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Barbaro's Owners Select Equine Sculptor Alexa King to Create Barbaro Memorial at Churchill Downs

Roy and Gretchen Jackson, the owners of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, today announced that they have selected renowned equine sculptor Alexa King to portray Barbaro in bronze. The statue will become the focal point of Barbaro's official memorial and burial site at Churchill Downs.

Thursday Stakes Advances

The Grade III Kentucky Stakes for two-year-olds has been the exclusive property of trainer Steve Asmussen for the past five years.

On Thursday, Heiligbrodt Racing Stable’s Merkel will attempt to run the string to six when he faces seven foes in the $150,000, five-furlong race. A son of Forest Wildcat, Merkel will break from the rail under Shaun Bridgmohan.

Kentucky Derby 134 Advance

IEAH Stables and Paul Pompa Jr.’s undefeated Big Brown was installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite Wednesday afternoon over 19 rivals for Saturday’s 134th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) at Churchill Downs.

Tuesday Feature Recap

Sean Mulryan’s Ballymore Lady lived up to her 7-5 favorite status by defeating Water Gap by one length in Tuesday’s $56,400 allowance feature at Churchill Downs.

Kentucky Oaks Morning Line

The morning line odds for the 2008 Kentucky Oaks are now available following the post position draw on the morning of Tuesday, April 29. Click the link below to access post positions, jockeys, and morning line for the 134th running of the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), to be run on Friday, May 2.

Macho Again Wins Derby Trial on Opening Day at Churchill Downs

West Point Thoroughbreds’ Macho Again rallied past favored Kodiak Kowboy in the final 50 yards to post a half-length victory Saturday in the $115,200 Derby Trial, the opening day feature of the 52-day Churchill Downs Spring Meet that will be highlighted by the 134th running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on May 3.

Churchill Downs Opens 2008 Spring Meet

Churchill Downs kicks off its 134th Spring Meet and the celebration of Kentucky Derby Week on Saturday, April 26, as the historic home of the “Run for the Roses” opens its 52-day spring session with an 11-race program headed by the 84th running of the $100,000-added Derby Trial.

New Wagers at Churchill

Churchill Downs will offer a daily opportunity for its racing fans to win big when it introduces its new Super Hi-5 wager starting with Saturday’s opening day of the historic track’s April 26-July 6 Spring Meet.  A special Super Hi-5 wager on the 2008 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!

Hospitality and Security Procedures for Kentucky Derby 134 and Kentucky Oaks 134 at Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs will again implement special hospitality and safety measures for the Kentucky Derby 134 and Kentucky Oaks 134. Patrons are advised to arrive early on both days to accommodate expanded search procedures at all entrance gates. All patrons are subject to being scanned by magnetic wands before entry to Churchill Downs.

Churchill Downs and Barbaro Owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson Introduce Artist Selected to Create Barbaro Memorial

Roy and Gretchen Jackson, the owners of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, will join Churchill Downs and Kentucky Derby Museum representatives for a news conference on Thursday, May 1, to introduce the artist that has been selected to create a permanent memorial honoring Barbaro.  The Kentucky Derby 132 winner died in January 2007

Kentucky Derby 134 Update: April 11

Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Pyro, the 5-1 second choice in Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, will go for his third straight victory of 2008 when he faces 11 rivals Saturday in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (Grade I) at Keeneland.

Kentucky Oaks 134 Update: April 11

For the second time in five weeks, Ariege and Golden Doc A tangled in a prep for the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (Grade I).  The result in round two was the same as their first meeting as Ariege, owned by IEAH Stables and Pegasus Holding Group Stables, defeating Ron McCauley’s Golden Doc A by a length in Thursday’s Stonerside Beaumont Stakes (GII) at Keeneland.

Applications Due Sunday for 'CPO' of Derby 134

Churchill Downs is still accepting applications for its “Chief Party Officer” (“CPO”) of the Kentucky Derby 134 infield, but time is growing short -- the deadline to apply is Sunday, April 13.

Louisville Premiere of Kentucky Derby Documentary The First Saturday in May Set for Sunday, April 13

Directors John and Brad Hennegan and other special guests will be in attendance at the Louisville premiere of the riveting Kentucky Derby documentary, The First Saturday in May, on Sunday, April 13.

International Brand Trucks Named Official Truck of Churchill Downs and Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 9, 2008) – International has been named the official truck of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby, officials announced Tuesday, April 8, at the historic Louisville, Ky. racetrack. Churchill Downs Incorporated and Navistar Inc. have agreed to a two-year deal.

Proud Spell, Country Star Favored in Oaks Futures Friday

Two fillies headed for a showdown in Saturday’s Ashland Stakes (Grade I) at Keeneland – Brereton Jones’ Proud Spell and Stonerside Stable’s Country Star – stood as the top two choices in Pool 3 of Churchill Downs’ 2008 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager as the four-day betting pool reached its halfway point.

Big Brown Favored at Midpoint of KDFW Pool 3

IEAH Stables and Paul Pompa Jr.’s Big Brown, the unbeaten winner of the Florida Derby (Grade I), remained the top choice of Kentucky Derby fans as the third and final pool of Churchill Downs’ 2008 Kentucky Derby Future Wager reached its midway point.

Mike Battaglia Leaves Role as Simulcast Racing Analyst For Churchill Downs; Jill Byrne Assumes New Role as Simulcast Host

Churchill Downs Racetrack today announced that Mike Battaglia, who since 1997 has served as the host and racing analyst for the track’s televised simulcast signal, would be leaving that role prior to the start of Churchill Downs’ 134th Spring Meet.

Derby Contenders Work at Churchill

A trio of contenders for the 134th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) turned in strong workouts on Sunday at Churchill Downs in preparation for races that will serve as their final preps for the “Run for the Roses” on May 3.

Kentucky Oaks 134 Update: March 28

A pair of fillies that have spent time chasing the likes of 2-year-old filly champion Indian Blessing and Fair Grounds Oaks (Grade II) winner Proud Spell have the opportunity in Saturday’s $150,000 Bonnie Miss at Gulfstream Park to stamp themselves as major contenders for the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI).