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‘We Thought We’d Just Won The Kentucky Derby’: $25,000 Yearling Brings Joy To First-Time Owner

You will know by the screaming if the winner of Sunday’s $75,000 Ellis Park Juvenile is Ebben. On the other hand, you might hear that same raucous cheering even if the 2-year-old gelding is second or third. Ebben is one of the first yearlings purchased by Sam Aguiar. The Louisville attorney was part of the […]

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Kentucky Derby Museum Plans ‘Eclipse’ Viewing Tour On Aug. 21

The Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs will host a special tour on Monday, Aug. 21. Participants will be able to view the total solar eclipse, when the moon crosses in front of the sun, from the racetrack’s infield, according to wfpl.org. Additionally, the Derby Museum will put its own spin on the event with a […]

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Keeneland Increases Takeout To State Maximums For 2017 Fall Meeting

Keeneland Racecourse has informed the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission that it plans to increase takeout to the maximum allowed under state law during its 2017 fall meeting, reports drf.com. Officials confirmed that takeout on win, place and show wagers will move from 16 percent to 17.5 percent, and it will increase from 19 percent to […]

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Cox Swinging For The Fences With Pinch Hit In Ellis’ Groupie Doll

Owner Richard Klein and trainer Brad Cox are swinging for the fences with Pinch Hit in the $100,000 Groupie Doll Stakes on Aug. 13 at Ellis Park. The 3-year-old filly comes in off two impressive allowance victories, by a gritty nose at Churchill Downs and then by six lengths at Ellis Park at the Grade […]

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Bruder Playing The ‘Blame’ Game For Ellis Park’s Groupie Doll

Mike Bruder has raced at Ellis Park throughout his 40 years owning racehorses. But the retired Evansville businessman has never had a horse in his hometown track’s marquee race — something he hopes to rectify in a week. Bruder owns Put Da Blame On Me, a 4-year-old filly who comes into the Aug. 13, Grade 3 […]

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‘Old School,’ ‘Kind Of Hard On The Surface’: Van Berg Picking Up At Ellis Park

This is how good things are going right now for Jack Van Berg’s stable: After the nice 2-year-old Make Noise won a maiden race Friday to give the barn its third win in eight races, victory in Saturday’s sixth race dropped into their lap. That came when Cara Blythe finished second behind Sister Kan. But because […]

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Churchill: Zoning Board Approves Request For Eight-Foot Fence As Parking Project Continues

The Louisville Zoning Board of Appeals gave its approval Monday to Churchill Downs’ plans to add more landscaping and build an eight-foot fence/wall around the area where the company plans to expand its parking area. WAVE-3 reports that Churchill Downs wants to add the fence as a safety measure, since there have been several break-ins reported in […]

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Hence ‘In Great Shape’ After Iowa Derby Victory, Headed To Haskell

Hence will go for back-to-back graded stakes wins and look to give trainer Steve Asmussen his second victory in the Grade 1, $1 million betfair.com Haskell Invitational on July 30, the 50th renewal of Monmouth Park’s marquee event. The 3-year-old colt by Street Boss sat last along the backstretch before storming home on the outside […]

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McCraken ‘Doing Tremendous’ In Preparation For Haskell

Janis Whitham’s McCraken recorded a bullet workout over the Churchill main track on Thursday, preparing for the July 30 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. The 3-year-old son of Ghostzapper covered five furlongs in 1:00.40 under regular rider Brian Hernandez, Jr. According to drf.com, trainer Ian Wilkes has been extremely pleased with McCraken’s progress since his Matt […]

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Calhoun, Hernandez Hoping For ‘Awesome Saturday’ In Indiana Derby

Trainer Bret Calhoun and jockey Brian Hernandez are hoping Awesome Saturday produces just that in Saturday night’s $500,000 Indiana Derby at Indiana Grand. Chuck Hovitz’s 3-year-old son of Any Given Saturday makes his stakes debut in the 1 1/16-mile, Grade 3 race. But he’s always run well while making steady improvement in each of his five starts despite self-inflected miscues. In […]

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