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Churchill Downs Congratulates 2009 'American Idol' Winner Kris Allen

Churchill Downs wishes to congratulate 2009 "American Idol" winner Kris Allen, who became the series' eighth winner on Wednesday after defeating Adam Lambert in the competition's final voting round. Allen, a 23-year-old from Conway, Ark., was one of thousands of "Idol" hopefuls who made his way through the auditions in Louisville, Ky.

Top-Weighted Spice Route Faces Brass Hat, Seven Others in 72nd Running of Louisville Handicap

Spice Route (GB), stylish winner of the Elkhorn (Grade II) in his most recent start at Keeneland on April 24, headlines a field of nine entered for Saturday’s 72nd running of the $100,000-added Louisville Handicap (Grade III) to be run at a mile and a half over the Matt Winn Turf Course.

Rachel Alexandra Returns to the Track; Mine That Bird Playful In First Gallop Since Preakness

It was a day for racing royalty at Churchill Downs on Wednesday as Preakness (Grade I) and Kentucky Oaks (GI) winner Rachel Alexandra returned to track for a gallop and Mine That Bird, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and a fast-closing runner-up in the Preakness,  continued to show his spirit during his first gallop since Saturday’s race.

Simulcast Wagering, Free Admission Weds., May 20 and Other Reduced Days

Although there will be no live racing on Wednesday, May 20 at Churchill Downs, the historic track will offer wagering on tracks from around North America at its Trackside at Churchill simulcast center.. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. (all times EDT) and patrons will enjoy free admission throughout the day.  

Kentucky Derby Winner Mine That Bird Playful in Jog; Rachel Alexandra Set for Wednesday Return to Track

After two days off and a 9 ½-hour van ride from Baltimore, Kentucky Derby (Grade I) winner Mine That Bird returned to the track at Churchill Downs for a light jog on Tuesday.

Kentucky Derby Winner Mine That Bird Returns to Churchill To Prepare for Belmont, Search for New Rider Begins

Kentucky Derby (Grade I) winner Mine That Bird, a gallant runner-up to the brilliant filly Rachel Alexandra in the Preakness (GI), is off of the road and back in his stall at Barn 42 at Churchill Downs following a road trip from Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course, Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine’s son of Birdstone will return to the track on Tuesday to begin his preparation for a run in

Multiple Stakes Winner Tizdejavu Remains Perfect At Churchill Downs with Win in Sunday Turf Feature

Multiple stakes winner Tizdejavu remained unbeaten on the grass course at Churchill Downs when he returned from a nine-month absence from competition to win Sunday’s $57,780 featured allowance race at Churchill Downs.

Rachel Alexandra Back Home/Matt Winn Duo Doing Well/Flying Pegasus Works

Stostreet Stables and Harold McCormick’s Preakness Stakes (Grade I) and Kentucky Oaks (GI) winner Rachel Alexandra returned to trainer Steve Asmussen’s Barn 38 at Churchill Downs on Sunday morning following a flight from Baltimore.

Capt Candyman Can Wins Matt Winn

Capt Candyman Can collected the fourth stakes win of his career when he out-kicked 4-5 favorite Cash Refund by three-quarters of a length in Saturday’s eighth running of the $106,900 Matt Winn Stakes for 3-year-olds at Churchill Downs.

While Stars Shine In Preakness, Churchill-based 3-Year-Olds Await Their Chance/Brass Hat sharp in work

The current stars of the 3-year-old crop – headed by Kentucky Derby (Grade I) winner Mine That Bird, Kentucky Oaks (GI) filly Rachel Alexandra and Derby runner-up Pioneerof the Nile – are among 13 three-year-olds doing battle in the 134th running of the Preakness (GI) at Pimlico.

Distinctive Dixie Wins Friday Feature; Rachel Alexandra 3-2 in Early Preakness Betting

Distinctive Dixie, ridden by Jesus Castanon, didn’t disappoint as the odds-on 3-5 favorite in Friday’s $51,840 allowance feature at Churchill Downs. The 4-year-old filly trained by Wally Dollase led every step of the way and turned back a late charge from Ms. Margaret H. to win the one-mile test for fillies and mares by 2 1/2 lengths in 1:35.75.

Amoss Cherishes 300th Win at Churchill Downs/Macho Again to Foster/Spice Route Top Weight in Louisville

As trainer Tom Amoss stood in the winner’s circle at Churchill Downs following his 300th victory under the historic Twin Spires of the home of the Kentucky Derby, he recalled his first journey to the Louisville track.
    The 47-year-old New Orleans native picked a good day for that first visit.

Back-to-Back Milestones: Jockey Borel Gets 900th Local Victory, Trainer Amoss Earns 300th

Two-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel became only the fourth rider to win 900 races in the 135-year history of Churchill Downs when Patton’s Creek Farm’s War Eagle Lady romped to a 14 ¾-length victory in Wednesday’s sixth race.

Kleins' Cash Refund Set for Matt Winn/Demarcation Nears Return/Leparoux expands lead

Louisville-based owners and breeders Richard, Elaine and Bert Klein have raced some very talented horses at Churchill Downs through the years, but few have attracted the early attention generated by their 3-year-old gelding Cash Refund.

Stakes Veteran Capt Candyman Can Faces Unbeaten Newcomer Cash Refund in Matt Winn

Three-time graded stakes winner Capt Candyman Can looms as the betting favorite in Saturday’s 8th running of the $100,000-added Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs, but that proven veteran could face a major challenge from unbeaten newcomer Cash Refund.

Jockey Leparoux Wins His 1,000th Career Race

Jockey Julien Leparoux won the 1,000th race of his brief career on Wednesday when he guided My Little Connor ($6.20) to a 1 ¾-length victory for trainer Dave Vance in the third race at Churchill Downs.

BARN NOTES (5.13.09) - 'Rachel', 'Pioneer' Depart for Baltimore/'Candyman' Ready for Matt Winn/Silverfoot nears return

PREAKNESS CONTENDERS RACHEL ALEXANDRA, PIONEEROF THE NILE DEPART CHURCHILL DOWNS FOR BALTIMORE – The exodus of Churchill Downs-based contenders for Saturday’s 134th running of the $1 million Preakness (Grade I) was completed on Wednesday when major contenders Rachel Alexandra and Pioneerof the Nile stepped onto separate vans around 12:30 p.m.

Derby Winner Mine That Bird Departs For Baltimore/Rose to ride Terrain/Rachel goes back to track

KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER MINE THAT BIRD HEADS TO PIMLICO – A few minutes after 9 o’clock Tuesday morning, Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine’s Mine That Bird rolled out of the Churchill Downs barn area headed for Baltimore and the second leg of racing’s Triple Crown.

Churchill Downs to Request Reduced Racing Dates, Stakes Purses for 2009 Spring Meet

Due to a reduced number of entries and a decline in purse money earned from all wagering sources during its ongoing 2009 Spring Meet, Churchill Downs Racetrack (“Churchill”) will request permission from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (“KHRC”) to eliminate seven race days from its 2009 Spring Meet, which had been scheduled for 52 racing days between Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, July 5. 

Derby Winner Mine That Bird Works with Borel/'Pioneer' Zips/General Quarters, Flying Private Work

KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER MINE THAT BIRD WORKS SURPRISE FOUR FURLONGS WITH BOREL IN SADDLE –  Trainer Bennie “Chip” Woolley Jr. waited until after the renovation break to send Kentucky Derby 135 winner Mine That Bird to the track Monday morning at Churchill Downs.