Albarado Pleads Not Guilty to Assault

Jockey Robby Albarado has pleaded not guilty to an assault charge. The veteran rider is charged in an alleged case of domestic violence. Albarado’s attorney, Scott Barton, entered the plea today in Jefferson District Court to the misdemeanor charge. A July trial date was set. The jockey was arrested Friday and charged with fourth-degree assault […]

Believe You Can is the Kentucky Oaks Champion; Napravnik Makes History

Believe You Can has won the 2012 Kentucky Oaks.     With jockey Rosie Napravnik aboard, the filly finished just ahead of Broadway’s Alibi. Napravnik is the first female to ride a Kentucky Oaks winner. Grace Hall, the early favorite, was third. The storm-delayed race was run before 112,552 fans Churchill Downs, the second-largest Oaks crowd.

Stage Is Set For 138th Kentucky Derby

Twenty horses are set to run in tomorrow’s Kentucky Derby. Three-time Derby winning trainer Bob Baffert has the morning line favorite in this year’s race. Bodemeister, named for Baffert’s son, drew post position six in the crowded gate. The second early favorite is Union Rags, trained by Michael Matz (pictured), who’s back with his first […]

Derby Post Positions To Be Drawn Wednesday

The post positions and early odds for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby will be set Wednesday. A maximum field of 20 will run on Saturday. A late entry is Optimizer, trained by four-time Derby winner D. Wayne Lukas. Optimizer moved into the field after Mark Valeski was pulled from consideration by trainer Larry Jones, who said the […]

Komen Won’t Be Part of Oaks Day Awareness Effort

Churchill Downs has ended its three-year affiliation with the Susan G. Komen foundation for cancer awareness and fundraising activities on Kentucky Oaks Day. Churchill Downs spokesman Darren Rogers says those activities will continue, but with a different organization. This year the track has forged a partnership with the group Stand Up To Cancer for the […]