‘Start of bigger things down the road,’ Maker says of Chimney Rock’s win

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo of Chimney Rock’s win) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, May 17, 2020) – Three Diamonds Farm’s Chimney Rock, the runner-up in last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (Grade II), collared pacesetter Jack and Noah (FR) in deep stretch to win Sunday’s $58,309 feature race at Churchill Downs by a head. Four Wheel Drive, who won […] Continue Reading

Monomoy Girl cruises off 18-month layoff as Churchill Downs opens

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo of Monomoy Girl’s win) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 16, 2020) – Michael Dubb, Monomoy Stables, The Elkstone Group and Bethlehem Stable’s 2018 Champion Monomoy Girl made her triumphant return Saturday at Churchill Downs, winning a one-mile allowance event in Saturday’s fourth race on opening day of the 26-day Spring Meet. Trained by Brad Cox […] Continue Reading

And they’re off! (for training) at Churchill Downs

Today’s Churchill Downs barn notes, penned by Kevin Kerstein (Churchill Downs photo of this morning’s training): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, May 13, 2020) – With a steady rain falling at 5:29 a.m. (all times Eastern), Churchill Downs’ outrider Lee Lockwood spoke on the track radio with the words so many people have been anticipating, “We are open for business. Gap Attendants, […] Continue Reading

Monomoy Girl heads Churchill Downs opening card with fields averaging 11.3 horses

Link to Overnight: http://www.equibase.com/premium/eqbHorsemenAreaDownloadAction.cfm?sn=ONSC-CD-20200516D  Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo of 2018 Kentucky Oaks and Eclipse Award winner Monomoy Girl powering to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs later that year) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, May 12, 2020) – Horses are back at Churchill Downs and they are ready to run. Saturday’s Opening Day program of the […] Continue Reading

Matt Winn, Ellis Park Derby now 50 points to winner on Ky Derby trail

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo of Gray Magician, outside under Corey Lanerie, winning the 2019 Ellis Park Derby): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, May 12, 2020) – Churchill Downs Racetrack today released a preliminary list of races that could be used for the extension of the “Road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve,” pending agreeable race placement by […] Continue Reading

Tom’s d’Etat: All dressed up, nowhere to race

Tom’s d’Etat started his 2020 season with victory over Improbable in the Oaklawn Mile. Coady Photography By Jennie Rees, Kentucky HBPA communications The frustration earlier in the career of Grade 1 Clark Handicap winner Tom’s d’Etat was that G M B Racing’s talented horse missed so much racing while sidelined with niggling physical issues. “He’s had a lot of stay […] Continue Reading

By My Standards owner: ‘Couldn’t be happier; couldn’t be more relieved’

NTRA top thoroughbred poll Churchill Downs revised spring stakes schedule By Jennie Rees, Kentucky HBPA communications Social distancing could only last so long when Chester Thomas’ By My Standards won Saturday’s $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap by 1 3/4 lengths over Warrior’s Charge. Thomas, the Madisonville, Ky., entrepreneur who races in the named of Allied Racing, and wife Jennifer had one of […] Continue Reading

Trainers, attending vets must agree to these CDI rules to race

From Churchill Downs (Coady Photography photo of #9 Gamblin Train winning Churchill allowance) Printable PDF of document CDI Rules and Conditions for Racing and Training As a condition to, and in consideration for the undersigned trainer (“Trainer”) being permitted to race, work, or train any horse at Churchill Downs Racetrack (CDRT) and Churchill Downs Training Center (Trackside) the Trainer and the […] Continue Reading

Please read: Churchill Downs safety initiatives in effect this spring

From Churchill Downs (Coady Photography photo: Mr. Money winning the 2019 Pat Day Mile):   Horsemen Notification  Of Equine Safety Initiatives Click here for PDF document There have been several equine safety initiatives that have been implemented for the 2020 Spring Meet at Churchill Downs.  Below are the changes and how they affect you. Horsemen-Veterinarian Agreement:  This must be signed and […] Continue Reading

Churchill Downs spring meet: $559K in purses, 16 stakes

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography picture) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, May 4, 2020) – Churchill Downs Racetrack released its first condition book of races for the 2020 Spring Meet late Sunday, and horsemen will be able to compete for an average of $559,000 each day. Opening day of the 2020 Spring Meet will be Saturday, May 16. After opening weekend […] Continue Reading