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Tizaqueena Wins Churchill Distaff Turf Mile

Tizaqueena, owned by Darley Stables and trained by Michael Stidham, scored a three-quarters length victory in the $238,600 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (Grade II) at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day, Saturday, May 2, 2009.  The 4-year-old daughter of Tiznow scored her fourth consecutive victory under jockey Jamie Theriot.

Four Gifts Rallies to Nip Just Jenda in Eight Belles

Heiligbrodt Racing Stable’s Four Gifts overhauled favored Just Jenda to win the $113,300 Eight Belles (Grade III) for 3-year-old fillies by three lengths on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.

Mud-Loving Accredit Takes the Churchill Downs

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Accredit remained perfect on wet tracks as he scored a front-running 1 ¾-length victory under Julien Leparoux to take the 75th running of the $280,500 Churchill Downs Presented by Carewise Health (Grade II) on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.

The Churchill Downs, for 4-year-olds and up, was the first of six graded stakes on the Kentucky Derby 135 card.

Kentucky Oaks 135 Notes - Everything Perfect For Rachel Alexandra

It was easy to figure out where the winner of Friday’s 135th running of the Kentucky Oaks was … just follow the lilies.

The garland of lilies was draped over the wall in front of Stall 17 at Barn 30 where Rachel Alexandra was taking it easy after her jaw-dropping, 20 1/4-length victory in the Kentucky Oaks.

Ankle Ailment Forces Scratch of Morning Line Favorite I Want Revenge From Kentucky Derby 135

Morning-line favorite I Want Revenge was scratched for the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday morning after an undiagnosed problem was detected in the left front ankle of the Jeff Mullins-trained colt.

Orthodox Pulls $93.20 Shocker in American Turf

Kim and John Glenney’s Orthodox held off a late charge by Battle of Hastings (GB) by three-quarters of a length to spring a $93.20 upset in the 18th running of the $170,400 American Turf Presented by HRTV (Grade III) for 3-year-olds over Churchill Downs’ Matt Winn Turf Course.

Bullsbay Wins Churchill's Alysheba Stakes

Steven C Mitchell’s Mitchell Ranch, Frank Lewkowitz and Joe Rice's Bullsbay, a five-year-old horse by Tiznow, rallied to win the $170,400 Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks Day, Friday, May 1, 2009.  Bullsbay captured the Alysheba by three-quarters of a length under jockey Jeremy Rose.

Laragh Wires Field in Churchill's Edgewood

IEAH Stables, Gary Tolchin and Pegasus Holding Group Stables’ Laragh took the lead shortly out of the gate and never looked back to win the 25th running of the $115,300 Edgewood for 3-year-old fillies over the Matt Winn Turf Course by 1 1/4 lengths over Magical Affair.

Miss Isella Outduels Favored One Caroline to Win Louisville Distaff

Domino Stud of Lexington’s Miss Isella squeezed through a narrow opening along the rail in defeating 1-2 favorite One Caroline by three-quarters of a length  to win the 24th running of the $379,700 Louisville Distaff (Grade II) on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.

Trained by Ian Wilkes, Miss Isella gave Borel his fifth victory in the Louisville Distaff.

Chamberlain Bridge Rallies to Win Aegon Turf Sprint

Carl Moore Management’s Chamberlain Bridge collared Smart Enough in deep stretch and then held off  a late charge from Cannonball by a neck to win the 15th running of the $112,800 AEGON Turf Sprint (Grade III) for 3-year-olds and up over the Matt Winn Turf Course at Churchill Downs on Friday afternoon.

Rachel Alexandra Dominates Kentucky Oaks 135

A crowd of 104,867, up 4.8 percent over the 2008 crowd of 100,046, witnessed a sublime performance in Kentucky Oaks 135, as favored Rachel Alexandra cruised to a record 20 ¼-length victory in a field of seven 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs.  Kentucky Oaks 135 also featured a day of events to raise funds for Susan G.

Rachel Alexandra Storms to Record 20 1/4 Length Victory Before 104,867 in Kentucky Oaks 135

L & M Partners LLC’s Rachel Alexandra delivered a tour de force under Calvin Borel in crushing six rivals to win the 135th running of the $554,500 Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) by a record 20 ¼ lengths on Friday before a crowd of 104,867 at Churchill Downs.

Foot Ailment Forces Scratch Justwhistledixie from 135th Kentucky Oaks

West Point Thoroughbreds, Lakland Farm and R.D. Hubbard’s Justwhistledixie, a winner of five consecutive races including the Bonnie Miss (Grade II) and Davona Dale (GII) at Gulfstream Park, has been scratched from the 135th running of the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI) because of a foot ailment.

Kentucky Derby 135 Friday Update: Pletcher Hopes to Avoid Muddy Derby

Catch the latest and final updates on your Derby favorites, one day in advance of Kentucky Derby 135!

TVG to Offer Wagering on Kentucky Derby 135

Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (“CDI”)  has announced that advance-deposit wagering (“ADW”) company TVG will offer wagering on the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands from Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 2, 2009.  The deal, which is through TrackNet Media, extends through Oct.

Kentucky Derby 135 Thursday Update - Papa Clem Sharp

As the clock winds down to the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, use Churchill Downs as your one-stop location for all the latest details on training schedules, workouts and more.

Kentucky Oaks 135 Thursday Update - Nan Camp Looks to Benefit from Speed Duel

Follow your Oaks favorites through Churchill Downs, and make your choice on who will win tomorrow's 135th running of the Kentucky Oaks!

Kentucky Derby 135 Wednesday Update - Win Willy Out

Final preparations are underway for the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.  Scroll down to see how your Derby favorite is training up to the big race!

Talamo Gets First Churchill Downs Victory as Sugar Baby Love Takes Wednesday Feature

Jockey Joe Talamo got his Kentucky Derby Week activity off to a good start Wednesday afternoon as he drove Sugar Baby Love (GER) past Happiness Is in deep stretch to win the $46,406 Grinstead Gallop over the Matt Winn Turf Course at Churchill Downs by a half-length.

Derby 135 Undercard - Einstein Bids for Second Straight

Matthew Garretson’s Einstein (BRZ), a versatile major stakes winner on grass, dirt and synthetic surfaces, will attempt to become the first repeat winner of the $500,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Grade I) on Saturday in one of the main appetizers on the Kentucky Derby 135 card at Churchill Downs.