Mornings at Churchill Downs

Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks Update: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – Wednesday, April 30, 2014

CALIFORNIA CHROME (No. 1) – The West Coast whiz California Chrome went trackside Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs just before 6:40 with exercise rider Willy Delgado at the controls. The chestnut stood inside the five-furlong gap for about three minutes, then began a backtrack along the rail by announcing his presence to one and all with a great, loud whinny.

Kentucky Derby 140: Backside Buzz with Jill Byrne 4.29.14

Churchill Downs, Twinspires.com Guarantee Pick 6 Pools on Kentucky Oaks, Kentucky Derby Days

$250,000 Pick 6 for Oaks Day; $1 million Pick 6 for Derby Day

Churchill Downs Racetrack and TwinSpires.com have partnered for the third straight year to guarantee the Pick 6 pools on Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby days. The Kentucky Oaks Day Pick 6 will carry a $250,000 guaranteed pool and the Kentucky Derby Day Pick 6 will feature a $1 million guarantee. 

Untapable Brings Favorite's Role to Friday's 140th Longines Kentucky Oaks

Winchell Thoroughbreds’ homebred Untapable, who has won her two starts in 2014 by a combined 17 ¼ lengths, has been installed as the 4-5 morning-line favorite in a field of 13 3-year-old fillies for Friday’s 140th running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I). 

Kentucky Derby 140: Backside Buzz with Jill Byrne 4.28.14

Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks Update: Monday, April 28, 2014

KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – Monday, April 28, 2014

CALIFORNIA CHROME (No. 1) – As the rains pelted, the lightning flashed and the thunder roared at Churchill Downs Monday morning, likely Kentucky Derby favorite California Chrome and a dozen of his West Coast buddies went airborne from Ontario Airport near Los Angeles on a Tex Sutton charter shortly after 5 a.m. (Pacific Time). The flight landed in Louisville just after 11:30 a.m. local time and the horses arrived at the track at 12:45 p.m.

2014 Opening Night

2014 Kentucky Oaks Contenders

Intense Holiday Sharp in Final Work; Ring Weekend, Bayern Out - Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Update for Sunday, April 27

A parade of contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and the Longines Kentucky Oaks worked Sunday morning at Churchill Downs, with Tood Pletcher-trained Derby contenders Intense Holiday and Danza turning in eye-catching efforts.  Also, it was announced Sunday that two possible Derby contenders - Ring Weekend and Bayern - are no longer being considered for the race.

Click here to link to a PDF copy of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Update for Sunday, April 27.

Kentucky Derby 140: Backside Buzz with Jill Byrne 4.27.14

Kentucky Oaks 140 - Backside Buzz with Jill Byrne 4.26.14

Kentucky Oaks 140 - Backside Buzz with Jill Byrne 4.25.14

Empress of Midway, Now Co-Owned by Pitino, Works; In Tune, Room Service Out / Longines Kentucky Update, Friday, April 25

UNTAPABLE (No. 1) – Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Untapable galloped 1 ½ miles under exercise rider Angel Garcia before the Friday morning renovation break for trainer Steve Asmussen.

Borel Breezes Sugar Shock; Room Service, Aurelia's Belle Work / Longines Kentucky Oaks Update for Thursday, April 24

UNTAPABLE (No. 1) – Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Untapable galloped before 6:30 over a fast track Thursday morning at Churchill Downs with exercise rider Angel Garcia aboard in preparation for next Friday’s Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI).

Ria Antonia Works, In Tune Takes First Trip Over Track / Longines Kentucky Oaks Update for Wednesday, April 23

UNTAPABLE (No. 1) – Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Untapable visited the starting gate and then galloped Wednesday morning under Angel Garcia at Churchill Downs in preparation for the May 2 $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI).

Untapable is trained by Steve Asmussen, who saddled Summerly to win the 2005 Oaks. Rosie Napravnik, who won the 2012 Kentucky Oaks on Believe You Can, has the mount on Untapable.

Longines Kentucky Oaks Update for Tuesday, April 22

UNTAPABLE (No. 1)/EUPHROSYNE – Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Untapable, winner of the Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) and Silverbulletday (GIII) at Fair Grounds, returned to the track on Tuesday and galloped 1 1/8 miles over a fast surface under exercise rider Angel Garcia.The Steve Asmussen-trained daughter of Tapit worked five furlongs on Sunday under jockey Rosie Napravnik, who will ride Untapable in the Longines Kentucky Oaks. She walked under Asmussen’s shedrow on Monday.

Longines Kentucky Oaks Update for Monday, April 21

UNTAPABLE (No. 1)/ EUPHROSYNE (No. 8) – Gillian S. Campbell, Ralph Staver, Shelly Staver, Dan Clark and Greg Skoda’s Euphrosyne, listed as “possible” for the Longines Kentucky Oaks, breezed five furlongs in the company of a workmate in 1:02.20 Monday morning. Abel Flores was aboard the daughter of Harlan’s Holiday, who covered the distance in fractional splits of :13, :25.80 and :38 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:16.

Euphrosyne was on the track with Asmussen’s first set of horses.

Untapable, who had worked five furlongs on Sunday, walked on Monday.

Longines Kentucky Oaks Update for Sunday, April 20

UNTAPABLE (No. 1)Winchell Thoroughbred LLC’s Untapable, winner of the Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) and Rachel Alexandra (GIII) at Fair Grounds, tuned up for her scheduled run in the Longines Kentucky Oaks with a sharp five-furlong work at Churchill Downs under jockey Rosie Napravnik.

Churchill Downs Maintains Tightened Security for Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks 140

Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) has released its list of security and hospitality policies and procedures for this year’s 140th celebrations of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 3, and the Longines Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 2.

The list mirrors the revised list of policies and procedures from last year that was issued following the attack on the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. As it retains last year’s adjusted roster of security and hospitality policies, Churchill Downs officials are again asking Derby and Oaks patrons to be aware during their visits on both days and to heed a simple, but important, reminder: “If you see something, say something.”

 Most prominent among the policies for this year’s Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks are:

  • A ban on carry-in coolers. Patrons will not be allowed bring their own coolers; however, coolers and ice will be available at several infield purchase points;
  • Purses or bags measuring more than 12 inches in any dimension will not be allowed through any admission gate;
  • Cans of any size or type and glass bottles and containers will not be permitted;
  • Patron and pop-up tents are prohibited.  Poles and stakes of any kind are not permitted.
  • A ban on laptop computers, cameras with detachable lenses, cameras with attached lenses measuring six inches or morecamcorders and tripods;

 Most of the remaining security procedures on Churchill Downs’ 2014 list have been in place since sweeping changes to those policies were formulated by the track and its security and safety partners and adopted for the 2002 Kentucky Derby.

Among the items permitted for carry-in on both days are:

  • Food items and box lunches contained in clear plastic bags or clear plastic containers measuring no larger than 18” x 18”;
  • Water and soft drinks in plastic bottles that are sealed and unopened;
  • Sunscreen (in non-glass containers only);
  • Purses measuring less than 12” in any dimension, and baby and diaper bags, if accompanied by a child.
  • Cellular phones, smartphones and tablets (patrons could be required to turn on electronic items before being allowed to enter the track);
  • Small cameras with non-detachable lenses no longer than six inches.

 “Our sincere hope is that every fan who visits Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks has an amazing experience,” said Ryan Jordan, General Manager of Churchill Downs.  “Our fans have told us that they feel safe when they visit our racetrack.  We are thankful for the tireless efforts of nearly 40 law enforcement, security and safety agencies who work together with Churchill Downs team members each year on security and safety policies for these great events.

“In addition to maintaining tightened security policies, we are again asking that our patrons be aware of their surroundings and to say something to a uniformed security officer or a member of our Churchill Downs staff if they see something that seems out of the ordinary. ‘If you see something, say something’ is an important thought for all to remember.”

As has been the case since 2002, when security procedures were completely overhauled following the 9/11 terrorist attacks the previous autumn, all patrons entering the track on those days are subject to electronic wand scans.

Click here for the complete list of security "dos and don'ts" for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks 140.