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Record Pletcher Army, Unbeaten Champ Shared Belief Top 413 Early Nominations to 2014 Kentucky Derby, Triple Crown
A record-shattering army of 42 talented and promising young stars from the stable of six-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher and 2-year-old stars of 2013 headed by unbeaten champion Shared Belief and stakes winners Honor Code and Cairo Prince top a roster of 413 3-year-old Thoroughbreds – an 11.9%
Early nominations are now being accepted from owners and trainers of 3-year-old Thoroughbreds who hope their young horses have the talent to the compete in the 2014 Triple Crown, the coveted series of American classic races that includes the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!
Churchill Downs has adjusted its policy on supplemental nominations to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) to make supplemental entrants eligible to make the field for the race if they have qualified on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” point system.
The new “Big Board” under construction at Churchill Downs, the legendary home of the Kentucky Derby, will be the only video board in an outdoor stadium or arena capable of displaying the new and advanced 4K ultra-high definition technology.
As the hectic swirl of holiday shopping heads into the homestretch, here’s a reminder that you can still place the ultimate gift – tickets to the 2014 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Longines Kentucky Oaks – beneath the tree in a neatly-wrapped package or in the stocking of a loved one.
Churchill Downs’ La Troienne Stakes, a 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares ages 4 & up run each year on Kentucky Oaks Day, was elevated to Grade I status for its 2014 running by the American Graded Stakes Committee (“AGSC”).
Churchill Downs' Twin Spires to Glow Orange & White In Support of Neighboring DeSales High's Football Title Bid
Starting Thursday evening, the historic Twin Spires of Churchill Downs will glow in shades of orange and white in honor of neighboring DeSales High School and the bid (“KHSAA”) by its football team to earn the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s 2-A High School Football Championship on Saturday in Bowling Green.
For final odds and will-pays for the Nov. 27-30 Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, click here.
Unforgettable Clark Handicap Finish Highlights Exciting, Challenging 2013 Fall Meet at Churchill Downs
A dramatic renewal of the $550,700 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) won in heart-pounding fashion by Willis D. Horton’s Will Take Charge was the unquestionable highlight of a compelling racing season, but business levels during Churchill Downs’ 25-day Fall Meet that concluded on Saturday, Nov.
Tapiture had failed to find the winner’s circle in the first three races of his young career, but he displayed a liking for a brighter spotlight when he rallied from just off the pace under jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. for an easy 4 ¼-length victory in the 87th running of the $175,200 Kentucky Jockey Club (Grade II) for 2-year-olds, the co-featured eve
Vexed Wins Golden Rod, Gives Iconic Claiborne Farm Record-Equaling 32nd Stakes Win at Churchill Downs
Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider’s homebred Vexed raced close to the pace throughout and drew clear in the stretch to win Saturday’s 70th running of the $169,050 Golden Rod (Grade II) at Churchill Downs by one-length over a game Bird Maker.
“He popped a “stone gravel” – a stone bruise. It popped out of his coronet band yesterday. He’s sound on it and we were able to treat it topically. He was fine this morning. The state vet was here and she thought he was sound. But I know he’s not quite 100 percent, and as the day has gone on some infection has been building up in the foot.
On the morning after his dramatic, last-gasp victory over favored Game On Dude in the 139th running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I), Willis D.
Willis D. Horton’s Will Take Charge, beaten a nose by Mucho Macho Man in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I) on Nov.
After an uncharacteristically slow start following his first Eclipse Award season as a trainer, Dale Romans gained momentum in the second half of 2013 largely on the strength of promising young horses in his barn.
Becky Winemiller’s 4-year-old filly Wine Princess concluded her racing career in brilliant style on Thanksgiving Day at Churchill Downs with an authoritative 2 ¾-length win over 8-5 favorite Don’t Tell Sophia in the 98th running of the $165,300 Falls City Handicap (Grade II).
After dusk-to-dawn work in bone-chilling temperatures by Churchill Downs’ track maintenance team, there was a small window for training activity over the main track early Thanksgiving morning, and California-based visitor Game On Dude made the most of it.
When the racing year at Churchill Downs Racetrack winds to a close on Saturday (Nov.
The last time Stoneway Farm’s Stonetastic visited Churchill Downs, she returned to her home base in New Jersey with a near-miss loss that was also the first setback in her promising young career.
Chuck and Maribeth Sandford’s Almost Famous, one of the nation’s most tantalizing 2-year-old prospects, landed post position No. 1 and heads a field of 10 juveniles entered for Saturday’s 87th running of the $150,000-added Kentucky Jockey Club (Grade II) at Churchill Downs.