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Romans-Trained Classic Contenders Promises Fulfilled, Coach Rocks Breeze ‘Easy’ At Churchill

Fountain of Youth (Grade II) front-running hero Promises Fulfilled published his first breeze back at Churchill Downs since his winter in Florida with a maintenance half-mile move in :49 in preparation for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (GI) on Saturday, May 5. “We had a really good morning,” trainer Dale Romans said. “He breezed very easy […]

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Bravazo Breezes Through ‘Maintenance’ Work At Churchill Downs

Risen Star (Grade II) winner Bravazo began his serious preparations for the Grade I, $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve on Friday morning when he breezed five furlongs in 1:01.20 at Churchill Downs.  Bravazo stepped on the track at 5:30 a.m. EDT and worked through splits of :12.80, :24.80 and :37, before galloping out six furlongs in 1:16.40, according […]

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Audible ‘Outstanding,’ Noble Indy ‘Solid’ In Derby Works At Palm Beach

Florida Derby (G1) and Holy Bull (G2) winner Audible continued preparation for the May 5 Kentucky Derby Friday morning when he worked a half-mile in :48.74 at Palm Beach Downs. Owned by China Horse Club, Starlight Racing, Head of Plains Partners and WinStar Farm and trained by Todd Pletcher, Audible galloped out in 1:02.22 while working alongside the 4-year-old […]

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Good Magic To Remain At Keeneland For ‘A Couple Weeks’

By winning Saturday’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2), e Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Stonestreet Stables’ champion Good Magic took a successful next step in pursuit of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1). The Curlin colt, a $1 million purchase at Keeneland’s 2016 September Yearling Sale, and jockey Jose Ortiz won the 1 1/8-mile race by 1½ […]

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Total Purses $8.84 Million For Churchill Spring Meet

The 144th renewals of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) and the $1 million-guaranteed Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) headline a strong roster of 32 stakes races with total purses of $8.84 million scheduled for Churchill Downs Racetrack’s April 28-June 30 Spring Meet. The schedule is headlined by a spectacular Kentucky Derby Day on Saturday, May 5 that features seven […]

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Kentucky Governor Signs Permanent Breeders’ Cup Tax Incentive Bill

The tax incentives instituted in Kentucky when Keeneland hosted the 2015 Breeders’ Cup event are now permanent, reports bloodhorse.com, thanks to a bill signed into law this week by Governor Matt Bevin. The legislation waives the Kentucky excise tax on pari-mutuel handle, which amounted to about $750,000 in 2015. The Breeders’ Cup will be hosted at […]

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Derby Dispatch: Instilled Regard, Mourinho, And The Japan Road To The Kentucky Derby

There is one “sure thing” on this year’s Road to the Kentucky Derby: compelling drama will be abundant. Over the next nine weekends, 3-year-old Thoroughbreds will continue their quest for points in select races to secure a berth in the starting gate for the 144th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve […]

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‘All Others’ 5-2, Bolt D’Oro And Good Magic 8-1 In Second Kentucky Derby Future Wager

With the Kentucky Derby 12 weeks away, the pari-mutuel field of “All Other 3-Year-Olds” closed as the 5-2 favorite in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) while Champion 2-Year-Old Male and Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) winner Good Magic and multiple Grade I winner Bolt d’Oro were the co-second betting choices at odds of 8-1. […]

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Churchill Downs Donates $25,000 To San Luis Rey Fire Victims

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI or the Company) (NASDAQ: CHDN) announced today that it has made a donation of $25,000 to California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation (CTHF) to distribute to victims of the San Luis Rey Downs fire. The December fire in Bonsall, California, claimed the lives of 43 horses, resulted in the hospitalization of five trainers […]

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‘One Of The Legends In Racing’: Churchill Stalwart Mike Hargrave Dies At 69

For 30 years, Mike Hargrave oversaw the backstretch beneath the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs. From 1980 through 2010, he assigned stalls to the horsemen stabled at the Louisville oval, and coordinated the locations of incoming equine stars for the Kentucky Derby and several Breeders’ Cups. On Saturday, drf.com reported that Hargrave passed away at Louisville’s Jewish […]

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