Friday, February 13 2009


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2009) – Fans of Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) have made the mutuel field, or “all others,” the favored betting interest in the opening pool of the bet every year since its introduction in 1999. They appear in no mood to alter that pattern in the first of three 2009 Derby Future pools.

The “all others” betting interest, which includes all 3-year-old Thoroughbreds other than the 23 individual horses listed on the KDFW Pool 1 wagering roster, was a strong favorite from the opening seconds of the four-day pool and was an odds-on fan’s choice at 4-5 when Thursday’s wagering concluded at 10 p.m. (all times EST) on Thursday. Total betting on the first day of the Feb. 12-15 pool was $48,207, which reflected a solid increase over 2008’s opening day betting of $30,351.

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Wednesday, February 11 2009


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2009) – The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (“KHRC”) has granted approval to allow Churchill Downs to offer exacta wagering in its Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) pools. The home of the America’s greatest race will not offer exacta betting in Pool 1 of the 2009 Derby Future bet, which opens its four-day run on Thursday, but Derby Futures Exacta betting will be available in the two remaining pools scheduled to run March 12-15 and April 2-5.

The addition of exacta wagering in the field of 24 wagering interests is the first change in the betting menu in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager since the bet was introduced in 1999. To this point the pools in each Kentucky Derby Future Wager have offered only a $2 minimum win wager. Starting with Pool 2 of 2009, the exacta wager – also a $2 minimum bet – will be part of the wagering menu on the pool’s field of 24 betting interests.

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Tuesday, February 10 2009

‘All Others’ Favored In Opening Pool of Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2009) – Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) begins its 11th year on Thursday when the first of its three betting pools opens with the mutuel field, or “all others,” as the favored betting interest as fans take their shot at picking the winner of the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) months in advance of America’s greatest race.

Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia has installed the “all others” betting interest as the 5-2 favorite in Pool 1, which opens at noon (all times EST) on Thursday, Feb. 12 and concludes at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15. But that’s hardly a surprise as the mutuel field has been favored in the KDFW’s opening pool in each of the first 10 years of the Derby Future bet. Fans often opt for the “all others” bet rather than make a commitment to an individual horse so early in the Derby campaign and this year’s group of contenders seems more wide-open than most.

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Sunday, February 08 2009



Four hundred and one 3-year-olds have been nominated during the early nomination period for the 2009 edition of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred racing.

The figures are down from the 2008 near-record fi gure of 449 early nominations, but the quality remains at the crème de la crème level with the top three colts from the 2008 Experimental Handicap weights – Midshipman, Vineyard Haven and Square Eddie – leading the way.

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Tuesday, February 03 2009


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. ­­­­3, 2009) – Churchill Downs has unveiled a stakes schedule for its 2009 Spring Meet that is headed by the 135th renewals of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) and the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI), and includes a total of 29 stakes events with total purses of $7.575 million.

Three more Grade I events are included on the schedule for the 52-day session that will run from April 25-July 5. The $500,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic and $300,000-added Humana Distaff, both scheduled on the Kentucky Derby program on Saturday, May 2, and the $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap, which is set to head the “Stephen Foster Super Saturday” racing program on Saturday, June 13, round out the five Grade I events on the schedule.

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Friday, January 09 2009

Steve Sexton on the death of retired Daily Racing Forn Executive Columnist Joe Hirsch

“Joe Hirsch earned and deserved universal respect and admiration throughout Thoroughbred racing. Owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys, grooms, racing executives, members of the media, and lovers of racing around the world revered Joe for his immense knowledge, remarkable talent and positive impact on our sport. But those who had to good fortune to know or simply meet him through the years will remember Joe for the incredible kindness he displayed to all who crossed his path. Countless journalists benefited from his guidance and counsel, and the Kentucky Derby and Thoroughbred racing are stronger because of the work and influence of Joe Hirsch. Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby family are deeply saddened by his passing, and mourn that his insightful and impassioned voice is now quiet. One of Joe's most memorable sentences came in a Daily Racing Form piece on five-time ‘Horse of the Year’ Kelso in which he wrote: ‘Once upon a time there was a horse named Kelso … but only once.’ Let us borrow Joe’s brilliant phrase and proclaim today that once upon a time, there was a special journalist and man named Joe Hirsch … but only once.”

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Wednesday, January 07 2009

Dates Set For Three ‘09 Kentucky Derby Future Pools; Oaks Future Bet Back To Single Pool Format

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 6, 2009) – Dates for the three pools of Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) are set and a single pool will be offered in each of the three months preceding the 135th renewal of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on May 2. Meanwhile, the seven-year-old Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (“KOFW”) will return to a single pool format in 2009, and that pool will run concurrent with the Derby Future pool offered in March.

Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager is set for Feb. 12-15, Pool 2 is scheduled for March 12-15 and the third and final pool will be conducted April 2-5. Wagering on the lone 2009 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager is set for March 12-15. The Oaks Future bet was conducted in a single pool in its first year in 2003, but had been offered in a three-pool format in each the past five years. Dates for the four-day pools for the two Churchill Downs future bets were approved Tuesday, Jan. 6 by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

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Tuesday, December 23 2008

Churchill Downs Incorporated Reaches One-Year ADW Agreement

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (Dec. 22, 2008) – Officials of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (“CDI”) and representatives of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (“FHBPA”) have come to an agreement on the distribution of live racing signals from Calder Race Course (“Calder”) to national advance-deposit wagering (“ADW”) platforms.

The one-year agreement covers the remainder of the current Tropical Meet at Calder, ending Jan. 2, 2009, and the 2009 Calder and Tropical meets.

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