Friday, May 08 2009


Churchill Downs Barn Notes (5.7.09)


RACHEL ALEXANDRA MOVES TO NEW BARN – Stonestreet Stables and Harold McCormick’s new purchase Rachel Alexandra began her new life in the care of trainer Steve Asmussen on Thursday morning by galloping once around a sloppy Churchill Downs main track under exercise rider Dominic Terry.

The dominating, 20 ¼-length winner of last Friday’s Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), Rachel Alexandra was sold by the L and M Partners of Dolphus Morrison and Michael Lauffer on Wednesday. Rachel Alexandra was transferred from trainer Hal Wiggins’ barn to Asmussen’s at 5:15 (EDT) Thursday morning.





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OCULUNA NOSES NORTHERN BELLE TO WIN CHURCHILL DOWNS FEATURE


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, May 7, 2009) – Silverton Hill’s Oculuna outgamed Northern Belle through a stretch-long duel to win Thursday’s $51,785 featured allowance at Churchill Downs by a nose.

Ridden by Julien Leparoux, Oculuna ranged alongside Northern Belle at the top of the stretch after Northern Belle had put away the pace-setting Gibsonsfasttrick. The two raced as team to wire with Oculuna winning the head-bob and completing the five furlongs on a “sloppy” track in :57.88.





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Thursday, May 07 2009


Churchill Downs Barn Notes (5.6.09)


MINE THAT BIRD GALLOPS TWICE AROUND – Longshot Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird galloped twice around the Churchill Downs through a light drizzle Wednesday morning with exercise rider Charlie Figueroa up.

“He looked super and switched leads perfectly,” trainer Bennie “Chip” Woolley Jr said. “I was happy with him yesterday (when Mine That Bird galloped a mile). He tried to run off a little bit and that surprised me. I will let him do a little bit more tomorrow.”





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Churchill Downs Incorporated Reports 2009 First-Quarter Results


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 6, 2009) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (“Company”) today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2009.

Net revenues from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2009 totaled $73.7 million, an increase of 12 percent over net revenues from continuing operations of $65.7 million recorded during the first quarter of 2008. Net revenues from continuing operations for the quarter were positively affected by the continued strong first quarter performance of the Company’s gaming operations in Louisiana, which opened its permanent facility in November 2008, as well as the continued growth of its on-line businesses, including TwinSpires.com. Additionally, we benefited from the receipt of $4.3 million in one-time source market fees paid to Arlington Park, previously held in escrow by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (“NTRA”), during the first quarter of 2009.





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Wednesday, May 06 2009


Huge Carryovers in Pick 6, Super Hi-5 Available As Racing Resumes Wednesday at Churchill Downs


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 5, 2009) – Fans who are still recovering from the 135th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and the surprise victory by 50-1 shot Mine That Bird will have added motivation to return to the track when the Spring Meet resumes on Wednesday as huge carryover pools will be available in both the Pick 6 and Super HI-5 wagers.

The Pick 6, a $2 minimum wager that requires bettors to correctly select the winners of six consecutive races, has a carryover pool of $781,146 as Spring Meet racing resumes following a three-day post-Derby break. The Super HI-5, a $1 minimum wager that requires the bettor to correctly select the first five horses in the correct order-of-finish in a selected race, has a carryover pool of $251,856.





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Kentucky Derby 135 and Churchill Downs Barn Notes (5.5.09)


MINE THAT BIRD ‘LOPES’ ONCE AROUND – Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine’s Kentucky Derby 135 winner Mine That Bird back-tracked to the paddock tunnel and then ‘loped’ once around a “fast” Churchill Downs main track Tuesday morning before the renovation break.

Trainer Bennie “Chip” Woolley Jr. liked what he saw and said Mine That Bird would ‘lope’ around twice on Wednesday.





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Monday, May 04 2009


Kentucky Derby 135 Notes/Churchill Downs Barn Notes (5.4.09)


KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER MINE THAT BIRD RETURNS TO CHURCHILL DOWNS TRACK – “I have never been to Baltimore, but it looks like I won’t be able to say that in a few days,” Bennie “Chip” Woolley Jr. said Monday morning at Churchill Downs after his Kentucky Derby 135 winner Mine That Bird jogged a mile on a sloppy race track.

With owners Mark Allen of Double Eagle Ranch and Dr. Leonard Blach of Buena Suerte Equine on hand, Mine That Bird went to the track at 6:40 with exercise rider Charlie Figueroa up.





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MINE THAT BIRD TEAM SALUTES BARBARO, GIVES ROSES FROM DERBY GARLAND TO FANS


LOUISVILLE, KY. (May 3, 2009) – Kentucky Derby fans who visited Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum on the day after the 135th “Run for the Roses” got a surprise gift from the team behind Mine That Bird, the 50-1 longshot that won America’s greatest race on Saturday.

Trainer Chip Woolley Jr. suggested Sunday morning that the mantle of roses worn by Mine That Bird in the Kentucky Derby Winner’s Circle after his victory be placed on the new sculpture of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro located at Churchill Downs’ Gate 1 entrance. After consulting with co-owners Mark Allen with Double Eagle Ranch and Dr. Leonard Blach of Bueno Suerte Equine, the trio behind Saturday’s surprise Derby winner decided to give the nearly 400 “Freedom Roses” that make up the garland to Derby fans who were visiting the Barbaro Memorial and the Kentucky Derby Museum on the day after the race.





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Kentucky Derby 135 Sunday Notes 5.3.09


MINE THAT BIRD – The morning after the stunning victory in the $2,177,200 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) by Mine That Bird was a busy one for his owners and trainer – and for the 3-year-old gelding that won the roses with his last-to-first rally along the rail on Churchill Downs’ one-mile dirt oval..

Visitors to trainer Chip Woolley and owners Mark Allen of Double Eagle Ranch and Dr. Leonard Blach of Bueno Suerte Equine included three-time Kentucky Derby winner Bob Baffert, trainer of Derby 135 runner-up Pioneerof the Nile; winning jockey Calvin Borel; and Tom McCarthy, the owner-trainer of General Quarters the winner of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (GI) and 10th to Mine That Bird in Saturday’s race.





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Sunday, May 03 2009


Mine That Bird Flies Home to Kentucky Derby Upset


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 2, 2009) – Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine’s Mine That Bird, the longest shot on the board at 50-1, exploded along the rail down the stretch under Calvin Borel to win the 135th running of the $2,177,200 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I).

Mine That Bird rallied from last in a field of 19 Thoroughbreds to win by 6 3/4 lengths before a crowd of 153,563, seventh-largest in race history.





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Crowd of 153,563 Witnesses History as Longshot Mine That Bird Wins Kentucky Derby 135


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 2, 2009) – A crowd of 153,563 witnessed Kentucky Derby history on Saturday as Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine’s Mine That Bird scored a stunning upset at odds of 50-1 and captured the 135th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands by 6 3/4 lengths in a field of 19.

The attendance figure marks the ninth time that Kentucky Derby Day attendance has topped 150,000. Combined attendance for the 2009 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks was 258,430, exceeding the combined attendance of both events from one year prior.





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Derby 135 Stakes/Einstein Repeats in Woodford Reserve Turf Classic


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 2, 2009) – Matthew Garretson’s Einstein (BRZ), ridden by Julien Leparoux, outdueled Cowboy Cal by a head to become the first repeat winner of the $557,600 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Grade I) on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.

Trained by Helen Pitts-Blasi, Einstein added Saturday’s Grade I victory over the Matt Winn Turf Course to a triumph in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on Pro-Ride on March 7. Last year, Einstein won the Grade II Clark Handicap on dirt at Churchill Downs and ran second in the Grade I Stephen Foster on dirt to Horse of the Year Curlin.





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