Kevin Flanery

Churchill Delays Opening of Stabling Area Again

Churchill Downs will further delay the reopening of its stable areas at both the racetrack and the auxiliary training center Trackside until Apr. 28. The opening of the 2020 Spring Meet, originally scheduled for Apr. 25, has been postponed with the determination of the exact starting date to be made closer to the opening of the stable areas. Churchill Downs' stabling areas, closed since Dec. 31 for annual winter renovations, had been expected to open Mar.17, but the opening was delayed in response to executive orders issued by Kentucky Governor...

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Keeneland and Churchill Downs to Ban Lasix in 2-Year-Old Races

Keeneland and Churchill Downs will ban the race-day use of Lasix in all 2-year-old races under the International Medication Protocol authority granted in 810 KAR 8:050 of the Kentucky Administrative Regulations beginning with Keeneland's 2020 Spring Meet and following at Churchill Downs Racetrack's 2020 Spring Meet, according to a joint press release Thursday. Kentucky's Thoroughbred race tracks supported sweeping medication reforms, including the Lasix ban, adopted by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) in late 2019. The tracks also jointly announced major changes in racing and training policies to strengthen...

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Churchill Releases Spring Stakes Schedule

The new date for the GII Stephen Foster H. and the creation of a new mid-meet Stephen Foster Preview Night highlight a record 41-race, $14-million stakes schedule for the upcoming 38-day Spring Meet at Churchill Downs that runs Apr. 25-June 27. The Stephen Foster, which will be contested closing day June 27, will also receive a $100,000 boost in purse to $700,000. The nine-furlong event anchors a seven-race stakes card-totaling $1.85 million in purses-includes the GII $300,000 Fleur de Lis S. and the GII Wise Dan S. and a pair...

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