Woodford Reserve Turf Classic

Woodford Reserve New Presenting Sponsor Of The Kentucky Derby

Churchill Downs Incorporated and Brown-Forman Corporation today announced a five-year agreement through which Brown-Forman’s Woodford Reserve bourbon will be the presenting sponsor of the Kentucky Derby. Beginning with its 144th running on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Churchill Downs Racetrack (“Churchill Downs”) in Louisville, Ky., the $2 million classic race for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds and one […]

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Divisidero Named Fasig-Tipton Turf Horse Of The Month For May

Becoming only the third repeat winner in Churchill Downs’ Grade 1, $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic earned Gunpowder Farms’ 5-year-old horse Divisidero honors as Fasig-Tipton Turf Horse of the Month for May on the all-things grass-racing website TurfTalk360.com. A son of Ramsey Farm’s popular stallion Kitten’s Joy, Divisidero joins two-time Horse of the Year Wise […]

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Divisidero Last-To-First In Woodford Reserve For Third Consecutive Derby Day Turf Victory

Tom Keithley’s Divisidero has an impeccable record on Kentucky Derby day in the Bluegrass; to date, the 5-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy has won a turf stake on the first Saturday in May for three consecutive years. Ridden with stone-cold patience by Julien Leparoux, Divisidero was nearly last of the 11-horse field in the G1 […]

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Weekend Lineup: Raindrops On Roses

It’s finally here, the two-day racing extravaganza located in Louisville, Kentucky. Friday is highlighted by the Kentucky Oaks, while Saturday’s card is led by the Kentucky Derby, showcasing the top 3-year-olds of each sex currently in training. Here are previews for the weekend’s Grade 1 races: The La Troienne brings Paid Up Subscriber to Churchill […]

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Divisidero Faces 11 Challengers In Woodford Reserve Title Defense

Gunpowder Farms’ Divisidero will face 11 rivals Saturday as he bids to repeat in the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Grade I), one of seven graded stakes on the 14-race program that is highlighted by the 143rd running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI). The 31st edition of Woodford Reserve […]

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Divisidero Headlines 63 Nominees To Woodford Reserve Turf Classic

Gunpowder Farms LLC’s defending winner Divisidero and a powerful trio of female stars in Lady Eli, Miss Temple City and Quidura (GB) head a strong roster of 63 older grass specialists nominated to compete in the 31st running of the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Grade I) for 4-year-olds and up on the star-studded Kentucky […]

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Thomas McCarthy, Owner-Trainer Of General Quarters, Dies

Thomas R. McCarthy, the retired high school principal that owned and trained 2009 Kentucky Derby contender General Quarters, passed away Thursday morning. He was 82. The sad news was reported by several sources, including journalist Jennie Rees, via Twitter – Sad news: Tom McCarthy, trainer of BG and WR Turf Classic winner General Quarters, died […]

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Bradley: ‘No Concerns’ About Divisidero In Manhattan

Gunpowder Farm LLC’s Divisidero, winner of the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (GI) on the May 7 Kentucky Derby undercard, put in his final work for his attempt at a second consecutive Grade I victory in the $1.5 million Manhattan on the June 11 Belmont Stakes undercard. The son of Kitten’s Joy went a half-mile in […]

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Divisidero’s Derby Day Luck Strikes Again In Woodford Reserve

Lightning does strike twice, at least for Gunpowder Farms’ Divisidero. The 4-year-old Kitten’s Joy colt captured his first graded stakes race on Derby Day in 2015 at odds of nearly 9-1, and repeated the performance with a gutsy 6-1 victory in Saturday’s Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs. The Buff Bradley trainee […]

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Weekend Lineup: Talk Derby To Me

It’s finally here, this first weekend in May that we’ve been anxiously awaiting all year. A record-setting “Thurby” crowd of nearly 40,000 people came to Churchill Downs on Thursday, and talk of sunshine is expected to bring near-record crowds through the Louisville oval’s gates on Friday and Saturday. Those fans will be treated early on […]

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