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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   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 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…

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Here’s your LouisvilleKY Derby Festival schedule for Thursday

Louisville, KY., – As usual, it’s a busy time in Louisville. Kentucky Derby Festival events abound – all leading up to Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.  Here is a schedule for Thursday’s fun:   Stars at Churchill Downs: KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL CELEBRITY DAY AT THE DOWNS PRESENTED BY KENTUCKIANA HONDA DEALERS.  11:30 AM.  Churchill Downs, Sixth Floor. SOLD OUT. Sponsor:  Kentuckiana Honda Dealers.  Contributing Sponsor: Macy’s. Media Sponsors: The Voice-Tribune and 106.9 PLAY. #ThrowbackThursday Parade: REPUBLIC BANK KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL PEGASUS® PARADE.  5 PM.  West on Broadway from Campbell to 9th Street. This annual parade features colorful floats, marching bands, giant inflatables and equestrians. Bleacher tickets $10 and…

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Sentient Jet Announces Exclusive Kentucky Derby Experiences in LouisvilleKY

Experiences Include Breakfast Hosted by Brand Ambassador Bobby Flay and Derby Air Service The Preferred Private Aviation Partner of the Kentucky Derby®, Kentucky Oaks®, and Churchill Downs® offers the most luxurious way to experience the races for third consecutive year QUINCY, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sentient Jet, a Directional Aviation company, today announces its plans for the 2018 Kentucky Derby as the Preferred Private Aviation Partner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, Longines Kentucky Oaks, and Churchill Downs Racetrack for the third year in a row. A longtime supporter of the horseracing community, Sentient Jet once again offers the most luxurious way to experience “the most exciting two minutes in…


Ticket Prices Set for Breeders’ Cup World Championships at LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs

Louisville, KY., – The Breeders’ Cup has announced ticket prices and availability for the 35th Breeders’ Cup World Championships to be held on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3 at historic Churchill Downs. This marks the ninth time that Churchill Downs will host the Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international events consisting of 14 races and purses and awards totaling more than $30 million. Available seating options include Dining, Reserved and Box Seating, and General Admission. Group packages are also available for groups of 18 or more, as well as custom fan experience packages through Breeders’ Cup Experiences, the Official Fan Experience Package provider…

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LouisvilleKY’s Famous Race is fast approaching with Future Wager

‘ALL OTHERS’ 4-1 FAVORITE, UNBEATEN JUSTIFY SURPRISE 6-1 SECOND CHOICE IN KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE WAGER POOL 3; BOLT D’ORO, MCKINZIE FOLLOW MUTUEL FIELD FAVORED IN LONE OAKS FUTURE OVER MIDNIGHT BISOU, MONOMOY GIRL AND DREAM TREE LOUISVILLE, KY. (SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2018) – Eight weeks in advance of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I), the pari-mutuel field of “ALL OTHER 3-YEAR-OLDS” closed as the 4-1 favorite in Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW). Four-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer BOB BAFFERT’s late-blooming JUSTIFY, who improved his record to 2-for-2 on Sunday with a 6 ½-length romp in a first-level allowance at Santa Anita, closed…

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LouisvilleKY runners will get a special medal for this year’s Marathon/miniMarathon

Louisville, KY.   – Runners participating in this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon Presented by Humana will receive a historic finisher’s medal to take home with them. It’s the first time the design of the medal has featured Churchill Downs’ iconic Twin Spires, alongside the Festival’s Pegasus emblem. This year’s race is set for Saturday, April 28, and is the largest annual day of road racing in Kentucky. “We wanted this year’s medal to commemorate what has become a highlight of running our miniMarathon and Marathon,” said Mike Berry, President and CEO of the Kentucky Derby Festival. “We appreciate Churchill Downs collaborating…

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Churchill Downs, Derby Divas and Norton Cancer Institute open nominations for LouisvilleKY’s Survivor’s Parade

LOUISVILLE, KY (TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2018) – Churchill Downs, Derby Divas and Norton Cancer Institute today announced that they will partner again this year to raise funds during the Kentucky Oaks to help provide care to local women who lack access to breast health screenings and services. To celebrate the continuation of the partnership, Churchill Downs, Derby Divas and Norton Cancer Institute opened the online nomination process to select 144 breast and ovarian cancer survivors to participate in the Survivors Parade at the 144th Longines Kentucky Oaks. To nominate and select survivors, visit starting at noon on Tuesday, February 20. Nominations are open until 11:59 p.m. on March 18. The…