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Local News
7:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Field Sizes Dropped in Churchill Downs' Spring Meet

Churchill Downs patrons using electronic betting machines in June.
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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.

The spring meet ended on Sunday.

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Local News
1:40 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

The Breeders' Cup Is Officially Coming to Keeneland Race Course

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The Breeders' Cup is returning to Kentucky for the first time since 2011—but this time the races won't be in Louisville.

Lexington's Keeneland Race Course next year will host the Breeders' Cup for the first time, the Lexington-based racing championship series announced Tuesday.

The races will be run Oct. 30 and 31, 2015.

The thoroughbred racing championships have been run at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, the last three seasons.

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Local News
7:24 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

No Triple Crown This Year. Tonalist Wins the Belmont Stakes.

California Chrome
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Horse racing will have to wait more  for a Triple Crown winner.

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.

Tonalist 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.

Related: Why Hasn't a Race Horse Won the Triple Crown Since 1978?

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Local News
11:00 am
Sat June 7, 2014

How Good Are California Chrome's Chances of Winning the Triple Crown?

California Chrome
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We've spent the past couple days exploring the Triple Crown—why it's been decades since a horse has won it, and why the series may change to reflect the thoroughbred industry's contemporary culture.

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Local News
7:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Should the Triple Crown Be Changed to Reflect Today's Horse Racing?

California Chrome at the Preakness Stakes.
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In the theorizing of why no horse has won the Triple Crown since 1978, a theme evolves—horse racing is different now.

Trainers train differently. Horses are bred for different qualities. Fields are bigger. The theories lead to a follow-up question: If the game has changed, shouldn't its biggest achievement change, too?

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Local News
1:25 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Post Positions for California Chrome and the 10 Other Belmont Stakes Contenders

California Chrome on Kentucky Derby day.
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Ten horses are expected to challenge California Chrome's bid Saturday to be the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

Post positions and odds were set Wednesday in Elmont, New York. 

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. 

Here are the runners, jockeys and odds for the 11 horses running in Saturday's Belmont Stakes.

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Local News
6:44 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

California Chrome Wins the Preakness Stakes

California Chrome earlier this year.
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California Chrome has taken another step toward becoming the first Triple Crown winner since 1978's Affirmed.

The Kentucky Derby winner outran nine other contenders Saturday to take the 139th Preakness Stakes at Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course. California Chrome, a heavy favorite, was followed by Ride on Curlin and Social Inclusion.

California Chrome is the 13th 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.

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Local News
2:31 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Churchill Downs Inc. Sees Growth in Online Betting (But Drop at Simulcast Windows)

Churchill Downs
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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.

The winter weather was particularly awful.

Or fans preferred to bet from the comfort of their homes. 

(Or both.)

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. 

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Local News
8:51 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Posts Set for 140th Kentucky Derby; California Chrome The Early Favorite

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California Chrome, the favorite to win the 140th 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.

And for California Chrome’s trainer, 77-year-old Art Sherman, that sounds pretty good.

“I was hoping we would get 7 or 8, but 5 is good,” he said.  “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.”

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Local News
4:29 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

PETA Accuses Top Trainer of Abuses at Churchill Downs, Saratoga Springs

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One of the most successful trainers in horse racing history is being accused of mistreating horses.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, filed the complaints after its undercover staff captured video of what its describing as  unethical and cruel practices being administered to horses at Churchill Downs and Saratoga Springs in New York.

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