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Remembering Alysheba

Alysheba, winner of the 1987 Kentucky Derby and 1988 Horse of the Year, was euthanized on March 27 at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky., due to injuries suffered in a fall at the Kentucky Horse Park.  The son of Alydar was 25.  Click the links at right for more photos from Alysheba's historic Kentucky Derby victory in 1987.

Churchill Downs Opens Infield to Welcome 52nd Annual Scout-O-Rama

The infield at historic Churchill Downs will be filled Friday through Sunday, March 27-29, with images of colorful tents, the scent of campfires, and the sounds of special activities and competitions as thousands of Boy Scouts of all ages and levels of experience gather to participate in the 52nd annual celebration of Scout-O-Rama.

Kentucky Derby 135 Update - Dunkirk, Quality Road Head Florida Derby

Last year’s running of the $750,000 Florida Derby (Grade I) at Gulfstream Park saw the emergence of a major star when unbeaten Big Brown romped to an easy victory and became the favorite for the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI).    Big Brown would later score an emphatic Kentucky Derby win.

Kentucky Oaks 135 Update - Justwhistledixie Tops Bonnie Miss

Streaking Justwhistledixie, the surprising favorite over reigning 2-year-old filly champion Stardom Bound and Silverbulletday (GII) and Golden Rod (GII) winner Rachel Alexandra in Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, will look to strengthen her credentials for the $500,000 Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) when she takes on five rivals in Friday’s $200,000 Bonnie Miss (GII) at Gulfstream Par

Churchill Downs to Open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 28 for Dubai World Cup Simulcast

Trackside at Churchill Downs will open early at 9 am (all times Eastern) on Saturday, March 28, to import the six lucrative stakes races that compromise the 14th annual Dubai World Cup program from Nad Al Sheba Race Course in the United Arab Emirates.

Solid-Gold Kentucky Derby 135 Winner's Trophy Scheduled to Arrive at Churchill Downs on March 25

The solid gold trophy that will be presented to the owner of the 3-year-old Thoroughbred that wins the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 2 is scheduled to arrive at historic Churchill Downs on Wednesday, March 25 at 2 p.m. ET.

Churchill Downs Introduces Official Kentucky Derby 135 Party Playlist

With Kentucky Derby® 135 on May 2, 2009, quickly approaching, Churchill Downs racetrack and the 2009 Kentucky Derby Chief Party Officer, Nick “RiNickulous” Ferrera, today announced the availability of the Official Kentucky Derby 135 Party Playlist.

Remembering Lil E. Tee

Lil E Tee, who captured the 1992 Kentucky Derby to give Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day his only Derby win, was euthanized on March 18 at Old Frankfort Stud near Frankfort, Ky., due to complications from an intestinal problem. The son of At the Threshold was 20.  Click the links at right for more photos from Lil E.

Nick Ferrara (AKA 'RiNickulous') Named Chief Party Officer for Kentucky Derby 135

With Kentucky Derby 135® just around the corner, Churchill Downs, the legendary racetrack that hosts the annual “Run for the Roses,” has announced that Nick Ferrara, also known as “RiNickulous,” will be the new Chief Party Officer (CPO) of the 2009 Kentucky Derby infield.  The reigning CPO, Tim “Stymie” Snyder will formally relinquish his party-ruling duties today, making Ferrara the official m

Gosden-Trained Mafaaz Wins Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes

The John Gosden-trained Mafaaz-GB ran down pacesetter Sochcahtoa-IRE in deep stretch and held off a late charge by Spring of Fame to win Wednesday’s inaugural running of the $115,000 Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes by a neck at Kempton Park near London.

Kentucky Derby 135 Update - Friesan Fire Tops Louisiana Derby

Trainer Larry Jones will be a busy man on Saturday as he send his pair of major contenders for the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) into important prep races in two states.

Kentucky Oaks 135 Update - Rachel Alexandra Odds-On in Fair Grounds Oaks

L & M Racing’s Rachel Alexandra, a dominant winner of Churchill Downs’ Golden Rod (GII) and Oaklawn Park’s Martha Washington in her last two starts, will be the odds-on choice when she faces five rivals in Saturday’s $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (Grade II) at Fair Grounds.

Kentucky Oaks Fundraising Partnership Announced Between Churchill Downs, Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Churchill Downs and Susan G Komen for the Cure®, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, announced today a partnership to raise funds to aid in breast cancer awareness and research.  Kentucky Oaks 135, the companion event to the annual Kentucky Derby, will feature a day of events to raise money and awareness for Komen, which leads the global movement for breast cancer research, educatio

CDI Announces Safety Measures In Effect for Kentucky Derby 135

Churchill Downs Incorporated has announced a series of groundbreaking new rules and policies designed to enhance the safety and welfare of jockeys and horses.  These measures will be in place at Churchill Downs racetrack in advance of the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!

Time Running Out to Apply for 'Chief Party Officer'

Time is running out to apply for the best “job” in America: Chief Party Officer (“CPO”) of the 2009 Kentucky Derby infield.

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

The 2009 “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!

‘All Others’ Favored In Opening Pool Of Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager

Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) begins its 11th year on Thursday when the first of its three betting pools opens with the mutuel field, or “all others,” as the favored betting interest as fans take their shot at picking the winner of the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) months in advance of America’s greatest race.

Bobby Flay to Host Official 'Kentucky Derby Party' Web Site

With Kentucky Derby 135 on May 2, 2009, quickly approaching, Churchill Downs, the legendary racetrack that hosts the annual “Run for the Roses,” is pleased to announce that Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay has signed on for a second year as the official host and spokesperson of the Kentucky Derby Party program and Web site, Read more ›

Churchill Downs 2009 Spring Meet Stakes Schedule Features 29 Events, $7.575 Million in Purses

Churchill Downs has unveiled a stakes schedule for its 2009 Spring Meet that is headed by the 135th renewals of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) and the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI), and includes a total of 29 stakes events with total purses of $7.575 million.

Churchill Downs Giving Away 400 Cajun Jockey Hurricane Glasses at Trackside to Celebrate Louisiana Derby Preview Day

Churchill Downs is set to give away 400 Cajun Jockey Hurricane Glasses on Saturday, February 7, to celebrate Louisiana Derby Preview Day from Fair Grounds.  The glasses proved to be a popular hit during the Fall Meet and Saturday will be a final opportunity to go home with a glass.