Friday, June 12 2009

Guam Typhoon Takes Vodika Collins Purse at Churchill Downs; Vance Saddles 300th Churchill Winner

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, June 12, 2009) – Elaine Jones’ Guam Typhoon took the lead at the head of the stretch and held off Map of the World by 1 ¼ lengths to win Friday’s featured Vodika Collins Purse, named for the first winner of the Stephen Foster Handicap.

Also on Friday’s card, trainer David Vance and jockey Calvin Borel achieved Churchill Downs milestones with Vance saddling his 300th winner at the track and Borel posting his 926th win, second-most all time beneath the Twin Spires.

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Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Horses and HOpe to Accept Churchill Downs Donations on Saturday

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 12, 2009) – While many of America’s top horses will be competing in the $600,000 Stephen Foster Handicap and four other major races at Churchill Downs on Saturday, the search for a cure for breast cancer will also be in the spotlight as the historic track presents a $100,000 check to Susan G. Komen for the Cure©, the world’s largest breast cancer organization.

The $100,000 donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the result of the fundraising partnership between the organization and the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks, America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies renewed for the 135th consecutive year at Churchill Downs on Friday, May 1. Many of the 104,867 people who attended the race were dressed in Komen for the Cure’s signature shade of pink as Oaks fans were urged “Think Pink” to show support of the effort to find a cure of breast cancer.

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Churchill Downs Barn Notes (6.12.09)

WOOLLEY CHARTS COURSE FOR MINE THAT BIRD: WEST VIRGINIA DERBY AND TRAVERS – Trainer Chip Woolley said Friday morning that the West Virginia Derby (Grade II) at Mountaineer Park would be the next start for Kentucky Derby (GI) winner Mine That Bird.

“The West Virginia Derby fits our schedule the best and that’s the main thing,” Woolley said. “From there we will go to the Travers with the ultimate goal being the Breeders’ Cup Classic.”

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 12, 2009) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) will hold its annual meeting of shareholders on Thursday, June 18, at 10 a.m. EDT, in the Triple Crown Room of the Jockey Club Suites facility at Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Ky.

Shareholders and media representatives planning to attend the meeting may park in the preferred lot adjacent to Central Avenue and should enter Gate 1 of the facility located at 700 Central Avenue. The Jockey Club Suites elevators, located behind the Paddock Pavilion, should be utilized to access the meeting area. The Triple Crown Room is located on the fifth floor of the Jockey Club Suites.

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Acclaimed Artist ‘Peb’ to Begin Update of Colorful Kentucky Derby Murals on Friday Afternoon

What: Acclaimed Thoroughbred racing cartoonist Pierre Bellocq, better known to generations of horse racing fans as “Peb,” will update his colorful murals that depict every jockey and trainer that have won the Kentucky Derby. Peb will add Mine That Bird’s trainer Bennie “Chip” Woolley Jr. to his mural of winning trainers and update the image of jockey Calvin Borel to reflect two victories in the “Run for the Roses.”

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Entertainment Complements Action-Packed Racing on Reunion Day This Saturday at Churchill Downs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, June 11, 2009) – With five sensational graded stakes races cumulatively worth more than $1.2 million and a bevy of entertainment before and during the races, Saturday’s popular Reunion Day program at Churchill Downs promises to be action packed on and off the racetrack.

Inaugurated a decade ago, Reunion Day, who many have nicknamed “Stephen Foster Super Saturday,” is a day-long celebration of the past and present with multiple stakes offerings centered around the track’s signature event for older horses, the Grade I, $660,000 Stephen Foster Handicap.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, June 11, 2009) – Bob Zollars and Mark Wagner’s Sunday Sunrise rallied five wide in the deep stretch and drew off to defeat even-money favorite Au Moon by 2 ½ lengths to win Thursday’s $49,790 allowance feature for 3-year-olds and up at Churchill Downs.

Ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, Sunday Sunrise ran the 1 1/16 miles on a main track rated as “good” in 1:44.86. The victory gave trainer Steve Asmussen his 20th triumph of the Spring Meet, seven more than his closest pursuer, Mike Maker.

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Thursday, June 11 2009

Churchill Downs Barn Notes (6.11.09)

MINE THAT BIRD BACK-TRACKS OVER CHURCHILL DOWNS MUD – Kentucky Derby (Grade I) winner Mine That Bird returned to the racetrack for the first time since finishing third in last Saturday’s Belmont Stakes (Grade I) by leisurely back-tracking once around early Thursday morning under exercise rider Charlie Figueroa.

“He is fresh as a daisy this morning,” trainer Chip Woolley said as Mine That Bird pranced off the Churchill Downs track that had been rendered sloppy by overnight and morning rain.

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Wednesday, June 10 2009

Miss Isella Headlines Fleur De Lis; Three Other Graded Stakes on Reunion Day Undercard

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, June 10, 2009) – Domino Stud of Lexington’s Miss Isella will go for her third consecutive Grade II stakes victory at Churchill Downs on Saturday when she totes high weight of 122 pounds in the 35th running of the $200,000-added Fleur De Lis Handicap (Grade II).

The Fleur De Lis, for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up going 1 1/8 miles on the main track, is one of four graded stakes Saturday on Reunion Day Featuring the 28th running of the $600,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I).

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Einstein Set to Make Run at History in Saturday’s Grade I, $600,000 Stephen Foster Handicap

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, June 10, 2009) – Midnight Cry Stable’s Einstein (BRZ) will carry high weight of 124 pounds and concede from 2-11 pounds to seven rivals Saturday as he attempts to become the first horse to win three consecutive Grade I races on three surfaces in the 28th running of the $600,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs.

The Stephen Foster, which serves as the centerpiece of an action-packed 11-race program that features four other graded stakes, will be the 10th race on the “Reunion Day” card at approximately 5:29 p.m. (all times Eastern). First post time is 12:45 p.m. and grandstand admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.

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Monday, June 08 2009


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, June 8, 2009) – Preakness Stakes (Grade I) and Kentucky Oaks (GI) winner Rachel Alexandra turned in solid six-furlong workout Monday at Churchill Downs as the team behind the 3-year-daughter of Medaglia d’Oro considers her next start.

Rachel Alexandra covered the distance over a “fast” track in 1:13.80. Regular exercise rider Dominic Terry was in the saddle as Churchill Downs clockers caught her in fractions of :13, :25.60, :37.60, :49.40 and 1:01.20. She galloped out seven furlongs in 1:28.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, June 8, 2009) – Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird returned to Churchill Downs on Monday morning after his third-place finish in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes (Grade I).

Mine That Bird was unloaded in front of Barn 40 at 10:40 a.m. and walked back to Barn 42 by exercise rider Charlie Figueroa. Mine That Bird grazed for 20 minutes before being led back into Stall 22, which has been his home here since he arrived on April 21 for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.

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