2015 kentucky derby

Maven Becomes First North American Winner For American Pharoah

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah recorded his first winner in North America when Richard Ravin’s Maven took the Friday opener at Aqueduct Racetrack. The Wesley Ward trainee, sent to post as the odds-on favorite in the 4 1/2-furlong maiden sprint, went straight to the lead under jockey Dylan Davis. The chestnut colt marked the opening quarter-mile in 22.55 seconds […]

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First Foal Is A Colt For Expat Stallion El Kabeir

Yeomanstown Stud in Co. Kildare, Ireland, welcomed the first foal El Kabeir on Jan. 9, a colt (and a first foal) for the Irish Group 3-placed Bushranger mare Shes Ranger. Shes Ranger is from the top Oppenheimer family of Glatisant (dam of Footstepsinthesand) and Lael Stable stalwart Superstar Leo, Enticing, and One Master (winner of […]

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Land Rush: Churchill Downs Buying Up Property Surrounding Racetrack

Over the past six months or so, Churchill Downs Inc. has been purchasing property in the neighborhoods surrounding the racetrack. According to WDRB-41, Churchill has purchased more real estate near the track “in the last six months than it had in the previous ten years.” WDRB reports that the racetrack has spent close to $13 million so far. The land purchased […]

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G2 Winner Itsaknockout Retired With Fractured Sesamoid

Starlight Racing announced Sunday morning via twitter that the stable’s Grade 2 winner Itsaknockout would be retired from racing. The 4-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid suffered a fractured sesamoid when finishing sixth Saturday’s Maker’s 46 Mile, discovered with x-rays when the colt was lame Sunday morning, according to the Courier-Journal. “According to the vets,” […]

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O’Neill Eyes ‘A Couple Starts’ Before Derby For Nyquist

In an interview with Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), trainer Doug O’Neill said he was considering only a couple starts before the Kentucky Derby for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and likely 2-year-old male champion Nyquist. “We’re able to only maybe give him a couple starts between now and the Derby,” said O’Neill, “which we’ll hopefully […]

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Calder Closure, Strong Derby Numbers Contribute To CDI Second Quarter Profits

Churchill Downs Inc. announced a record revenue of $409.2 million for the second quarter of 2015 according to a report out by the Daily Racing Form on Wednesday, but the company still demonstrated a dip in its net income. CDI, which had a net income of $55 million for the quarter, announced that newly-acquired mobile game developer […]

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Davidowitz: Don’t Expect A Triple Crown This Year, Either

Although American Pharoah’s victory in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby was a solid one, Gaming Today columnist Steve Davidowitz does not believe this will be the year that racing breaks its Triple Crown curse. Davidowitz blames the challenging schedule of the Triple Crown, which will force the colt to put in two lights-out performances in the next […]

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Louisville Police: Tourist Shot After Departing Kentucky Derby

Louisville police say a Canadian man was shot during an apparently random crime spree after this year’s Kentucky Derby. Scott Hunter of Toronto was returning to his hotel with a friend after the Run for the Roses when he was robbed by three people on Phillips Lane near Churchill Downs. He was killed during a struggle […]

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Espinoza Back To Work In Southern California Day After Derby Victory

A bus driver 25 years ago in his native Mexico City, jockey Victor Espinoza returned to Santa Anita on Sunday perched firmly atop the racing world following his win in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby aboard favored American Pharoah.  A winner of last year’s Run for the Roses with California Chrome, Espinoza, 42, notched his third overall […]

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Mr. Z Possible For Preakness, Firing Line In Good ‘Spot’ For Black-Eyed Susans

The top three finishers from Saturday’s 141st Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) were doing well Monday morning at Churchill Downs. American Pharoah and Dortmund, the 1-3 finishers, walked the shedrow at trainer Bob Baffert’s barn and Firing Line did the same a few barns away for trainer Simon Callaghan. Meanwhile, trainer D. Wayne […]

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