Thursday, June 12 2014


Stephen Foster Night Notes


McPEEK DREAMING OF ‘ALL STAKES PICK 4’ AT ‘DOWNS AFTER DARK’

LOUISVILLE, KY (Thursday, June 12, 2014) – The exhilarating Downs After Dark Presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka night racing program features four graded stakes for Thoroughbreds, highlighted by the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (Grade I), and Churchill Downs-based trainer Kenny McPeek is shooting for the “All-Stakes Pick 4” with a starter in each graded event.





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Wednesday, June 11 2014


Churchill Downs Stakes Advance


CHAMPION WILL TAKE CHARGE, REVOLUTIONARY, DEPARTING HEAD SATURDAY’S
GRADE I $500,000 STEPHEN FOSTER HANDICAP UNDER ‘DOWNS AFTER DARK’ LIGHTS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, June 11, 2014) – A talented and accomplished field of nine older horses headed by Will Take Charge, winner of Churchill Downs’ Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) and the champion 3-year-old of 2013, and multiple graded stakes-winners Revolutionary and Departing has been entered to compete in Saturday’s 33rd running of the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (GI), the featured event on a spectacular “Downs After Dark Presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka” night racing program at Churchill Downs on Saturday, June 14.





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Stephen Foster Handicap Notes: Tuesday, June 10


LONG RIVER TO ARRIVE WEDNESDAY FOR FOSTER, SEEKING FIRST GRADED VICTORY

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, June 10, 2014) – Seeking his first graded stakes victory, Godolphin Racing LLC’s Long River is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Wednesday morning for the Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (GI), according to his New York-based trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.





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Thursday, May 08 2014


KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER CALIFORNIA CHROME GALLOPS


LOUISVILLE, KY (Thursday, May 8, 2014) – Steve Coburn and Perry Martin’s Kentucky Derby (Grade I) hero California Chrome galloped 1 ½ miles with Willie Delgado aboard shortly before 7 o’clock Thursday morning at Churchill Downs.

California Chrome stood in the gap leading to the track for about five minutes and did not move a muscle as photographers recorded the scene and horses went to and from the track. After the exercise, California Chrome walked quietly back to Barn 20.





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Friday, May 02 2014


Trainer Quotes: Longines Kentucky Oaks


TRAINER QUOTES FROM THE 140TH RUNNING OF THE GRADE I LONGINES KENTUCKY OAKS

Steve Asmussen, trainer of Untapable, winner – What makes her special?
"How fast she is."

"On this stage under the circumstances...the filly in the gates, the paddock, how congested it is, how many people are here, this doesn't get any bigger."





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Jockey Quotes: Longines Kentucky Oaks


JOCKEY QUOTES FROM THE 140TH RUNNING OF THE GRADE I LONGINES KENTUCKY OAKS

Rosie Napravnik, jockey of Untapable, winner – “I wasn't worried about the post like some people were. We got into a great position. She runs her best when she can get into a great stride and she relaxes so nicely. She has grown up and she is maturing. She is magnificent.





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Stakes Recap & Quotes: Grade I Longines Kentucky Oaks


FAVORED UNTAPABLE ROMPS IN 140TH RUNNING OF GRADE I LONGINES KENTUCKY OAKS IN FRONT OF 113,071

LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, May 2, 2014) – Winchell Thoroughbreds, LLC’s Untapable cruised to a 4 ½-length victory over My Miss Sophia to win the 140th running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks for 3-year-old fillies before a crowd of 113,071. The attendance was the third largest in Oaks history.





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Tuesday, April 29 2014


UNTAPABLE BRINGS FAVORITE’S ROLE TO KENTUCKY OAKS


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, April 29, 2014) – Winchell Thoroughbreds’ homebred Untapable, who has won her two starts in 2014 by a combined 17 ¼ lengths, has been installed as the 4-5 morning-line favorite in a field of 13 3-year-old fillies for Friday’s 140th running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I).





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Thursday, February 13 2014


LARRY COLLMUS NAMED TRACK ANNOUNCER FOR CHURCHILL DOWNS, KENTUCKY DERBY


Succeeds Mark Johnson, Who Departs After Five-Year Run; Continues As NBC Sports' Race Caller for Derby, Triple Crown, Breeders' Cup Championships Telecasts

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014) - When Churchill Downs Racetrack ("CDRT") unveils its 15,224 square foot LED "Big Board" and an enhanced audio system on the "Opening Night" of its April 26-June 30 Spring Meet, a new voice will be calling the action, highlighted by an on-track call of the biggest race of them all: the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I).





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Friday, February 07 2014


2014 CHURCHILL DOWNS SPRING STAKES SCHEDULE


KENTUCKY DERBY, OAKS, STEPHEN FOSTER TOP RECORD SIX GRADE I EVENTS ON 2014 CHURCHILL DOWNS SPRING STAKES SCHEDULE

24 Stakes Offer Purses of $7,675 Million, Up 2.7% from 2013

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014) – The 140th runnings of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and $1 million-guaranteed Longines Kentucky Oaks and the 33rd running of the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap are the highlights of a record six Grade I events that headline Churchill Downs Racetrack’s schedule of 24 stakes races cumulatively worth $7.675 million during its April 26-June 29 Spring Meet.






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Friday, November 29 2013


CLARK HANDICAP QUOTES


WILLIS HORTON, owner of WILL TAKE CHARGE (winner): “There was no question about who won. It’s a lifelong dream. This is what I’ve been waiting on and I finally got it so I’m real tickled.”

Q: Does this win make it a hard decision to race in 2014 or retire? “Naturally it makes it harder. But I made a decision this week that next week was going to be the end of it – I can’t sleep at night with this deal going on. I just want it over with. I either going to sell him or run him next year. I hope I could keep part of him and get to run him next year. That’s my plan.”





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Thursday, November 28 2013


Churchill Downs Barn Notes Wed 11/27


GAME ON DUDE SETTLES AT CHURCHILL FOR CLARK; WILL TAKE CHARGE’S POST OK BY LUKAS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013) – The major players for Friday’s 139th running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) are now in place at Churchill Downs following the early afternoon arrival of morning line favorite Game On Dude early Wednesday afternoon at Churchill Downs.





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