churchill downs spring meet

Historical Racing Success Fuels Churchill Downs Purse Increase; Maidens To Run For $95,000

Effective Thursday, Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Ky., will raise purse offerings 10.7 percent for the second half of its 38-day Spring Meet thanks to robust business from state-of-the-art historical racing machines at Derby City Gaming. The Spring Meet’s second condition book, which covers 183 races from Thursday through closing day on June 29, has […]

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Historical Racing Machines Supercharge Churchill Downs Spring Meet Purses

Record prize money for horsemen will be distributed at Churchill Downs’ 145th Spring Meet thanks to early returns from state-of-the-art historical racing machines at Derby City Gaming. The first condition book, which covers the first half of the 38-day Spring Meet at the Louisville, Ky., track, was released Wednesday, and purses for the 189 offered races […]

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Churchill Downs Increases Kentucky Derby Purse From $2 Million To $3 Million

The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) on Saturday, May 4 will be the richest in history as the purse for America’s greatest race and first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown has been elevated to a guaranteed $3 million. The substantial $1 million increase to the 1 ¼-mile Kentucky […]

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Arts, Orange Theme Kick Off Churchill Downs Meet Opening Night

Churchill Downs and Fund for the Arts have joined forces for the third year to kick off Derby week by celebrating Louisville’s extraordinary arts scene and live racing at Opening Night presented by Budweiser. The theme of this year’s Opening Night party on Saturday, April 28 is orange.  It will feature live arts performances throughout the track […]

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Churchill Downs: $8.84M Spring Stakes Schedule Includes Two Transferred From Arlington

The 143rd runnings of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) and the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) are the biggest events on a strong and varied roster of 34 stakes races that offer $8.84 million in total purses scheduled during Churchill Downs Racetrack’s 38-day Spring Meet in 2017. The […]

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Churchill Downs To Honor Active And Retired Military Members On Memorial Day Weekend

Retired and active duty military members will be saluted at Churchill Downs Racetrack during the historic track’s observance of Memorial Day on a Monday, May 30 special holiday racing program that highlights the upcoming five-day Spring Meet racing week at the home of the Kentucky Derby. Spring Meet racing resumes at Churchill Downs on Thursday, […]

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Churchill Announces Spring Stakes Schedule; Firecracker Renamed To Honor Wise Dan

The 142nd renewals the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) and $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) on the first weekend in May headline a roster of 26 stakes events – 23 of which are graded races – scheduled for Churchill Downs Race Track’s 2016 Spring Meet highlighted by six Grade […]

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Rees: American Pharoah Crowning Glory Of Churchill’s Spring Meet

With the 2015 spring meet now in the books, Louisville Courier-Journal columnist Jennie Rees takes a look back at the highs and lows of the meet. For Rees – and likely for most racing fans – the highlight of the Churchill racing season was American Pharoah. Not only did the colt justify favoritism and win […]

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‘Pat Day Mile’ One Of 25 Stakes Races Highlighting Churchill Downs’ Spring Meet

Churchill Downs Racetrack will honor two riding greats with stakes races – one renamed and another that is new – during its 2015 Spring Meet, which spans 38 days from Saturday, April 25 through Saturday, June 27. To no surprise, a sextet of Grade I races highlights the nine-week stand but none are more prominent […]

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Rees: Churchill’s Spring Meet a ‘Rerun’ of Recent Years

With the 2013 Churchill Downs spring meet in the books, the Louisville Courier-Journal’s Jennie Rees takes a look at the news makers and the significant developments that occurred during the race meeting. For the most part, Rees says, the meet was the “same old, same old”. While the top-end races were great, the middle and […]

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