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Kentucky Downs or Churchill Downs: Who Gets Edge in Race Dates Battle?

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s Race Dates Committee meets at 1 p.m. today and one of the issues the panels faces is whether to approve a request from Kentucky Downs to expand its highly... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Romans on Indian Charlie Fight: ‘I Had to Defend Myself’

Eclipse Award-winning trainer Dale Romans and newsletter publisher Ed Musselman were involved in a fight Thursday morning that brought Louisville Metro Police officers and EMTs to the Churchill Downs... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Schedule Change Can Make Triple Crown Even Tougher

Jeff Lowe is a former staff writer for Thoroughbred Times who currently handles media for Team Valor International If California Chrome succeeds in ending the 36-year Triple Crown drought with a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

California Stewards Investigate Race Ride, Barn of Churchill Maiden Winner

California Chrome wasn’t the only California-bred to make an impression at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May. Seven hours before the Kentucky Derby, trainer A. C. Avila sent a 4-year-old... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Paulick’s Derby Pick: Wicked Strong

Over the last 25 years, eight horses that competed in the Florida Derby went on to victory in the Kentucky Derby, making it the most productive race on the road to Churchill Downs and the first... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

One Expensive Bucket: Budgeting a Kentucky Derby Trip

The Kentucky Derby is on many a bucket list, but it’s right up there with the Super Bowl when it comes to expensive sporting events. Between tickets, parking, hotel, food, souvenirs, and of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘Big Board’ Wows Fans on Churchill’s Opening Night

The $12 million investment had its critics, but there’s little argument that Churchill Downs’ monstrous new video board is a stunner. For the nearly 25,000 fans on hand for the ‘Big... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Holding Churchill Downs Accountable for Fair Grounds Decline

This is the nightmare scenario for horse racing people when slot machines come to town. Bean counters in corporate offices begin to look at racing operations as an expense, a necessary evil that must... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Security Cameras in Derby Stalls Should Be a No-Brainer

A year ago, based on a suggestion from Craig Brogden of Machmer Hall, I wrote about security cameras that can record a horse’s activities 24 hours a day while he’s in his stall. Lots of horsemen are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Larry Collmus Named Track Announcer at Churchill Downs

Michael Compton | 8 months ago
Larry Collmus will succeed Mark Johnson as track announcer for Churchill Downs. Collmus, one of the premier race callers in North America, will be on the microphone as the seventh announcer at the historic home of the Kentucky Derby starting with the first race of the “Opening Night” program on Saturday, April 26. The 47-year-old [...](Read more...) Read More...

Weekend Recap: 2013 Graded Stakes Winners

Five graded stakes races over the weekend and there were several who won their first career graded stakes race or won one for the first time in a while. HORSES Scatman, a four year old Scat Daddy colt trained by William Mott, won the Aristides... Read More...

Big Weekend for the Little Guys

For much of the year, we’ve seen horses such as Game on Dude and Orb dominate their respective divisions. Same goes for the trainers and jockeys. We’ve heard so much about Todd Pletcher, Bill Mott and Bob Baffert for the trainers as well as, Joel... Read More...

Persistence Pays for Derby-Winning Connections

Persistent rain and temperatures in the mid-50s couldn’t put a damper on this Kentucky Derby. More than 150,000 turned out, millions more tuned in – the biggest television viewing audience since 1992... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Orb Gives Shug First Kentucky Derby Win

So let’s put this to rest that nice guys always finish last. Nice guys do finish 1st! Claude McGaughey, who many around the sport call him “Shug”, has been training horses for over three decades. He’s won every top graded stakes race imaginable except for... Read More...

Jockey Historical Stats at the Kentucky Derby

It’s amazing to see so many great jockeys from all over the country be humbled by one single race. Over their careers, top jockeys win multiple graded stakes races from various race tracks. However, as you will see, the same jockeys just can’t seem to... Read More...

Trainers Historical Stats at the Kentucky Derby

Here is a list of trainers who will have their horses ready for the 2013 Kentucky Derby this Saturday, May 4th, 2013 at Churchill Downs. The 139th running of the “Run for the Roses“ will feature a select few hall of fame trainers, future hall... Read More...

Day 8: 2013 Kentucky Derby Feature – Will Take Charge

The 8th horse in our one feature a day leading up to the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2013 is Will Take Charge. Will Take Charge – Trainer D. Wayne Lukas – Owner Willis Horton The chestnut colt by Unbridled’s Song... Read More...

Day 7: 2013 Kentucky Derby Feature – Overanalyze

The 7th horse in our one feature a day leading up to the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs is Overanalyze. Overanalyze – Trainer Todd Pletcher – Owner Repole Stable This Dixie Union colt had a successful debut to his career taking a five furlongs... Read More...

Day 6: 2013 Kentucky Derby Feature – Vyjack

The 6th horse in our one feature a day leading up to the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs is Vyjack. Vyjack – Trainer Rudy Rodriguez – Owner Pick Six Racing (David Wilkenfeld) Another son of Into Mischief comfortably won both of his starts as... Read More...

Day 5: 2013 Kentucky Derby Feature – Java’s War

The 5th horse in our one feature a day leading up to the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs is Java’s War. Java’s War – Trainer Kenneth McPeek – Owners Charles Fipke The 2nd colt in this field is also from the late sire War... Read More...

Day 4: Kentucky Derby Feature – Revolutionary

The 4th horse in our one feature a day leading up to the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs is Revolutionary. Revolutionary – Trainer Todd Pletcher – Owners Winstar Farms He finished 3rd in his debut at Saratoga last September after getting hammered at the... Read More...

Day 2: 2013 Kentucky Derby Feature – Verrazano

The second horse in our one feature a day leading up to the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs is undefeated Verrazano. Verrazano – Trainer Todd Pletcher – Owners Let’s Go Stable, Michael Tabor, Michael, Mrs. John Magnier, Derrick Smith The three year old More... Read More...

2013 Kentucky Derby Feature – Orb

Over the next 12 days, we will do a feature a day on the top horses heading into the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on May 4th. Today we feature, in our opinion, the top contender in the expected field of... Read More...

Rodriguez Licensed in Kentucky, With Conditions

Rudy Rodriguez, the trainer of Kentucky Derby contender Vyjack, whose perfect 4-for-4 record ended when third to Verrazano in the Wood Memorial April 6, will be able to train the son of Into Mischief... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

2013 Kentucky Derby Field Starting to Take Shape

After nearly eight months and 34 qualifying races, we are finally starting to see the 2013 Kentucky Derby field take shape. We still have two last chance races for those who are outside the top 20 rankings in terms of points, but for the most... Read More...

2013 Kentucky Derby Starting to Make Perfect Cents

It was the battle of the East and West Saturday afternoon with the $1,000,000 Wood Memorial (G1) taking place at Aqueduct and the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (G1) at Santa Anita. In the Wood Memorial, heavy favorite Verrazano, from leading trainer Todd Pletcher, did what... Read More...

East & West in Kentucky Derby Trail Spotlight

Technically, there are six remaining races in the 2013 Road to the Kentucky Derby series. In reality, it comes down to four as the last two are desperation races for those on the bubble. Those who usually run in those races bypass the run for... Read More...

The 2013 Kentucky Derby Trail Heats Up

It’s been an interesting 2 1/2 months so far with winners coming from expected and unexpected places. We saw the 2012 two year old male champion Shanghai Bobby lose for the first time in his career to Itsmyluckyday in the Holy Bull Stakes (G3) at... Read More...

Road to the Kentucky Derby Continues

The Road to the Kentucky Derby continues this weekend on both sides of the country with valuable points on the line for the 17 colts and gelding who are entered. The Tampa Bay Derby (G2) at Tampa Bay Downs has eight entrants including highly touted... Read More...

2013 Kentucky Derby Season Officially Begins

The Road to the 2013 Kentucky Derby intensifies this weekend with the launch of the second chapter of the new points based system the Road to the Kentucky Derby. The first chapter called the Kentucky Derby Prep Season consisted of 19 races across the United... Read More...

Last Two Races in Kentucky Derby Prep Season

No, that doesn’t mean we are that close to the 2013 Kentucky Derby. The running of the El Camino Real Derby (G3) at Golden Gate Fields and Southwest Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park will put an end to the Derby Prep Season that included 19... Read More...

Shackleford Retired, He Was More Than Winning

In this day in age, we see athletic super stars across the World that perform just for the money, have negative attitudes, and might not play 100% of each and every minute of a game, match or race. Modern sports has become a business and... Read More...

Tough Field in Stephen Foster Handicap, BC Challenge Race

A combined 21 career graded stakes wins for this year’s Stephen Foster Handicap field. 10 of those 21 have come in 2012. Leading the way are Nates Mineshaft and Alternation with three each. Despite the recent success for both horses, they are still looking for... Read More...

Bizzy Caroline Gives Ken McPeek Milestone Win

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Bizzy Caroline won the 36th running of the Early Times Mint Julep Handicap (G3) at Churchill Downs on Saturday night, giving trainer Ken McPeek his 300th career win at the Louisville track. McPeek is just the 13th trainer to reach the 300-win milestone... Read More...

2012 Kentucky Derby Post Positions, Analysis

How will the post positions affect each horse and the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby? We break it down below. Kentucky Derby (G1) – Churchill Downs – $2,000,000 – 1 1/4 miles – Dirt Post Position #1. Daddy Long Legs – Trainer Aidan O’Brien... Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Mark Valeski Out, Lukas/Optimizer In

D. WAYNE LUKAS When you think about Kentucky Derby trainers over the last three decades, you automatically think about him. He’s had 44 horses start in the Derby. Four were winners, one finished second, and five others finished third. Only a 9% winning percentage, but... Read More...

More Kentucky Derby Information, Stats & Trends

Below, you will find the Kentucky Derby winners for the past 20 years and how they performed in the race prior. You will also view the winner of the race if the Derby winner did not win the last prep race. In addition, analysis and... Read More...

Kentucky Derby Has Not Been Kind to Speed

Below you will find the last 20 Kentucky Derby winners along with their running style, number of starts prior to the Derby as well as how they finished in the race leading up to the Derby. Stats and analysis to follow. 2011 – Animal Kingdom... Read More...

Horse Racing Fan Wins $100,000 DreamBet

Michael Compton | 3 years ago
A longtime horse racing fan from New York has won a chance to place a life-changing $100,000 win bet on the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 5. According to Churchill Downs Communications,  Joel Einhorn of ... Read More...

Kentucky Derby Prep Race Winners & Times

Below, you will view a list of winners for the Kentucky Derby prep races from 2012, along with their times. You will be able to compare them to last year’s winners and their respective times. It’s an interesting way to see how this year’s Derby... Read More...

138th Kentucky Derby Starting to Take Shape

The 138th Kentucky Derby is starting to take shape and the list of contenders is becoming more clear as each day passes. With 25 Derby prep races of one mile or longer now in the books, we have a better idea of what to expect... Read More...

2012 Kentucky Derby Contender, Rankings Shake-up

We now have most of the Kentucky Derby prep races in the books and I’ve seen many top 5-10 rankings change quite a bit over the last couple of weeks. Last weekend, we saw undefeated Gemologist get his most important victory to date by outlasting... Read More...

Updated 2012 Kentucky Derby Prep Winners (Apr 14)

Here is the updated list of winners as of April 7th for each of the 2012 Kentucky Derby prep races, so you can keep track of who are the true contenders as we lead up to the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill... Read More...

Derby Prep Race Results, What Remains?

We are three months into the 2012 racing season, and several of the Kentucky Derby prep races are in the books. Below, you will find the winners of each race, a brief analysis of what each horse has done since, as well as, the most... Read More...

Union Rags Cruises to Fountain Win

If you weren’t a believer before, you should be now. At this time, Union Rags is hands down the best three year old in the United States. After his narrow defeat in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last November, some thought that he was overrated, some... Read More...

Union Rags Dominates Fountain of Youth Foes

Union Rags photo courtesy of Gulfstream Park/Coglianese photo In a sparkling performance, Union Rags establishes himself as a clear Kentucky Derby favorite Union Rags’ reputation may have taken a hit when he lost last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenil... Read More...

Fountain of Youth Stakes attracts compact, competitive field

By MICHAEL COMPTON As the Kentucky Derby trail kicks into high gear this weekend, Sunday’s Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park should go a long way in helping sort out the 3-year-old picture, at least in South Florida. With a field that includes the undefeated Todd Pletcher-trained pair of Algorithms and Florida-bred Discreet […] Read More...

TwinSpires.com TV Announces High-Def Keeneland Races

Louisville, Ky. (Oct. 13, 2009) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ:CHDN) (“CDI” or “Company”) has announced wholly owned TwinSpires.com will offer all of the Keeneland Race Meet’s 17 days of racing in High-def on TwinSpiresTV. TwinSpires.com is the only Advance Deposit Wagering website to offer live streaming of the Keeneland Race Course high definition signal....(read more) Read More...