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Stephen Foster Super Saturday Nominations Close; Stall Works Louisiana Derby Stars Together

NOMINATIONS CLOSE FOR $750,000-ADDED STEPHEN FOSTER, FIVE ‘SUPER SATURDAY’ RACES – Nominations close at midnight (all times EDT) Saturday for the 27th running of Churchill Downs’ $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I) and the five stakes races on the undercard for “Stephen Foster Super Saturday” on Saturday, June 14.

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Water Gap Wins Friday Feature; Stakes Tripleheader On Tap Saturday

(May 30, 2008) – Water Gap, ridden by Fernando De La Cruz, led throughout in Friday’s $49,800 allowance feature at Churchill Downs and beat Swingit by 1 ¼ lengths. Ballado’s Thunder, the 4-5 favorite in the field of six fillies and mares, finished another 1 ¼ lengths behind in third.

Belmont Contender Macho Again Works; Kenneally Says Kelly's Landing Could Be 'Better' Than Ever

STEWART GLANCES AT FORECAST, WORKS BELMONT STAKES HOPE MACHO AGAIN – West Point Thoroughbreds’ Macho Again, runner-up to Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!

Harty Gives Rosberg A Try On Turf In Opening Verse; Foster

Back in the late summer of 2004, trainer Eoin Harty unveiled a promising son of AP Indy in Southern California, and he thought the colt owned by Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum had the potential to be any kind of horse.

Grand Obsession Wins Thursday Feature

(May 29, 2008) – Grand Obsession, the 2-1 favorite in a field of eight fillies and mares, rallied past 24-1 longshot Simply Seattle for a 2 ¾-length victory in Thursday’s $36,405 allowance feature at Churchill Downs.

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Message From CEO Bob Evans on Horsemen Dispute

Good afternoon,

As you may already be aware, Churchill Downs Incorporated is currently involved in a dispute with horsemen that is affecting Churchill Downs racetrack and Calder Race Course in particular. I want to take a few moments to explain what’s going on and what CDI is doing to resolve this matter.

Graeme Six Wins Grade III Winning Colors

(May 26, 2008) – Graeme Six collected the first graded stakes win of her career in the $107,600 Winning Colors Stakes (Grade III) with a 1 ½-length triumph over defending champ Miss Macy Sue and Change Up on Memorial Day at Churchill Downs.

Denis of Cork Sharp Under Albarado; Curlin Sparkles at Six Furlongs; Lattice to Stars & Stripes

Mr and Mrs William Warren’s Denis of Cork tuned up for a run at unbeaten Triple Crown contender Big Brown in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (Grade I) with a strong five-furlong workout on Monday at Churchill Downs.

Indian Ashton Wins Sunday Feature; Miss Macy Sue Tops Winning Colors on Memorial Day

(May 25, 2008)Indian Ashton, the 8-5 favorite in a field of 10 three-year-olds and up, broke fast from the gate and never looked back en route to a one-length victory over Probation Ready in Sunday’s $50,400 turf sprint feature at Churchill Downs.

Denis of Cork Has Belmont Work On Monday; Manhattan-Bound Einstein Breezes


Albarado Caps Four-Win Day With Lattice in Saturday's Louisville Handicap

(May 24, 2008) – Jockey Robby Albarado capped a four-win day with a hedge-skimming victory aboard Lattice in Saturday’s $170,100 Louisville Handicap (Grade III) at Churchill Downs. Conditioned by Al Stall Jr., the 4-year-old colt beat 34-1 outsider Transduction Gold by three-quarters of length en route to his second career graded stakes win.

Albarado Climbs Into Tie With Leparoux; Gomez Gets Belmont Ride On Macho Again; Elite Squadron Sharp In Aristides Breeze


Mambo in Seattle Wins Friday Feature

(May 23, 2008) – The Neil Howard-trained Mambo in Seattle kicked home gamely to defeat Solemn Promise by one length in Friday’s $41,040 allowance feature at Churchill Downs to win the 1 1/8-mile race in 1:51.38.

Albarado Celebrates "Sweet" Milestone Win; Cougar Cat Works Fast, Likely To Pass Aristides


Albarado Joins 700 Club, Ms. Margaret H. Takes Thursday Feature

(May 22, 2008) – Jockey Robby Albarado became only the seventh jockey in Churchill Downs history to win 700 races under the Twin Spires when Shive’s Success rallied to three-length victory in Thursday’s seventh race at the historic Louisville track. It was Albarado’s second win of the day.

Denis of Cork, Macho Again On Track For Belmont; McPeek's 3-Year-Old Fillies Take To The Turf; Jockeys' Race Tightens

(May 22, 2008) - Two Churchill Downs-based 3-year-olds that are being pointed toward a battle against unbeaten Kentucky Derby (Grade I) winner and Triple Crown winner Big Brown in the Belmont Stakes (GI) were reported to be doing well with just over two weeks remaining before the June 7 “Test of the Champion.”

Millionaire Brass Hat Headlines Saturday's Grade III, $150,000-added Louisville Handicap

(May 22, 2008) – Multiple graded stakes-winning geldings Brass Hat and Silverfoot headline a field of 11 older horses entered in Saturday’s 71st edition of the $150,000-added Louisville Handicap (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.

24-year-old Matt Koontz Wins ‘Road to the Roses’ Fantasy Challenge

Churchill Downs today announced that Matt Koontz, a 24-year-old horseplayer from Las Vegas, has won the 2008 Kentucky Derby “Road to the Roses” Fantasy Challenge, a free online contest sponsored by Quint Events.  In addition to the grand prize VIP trip for two to the 2009 Kentucky Derby, Koontz also collected a record $16,150.76 by

Faith's Magic Wins Wednesday Feature

(May 21, 2008) – Faith’s Magic, a 15-1 longshot trained by Jeff Talley and ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, collected his third win in his last four starts with a neck victory over A.P. Xcellent in Wednesday’s $44,575 allowance feature at Churchill Downs.