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.
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.”
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.
Wednesday, November 27 2013
GAME ON DUDE, WILL TAKE CHARGE IN CLARK HANDICAP
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013) – Game On Dude, a seven-time Grade I winner in California, will break from the rail and Travers (GI) champ Will Take Charge, who lost the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) by a nose, landed post No. 7 as both horses attempt to bolster their résumés for year-end championship honors against a field of nine 3-year-olds and up that were entered for Friday’s 139th running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI) at Churchill Downs.
Friday, November 22 2013
Churchill Downs Barn Notes: 11/22
CLARK HOPE WILL TAKE CHARGE WORKS; ‘DUDE’ TOPS CLARK’S ASSIGNED WEIGHTS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Nov. 22, 2013) – Willis D. Horton’s Will Take Charge, a top contender for the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) on Friday, Nov. 29, was on the Churchill Downs track the instant it opened at 6 a.m. (all times EST) on Friday for his final work for next week’s race.
Friday, September 20 2013
POOL PLAY, AGENT DI NOZZO WORK TOWARD RUNS IN HOMECOMING CLASSIC
LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, Sept. 20, 2013) – Two horses that have enjoyed some of their finest moments over the main track at Churchill Downs worked at the track Friday in preparation for their respective bids for next week’s first running of the $175,000-added Homecoming Classic, the last of eight stakes races conducted during the September meet.
Thursday, September 19 2013
139th CLARK HANDICAP HEADS CHURCHILL’S FALL STAKES SCHEDULE
LOUISVILLE, KY (Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013) – The 140th running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I), a race that shares a rich history with the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and the Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI), is the premier event on a roster of nine stakes races with total purses of $1.625 million scheduled to be run during Churchill Downs’ Oct. 27-Nov. 30 Fall Meet.
Tuesday, July 02 2013
‘NOT A SCRATCH’ ON WISE DAN AFTER GUTSY FIRECRACKER WIN
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, June 30, 2013) – It wasn’t the easiest race for reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan, but the Mort Fink-homebred trimmed the hedge of the Matt Winn Turf Course and found a way to win the Firecracker Handicap (Grade II) under the lights at Churchill Downs. Trainer Charlie LoPresti reported the 6-year-old was in good order Sunday morning at Keeneland.
Sunday, June 30 2013
WISE DAN OVERCOMES OBSTACLES TO WIN GRADE II FIRECRACKER HANDICAP
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, June 29, 2013) – Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan overcame a driving rainstorm, a yielding turf course, a brush of the inside hedge, a bobble in deep stretch and a lofty 128-pound impost to win the 23rd running of the $168,450 Firecracker Handicap (Grade II) on Saturday night at Churchill Downs.
Saturday, June 29 2013
Churchill Downs Race Day Notes: Friday, June 28, 2013
HUFFMAN DISCUSSES WEIGHT ASSIGNMENT FOR WISE DAN
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, June 28, 2013) – It isn’t easy for a racing secretary to hang 128 pounds on a star horse in a handicap race such as Saturday night’s $150,000 Firecracker Handicap (Grade II), but Churchill Downs’ Director of Racing Ben Huffman relishes the opportunity.
Friday, June 28 2013
Churchill Downs Race Day Notes: June 27, 2013
LEA SET TO TAKE ON WISE DAN IN SATURDAY’S FIRECRACKER
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, June 27, 2013) – Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s homebred Lea, winner of last year’s Commonwealth Turf (Grade III), will take on Horse of the Year Wise Dan and six other rivals in Saturday’s 23rd running of the $150,000-added Firecracker Handicap (GII) at Churchill Downs.
Saturday, June 22 2013
FIFTYSHADESOFGOLD FACES OPEN-COMPANY IN DEBUTANTE
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, June 21, 2013) – Fiftyshadesofgold, a 10-length winner against Texas-breds in her debut at Lone Star Park, will face open-company for the first time in Saturday’s $100,000-added Debutante and could give the Scharbauer family their first stakes win beneath the Twin Spires since Alysheba’s memorable victory over Seeking the Gold in the 1988 Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I).