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NBC Sports & LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs to Debut Road to the Kentucky Derby Magazine Series

Story and photos from Churchill Downs.com Louisville, KY – As the home of horse racing in the United States, NBC Sports will expand its programming in 2019, collaborating with Churchill Downs on a new magazine-style series, and adding a pair of crucial prep races. In partnership with Churchill Downs, NBC Sports will debut a new Road to the Kentucky Derby series this spring, leading up to NBC’s coverage of the 145th Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve on Saturday, May 4. In March, NBCSN will debut the first of the four 30-minute Road to the Kentucky Derby episodes, which will showcase the stars of the sport, telling the stories behind the…


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Breeders’ Cup in Louisville KY is just days away

Story from Churchill Downs’ website   Louisville, KY., – Following a seven-year hiatus, the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will return to Churchill Downs in earnest on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3 – the highlight of an action-packed Fall Meet at the historic home of the Kentucky Derby that began Sunday, Oct. 28. The popular 21-day stand, ends Sunday, Nov. 25. The 129th Fall Meet will showcase lofty purse levels thanks to early returns from state-of-the-art historical racing machines at Derby City Gaming, Churchill Downs Incorporated’s new $65 million facility that opened in mid-September at nearby 4520 Poplar Level Road. Horsemen…


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LouisvilleKY to Host a Variety of Fan Events leading up to Breeders’ Cup

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The excitement around Breeders’ Cup spans an entire week in a city known for horse racing and home of the iconic Churchill Downs. A variety of events, including Equestricon, Topgolf Crush and the Breeders’ Cup Festival kicks off Sunday, October 28, culminating with the 35th Annual Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs November 2-3.   Equestricon, a two-day event which is part fan fest, conference and equestrian industry trade show all in one, starts the week off at the newly-renovated Kentucky International Convention Center. Fans will have unprecedented access to racing’s stars with expected appearances from the sport’s top jockeys,…


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LouisvilleKY horse racing underway for a short time

Louisville, KY., – Horse racing is now underway at  Churchill Downs  for its sixth September Meet for an action-packed 11-date run through Sunday, Sept. 30. This year’s three-week, boutique race meeting, presented by Commonwealth Technology, will feature record purse levels. Horsemen can compete for $5.275 million in prize money offered in Director of Racing Ben Huffman’s 109-race September Meet condition book, which averages to $479,545 per day. Last year, an unprecedented $4.692 million was paid to horsemen for a daily average of $427,000, which was up 12% from the prior year. Inaugurated in 2013 by request from Kentucky horsemen, the three-week September…


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Former LouisvilleKY executive gifts UofL $2.5 million to support first-generation Kentucky students

Story from UofL.edu…   Louisville, KY., – Carl F. Pollard, the former Humana executive and Churchill Downs Inc. chairman, is donating $2.5 million to the University of Louisville to create a scholarship fund aimed at attracting first-generation Kentucky college students to the university. The endowment gift will support two scholarships each year beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year. The fund will provide approximately 65 percent of the tuition, room, board and other direct student fees associated with each student’s degree program. “The University of Louisville is grateful and thrilled to announce the establishment of the Carl F. Pollard Scholarship Fund,”…


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Equestricon to Host 2018 Rood and Riddle Breeders’ Cup Post-Position Draw in LouisvilleKY

  LOUISVILLE, Ky.  – Breeders’ Cup 2018 will feature the live drawing of the post positions for the 14 Breeders’ Cup World Championship races during Equestricon on Monday, October 29 at the renovated Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC).   Dan Tordjman, Co-Founder of Equestricon, explained the event as “a conference, a fan fest and an equestrian industry trade show all in one.” The 2018 Rood and Riddle Breeders’ Cup post- position draw is open to all Equestricon attendees.   Breeders’ Cup connections and special guests will enjoy enhanced hospitality during the post-position draw in the newly-designed VIP Breeders’ Cup Lounge immediately in front of the expanded…


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Justify Breezes Five Furlongs in 1:01.40 at LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes

Story and photo from ChurchillDowns.comLouisville, KY., – Under sunny skies and a comfortable 63 degrees, undefeated Kentucky Derby (Grade I) and Preakness Stakes (GI) winner Justify completed his serious preparations for Saturday’s $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (GI) with a five-furlong breeze over a “fast” Churchill Downs track in 1:01.40 with Martin Garciain the saddle. With a few hundred spectators on hand, WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners and Starlight Racing’s colt came onto the track at 7:30 a.m.  Monday (all times Eastern) during a special 10-minute training period for locally-based Belmont Stakes contenders. Justify broke away from the stable pony Sunny and trainer Bob Baffert’s chief assistant Jimmy Barnes at the…


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Triple Crown contender Justify returns to LouisvilleKY to train for third jewel

Story and photo from www.churchilldowns.com   Louisville, KY., – WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners and Starlight Racing’s undefeated Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) and Preakness Stakes (GI) winner Justify returned to Churchill Downs on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. (all times Eastern) to begin training for the third jewel in racing’s Triple Crown, the June 9 Belmont Stakes (GI). “It was a very smooth trip back to Kentucky,” Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s assistant Jimmy Barnes said. “We had a great trip to Pimlico. We brought two horses and they both won. The only thing that wasn’t so great was the weather….


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Notes from LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs

Story from ChurchillDowns.com LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, May 3, 2018) – In possibly the most anticipated pre-Derby entrance at Churchill Downs since Arazi in 1992, runaway UAE Derby (GII) winner Mendelssohn emerged from quarantine Thursday morning to get his first feel of the track beneath the historic Twins Spires. Trained by Aidan O’Brien and owned by Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and MichaelTabor, Mendelssohn and three stablemates entered the main track at the five-eighths gap and proceeded to walk and jog a clockwise 1¼ miles. They then reversed course and cantered one mile before exiting through the six-furlong gap and taking the scenic route back to Barn 17. Exercise rider Dean Gallagher was aboard Mendelssohn. Before Mendelssohn came…


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Private Aviation Company to Power Combatant for the 144th Running of the Kentucky Derby

Sentient Jet to Support Homes for Our Troops, Nonprofit Organization That Provides Specially Adapted Custom Homes for Veterans, Through Sponsorship of Kentucky Derby Contender Combatant QUINCY, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sentient Jet, a Directional Aviation company and the Preferred Private Aviation Partner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve®, Longines Kentucky Oaks®, and Churchill Downs Racetrack® is pleased to announce it will sponsor Combatant for the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby in an effort to generate awareness and support for Homes For Our Troops, a nonprofit organization championed by Combatant’s ownership group – Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Willis Horton Racing LLC – that builds homes for severely injured Veterans. Homes For…