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Cecil Borel Officially Retires From Training

Cecil Borel has officially retired from training Thoroughbreds, according to drf.com. The older brother of Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel sent out a total of 723 winners in a career that started in 1979. His best runner was Relic Reward, winner of the G3 Essex Handicap in 1998. The elder Borel left the sport in […]

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Dennis’ Moment ‘Moves Like A Cadillac And Is Fast Like A Ferrari’

When Tammy Fox comes back from a morning workout on a racehorse, the ultimate sign of approval is the former jockey flashing two thumbs up as they come off the track. After Albaugh Family Stables’ 2-year-old colt Dennis’ Moment cruised five-eighths of a mile in 58 1/5 seconds Friday at Churchill Downs, Fox only flashed […]

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Kentucky Commission Unanimously Approves Sale Of Turfway To Churchill

At a special meeting convened Tuesday afternoon, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted unanimously to approve the change of control for Turfway Park, clearing the way for Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) to purchase the track for $46 million. Churchill, operating via its wholly-owned subsidiary, NKYRG LLC, announced the deal last week, noting it was contingent […]

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Expanded Kentucky Derby Museum Seeing Big Spikes In Attendance, Events

Kentucky Derby Museum is celebrating record growth, with attendance rising 11% in its fiscal year. The Museum saw a whopping 242,841 visitors come through the doors, an increase of 23,843 visitors from the previous fiscal year, which runs from October 1 to September 30. The Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop also saw an increase in […]

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‘A Fantastic Mind’: Walsh Looking Ahead To Breeders’ Cup Juvenile With Maxfield

The morning after winning the first Grade 1 stakes of his career, Brendan Walsh reported cheerfully that Keeneland’s Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity winner Maxfield came out of Saturday’s $500,000 race in far better order than his trainer. “We did a bit of celebrating last night,” Walsh said. “But if you don’t celebrate that, what do you […]

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Alcibiades Top Two Planning On Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

British Idiom, who earned a berth in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita with her 6½-length romp in Friday’s Darley Alcibiades (G1), is scheduled to rejoin trainer Brad Cox’s string at Churchill Downs Sunday, according to Cox’s Keeneland assistant Tessa Bisha. “She goes back tomorrow,” Bisha said. […]

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CDI Announces Agreement To Buy Turfway Park For $46 Million, Will Withdraw Plans For New Latonia

Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) announced today that, through its wholly-owned subsidiary NKYRG, LLC (“NKYRG”), it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky from Jack Ohio LLC, an affiliate of JACK Entertainment LLC (“JACK”) and Hard Rock International for total consideration of $46 million in cash, subject to certain working capital […]

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Louisiana Invader Mocito Rojo Springs Upset In Lukas Classic

Wayne T. Davis’ ultra-consistent 5-year-old Mocito Rojo invaded from Louisiana and wore down Silver Dust in deep stretch to win Saturday night’s $250,000 Lukas Classic (Grade III) by a neck – the highlight of a stakes tripleheader on a special “Downs After Dark” nighttime card that attracted a crowd of 17,053 to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Ridden by Gerard Melancon and trained […]

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Mr Freeze, Albarado Team Up To Win Ack Ack At Churchill Downs

Jim Bakke and Gerald Isbister’s Mr Freeze circled three-wide on the turn for home, grabbed the lead at the quarter pole and held a rallying Thirstforlife at bay in deep stretch by 1 ½ lengths to win Saturday night’s 27th renewal of the $150,000 Ack Ack  (Grade III) at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Mr Freeze, a 4-year-old son of To Honor and Serve, ran one mile […]

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Family Man Brian Williamson Hopes To ‘Keep The Momentum Rolling’ In Kentucky

Trainer Brian Williamson began making Churchill Downs his “second home” about four years ago. Now, the Chicagoland-native is finding his best stride in the September Meet with two victories and a narrow runner-up finish with his small string of 10 horses based in Barn 16. “Knock on wood, I have a lot of horses that […]

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