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Kentucky Oaks 136 Update: Blind Luck Takes Thrilling Las Virgenes, Decelerator Rebounds


WEST / BLIND LUCK TAKES THRILLING LAS VIRGENES
– Odds-on favorite Blind Luck, the likely early favorite for the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) on April 30 at Churchill Downs, launched a desperate rally from last in a field of five to run down Evening Jewel in the final stride to win the $250,000-added Las Virgenes (GI) at Santa Anita by a nose.

'All Others' Heavy Favorite In Kentucky Derby Futures Pool 1 Over Champ 'Lucky,' Buddy's Saint

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Lookin At Lucky, Buddy's Saint Attract Attention, But 'All Others' Remains Dominant Favorite in Derby Futures Pool 1

Lookin At Lucky and Buddy’s Saint continued to attract solid support in the opening pool of Churchill Downs’ 2010 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”), but the “all others” option remained a dominant favorite heading into Sunday’s final day of betting in the three-day pool.

Champ Lookin At Lucky The Favored Individual, But 'All Others' Heavily Favored on Opening Day of Kentucky Derby Futures Pool 1

There were few surprises on a brisk opening day of betting in Pool 1 of Churchill Downs’ 2010 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) as 2-year-old champion Lookin At Lucky ended the day as the favored individual contender for the May 1 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum Brands (Grade I), but the “all others” wagering interest was a heavy overall favorite.

'Road to the Roses' Kentucky Derby Fantasy Challenge Now Online

The 2010 “Road to the Roses” Kentucky Derby Fantasy Challenge, a free online contest that allows racing fans to manage a stable of Kentucky Derby contenders during the three-month buildup to the historic Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), is now open for registration.

'All Others' Favored In Opening 2010 Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool, Champion Lookin At Lucky Is Favored Individual

The chance for early bragging rights among fans of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands arrives on Friday, Feb.

Churchill Downs Cancels Charlie Strong Reception Due to Inclement Weather, Poor Driving Conditions

Due to inclement weather and poor driving conditions in the Louisville area, Churchill Downs has cancelled Tuesday night’s cocktail reception in the Turf Club to welcome the University of Louisville’s new head football coach Charlie Strong.

Churchill Downs Launches KentuckyDerby.com

Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) (NASDAQ: CHDN) has launched www.KentuckyDerby.com, the official Web site for the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and definitive online resource for information about the Kentucky Derby experience.

Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, Triple Crown Attract 366 Nominations

The cream of this year’s crop of 3-year-old Thoroughbreds has risen to the top once again as 366 members of that class have been nominated early for the 2010 renewals of America’s three classic races that comprise horse racing’s highly sought Triple Crown.

Dierks Bentley, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Ben Folds, Train & The Avett Brothers Added to HullabaLOU

Country music star Dierks Bentley, musical institution Blood, Sweat & Tears, singer-songwriter Ben Folds, Grammy Award-winning rock band Train and folk-rockers The Avett Brothers are among the growing list of artists that have been added to perform at this summer’s HullabaLOU Music Festival at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

Dates Announced For 2010 Kentucky Derby, Oaks Future Wagers

Churchill Downs will offer fans of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) a trio of opportunities in February and March to make a lucrative early bet on the winner of this year’s “Run for the Roses” and one chance to take a stand on the 3-year-old filly that will succeed Rachel Alexandra as the winner of the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI).

Kentucky Derby, Oaks Among Six Grade I Offerings on Churchill Downs' 2010 Stakes Schedule

Churchill Downs has unveiled a $9.025 million stakes schedule for its Spring and Fall racing meets in 2010 headed by the 136th renewals of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks and $500,000-added Clark Handicap among its six Grade I offerings.

Kentucky Derby, Oaks Infield Club Returns With Several Enhancements

Churchill Downs’ exclusive Infield Club, which offered a new guest experience for fans of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks in 2009, will return for this year’s renewals with several venue enhancements, including the creation of a new VIP Lounge plus additional seating, more and larger tented areas, additional jumbo televisions and bar locations.

Churchill Downs, NBC Sports Partner for 'Road to the Kentucky Derby' Series

Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) and NBC Sports have announced a partnership to present three broadcasts featuring six Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown prep races this spring leading up to the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on NBC Sports on Saturday, May 1.

Owner/Breeder LaPenta Sponsors The Cliff's Edge Derby Trial; Final Derby Prep's Purse Now $200,000

Prominent Thoroughbred owner and breeder Robert LaPenta will honor one his most accomplished horses and boost the significance of the final major prep for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) after reaching an agreement with the historic track to sponsor this year’s 86th running of the $200,000-added The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial (GIII).

Early Nominations for 2010 Triple Crown Series Due Jan. 16

Horsemen across the country and abroad will be looking closely at their 3-year-old Thoroughbreds during the coming days as the nomination period for the 2010 Triple Crown races gets into full swing.

Churchill Downs' Online Offering of Select Kentucky Derby, Oaks Tickets Sells Out

Churchill Downs’ exclusive online offering of 3,000 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks reserved seat packages sold out Wednesday in 48 minutes.

Reminder: Rescheduled Online Sale of Kentucky Derby, Oaks Tickets is Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 12 p.m. EST

A limited number of two-day ticket packages to this year’s Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks will go on sale at http://tickets.churchilldowns.com on Wednesday (Jan. 6) at noon EST.

Online Kentucky Derby, Oaks Ticket Sale Rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 12 p.m. EST

Churchill Downs’ online sale of limited two-day Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks ticket packages, which was delayed Wednesday by a potential data error with its new online box office, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 6 at noon EST.

Potential Data Error Delays Wednesday's Online Sale of Kentucky Derby, Oaks Tickets

In an effort to respectfully serve its customers, Churchill Downs has decided to delay a scheduled online sale of two-day Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks ticket packages due to a potential data error with its new online box office, http://tickets.churchilldowns.com.