kentucky derby

Fair Grounds Prepares For Meet With Nearly $7 Million In Purses, Three Derby Preps

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has announced that 56 stakes worth a total of $6.87 million will be up for grabs for this upcoming 2018-19 racing season, which is set to begin on Thursday, November 15. Headlining the stakes program is Louisiana Derby Day on March 23, which is the signature day of racing at the […]

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Early Derby Points Races: California Appears To Have Strong Hand Once Again

The Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve offers its first West Coast points of the 2018-2019 season on Saturday, and based on early polling of Churchill Downs Inc. handicapping experts on KentuckyDerby.com, California again looks loaded with talent. Since the “Points System” began qualifying horses for the 2013 Kentucky Derby won by Orb, California-based […]

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Derby Runners Combatant, Lone Sailor Nominated To Oklahoma Derby

One of the top horses on the Kentucky Derby trail, going the Arkansas route this year, Combatant is expected to compete in the Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park on Sunday, Sept. 30. The 3-year-old colt, a son of Scat Daddy, out of the Boundary mare Border Dispute, was prominent at Oaklawn Park […]

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Justify To Stand For $150,000 In First Season At Coolmore

Justify, winner of the 2018 Triple Crown, will debut at stud for an advertised fee of $150,000 during the 2019 breeding season, leading the projected 17-horse stallion roster at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky. The 3-year-old son of Scat Daddy arrived at Ashford Stud on Sept. 17 after initially being retired in July and residing at WinStar […]

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Churchill Downs To Build New Rooftop Lounge For 2019 Kentucky Derby

Churchill Downs Incorporated will create an elevated experience for guests of the 2019 Kentucky Derby and beyond. The legendary Louisville, Ky. racetrack has announced plans for a $5 million capital investment that will expand the Starting Gate Suites through the construction of a new 20,000-square-foot rooftop garden which will deliver a unique hospitality experience with […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Crazy Notions?

In the last couple of years, Thoroughbred owner Larry Best (OXO Equine) has spent millions of dollars at auctions in search of top quality runners. Turns out, he’s got some contrarian ideas about how to campaign those horses. In an interview this week, Best explained why after only two races, he’s giving budding juvenile Instagrand […]

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Good Magic ‘Done For The Season,’ Audible Targeting Pegasus World Cup

Trainer Chad Brown has officially stated that Good Magic, the Haskell winner and Kentucky Derby runner-up, will not race again this season, according to drf.com. The Curlin colt most recently ran ninth as the Travers favorite, and was sent to Stonestreet for a break from the racetrack. “He needs some time,” Brown said. “A decision on […]

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Asmussen Duo Tops Lineup For Juvenile ‘Win And You’re In’ Iroquois

The “Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve” officially begins Saturday as 12 promising 2-year-olds, led by Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen’s duo of Saratoga Special (Grade II) runner-up Tight Ten and Ellis Park Juvenile winner Tobacco Road, were entered in the 37th running of the $150,000 Iroquois Stakes (GIII) at Churchill Downs. The 1 1/16-mile Iroquois, one of […]

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Churchill Downs Announces Schedule For 2019 Road To Kentucky Derby, Oaks

The official “Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve” will begin Saturday at the home of America’s greatest race as Churchill Downs stages the 37th running of the Grade III, $150,000 Iroquois  for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on opening weekend of its 11-day September Meet. The “Road to the Kentucky Derby,” a series […]

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Churchill Downs Memorializes John Asher With One Final Lap

In a fitting tribute for a man who loved all things Kentucky Derby, a hearse carrying the late John Asher circled Churchill Downs Tuesday, going 1 1/4 miles while “My Old Kentucky Home” played. Asher, longtime Churchill Downs spokesman and veteran radio man, was flanked by outriders during the ceremony. Asher died of an apparent […]

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