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June

17
Asmussen becomes winningest Churchill trainer

Hall of Fame horseman Steve Asmussen surpassed South Louisville native Dale Romans as the all-time leading trainer in Churchill Downs history when 4-year-old filly Drop Dead Gorgeous cruised to a 8 1/2-length triumph in Friday’s opener for win No. 738 beneath the historic Twin Spires. “If anyone knows American horse racing, they know what Churchill Downs means to the sport,” Asmussen stated. “This is a very significant honor. I know the people who have been in this spot before, and been here consistently, and for us to have won the most races is a very proud accomplishment.” Asmussen, 54, tied Romans for the title […]

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June

10
McKinzie Back to Winning Ways in Triple Bend

Away since his trip home from Saudi Arabia, Karl Watson, Mike Pegram, and Paul Weitman’s McKinzie returned to business June 7 and took the $200,000 Triple Bend Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Park in a hand ride from Mike Smith. “This was a perfect out for him. He had a cozy post and he showed his class,” trainer Bob Baffert stated. “It was workmanlike, and this’ll really move him up for next time.” Baffert said the Triple Bend served as a prep for the July 4 Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap (G1) at Belmont Park, a race in which McKinzie was the runner-up last summer. The Triple […]

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May

27
Belmont Stakes Contender Charlatan Reportedly Fails Drug Test

Belmont Stakes contender and unbeaten Charlatan was reportedly one of two horses trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert that tested positive for a banned substance. Joe Drape of the New York Times reported the news, noting Charlatan and his stablemate Gamine tested positive for lidocaine at a meet at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas. Charlatan won a division of the Arkansas Derby on May 2 and figured to challenge for another win at the Belmont Stakes. Gamine also won a race at Oaklawn Park on May 2. The Associated Press (h/t ESPN) shared Baffert’s written statement: “The rules of the Arkansas Racing Commission mandate confidentiality concerning […]

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April

07
Hannum: Outlook uncertain for flat racing season in Virginia

Last year, the recovery of the horse racing industry in Virginia was one of the good news stories of the summer. This year, Virginia Equine Alliance executive director Jeb Hannum stays hopeful the flat racing meet at Colonial Downs can go on as programmed, but there are some challenges, he told Glenn Petty of Old Dominion Horseracing News. Hannum pointed out that OTBs are closed right now due to the coronavirus outbreak, which means there is no money coming in to fuel purses for this summer’s meet. Obviously, the longer those closures go on, the longer the purse accounts will […]

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March

18
Kentucky Derby postponed until September

The 146th running of the Kentucky Derby is being reprogrammed for the first Saturday in September, Churchill Downs officials confirm. The Kentucky Derby, which was originally scheduled for May 2, will be moved to Saturday, Sept. 5 in response to COVID-19. The Kentucky Oaks will be on Sept. 4. This plan just needs final acceptance from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, which is expected to happen Thursday. “Throughout the rapid development of the COVID-19 pandemic, our first priority has been how to best protect the safety and health of our guests, team members and community. As the situation evolved, we […]

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