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Churchill Downs Gains Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Approval for Three Night Racing Dates, Two New Wagers

Churchill Downs has been granted permission by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (“KHRC”) to conduct three historic sessions of night racing during its April 25-July 5 Spring Meet.  The regulatory panel has also granted approval to the track’s request to offer two new wagers during the meet.

Wood Memorial Winner I Want Revenge Arrives at Churchill Downs

David Lanzman and IEAH Stable's I Want Revenge, winner of the Wood Memorial (Grade I) and one of the early favorites for the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), arrived at Churchill Downs early Tuesday, April 7 to continue his preparation for the May 2 "Run for the Roses."

Kentucky Oaks 135 Update - Rachel Alexandra Cruises, Hooh Why Upsets Champion Stardom Bound in Ashland

L & M Racing's Rachel Alexandra may have earned the role of favorite in the 135th Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) on May 1 at Churchill Downjs when she romped to an effortless 8 ½-length romp in the $250,000 Fantasy Stakes (GII) at Oaklawn Park.

Kentucky Derby 135 Update - I Want Revenge, Pioneerof the Nile Win Big Kentucky Derby Preps

After a successful debut in New York in the Gotham Stakes (Grade III) that bordered on effortless, David Lanzman and IEAH Stables' California invader I Want Revenge encountered nothing but trouble in last Saturday's Wood Memorial (GI).  But the result in each was the same: a victory that enhanced his status as one of the major contenders for the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by

Wood Memoral Winner I Want Revenge Favored In Final Pool of Churchill Downs Derby Future Wager

David Lanzman and IEAH Stable's I Want Revenge, who overcame a poor start and significant traffic concerns to win Saturday's Wood Memorial (GI) at Aqueduct, emerged a solid favorite to win the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) as the third and final pool of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager ("KDFW") completed its four-day run on Sunday, April 5.

Injury Knocks The Pamplemousse Out of Kentucky Derby; Wagering Suspended in Derby Futures

A leg injury has knocked Sham Stakes (GIII) winner The Pamplemousse out of consideration for the Kentucky Derby and wagering on the colt in Pool 3 of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager was suspended Sunday afternoon.

Wood Memorial Winner I Want Revenge Is New Choice Heading Into Final Day of Derby Future Bet

A Saturday that featured three major prep races for the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) ended with a new favorite in the third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager ("KDFW") as a dazzling win in Aqueduct's Wood Memorial propelled I Want Revenge into the pool's top spot.

Churchill Downs and Mattel Team Up to Create Kentucky Derby Barbie Doll

With Kentucky Derby® 135 on May 2, 2009, quickly approaching, Churchill Downs, the legendary racetrack that hosts the annual “Run for the Roses®,” and Mattel are pleased to announce that they have teamed up to create the Kentucky Derby® Barbie® doll.

Churchill Downs Welcomes 'Top Chef' to Infield Club for 2009 Kentucky Derby and Oaks

Churchill Downs will welcome one of cable television’s most-watched shows, Bravo’s Emmy® and James Beard Foundation® Award-winning “Top Chef,” to the Infield Club on Kentucky Oaks and Derby Days, May 1-2, 2009.  Top Chef: The Tour will be part of Churchill’s new Infield Club hospitality area, which allows Derby and Oaks guests to enjoy the exuberant party atmosphere of the traditional infield w

Churchill Downs to Shift Simulcast Wagering to Trackside Louisville

Due to preparations for the upcoming Spring Meet and Kentucky Derby 135, Churchill Downs will move simulcast operations to its Trackside Louisville facility at 4520 Poplar Level Road from Wednesday, April 1, through Friday, April 24.

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.