Horse Racing

Churchill Downs Racetrack breaks ground on $60M historical racing facility

12/20/2017 12:54 PM

On Wednesday, Churchill Downs Racetrack broke ground on Derby City Gaming, a $60 million, state-of-the-art historical racing facility. It is the first of its kind in the state and will house 600 historical racing machines, a simulcast wagering area and player’s club reward center. Officials say the goal of the new facility is to strengthen horse racing in Kentucky and grow its customer base. The 85,000 square foot facility will be located on Poplar Level Road, Churchill Downs’ former Trackside location. Derby... Read more 

Churchill Downs announces Woodford Reserve as new presenting sponsor of Kentucky Derby

10/25/2017 10:37 AM

Woodford Reserve is the new presenting sponsor of the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs announced on Wednesday. Brown-Forman’s bourbon has been the “Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby” since 1999. It’s five-year presenting sponsorship makes it only the second in the Derby’s 144-year history. “I don’t recall any of us imagining that in one generation’s time, Woodford Reserve would develop into such a brand that it could today present the Kentucky Derby, which we consider to be one of the premiere events in... Read more 

HORSE RACING | Romans Getting Close To Making History at Churchill Downs

09/14/2017 06:29 PM

Horse trainer Dale Romans has already accomplished a lot in his career. For example, he was the winning trainer of the 2011 Preakness winner Shackleford. More than likely, he’s about to add another accomplishment to his resume. Romans is three wins away from passing Bill Mott as the all-time winningest trainer at Churchill Downs. Mott has 701 wins inside the facility, while Romans has 699 wins. “It is close to my heart,” said Romans. “It’s a big deal to me.” Romans has... Read more 

HORSE RACING | Previewing the Preakness Stakes

05/19/2017 12:09 PM

The 142nd Running of the Preakness Stakes takes place Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. Ten thoroughbreds are taking part in the race this year. Of course, most of the eyes will be on Kentucky Derby 143 winner Always Dreaming. The Todd Pletcher-trained horse drew post position four earlier this week. Always Dreaming is the morning line favorite with 4/5 odds. Meanwhile, Classic Empire has the second-best odds at 3/1. TVG Network horse racing analyst Caton Bredar joined Sports Night... Read more 

KENTUCKY DERBY | Always Dreaming wins the 143rd Run for the Roses

05/06/2017 06:56 PM

Always Dreaming is the winner of the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby. Lookin At Lee came in second with Battle of Midway finishing third. Always Dreaming, trained by Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher, started the race with 9-2 odds. He finished with jockey John Velazquez aboard, who also won the 2011 Kentucky Derby with Animal Kingdom. Always Dreaming paid out $11.40 on a $2 bet to win. The trifecta for Always Dreaming, Lookin At Lee and Battle of Midway paid... Read more 

KENTUCKY DERBY | Levitch Interns with Mark Casse

05/06/2017 03:20 PM

Former UofL basketball player David Levitch did an internship with horse trainer Mark Casse last summer. “I learned a lot,” said Levitch. “You got to get up everyday at four which is tough, but it was fun. They actually won the meet too, so that was fun.” During the internship, Levitch hot walked, gave medicine to a few of the horses and provided support for the Casse’s. “You got to learn to be very responsible back there,” said Levitch.  Read more 

KENTUCKY DERBY | Jordan Smith's second Derby

05/06/2017 03:18 PM

The Voice Season nine winner, Jordan Smith, walked the red carpet at the Derby this year. We caught up with the Kentucky-native at his second Derby about what it would mean to him if he ever got the opportunity to sing “My Old Kentucky Home.”  Read more 

KENTUCKY DERBY | Warren Moon talks Teddy Bridgewater, Derby memories

05/06/2017 03:07 PM

Former NFL quarterback and Hall of Famer Warren Moon is a seasoned Kentucky Derby veteran. This is Moon’s seventeenth Kentucky Derby. He spoke with our Clayton Abernathy on the red carpet about what makes the derby so special, his favorite memories from Churchill Downs and what he thinks the future holds for former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in the NFL.  Read more 

KENTUCKY DERBY | Red Carpet photo gallery

05/06/2017 03:01 PM

There were many celebrities that walked the red carpet this morning at Churchill Downs for the 143rd Kentucky Derby, as well as a few notable sports and political figures. Check out our photo gallery from the red carpet!  Read more 

KENTUCKY DERBY | Gov. Bevin A Fan of Churchill Downs Renovations

05/06/2017 02:59 PM

Churchill Downs recently completed its renovation of some parts of its legendary Clubhouse. And Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is a fan. “It’s stunning. It’s beautiful,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “It’s a first-class institution. It’s a first-class company. And the way in which they have continued every year to make this event even better and better for the guests that come is spectacular.” There are so many new aspects to the Clubhouse, including new bars and lounges, but one thing stands out to Gov.... Read more 

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