchill Downs.
With more than an inch of rain in the Louisville area and more coming down Sunday morning, trainer Dale Romans opted to postpone a work for Preakness (Grade I) contender Cozzetti and instead sent the colt out for a 1 ½-mile gallop after the renovation break under exercise rider Romero Cordache.
Dale Romans has been training horses for more than 25 years, he has saddled more than 1,500 winners, his runners have earned nearly $70 million and his long list of graded-stakes wins include such prestigious races as the Dubai World Cup (Grade I) and the Preakness (GI).