Kentucky Derby News

Stakes Recap November 4, 2023

Tejano Twist Denies Bango 12th Churchill Downs Win

Tejano Twist Denies Bango 12th Churchill Downs Win With Come-From-Behind Win in $300,000 Bet on Sunshine.

Stakes Advance November 4, 2023

Grade II Winner Stitched Takes on 11 Rivals in Saturday’s River City

Grade II Winner Stitched Takes on 11 Rivals in Saturday’s $300,000 River City

October 23, 2023

2023 Kentucky Derby winner Mage’s pedigree fun facts

Kentucky Derby (G1) hero Mage is from the first crop of champion Good Magic, who was second to Justify in the 2018 Run for the Roses. And that’s just the beginning of his Derby-themed pedigree.
Good Magic’s sire, Hall of Famer Curlin, and maternal...

October 23, 2023

Arcangelo gives trainer Antonucci historic win in Belmont Stakes

Thirty years after Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone became the first and thus far only female jockey to win a Triple Crown race when guiding Colonial Affair in the 1993 Belmont S. (G1), the "Test of the Champion" yielded another first when Arcangelo gave...

October 23, 2023

Expert Pick of the Week: 
2023 Monomoy Girl Stakes

A total of six sophomore fillies will travel one mile on the Ellis Park main surface in Saturday’s $175,000 Monomoy Girl S. The Brad Cox-trained Wet Paint was last seen finishing a solid fourth in the recent Kentucky Oaks (G1) when sent postward as...

September 29, 2023

Murrill Balancing Life as Jockey and New Father

Mitchell Murrill admits the word “sleep” is no longer in his vocabulary as he finds balance in his life between being a jockey and a new father to his son, Hayden.
“It’s been a big change in our life. You’re used to just...

September 21, 2023

Third Time Is a Charm for Chuan's U.S. Riding Career

Peruvian jockey Martin Chuan has competed fulltime in the U.S. twice but now well into his third stint in North America, he’s ready to stay.
“I enjoyed riding in Peru and was very successful winning many Group I races but I wanted to come...

September 17, 2023

Churchill Downs Stakes Recaps and Quotes: Iroquois, Pocahontas, Locust Grove, Open Mind and Louisville Thoroughbred Society

Harry L. Veruchi’s West Saratoga is the early points leader on the 2024 “Road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve” after the Exaggerator colt won Saturday’s 42nd running of the $300,000 Iroquois (Grade III) for...

September 17, 2023

From Defending LeBron James to Training Horses, Matt Shirer Brings Unique Background to Churchill Downs

More than 20 years ago, trainer Matt Shirer was hard at work on the court playing high school and AAU basketball in northern Ohio. Shirer moved on from his basketball career in the early 2000s and officially began his training career in 2015.
We sat...

June 4, 2023

Henrietta Topham Runs Down White Frost To Win Grade III, Old Forester Mint Julep

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, June 4, 2023) – Henrietta Topham, owned and bred by Michael Burns’ Cambus-Kenneth Farm, surged past odds-on 3-5 favorite White Frost inside the final 100 yards to score a half-length victory in Sunday’s 47th...

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