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Racing resumes under the Twin Spires on Saturday, April 26, and Churchill Downs’ official Web site is keeping pace with a new look and expanded features for the 2008 season. The redesigned Web site is available at www.churchilldowns.com.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 26, 2008) – Trackside at Churchill Downs will open early at 9 a.m. (all times Eastern) on Saturday, March 29, to import the six lucrative stakes races that comprise the 13th annual Dubai World Cup program from Nad Al Sheba Race Course in the United Arab Emirates.
Due to preparations for the Spring Meet and for Kentucky Derby 134 on Saturday, May 3, Churchill Downs will move simulcasting operations to its Trackside Louisville facility at 4520 Poplar Level Road from Wednesday, April 2, through Friday, April 25. Simulcasting will also be available at Trackside Louisville on Kentucky Oaks Day, Friday, May 2; Kentucky Derby Day; and on Sunday, May 4.
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Churchill Downs is open for simulcast wagering on Easter Sunday, March 23. Admission is free all day and and simulcasting includes Fair Grounds Race Course, Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita. Gates open at noon.
Churchill Downs Incorporated has partnered with Truly Indie and filmmakers John and Brad Hennegan to distribute their award-winning documentary The First Saturday in May to U.S. theatres for a week-long national run in 18 major markets starting Thursday, April 18. A special one-night Louisville, Ky., premiere is scheduled for Sunday, April 13, at The Louisville Palace Theatre.
Louisville, KY (March 9, 2008) -- Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC’s homebred Pyro has failed to defeat reigning 2-year-old champion War Pass in three meetings, but racing fans across North America appear to believe a showdown in the 134th Kentucky Derby presented by Yum!
Louisville, KY (March 9, 2008) -- A surprise loss in the Fair Grounds Oaks (Grade II) by reigning 2-year-old filly champion and previously unbeaten Indian Blessing threw Pool 2 of Churchill Downs’ 2008 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager wide open, and the resulting scramble saw Country Star and Proud Spell rise to the top when betting on contenders for the 134th Kentucky Oaks (GI) in the fou
Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay Helps Churchill Downs 'Bring the Derby Home' Through Official Kentucky Derby Party Program
Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay knows his recipes – and his horses. The host of the Food Network’s Emmy-awarding winning television show, “Boy Meets Grill,” is no stranger to the horse racing scene, having owned racehorses for a number of years after developing an affinity for the sport.
Louisville, KY (March 5, 2008) -- William A.
Louisville, KY (March 4, 2008) -- Unbeaten 2-year-old champion War Pass, winner of the $2 million Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I), and Pyro, the runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup and a dazzling winner of the recent Risen Star Stakes (GIII) at Fair Grounds, are the early favorites for Pool 2 of Churchill Downs’ 2008 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which opens its four-day run on
Louisville, KY (March 4, 2008) -- Hal and Patti Earnhardt’s unbeaten Indian Blessing, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2007 and winner of the $2 million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (Grade I) and the recent Silverbulletday Stakes (GIII) at Fair Grounds, is the solid morning line choice over rival Proud Spell in Pool 2 of Churchill Downs’ 2008 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager,
Unbeaten Champion Indian Blessing Heads Roster of 165 3-Year-Old Fillies Nominated to 134th Kentucky Oaks
Louisville, KY (March 4, 2008) -- Hal and Patti Earnhardt's unbeaten Indian Blessing, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2007 and winner of the $2 million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (Grade I), tops a roster of 165 3-year-old fillies nominated to compete in the 134th running of the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI) at Churchill Downs on Friday, May 2. Read more ›
Louisville, KY (Feb. 10, 2008) -- The first of three pools of the Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby Future Wager ran true to form as the mutuel field, or “all others,” ended up as the favorite on a roster of 24 wagering interests.
Louisville, KY (Feb. 7, 2008) -- Churchill Downs has unveiled a $11 million stakes schedule for its Spring and Fall Meets in 2008 that includes 45 stakes events – including a record 38 graded stakes races – headed by the 134th renewals of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) and $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI).
The Kentucky Derby “Road to the Roses” 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 race, is now open for registration.
Louisville, KY (Feb. 5, 2008) -- The mutuel field, or “all others,” wager has been favored in the first of three pools of Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby Future Wager every year since the bet was first offered in 1999. The trend is expected to continue in 2008 as fans line up on Thursday, Feb.
Louisville, KY (Feb.
Churchill Downs Selected as Burial and Official Memorial Site for 2006 Kentucky Derby Winner Barbaro
Churchill Downs has been selected as the final resting place for 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, who was euthanized one year ago after a lengthy battle with laminitis. The announcement was made Tuesday by Barbaro’s owners, Roy and Gretchen Jackson, at a Churchill Downs news conference.