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Churchill Prepares for Visit from Queen

May 03, 2007

Staff members and security guards at Churchill Downs are preparing for a visit from Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Phillip, who will attend Saturday's running of the Kentucky Derby.

According to Julie Koenig Loignon, official... Read More

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Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw Complete

May 03, 2007

Curlin is undefeated, unchallenged and now he's the favorite for the Kentucky Derby. And in drawing the No. 2 post for Saturday's race, the imposing chestnut colt even gets to start from the same spot Affirmed did on his way to winning the Tripl... Read More

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Keeneland to Sell Barbaro Wristbands on Derby Day

May 03, 2007

On Kentucky Derby Day, Keeneland will join with racetracks and equine organizations across the country to sell the specially designed "Riding with Barbaro" wristbands in support of the NTRA Barbaro Memorial Fund.

The wristbands carry... Read More

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Horsemen Pledging Portion of Derby Purse to Barbaro Fund

May 03, 2007

Prominent jockeys and trainers, including Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher, have agreed to pledge a portion of their Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby earnings to the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA)... Read More

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Massage Gets Derby Contender Hard Spun Ready to Run

May 03, 2007

Hard Spun's final preparations for the Kentucky Derby have included a sizzling five-furlong work and the usual early morning gallops. You've probably read about all those moves online and in the newspapers. But there's one step in the process yo... Read More

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Barbaro Gold Julep Cup Fetches $22K

May 02, 2007

A New Yorker paid $22,222 Tuesday for a gold-plated mint julep cup honoring 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro in a charity auction to benefit retired racehorses and injured jockeys.

The buyer, Bonnie O'Neil, will have Barbaro owner... Read More

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Over-the-Limit Field of 22 Horses Entered in Kentucky Derby

May 02, 2007

Likely favorite Curlin and a record-tying five horses trained by Todd Pletcher were among an over-the-limit field of 22 3-year-olds entered Wednesday for the Kentucky Derby.

Curlin, one of two horses in the field trained by Steve Asmussen, wil... Read More

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USEF Statement on Le Samurai Injury, FEI Inquiry

May 02, 2007

The following is a statement released May 2 by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF):

The injury to Le Samurai, ridden by Amy Tryon, sustained at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event on April 28 is under review by the... Read More

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Polytrack Founder Admits Problems at American Tracks

May 01, 2007

Martin Collins, the creator of the Polytrack artificial surface, admitted to having faced problems in North America in an interview with the British monthly racing magazine, Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder.
 
Interviewed in the May... Read More

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Barbaro Documentary Will Air on NBC After Derby

May 01, 2007

"Barbaro: A Nation's Horse" has finally found a home. NBC Sports has announced that the one-hour documentary focusing on the life of last year's Kentucky Derby winner will air on the NBC network Saturday, May 5, at 8 p.m. ET. That will be 90... Read More

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Tim Conway Helps Don MacBeth Fundraise for Injured Jockeys

April 30, 2007

A celebrity team penning event held at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington on April 10 raised more than $60,000 for the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund, said Judy McCarron, wife of Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron and co-founder of the group... Read More

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Happy Birthday, Barbaro! Fans Pay Tribute

April 30, 2007

No cake, no oats. Only memories, tears, and stories of Barbaro's spirit were shared at this birthday party.

Fans traveled from around the world to pay tribute and honor Barbaro at Delaware Park on Sunday on what would have been the... Read More

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NBC Barbaro Documentary to Air on CNBC Derby Eve

April 30, 2007

"Barbaro: A Nation's Horse," which was pre-empted April 29 by an overtime hockey game on NBC, will be presented Friday, May 4, at 9 p.m. ET and again at midnight on cable network CNBC. In addition, NBC is scrambling to see if it can find a timeslot... Read More

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Derby Trainers Going Against Convention

April 28, 2007

Several entries will have had long layoffs, something that was once unheard of

Four horses have run just two prep races. Four others are coming in off long layoffs. And some didn't even race as two-year-olds. Conventiona... Read More

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A Year Later, Barbaro's Legacy Lives On at the Derby

April 28, 2007

Almost a year later, the cards still are arriving at Churchill Downs. From schoolchildren, from racing fans, from casual observers touched by the valiant fight of a champion.

Even now, three months after Barbaro's death from complication... Read More

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Trail Trotters Now Under Umbrella of AQHA

April 28, 2007

The American Quarter Horse Association recently adopted the Trail Trotters program, which promotes community-based stewardship of trails by equine enthusiasts.
 
Trail Trotters has been a program of the Equestrian Land Conservation... Read More

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Derby Horses: What's in a Name? Tradition, Humor

April 28, 2007

1. Street Sense (Street Cry–Bedazzle): Breeder/owner James Tafel says there's no particular reason for the "sense" portion of his colt's name. The first part, of course, is derived from the name of Street Sense's sire.

2. Scat Daddy... Read More

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Fans to Mark Barbaro's Birthday Sunday

April 27, 2007

The fans who prayed daily for Barbaro and sent online messages of support never were able to get together to celebrate his recovery. This weekend, those fans will put away their keyboards to meet and honor his memory.

The Kentucky... Read More

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RCI Panel Discusses Ideas for Racehorse Safety

April 26, 2007

Emphatic calls for change in dealing with horse racing injuries and related prevention methods were made April 24 during a panel discussion at the annual Association of Racing Commissioners International Conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

North... Read More

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Churchill Downs to Honor Barbaro, Jacksons on Derby Day

April 25, 2007

Representatives from Churchill Downs will honor the late 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro and his owners, Roy and Gretchen Jackson, during a winner's circle ceremony at this year's Derby May 5. The ceremony will take place between races six and... Read More

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NBC's Barbaro Documentary Premieres Sunday

April 25, 2007

The NBC Sports documentary "Barbaro: A Nation's Horse," premieres Sunday at 5 p.m. (EST) on what would have been Barbaro's fourth birthday. A special one-hour look at the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner, who touched the hearts of horse racing fans and... Read More

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The Barbaro Effect: A Better Life for Horses

April 24, 2007

Nobiz Like Shobiz. Scat Daddy. Curlin. Circular Quay.

As the countdown begins to the Kentucky Derby, these colts and a half dozen other hopefuls will be publicized, scrutinized and handicapped all the way to post time on May 5 at Churchill... Read More

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Drunken Man Parks Horse in Bank Foyer

April 24, 2007

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La Ville Rouge Foals Full Brother to Barbaro

April 22, 2007

La Ville Rouge, the dam of Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, foaled a full brother to the late Classic-winning colt April 19.

According to a release from Dr. John and Alice Chandler's Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington, where the mare is kept,... Read More

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Horse Euthanatized after Keeneland Fall

April 22, 2007

Racey Dreamer, representing the year's leading jockey, trainer and owner in steeplechase racing, was euthanatized Friday, as Mixed Up went on to win the $150,000 Royal Chase at Keeneland.

Racey Dreamer, an 8-year-old son of A.P. Indy,... Read More