During a company quarterly earnings call Thursday, Churchill Downs Incorporated CEO Bill Carstanjen announced the addition of the hotel, a gaming facility and additional premium seating would be added to the track.
A lot of knowledgeable thoroughbred racing experts thought it was a foregone conclusion that the Breeders’ Cup board would move this year’s event from Santa Anita to another site, most likely Churchill Downs.
The New York Racing Association always has done a first-class job of promoting the Belmont Stakes, the ancient 1.5-mile classic that is the third and final jewel, after the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, in thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown.
The Preakness, which began two years before the Kentucky Derby in 1873 but has not been run continuously, has fallen apart, which is fitting when you consider the dilapidated condition of Pimlico Race Course.
Thoroughbreds only get one chance to run in the Triple Crown races. Unlike the other major sports, there’s no next year. But the Wests know that the horse always comes first, and their decision is as right as the one that cost them the Kentucky Derby.
Although I’m probably in the minority, I prefer to look at the 145th Derby as the beginning of a new era in which the sport pays more than lip service to caring about the safety of both jockeys and horses.
Country House finished second in the slop before an objection was raised, causing a lengthy delay while stewards repeatedly reviewed several angles of video footage before he was elevated into the winner’s circle. Billy Reed says the stewards made the right decision.
For the first time in 145 years, the Derby winner was found guilty of committing a crime during the mile-and-a-quarter race. The victorious Maximum Security was disqualified to 17th and replaced by second-place Country House.
By My Standards won the Louisiana Derby at 22-1 odds and will likely be 20-1 or higher in the Kentucky Derby. He’s going to be off six weeks between races, but that hasn’t stopped the son of former Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Goldencents from a ton of early chatter.
A coalition of leading thoroughbred racing associations and organizations announced Thursday a new initiative committed to phasing out the use of the medication Furosemide, commonly known as Lasix, beginning next year and eliminating the use of Lasix in stakes races held at their racetracks beginnin
American sports journalism lost a giant Friday when Dan Jenkins passed at 89. He wrote about golf and college football better than anyone ever has or ever will. He was unique, an original, copied by many but surpassed by none.