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CDI Outlines Changing Habits of Horseplayers

Thu, 07/29/2021 - 21:00
Churchill Downs Inc. executives said July 29 that coming out of the pandemic a significant number of horseplayers are staying online to wager, as opposed to returning to tracks or simulcast outlets.

Record Second Quarter Revenue for Churchill Downs Inc.

Thu, 07/29/2021 - 03:00
Behind a solid Kentucky Derby Week and a record performance from its gaming operations as the country emerged from COVID-19 restrictions, Churchill Downs Inc. reports record second quarter net revenue and strong adjusted earnings.

Rombauer Receives Summer Rest on California Farm

Wed, 07/21/2021 - 00:00
Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Rombauer, unraced since a distant third-place finish in the June 5 Belmont Stakes (G1), has been sent to a California farm for rest this summer, trainer Michael McCarthy said.

Arkansas Derby Moved to April 2, Purse Hiked to $1.25M

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 21:00
The Arkansas oval announced a purse hike to $1.25 million for the Arkansas Derby (G1)—a major prep race for the Kentucky Derby (G1)—and shifted the 3-year-old classic on the schedule to April 2 when unveiling its stakes schedule for 2021-22.

Hot Rod Charlie, Rombauer Breeze at Santa Anita Park

Sat, 06/26/2021 - 00:00
Hot Rod Charlie, second in the June 5 Belmont Stakes (G1) and third in the May 1 Kentucky Derby (G1), worked five furlongs at Santa Anita in :59 4/5. Rombauer, third in the Belmont and winner of the Preakness Stakes (G1), went a half-mile in :49 1/5.

The Jockey Club Offers Input in Baffert v. NYRA Case

Wed, 06/23/2021 - 15:00
An attorney for the The Jockey Club has asked a U.S. District Court for permission to provide information in a civil case brought by Bob Baffert against the New York Racing Association, which recently banned the trainer from its tracks.

Judge Grants Further Testing of Medina Spirit Sample

Thu, 06/17/2021 - 00:00
Judge Thomas Wingate has issued an order on how a split sample of urine will be divided for use in further testing.

Judge Urges Resolution Over Medina Spirit Urine Sample

Fri, 06/11/2021 - 18:00
Speaking during a court hearing June 11, attorneys associated with Kentucky Derby (G1) first-place finisher Medina Spirit sparred with counsel for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission over the quantity of the colt's urine to be sent to a laboratory.

Baffert, Zedan Sue KHRC Over Medina Spirit Urine Test

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 00:00
Attorneys for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and Zedan Racing Stables filed a lawsuit June 7 against the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission seeking further testing of Medina Spirit's post-race Kentucky Derby (G1) urine sample.

Record Belmont Day Handle for Non-Triple Crown Year

Mon, 06/07/2021 - 18:00
The blockbuster Belmont Stakes Day card June 5 at Belmont Park, highlighted by Essential Quality's thrilling victory in the Belmont Stakes (G1), generated all-sources handle of $112,725,278—a NYRA record for a non-Triple Crown year.

Belmont Spurs Essential Quality-Hot Rod Charlie Rivalry

Mon, 06/07/2021 - 00:00
For nearly three decades of his life, Brad Cox had dreamed about being the trainer of a horse good enough to win a Triple Crown race.

Broad Use of Stallions Strengthens Godolphin's Stable

Sun, 06/06/2021 - 18:00
The international breeding operation uses the best stallion for its mares, regardless of where the stallion stands.

Belmont Stakes 153

Sun, 06/06/2021 - 06:00
Essential Quality wins the 2021 Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, on June 5, 2021.

Essential Quality Caps Unforgettable Day for Godolphin

Sun, 06/06/2021 - 06:00
For all of those illustrious chapters in Godolphin's storied 29-year history, never was there a day for Sheikh Mohammed's worldwide operation to match June 5.

Essential Quality Prevails in Belmont Stakes

Sun, 06/06/2021 - 00:00
Godolphin's homebred Essential Quality proved his class June 5 with a victory in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1) over a determined rival in Hot Rod Charlie at Belmont Park.

Essential Quality Favored in Gold Cup-Belmont Double

Sat, 06/05/2021 - 18:00
Judging by the will pays in the Belmont Gold Cup-Belmont Stakes double, Essential Quality will be a heavy favorite in the June 5 final jewel of the Triple Crown with Rock Your World a narrow second choice.

Belmont Stakes Offers a Reset for 3-Year-Old Division

Sat, 06/05/2021 - 00:00
The 2021 Triple Crown started with Essential Quality as the betting favorite and 3-year-old to beat in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) as his trainer, Brad Cox, and owner, Godolphin, sought their first win in a U.S. classic.

Pletcher Waiting to Name Belmont Rider for Known Agenda

Sat, 06/05/2021 - 00:00
Trainer Todd Pletcher is taking a patient approach to finding a new rider for Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) starter Known Agenda following an injury to jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. 

Belmont Stakes Heralds Return of the Good Old Days

Sat, 06/05/2021 - 00:00
Even in an era when modern technology ushers in advancements at a dizzying pace, there's still something soothing about a vestige of the past. Just walk around Belmont Park this weekend.

Ortiz Jr. Out "Couple Weeks" After Belmont Park Fall

Fri, 06/04/2021 - 12:00
Irad Ortiz Jr., the Eclipse Award-winning jockey the past three years, will be away from riding for a "couple weeks" after he was injured while unseated in the fifth race at Belmont Park June 3, according to a tweet from his brother, Jose.

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