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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.
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.
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).
IEAH Stables and Paul Pompa Jr.’s Big Brown has a maiden win on turf and an allowance victory on dirt in his two career starts and he drew the unfavorable outside post for Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (Grade I), but his reputation is so huge that the inexperienced colt was still installed as the 3-1 morning line choice for the 1 1/8-mile race.
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) at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 3, arrived at the historic track on Thursday, March 27.
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 ›