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El Kabeir withstands Imperia to capture Kentucky Jockey Club

The finish came just in time as El Kabeir posted a wire-to-wire decision in Saturday's Grade 2,$233,000 Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs. Imperia was bearing down on his rival with one final surge, but El Kabeir held the runner-up safe by a head on the finish line.

West Coast Belle stays unbeaten with Golden Rod score

West Coast Belle has yet to compete on the West Coast, but the Tapit filly is perfect in three starts in the East after taking Saturday's Grade 2, $230,400 Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs.

Leave the Light On scores front-running win in Remsen

Grabbing the early lead on a track that was favoring front runners, Leave the Light On went all the way in Saturday's Grade 2, $500,000 Remsen at Aqueduct.

Condo Commando flies home in Demoiselle

Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables and The Elkstone Group's Condo Commando took the lead soon after the start of Saturday's Grade 2, $400,000 Demoiselle Stakes at Aqueduct and never looked back en route to an effortless 11 1/2-length victory under jockey Joel Rosario. The Rudy Rodriguez-trained juvenile lived up to her 3-2 favoritism while finishing 1 1/8 miles over the fast main track in 1:50 2/5.

Fourteen entered for Remsen

It could be a wild renewal of the Grade 2, $400,000 Remsen at Aqueduct on Saturday with 14 two-year-olds in the field, and a short, wide run into the first turn looms for some of the more highly rated entrants marooned with outside posts in the 1 1/8-mile fixture.

Opening Kentucky Derby Future Pool Starts Friday With 'All Others' A Heavy Favorite

It’s a true reminder that the pace is quickening on the journey to the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I): the first of four pools in Churchill Downs Racetrack’s Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) will open its three-day run on Friday, Nov. 28 and the “All Others” wagering interest is expected to be a heavy favorite when Derby future betting concludes early Sunday evening.

The Mutuel Field (#24), or “All Others,” has been installed by Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia as the 3-5 morning line favorite among 24 betting interests in the opening future pool for the 2015 Kentucky Derby. The pool also features 23 individual horses and Zayat Stables LLC’s American Pharoah, winner of the Del Mar Futurity (GI) and FrontRunner (GI) at Santa Anita, is the individual choice. The colt missed a planned run in the Nov. 1 Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) because of a left front foot bruise, but is expected resume training soon for a return to racing as early as February, according to his three-time Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert.

American Pharoah, one of four KDFW Pool 1 betting interests trained by Baffert, was listed as a 12-1 risk in Battaglia’s morning line odds. He is followed closely by Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) winner Texas Red (#20) at 15-1 and a group of horses at 20-1 that includes Nashua (GII) winner Blofeld (#2), FrontRunner and Del Mar Futurity runner-up Calculator (#3), Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (GI) winner Carpe Diem (#4), unbeaten Hopeful (GI) champ Competitive Edge (#6), Champagne (GI) winner Daredevil (7) and Delta Jackpot (GIII) hero Ocho Ocho Ocho (#17).

The Kentucky Derby Future Wager enables fans of America’s greatest race to wager on candidates for the Kentucky Derby well in advance of the race at odds that could be much more attractive than those offered on the day of the race.

 Wagering on KDFW Pool 1 is scheduled to open at noon (all times EST) on Friday, Nov. 28 and conclude Sunday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m.

“All Others” was the 4-5 favorite in last year’s inaugural November pool of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. A total of $273,174 was wagered during that pool, including $35,096 in exacta bets. California Chrome, the eventual winner of the 2014 Kentucky Derby, was not listed among its wagering interests. Total betting in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, the first to feature four wagering pools, was $1,324,466.

The Nov. 28-30 pool is only second November pool in the history of the wager, which was first offered in 1999. All Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools offer $2-minimum win betting and exacta wagering. The latter is available in the form of $2 minimum straight exacta bets or $1-minimum exacta boxes and part-wheels.

No scratches or betting refunds are permitted in the Kentucky Derby Future wager, but betting will be suspended immediately on a wagering interest in any KDFW pool if Churchill Downs determines that injury, illness or other circumstance revealed during a pool would prevent a horse from competing in the race.

Winning payouts in KDFW pools are determined by the odds in place at the end of each respective betting pool.

Wagering on the Kentucky Derby and Oaks Future Wager will be offered at Churchill Downs and racetracks throughout North America; on the web via, the official online wagering site of the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs Incorporated, other advance deposit wagering sites; and at other simulcast centers and off-track wagering sites.

Pool 1 coincides with the closing weekend of Churchill Downs’ 125th Fall Meet that includes among its highlights the popular “Stars of Tomorrow II” program devoted exclusively to racing for 2-year-old Thoroughbreds, many of whom could emerge as candidates for next spring’s Kentucky Derby. The featured event on the Nov. 29 “Stars of Tomorrow II” card is the $200,000-added Kentucky Jockey Club (Grade II), a 1 1/16-mile race that has produced recent winners of the Kentucky Derby in Real Quiet, the KJC runner-up in 1997 who won the Run for the Roses the following year, and Super Saver, who swept those races in 2009 and 2010.

Also scheduled during KDFW Pool 1 betting period is the $400,000 Remsen (GII), a 1 1/8-mile race for 2-year-olds at Aqueduct on Saturday, Nov. 29.

A dozen of the 23 individual horses in Pool 1 are in the barns of three trainers: Todd Pletcher, Baffert and Kiaran McLaughlin.

Pletcher, who saddled Super Saver to win the 2010 Kentucky Derby, trains five of the wagering interests in KDFW Pool 1.  His group includes Blofeld, Carpe Diem, Competitive Edge, Daredevil and New York-bred Ostrolenka (#18), who is among the top contenders expected for the Remsen. Baffert’s KDFW foursome headed by favored individual American Pharoah also features Dortmund (#8), Lord Nelson (#14) and Punctuate (#19). His trio of Kentucky Derby winners includes Hall of Famer Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998) and War Emblem (2002).

McLaughlin, who saddled Closing Argument for a runner-up finish to Giacomo in the 2005 Kentucky Derby, has three Pool 1 wagering interests in his care. They are Remsen prospects Classy Class (#5) and Frosted (#11), as well as Imperia (#13), who will race on dirt for the first time after a troubled trip in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (GI).

The complete field (with morning line odds): American Pharoah (12-1), Blofeld (20-1), Calculator (20-1), Carpe Diem (20-1), Classy Class (50-1), Competitive Edge (20-1), Daredevil (20-1), Dortmund (50-1), Eagle (50-1), El Kabeir (50-1), Frosted (50-1), I Spent It (50-1), Imperia (50-1), Lord Nelson (30-1), Lucky Player (50-1), Mr. Z (30-1), Ocho Ocho Ocho (20-1), Ostrolenka (50-1), Punctuate (50-1), Texas Red (15-1), The Great War (30-1), Unblunted (50-1) and Upstart (20-1).

The Great War, who finished fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile for trainer Aidan O’Brien, has been transferred to the care of trainer Wesley Ward to be prepared for America’s classics, according to Ward.

Wagering interests for the Kentucky Derby Future Wager were chosen by Churchill Downs committee that included Racing Secretary Ben Huffman, Senior Director of Communications Darren Rogers, Senior Racing Analyst Jill Byrne, Pari-Mutuel Marketing Manager Gary Palmisano and Vice President, Racing Communications John Asher.

An important part of the selection committee’s work was making contact with trainers and other representatives of KDFW wagering interests to determine the health status of those horses and their viability as candidates for the 2015 Kentucky Derby. Horses currently on the mend from injuries were not included in the pool until their recovery status and racing plans were verified.

In addition to American Pharoah, three other KDFW Pool 1 horses have been absent from the work tab recently but their connections intend to target Road to the Kentucky Derby races. Unbeaten Competitive Edge will resume training at Florida’s Palm Beach Downs in the near future for a winter/spring campaign, according to Pletcher. Saratoga Special (GII) winner I Spent It is expected to resume training in two weeks at Oaklawn Park, according to trainer Tony Dutrow. Promising maiden winner Punctuate had a minor infection recently but Baffert said he should return to training soon.

Free Brisnet Ultimate Past Performances for wagering interest in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager are available at

Three additional Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools are scheduled in the months leading up to Derby 141. The dates for those pools are:

  • KDFW Pool 2: Friday, Feb. 6 through Sunday, Feb. 8 (12 weeks in advance of Derby)
  • KDFW Pool 3: Friday, Feb. 27 through Sunday, March 1 (nine weeks in advance of Derby)
  • KDFW Pool 4: Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 29 (five weeks in advance of Derby)

 There will be a single pool for the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, which was launched in 2003 and is now in its 13th year.  That pool will run concurrently with KDFW Pool 3 from Friday, Feb. 27 through Sunday, March 1. The only difference in the schedule of those pools is a 6:30 p.m. closing time for the Oaks pool, which is 30 minutes later than the KDFW pool.

The 141st Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI), America’s premiere race for 3-year-old fillies, is set for Friday, May 1.

Ocho Ocho Ocho outfinishes Mr. Z, survives inquiry in Delta Downs Jackpot

Ocho Ocho Ocho enhanced his Kentucky Derby credentials with a game win in Saturday's Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot, scoring by a nose after a stretch-long duel with Mr. Z. Unbeaten in three starts, the James Cassidy-trained colt had to withstand an objection and steward's inquiry to earn his first graded victory and 10 points toward a possible spot in the Kentucky Derby starting gate.

Filly takes "Charge" in Delta Downs Princess

Willis D. Horton's Take Charge Brandi chased a fast pace but would not be denied on Saturday while making her first start since taking the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies on November 1.

Mr. Z tops $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot

Delta Downs' racing office saw a flurry of activity on Tuesday morning as final entries and post positions were drawn for Saturday's $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot. The Grade 3 event drew an overflow of 12 runners, with 10 allowed to start in the 1 1/16-mile race, and the Delta Downs Jackpot is part of the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series, awarding points on a 10-4-2-1 scale to the top four respective finishers.

Texas Red pulls shocker in Juvenile

Erich Brehm, Wayne Detmar, Lee Michaels and trainer J. Keith Desormeaux et al.'s Texas Red came flying from last to run away with Saturday's Grade 1, $1,840,000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita by 6 1/2 lengths. Sent off as the 13-1 sixth choice on the board, the son of Afleet Alex paid $29.80 for his first stakes win and also collected 10 points toward the 2015 Kentucky Derby.

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Churchill Downs Plans to Enhance Experience for Derby and Oaks Owners with Construction of All-Inclusive Winner's Circle Suites

$4.2 Million Capital Improvement Project Includes New Courtyard, Remodeled Winner’s Circle
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014) – Churchill Downs Racetrack plans to enhance the experience for owners that start horses in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and the Longines Kentucky Oaks through a $4.2 million capital improvement project that includes the construction of 20 private, open-air, all-inclusive Winner’s Circle Suites in a premium location under the Twin Spires between the sixteenth pole and finish line. The notable project also includes a remodeled Trackside Winner’s Circle and the creation of a new Courtyard that will accommodate temporary premium seating during Derby Week while providing a relaxed park-like setting for everyday racing fans.

Harlanate makes another Conquest in Mazarine

Conquest Stables' Conquest Harlanate made short work of her rivals as the 3-5 favorite in Sunday's Grade 3, $179,264 Mazarine for juvenile fillies at Woodbine.

International Star lives up to name in Grey

Ken and Sarah Ramsey's International Star has an ambitious name, but the promising juvenile took a step toward living up to it in Sunday's Grade 3, $138,983 Grey Stakes at Woodbine. Invading from trainer Mike Maker's Trackside Louisville base, the son of Fusaichi Pegasus rallied strongly from off a slow pace to win by 1 1/4 lengths, and earned 10 points toward the 2015 Kentucky Derby.

Carpe Diem seizes Breeders' Futurity

WinStar Farm LLC and Stonestreet Stables' Carpe Diem certainly lived up to his $1.6 million dollar price tag as he pulled away from the 12-horse field in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Breeders' Cup Futurity for two-year-olds at Keeneland by 6 1/4 lengths.

Daredevil continues to impress in Champagne

Let's Go Stable's Daredevil accelerated to the lead entering the stretch of Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Champagne at Belmont Park and dominated to the finish line, winning handily by a 2 1/2-length margin. Now unbeaten from two starts, the Todd Pletcher-trained colt has established himself as a top contender for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on November 1.

By the Moon upsets Frizette

A sloppy, sealed track was no detriment for Jay Em Ess Stable's By the Moon on Saturday at Belmont Park as she pulled off a 2 1/4-length victory in the Grade 1, $500,000 Frizette Stakes under jockey Jose Ortiz.

Peace and War prevails in Alcibiades

Qatar Racing's Peace and War earned her shot at Breeders' Cup glory when taking Friday's opening day co-feature at Keeneland -- the Grade 1, $400,000 Alcibiades -- which is a "Win & You're In" race for the Juvenile Fillies.

Angela Renee shines in Chandelier

Siena Farm LLC's homebred Angela Renee saved ground on the backstretch of Saturday's Grade 1, $301,750 Chandelier at Santa Anita Park, angled out rounding the turn under jockey Rafael Bejarano and held off the determined late run from 2-1 favorite Conquest Eclipse to score a 1 1/2-length victory.

American Pharoah toys with field in FrontRunner

Zayat Stables LLC's American Pharoah stretched out to two turns to add another dominating Grade 1 win to his short resume as he wired Saturday's Grade 1, $300,750 FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita.