Churchill Downs

Thunderous Affair Named Makeover Champion

Thunderous Affair (Liaison), trained by Lindsey Partridge, was selected by the panel of judges of the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America, as the 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover Champion, sponsored by Churchill Downs. The 4-year-old, who was bred in Kentucky by Jim Williams, never made a start, but did train to race. Thunderous Affair was placed through CANTER Michigan. Lindsey Partridge, a professional based in Pontypool, Ontario, is no stranger to the Thoroughbred Makeover--she won the overall title back in 2015 with Soar--but she admitted her...

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Turfway MSW Purses Could Nearly Double to $60,000

Turfway Park executives are projecting purses for maiden special weight (MSW) races to nearly double to about $60,000 for the upcoming dual meets that will be run December through March. Last season, Turfway paid out just $32,000 for MSW races while conducting meets heavily compromised by both the COVID-19 pandemic and a massive grandstand rebuild that kept the northern Kentucky oval closed to on-track spectators. Turfway's 2021-22 MSW purse projection was disclosed Tuesday during a Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund (KTDF) advisory board meeting by Tyler Picklesimer, the track's director of...

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TIEA Award To Honor Richardson

In conjunction with the sixth annual Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards presented by Godolphin, this year's Community Award has been renamed the Dr. J. David "Doc" Richardson Community Award presented by Churchill Downs. The announcement was made following the sixth race Saturday at Churchill Downs as the track hosted a Celebration of Life for Richardson, the distinguished Louisville surgeon who was an owner, breeder and widely respected leader in the horse racing industry. He died Sept. 7 in Saratoga Springs, NY, from complications due to a breakthrough COVID infection at the...

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Breeders' Cup Hopefuls Breeze in Kentucky

A quartet of horses headed towards engagements at the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Del Mar Nov. 6 were out for serious workouts Saturday morning at both major Kentucky venues. Champion Essential Quality (Tapit) worked five furlongs in the company of Ellis Park allowance winner Colonel Bowman (Curlin) just after the track opened for business shortly after 5:30 Saturday morning. The duo broke off at the half-mile pole, crossing the wire in :46.80 before completing the move around the clubhouse turn in :59.20. Essential Quality outgamed Midnight Bourbon (Tiznow) to...

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Midnight Lute Colt Goes Two for Two at Churchill

6th-Churchill Downs, $127,000, Alw (NW2L)/Opt. Clm ($80,000), 10-1, 2yo, 6f, 1:09.04, ft, 3/4 length. CHATTALOT (c, 2, Midnight Lute--Mamboalot {SP}, by Kingmambo) ran to 9-5 favoritism to score narrowly first out at Saratoga on opening Saturday July 17, but was let go at 6-1 facing a few formidable foes here. Finding a foothold at the rail while drafting behind the leaders in the garden spot early, the bay was bottled up a bit through a :45.09 half. He muscled his way out into the clear as GII Saratoga Special S....

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Knicks Go Lays Over Field in Lukas Classic

The inaugural running of the GIII Lukas Classic in 2013, contested as the Homecoming Classic, was won handily by the previous year's GI Breeders' Cup Classic hero Fort Larned (E Dubai), who would go on to finish a hard-trying fourth in defense of his Classic title five weeks later. This year's renewal goes through Korea Racing Authority's Knicks Go (Paynter), who is expected to cement his status as the favorite for the championship day feature Saturday afternoon. An imperious winner of last year's GI Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile over a...

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Saturday Insights: Half-Brother to Classic Winner Gets Started

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 7th-CD, $120K, Msw, 2yo, 1m, post time: 3:50 p.m. ET Joseph Murphy's WOLFE COUNTY (Medaglia d'Oro) is the latest foal to the races for the stakes-placed Dawn Raid (Vindication) making him a half-brother to 2016 GI Preakness S. and GI Haskell Invitational S. hero and WinStar sire Exaggerator  (Curlin). Dawn Raid is herself a half-sister to MGSW and Sovereign Award winner Embur's Song (Unbridled's Song). He squares off with fellow debutant Monologue (Runhappy), a half-brother to SW & GISP Endless Chatter (First Samurai) and to...

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Churchill to Build New HRM Venue in Louisville

A new historical racing machine (HRM) entertainment venue named Derby City Gaming Downtown will be opened in Louisville, according to Churchill Downs. The 43,000-square-foot venue will include 500 HRMs, a fresh-air gaming area, three unique bars, and a retail and merchandise store. Construction on Derby City Gaming Downtown will begin later this year with an anticipated opening date in early 2023. "CDI is committed to investing in the city of Louisville and today we are particularly excited to announce this new downtown entertainment venue," said Churchill's CEO Bill Carstanjen. "Our...

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Bears Sign Purchase Agreement for Arlington

The gaming corporation that owns Arlington International Racecourse in suburban Chicago announced the signing of a $197.2-million purchase and sales agreement Wednesday that would sell the 326-acre crown jewel of Illinois racing to the Chicago Bears football team for the planned construction of a new stadium and mixed-use development. According to a Sept. 29 Churchill Downs, Inc. (CDI) filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the firm anticipates a late 2022 or early 2023 closing of the deal. The announcement came four days after Arlington staged what were possibly the...

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Memorial for Doc Richardson Saturday at Churchill

A public memorial for prominent Louisville surgeon, owner, breeder and regulator Dr. J. David "Doc" Richardson will be held at Churchill Downs on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. The celebration of life will be held in the Starting Gate Suites 4th Floor. Guests should enter Churchill Downs via the Executive Gate, which is located next to the Kentucky Derby Museum near the Barbaro horse statue. Saturday's sixth race, with an approximate post time of 3:18 p.m., will be dedicated to "Doc" and the "J. David 'Doc' Richardson...

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Carribean Caper Stays Perfect in Dogwood

   'TDN Rising Star' Carribean Caper ran her record to five wins from as many starts with a first victory at the graded level in Saturday's GIII Dogwood S. at Churchill Downs. A midfield fourth through the opening exchanges, the $250,000 KEESEP grad was angled out into the clear with a bit less than a half-mile to race. Working her way into it nicely three wide approaching the quarter pole, Carribean Caper struck to the lead with a furlong and a half to go and sprinted home in complete command....

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Sept. 26 Insights

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency HALF-SISTER TO ESSENTIAL QUALITY DEBUTS AT CHURCHILL 8th-CD, $120K, Msw, 2yo, f, 6f, 4:22 p.m. Brad Cox and Godolphin unveils a half-sister to their champion colt Essential Quality (Tapit) Sunday in FAMED (Uncle Mo). A Eclipse winner at two, Essential Quality has captured a quartet of Grade I races, most recently taking the GI Runhappy Travers S. Aug. 28. Their GSP dam Delightful Quality (Elusive Quality) is a half-sister to champion juvenile filly and dual Grade I winner Folklore (Tiznow). This is also the family...

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