Wednesday, April 15 2009


LEANN RIMES TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM AT KENTUCKY DERBY 135


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 15, 2009) – Churchill Downs today announced that multiple-award winner and country music superstar LeAnn Rimes will help the historic racetrack launch a modern-day Kentucky Derby tradition when she performs the national anthem live as part of the ceremonies leading up to the 135th running of the Grade I Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 2, 2009. Rimes’ performance will be the first live vocal performance of the “Star Spangled Banner” by a national recording artist on Derby Day and will be televised by NBC Sports as part of its pre-race coverage, which begins at 4 p.m. EDT.





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rkansas Derby Winner Papa Clem Arrives At Churchill Downs For Kentucky Derby 135


LOUISVILLE, KY. (April 14, 2009) – Bo Hirsch’s homebred Papa Clem, winner of the $1 million Arkansas Derby (Grade II) on April 11 at Oaklawn Park, arrived at Churchill Downs late Tuesday afternoon to continue his preparation for the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI).

Papa Clem flew from Arkansas to Lexington, Ky., then traveled just over an hour by van to Churchill Downs. He arrived at the Louisville track at 5:30 p.m. (all times EDT) and took up residence in Barn 10A, which houses horses trained by Cody Autrey.





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Wood Memorial Winner I Want Revenge Works Easy Four Furlongs at Churchill Downs


LOUISVILLE, KY. (April 14, 2009) – David Lanzman and IEAH Stables’ I Want Revenge, the possible favorite for the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), turned in his first serious training move since his arrival at Churchill Downs when he worked an easy half-mile over a muddy track on Tuesday.

Jockey Joe Talamo was in the saddle as the 3-year-old son of Stephen Got Even breezed after the mid-morning break for track maintenance and covered the distance in :50. Churchill Downs clockers caught the winner of the Wood Memorial (GI) and Gotham (GIII) in fractions of :12.40, :24.40 and :36.80. I Want Revenge galloped out five furlongs in 1:04.60 for trainer Jeff Mullins. The easy work ranked 18th out of 25 moves at the distance.





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Monday, April 13 2009


KENTUCKY DERBY 135: GREAT SEATS DESERVE GREAT EATS


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, April 13, 2009) – Horse racing fans who plan to attend this year’s Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks no longer have to stand in line to buy a hot dog or popcorn thanks to two new Churchill Downs offerings designed to enhance the experience of select customers.

For the first time, Churchill Downs will offer pre-ordered meals for all attendees and a new hospitality lounge for second and third floor ticket holders on Friday, May 1 for the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) and Saturday, May 2 for the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI).






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Kentucky Derby 135 Update (4.13.09)


SOUTH/PAPA CLEM UPSETS IN ARKANSAS, OLD FASHIONED INJURED AND OUT OF KENTUCKY DERBY 135

Bo Hirsch’s Papa Clem proved again that California-based 3-year-olds are at home anywhere in the country when he rallied from fifth and wore down Fox Hill Farm’s favored Old Fashioned to win Saturday’s 73rd running of the $1 million Arkansas Derby (Grade II) before a crowd of 55,193 at Oaklawn Park.

With the victory, Papa Clem punched his ticket to the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) at Churchill Downs on May 2. Jockey Rafael Bejarano was aboard the winner for trainer Gary Stute, and Papa Clem covered 1 1/8-miles in 1:49 over a “fast” track. Summer Bird finished third and Rebel (GIII) winner Win Willy was fourth.





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Kentucky Oaks 135 Update (4.13.09)


EAST/DREAM PLAY ROMPS IN COMELY; LARAGH LAST

Stewart Armstrong’s favored Dream Play cruised to an early lead over a sloppy track at Aqueduct was never seriously challenged as she romped to a 5 ¼-length victory in Saturday’s $147,000 Comely (Grade III).

The race marked Dream Play’s first try at a distance beyond six furlongs and her initial run over a wet racing surface, but the daughter of Hennessy passed both tests beautifully as she covered the mile distance in 1:39.51 under jockey Eddie Castro. The Kiaran McLaughlin trainee won for the third time in five races and pushed her career earnings to $186,406.





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Saturday, April 11 2009


TelluRide, DJ Vice Headline Crown Royal ‘Festival in the Infield Club’ at Churchill Downs on April


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 10, 2009) – Churchill Downs has announced the featured entertainment for the Crown Royal “Festival in the Infield Club,” which will take place in the new Infield Club when it opens to race fans on Thursday, April 30. The event will be headlined by Nashville-based contemporary country music artists TelluRide and the popular DJ Vice. This year marks the 12th consecutive year Crown Royal® Canadian Whisky has sponsored music programming at Churchill Downs on Thursday of Derby Week.

Widely regarded as the next big breakout artist in the contemporary country music genre, TelluRide plays an average of 150 road dates a year and has performed at numerous Major League Baseball parks and at NASCAR Sprint Cup tracks.





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Friday, April 10 2009


Kentucky Derby 135 Update (4.10.09)


SOUTH/OLD FASHIONED FAVORED IN ARKANSAS DERBY REMATCH WITH WIN WILLY

Fox Hill Farm’s Old Fashioned, a near-consensus early favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) a month ago, is the morning line favorite to win a rematch with Win Willy, the horse that knocked him from the role of Derby favorite, when the two meet in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (GII) at Oaklawn Park.

The Larry Jones-trained Old Fashioned is the 9-5 morning line choice in a field of 10 horses entered in the 1 1/8-mile Kentucky Derby prep. The son of Unbridled’s Song will attempt to avenge the only loss of his career as he takes on Jer-Mar Stable’s Win Willy, the 56-1 upset winner over Old Fashioned in the Rebel Stakes (GIII) at Oaklawn on March 14. The Mac Robertson-trained son of 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos is unbeaten in three races on dirt and is the 7-2 second choice in the Arkansas Derby.





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Kentucky Oaks 135 Udpate (4.10.09)


EAST/LARAGH BACK IN ACTION IN AQUEDUCT’S COMELY

IEAH Stable’s Laragh, one of the outstanding 2-year-old fillies of 2008, will make her debut as a 3-year-old in Saturday’s 60th running of the $150,000 Comely (Grade II) at Aqueduct.

The daughter of Tapit finished a good third to champion Stardom Bound in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI), and then completed out her 2-year-old season with a victory in the Hollywood Starlet (GI) over the synthetic surface at Hollywood Park.





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Thursday, April 09 2009


Godolphin’s Desert Party, Regal Ransom Arrive for Derby 135


LOUISVILLE, KY. (April 9, 2009) – The two horses that represent the Kentucky Derby (Grade I) hopes of Dubai-based Godolphin are settling into new surroundings at Churchill Downs after a late afternoon arrival on Thursday at the historic home of the “Run for the Roses.” Earlier in the day, likely Kentucky Oaks (GI) favorite Rachel Alexandra returned to her home track following an overnight van ride from Oaklawn Park, where she romped in the Fantasy Stakes (GII) on Sunday.

Desert Party, winner of the UAE 2000 Guineas and last year’s Sanford (GII) at Saratoga, and Regal Ransom, who upset his stablemate in the $2 million UAE Derby (GII) on March 28 at Nad Al Sheba, arrived by van at the quarantine facility in Barn 45 at Churchill Downs shortly after 5 p.m. (EDT).





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Wednesday, April 08 2009


Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Approves Churchill Requests for Night Racing


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 7, 2009) – Churchill Downs has been granted permission by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (“KHRC”) to conduct three historic sessions of night racing during its April 25-July 5 Spring Meet. The regulatory panel has also granted approval to the track’s request to offer two new wagers during the meet.

The approval for the first night racing sessions in the 135-year history of Churchill Downs was granted by the KHRC during its regular meeting in Lexington, Ky. on Tuesday, April 7. The regulatory panel also approved a new 50-cent Pick 4 wager that will be offered at the track each day – including Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Days – along with a new multi-day $1 Pick 3 wager that links three Grade I races conducted on Derby Weekend: the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, the Kentucky Oaks and the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic.





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Tuesday, April 07 2009


I Want Revenge Arrives at Churchill Downs For Kentucky Derby 135


LOUISVILLE, KY. (April 7, 2009) – David Lanzman and IEAH Stable’s I Want Revenge, winner of the Wood Memorial (Grade I) and one of the early favorites for the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), arrived at Churchill Downs early Tuesday, April 7 to continue his preparation for the May 2 “Run for the Roses.”

The Jeff Mullins-trained son of Stephen Got Even arrived at Churchill Downs around 5:45 a.m. following a van ride from New York. I Want Revenge is stabled in Barn 24.





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