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One can reasonably expect the name of Kenny McPeek, a trainer who always has some very promising juveniles in his barn, to be tossed about frequently during the Fall Meet at Churchill Downs, a racing session well-known for being an early proving ground for 2-year-olds.
Knocked Off the Kentucky Derby Trail by Injury, 3-Year-Olds Constitution, Hoppertunity Seek Redemption In Grade I Clark
Constitution and Hoppertunity, two auspicious 3-year-olds that were denied starts in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands because of ill-timed setbacks, look for redemption Friday at Churchill Downs against seven rivals in the 140th renewal of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I).
It’s a true reminder that the pace is quickening on the journey to the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I): the first of four pools in Churchill Downs Racetrack’s Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) will open its three-day run on Friday, Nov.
Phil Sims and Jerry Namy’s Don’t Tell Sophia, a $1,000 yearling purchase who has thrilled racing fans this year with a victory in Keeneland’s Grade I Juddmonte Spinster and a runner-up finish in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (GI), heads a field of 10 older fillies and mares entered Sunday for the 99th running of Thursday’s $200,000-added
When Robert V. LaPenta’s Easter Gift finished a solid third to eventual 3-year-old champion Will Take Charge and future Hall of Famer Game On Dude in last year’s Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Health Care (Grade I), trainer Chad Brown was hoping that big things could be on the horizon.
A brief freshening and a perfect stalking trip was the winning formula for 4-year-old filly Strike Charmer, who easily beat 13 rivals in Saturday’s 41st running of the $119,700 Cardinal Handicap (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.
With an eye toward possibly spending another Thanksgiving Day at Churchill Downs, trainer and co-owner Phil Sims sent Juddmonte Spinster (Grade I) winner and Breeders’ Cup Distaff (GI) runner-up Don’t Tell Sophia on a Saturday road trip from his Keeneland base to the Louisville track to workout in advance of a planned run in Thursday’s 99th running o
Maryland-based filly Nellie Cashman completed a promising 3-year-old season with a disappointing run in last fall’s Mrs. Revere (Grade II), but she climbed aboard a van Friday morning for a return trip to Churchill Downs and a bid to make amends for that performance.
Following back-to-back cancellations due to a frozen racetrack, racing at Churchill Downs Racetrack will resume Friday at 12:40 p.m. EST with its regularly-scheduled 10-race program.
Veteran trainer Wayne Catalano, already enjoying his best year at Churchill Downs, will attempt to build on his 2014 accomplishments when he sends multiple stakes winner I’m Already Sexy and two stablemates into an overflow field of 16 fillies and mares entered for Saturday’s 41st running of the $100,000-added Cardinal Handicap (Grade III) on the Mat
Unable to thaw its main track following a blast of winter weather earlier this week, Churchill Downs Racetrack has announced that it will cancel live racing for a second consecutive day on Thursday, Nov. 20.
An early blast of winter weather that has sent temperatures plummeting into the teens with sub-zero wind chills has prompted Churchill Downs Racetrack to cancel its live racing program scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 19.
Saturday marked an emotional afternoon beneath the Twin Spires, as Churchill Downs and the City of Louisville celebrated the extraordinary career of Rosie Napravnik, the first female rider to capture the Kentucky Oaks (twice), the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
Beverly Anderson and Edward Seltzer’s Sparkling Review displayed a brilliant late kick inside the final three-sixteenths of the mile to win Saturday’s 24th running of the $237,800 Mrs. Revere (GII) for 3-year-old fillies by a widening 2 ¾ lengths over Lady Lara-IRE.
Terry Hamilton’s Heart to Heart led every step of the way in Saturday’s 11th running of the $115,300 Commonwealth Turf (Grade III) at Churchill Downs and beat Other Cheek by 3 ¾ lengths to collect his third consecutive stakes victory.
BC Classic Winner Bayern, Constitution Head Nominees for 140th Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare
Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I) winner Bayern and Florida Derby winner (GI) Constitution headline a cast of 20 horses nominated to the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI) on Nov. 28. Named for Churchill Downs founder Col. M.
After taking her U.S. debut in the $200,000 Pebbles at Belmont Park, Swettenham Stud’s Lady Lara-IRE will try to keep her stateside unbeaten streak alive in Saturday’s $200,000-added Mrs. Revere (GII) at Churchill Downs.
Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) welcomed 29 outstanding high school seniors to the historic home of the Kentucky Derby on Thursday, Nov. 13 to recognize the accomplishments of those students as members of the “Class of 2014” of Churchill Downs Governor’s Scholars (“CDGS”) program.
Jockey Robby Albarado had to wait a few days but the 41-year-old rider was finally able to celebrate his 1,000th career victory at Churchill Downs after guiding the Pat Dupuy-trained Red Maserati to a one-length triumph in Thursday’s third race.
Fresh off an impressive 2 ¾-length victory in the Oct. 17 Valley View (Grade III) at Keeneland, Beverly Anderson and Edward Seltzer’s Sparkling Review will put her three-race winning streak on the line in Saturday’s $200,000-added Mrs. Revere (GII) at Churchill Downs.