horse racing http://wfpl.org en Field Sizes Dropped in Churchill Downs' Spring Meet http://wfpl.org/post/field-sizes-dropped-churchill-downs-spring-meet <p>Churchill Down's spring meet concluded with a 6-percent decline in the average number of horses running per race and a slight decrease in average daily purses.</p><p>The spring meet ended on Sunday.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 9700 at http://wfpl.org Field Sizes Dropped in Churchill Downs' Spring Meet The Breeders' Cup Is Officially Coming to Keeneland Race Course http://wfpl.org/post/breeders-cup-officially-coming-keeneland-race-course <p>The Breeders' Cup is returning to Kentucky for the first time since 2011—but this time the races won't be in Louisville.</p><p>Lexington's Keeneland Race Course next year will host the Breeders' Cup for the first time, the Lexington-based racing championship series announced Tuesday.</p><p>The races will be run Oct. 30 and 31, 2015.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The thoroughbred racing championships have been run at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, the last three seasons.</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:40:54 +0000 Michael Homan 9630 at http://wfpl.org The Breeders' Cup Is Officially Coming to Keeneland Race Course No Triple Crown This Year. Tonalist Wins the Belmont Stakes. http://wfpl.org/post/no-triple-crown-year-tonalist-wins-belmont-stakes <p>Horse racing will have to wait more &nbsp;for a Triple Crown winner.</p><p>Tonalist won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, spoiling Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome's bid to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.</p><p>Tonalist&nbsp;beat Commissioner at the wire. Medal Count finished third, with California Chrome—the heavy favorite—and second betting choice Wicked Strong in a dead heat for fourth.</p><p><strong>Related: <a href="/post/why-hasnt-racehorse-won-triple-crown-1978">Why Hasn't a Race Horse Won the Triple Crown Since 1978?</a></strong></p> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 23:24:07 +0000 Joseph Lord 9520 at http://wfpl.org No Triple Crown This Year. Tonalist Wins the Belmont Stakes. How Good Are California Chrome's Chances of Winning the Triple Crown? http://wfpl.org/post/how-good-are-california-chromes-chances-winning-triple-crown <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We've spent the past couple days exploring the Triple Crown—why</span><a href="/post/why-hasnt-racehorse-won-triple-crown-1978" style="line-height: 1.5;"> it's been decades since a horse has won it, </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and why the series may change to</span><a href="/post/should-triple-crown-be-changed-reflect-todays-horse-racing" style="line-height: 1.5;"> reflect the thoroughbred industry's contemporary culture.</a></p> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 9514 at http://wfpl.org How Good Are California Chrome's Chances of Winning the Triple Crown? Should the Triple Crown Be Changed to Reflect Today's Horse Racing? http://wfpl.org/post/should-triple-crown-be-changed-reflect-todays-horse-racing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the theorizing of why no horse has won the Triple Crown since 1978, a theme evolves—</span><a href="/post/why-hasnt-racehorse-won-triple-crown-1978" style="line-height: 1.5;">horse racing<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is different now.</span></a></p><p>Trainers train differently. Horses are bred for different qualities. Fields are bigger.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The theories l</span>ead<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to a follow-up question: If the game has changed, shouldn't its biggest achievement change, too?</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 9506 at http://wfpl.org Should the Triple Crown Be Changed to Reflect Today's Horse Racing? Post Positions for California Chrome and the 10 Other Belmont Stakes Contenders http://wfpl.org/post/post-positions-california-chrome-and-10-other-belmont-stakes-contenders <p>Ten horses are expected to challenge California Chrome's bid Saturday to be the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.</p><p>Post positions and odds were set Wednesday in Elmont, New York.&nbsp;</p><p>California Chrome, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, is the favorite at 3-5. Wicked Strong, the Derby fourth-place finisher, is the second choice at 6-1.&nbsp;</p><p>Here are the runners, jockeys and odds for the 11 horses running in Saturday's Belmont Stakes.</p><p></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 17:25:48 +0000 Joseph Lord 9492 at http://wfpl.org Post Positions for California Chrome and the 10 Other Belmont Stakes Contenders California Chrome Wins the Preakness Stakes http://wfpl.org/post/california-chrome-wins-preakness-stakes <p>California Chrome has taken another step toward becoming the first Triple Crown winner since 1978's Affirmed.</p><p>The Kentucky Derby winner outran nine other contenders Saturday to take the 139th Preakness&nbsp;Stakes at Baltimore's Pimlico&nbsp;Race Course. California Chrome, a heavy favorite, was followed by Ride on Curlin and Social Inclusion.</p><p>California Chrome is the 13th&nbsp;horse since Affirmed to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown. The last Triple Crown contender after two races was I'll Have Another, who dropped out of the 2012 Belmont Stakes with an injury.</p> Sat, 17 May 2014 22:44:56 +0000 Joseph Lord 9365 at http://wfpl.org California Chrome Wins the Preakness Stakes Churchill Downs Inc. Sees Growth in Online Betting (But Drop at Simulcast Windows) http://wfpl.org/post/churchill-downs-inc-sees-growth-online-betting-drop-simulcast-windows <p>There are a couple of reasons Churchill Downs' total betting handle was 16-percent lower in the first three months of 2014 than the same period of 2013.</p><p>The winter weather was particularly awful.</p><p>Or fans preferred to bet from the comfort of their homes.&nbsp;</p><p>(Or both.)</p><p>Churchill Downs Inc., the racetrack's parent, also operates TwinSpires.com, an online betting service. The total handle decrease above—and a 10-percent decrease in net pari-mutuel revenues—were part of an annual filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 18:31:32 +0000 Joseph Lord 9263 at http://wfpl.org Churchill Downs Inc. Sees Growth in Online Betting (But Drop at Simulcast Windows) Posts Set for 140th Kentucky Derby; California Chrome The Early Favorite http://wfpl.org/post/posts-set-140th-kentucky-derby-california-chrome-early-favorite <p>California Chrome, the favorite to win the 140<sup>th</sup> Kentucky Derby, will be taking off from the 5 post—the same position from which jockey Victor Espinoza led War Emblem to victory in 2002.</p><p>And for California Chrome’s trainer, 77-year-old Art Sherman, that sounds pretty good.</p><p>“I was hoping we would get 7 or 8, but 5 is good,” he said. &nbsp;“I talked to Victor, he said he won the Kentucky Derby last time he rode it from the 5, so that was good enough for me.”</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 00:51:42 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9255 at http://wfpl.org Posts Set for 140th Kentucky Derby; California Chrome The Early Favorite PETA Accuses Top Trainer of Abuses at Churchill Downs, Saratoga Springs http://wfpl.org/post/peta-accuses-top-trainer-abuses-churchill-downs-saratoga-springs <p>One of the most successful trainers in horse racing history is being accused of mistreating horses.</p><p>People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or <a href="http://www.peta.org/">PETA</a>, filed the complaints after its undercover staff captured video of what its describing as &nbsp;unethical and cruel practices being administered to horses at Churchill Downs and Saratoga Springs in New York.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9TJVA2lwW4A" width="560"></iframe></p><p></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:29:15 +0000 Jacob Ryan 8929 at http://wfpl.org PETA Accuses Top Trainer of Abuses at Churchill Downs, Saratoga Springs