Churchill Downs

Albarado Pleads Not Guilty to Assault

by Rick Howlett May 8, 2012

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 […]

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Suspects Sought in Churchill Downs Homicide

by Rick Howlett May 7, 2012

Louisville Metro Police say they have no suspects in their investigation into a Derby weekend homicide on the Churchill Downs backside. The body of 48 year old Adan Fabian Perez was discovered early yesterday morning in a barn. Officials say he lived and worked on the backside as a groom. LMPD homicide detective Lt. Barry […]

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Churchill Downs Homicide Victim Identified

by Rick Howlett May 6, 2012

Louisville Metro Police continue their investigation into the death of a man whose body was found early today in a barn on the Churchill Downs backside. He’s been identified as 48 year old Adan Fabian Perez of Guatemala, who lived on the backside. A state racing officials tells the Courier-Journal that Perez was a groom […]

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Foul Play Suspected in Death at Churchill Downs

by Gabe Bullard May 6, 2012

The Louisville Metro Police Department says a man found dead at Churchill Downs this morning may have been in an altercation with one or more people. LMPD spokeswoman Alicia Smiley says track security called the police shortly before 5 am to report a body in barn number eight. The deceased is a Hispanic man, and […]

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

by Rick Howlett May 4, 2012

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.

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Stage Is Set For 138th Kentucky Derby

by Rick Howlett May 4, 2012

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 […]

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Fifteen Fillies Set to Run in 138th Kentucky Oaks

by Rick Howlett May 4, 2012

The 138th Kentucky Oaks will be run today at Churchill Downs. A field of 15 is entered for the fillies-only race.     Grace Hall is the early favorite and will run from post position number two. On Fire Baby and Broadway’s Alibi are co-second choices. Last year’s Kentucky Oaks drew more than 110,000 fans to the […]

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Derby Post Positions To Be Drawn Wednesday

by Rick Howlett May 1, 2012

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 […]

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Komen Won’t Be Part of Oaks Day Awareness Effort

by Rick Howlett March 8, 2012

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 […]

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