Friday, May 22 2015


Barn Notes: American Pharoah Gallops at Churchill Downs


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, May 22, 2015) – Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) winner American Pharoah had his first gallop since his seven-length romp in last Saturday’s Preakness Stakes (GI) in preparation for the final leg of the Triple Crown, the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (GI) on June 6. The homebred son of Pioneerof the Nile galloped 1 3/16 miles over the Churchill Downs main track Friday at 8:30 a.m. following the renovation break with exercise rider Jorge Alvarez up.





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Thursday, May 21 2015


American Pharoah Returns to Track; Jogged at Churchill Downs


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, May 21, 2015) - Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) and Preakness (GI) winner American Pharoah (7-6-0-0-$3,730,300) returned to the track Thursday for the first time since Saturday's seven-length romp in the slop at Pimlico Race Course. The 3-year-old flew from Baltimore to Louisville on Monday to begin preparations for the 147th running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (Grade I) on Saturday, June 6 from his classic's base at Churchill Downs Barn 33.





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Saturday, May 09 2015


Barn Notes: Sat 5/9


FIFTH-PLACE KENTUCKY DERBY FINISHER DANZIG MOON A GO FOR THE PREAKNESS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 9, 2015) – Danzig Moon, the fifth-place finisher in last Saturday’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), will continue on the Triple Crown trail.

“We are going,” said Norman Casse, assistant to his father, trainer Mark Casse. “He came out of the Derby really well and deserves one more chance.”





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Friday, May 08 2015


Barn Notes: American Pharoah, Firing Line, Dortmund Resume Galloping


AMERICAN PHAROAH, FIRING LINE, DORTMUND RESUME GALLOPING

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, May 8, 2015) – Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) winner American Pharoah galloped a mile and three-sixteenths after the morning renovation break at Churchill Downs.

Also galloping after the break were the 2-3 finishers from the Derby, Firing Line and Dortmund.





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Friday, December 19 2014


TRAVIS STONE NAMED CHURCHILL DOWNS TRACK ANNOUNCER


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Dec. 19, 2014) - Travis Stone, the race-caller at Monmouth Park in 2014 and backup announcer at the New York Racing Association this winter, has been named the new track announcer at Churchill Downs Racetrack and voice of the world-famous Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) - America's greatest race which has been run every year without interruption since 1875.





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Friday, November 28 2014


Churchill Downs Stakes Recap


HOPPERTUNITY, KNOCKED OUT OF KENTUCKY DERBY BY INJURY, MAKES AMENDS ON RETURN TO CHURCHILL DOWNS AS 3-YEAR-OLDS RULE IN CLARK HANDICAP

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Nov. 28, 2014) - Hoppertunity, a major contender for the 2014 Kentucky Derby until he went to the sidelines with an injury days before that race, returned to Churchill Downs on Friday to lead a 1-2-3 finish by 3-year-olds in his half-length victory under jockey Martin Garcia in the 140th running of the $551,000, Grade I Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare for 3-year-olds and up.





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Wednesday, November 26 2014


Churchill Downs Stakes Advance:  Grade II Golden Rod


POCAHANTAS WINNER CRISTINA’S JOURNEY FAVORED IN GRADE II GOLDEN ROD,
BIDS TO SWEEP CHURCHILL DOWNS’ FALL STAKES FOR JUVENILE FILLIES

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014) – With a disappointing journey to Southern California for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships behind her, Cristina’s Journey is back in the comfortable confines of Churchill Downs and is the morning line favorite to defeat 11 rivals in Saturday’s 71st running of the $200,000-added Golden Rod (Grade II) for 2-year-old fillies, the co-featured event on the Louisville track’s popular “Stars of Tomorrow II” program devoted exclusively to racing among 2-year-olds.





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Churchill Downs Stakes Advance: Kentucky Jockey Club


BAFFERT’S LORD NELSON MADE 5-2 FAVE FOR SATURDAY’S KENTUCKY JOCKEY CLUB

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014) – Peachtree Stable’s Lord Nelson, a runaway winner of the $101,000 Speakeasy at Santa Anita from the power-packed barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, landed post nine and was made the 5-2 morning line favorite in a field of 12 juveniles that were entered for Saturday’s 88th running of the $200,000-added Kentucky Jockey Club (Grade II) at Churchill Downs.





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Churchill Downs Race Day Notes: Wednesday, Nov. 26


McPEEK TARGETS GOLDEN ROD, KENTUCKY JOCKEY CLUB SWEEP

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014) – One can reasonably expect the name of Kenny McPeek, a trainer who always has some very promising juveniles in his barn, to be tossed about frequently during the Fall Meet at Churchill Downs, a racing session well-known for being an early proving ground for 2-year-olds.





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GRADE I, $500,000 CLARK HANDICAP


3-YEAR-OLDS CONSTITUTION AND HOPPERTUNITY SEEK REDEMPTION
AT CHURCHILL DOWNS IN FRIDAY’S GRADE I, $500,000 CLARK HANDICAP

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014) – Constitution and Hoppertunity, two auspicious 3-year-olds that were denied starts in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands because of ill-timed setbacks, look for redemption Friday at Churchill Downs against seven rivals in the 140th renewal of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I).





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Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool


OPENING KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE POOL STARTS FRIDAY WITH ‘ALL OTHERS’ A HEAVY FAVORITE

Unbeaten American Pharoah is Favored Individual, One of Four Baffert Trainees; Pletcher Trains Five Wagering Interests

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014) – It’s a true reminder that the pace is quickening on the journey to the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I): the first of four pools in Churchill Downs Racetrack’s Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) will open its three-day run on Friday, Nov. 28 and the “All Others” wagering interest is expected to be a heavy favorite when Derby future betting concludes early Sunday evening.





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Friday, November 21 2014


Churchill Downs Race Day Notes: Friday, Nov. 21


NELLIE CASHMAN HITTING TOP FORM FOR RETURN IN SATURDAY’S CARDINAL ’CAP

Maryland-based filly Nellie Cashman completed a promising 3-year-old season with a disappointing run in last fall’s Mrs. Revere (Grade II), but she climbed aboard a van Friday morning for a return trip to Churchill Downs and a bid to make amends for that performance.





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