Latest Kentucky Derby News

Horses entered by suspended trainers can't earn Derby points

Sep. 10, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Points from races in the series that earn berths in the Kentucky Derby won’t be awarded to any horse trained by an individual who is suspended from entering the Kentucky Derby in 2022. The rule announced Friday by Churchill Downs also applies to...

Churchill Downs plans ceremony to dedicate statues

Sep. 10, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Churchill Downs plans a ceremony next week to to dedicate statues honoring two men who played an important roles at the racetrack. The sculpture by artist Raymond Graf depicts John Asher sitting on a horse shoe bench and talking with Col. Matt...

Essential Quality wins 152nd running of Travers Stakes

Aug. 28, 2021 19:37 PM EDT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Essential Quality just keeps on winning, displaying a grit that his handlers simply marvel at. The Belmont Stakes winner added the $1.25 million Travers Stakes to his resume Saturday, holding off Midnight Bourbon in a stirring stretch duel...

Wayne Hughes, billionaire businessman and horse owner, dies

Aug. 19, 2021 00:54 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — B. Wayne Hughes, the founder and chairman of Public Storage whose passion for horse racing culminated with a victory by Authentic in the 2020 Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic, died Wednesday. He was 87. Hughes died at home at Spendthrift...

Man raffling rare bourbon for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Aug. 16, 2021 04:11 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An Indiana man with a collection of rare bourbon is teaming up with the Kentucky Derby Museum to raffle it off in an effort to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The collection consist of five limited-edition bottles of Pappy Van...

Churchill Downs announces improvements for storied track

Jul. 28, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Churchill Downs announced three capital improvement projects over the next three years Wednesday, including two totaling $135 million, for the home of the Kentucky Derby. The Homestretch Club will undergo a $45 million renovation and upgrade of...

Mandaloun takes controversial Haskell at Monmouth on DQ

Jul. 17, 2021 19:22 PM EDT

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Trouble seems to follow Kentucky Derby runner-up Mandaloun on the racetrack. The bigger the race, the bigger the controversy. When all is said and done though, the Brad Cox-trained colt may have two Grade 1 wins. Mandaloun...

Brad Cox has high hopes for Mandaloun in $1 million Haskell

Jul. 16, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

It's probably going to be a while before horse racing officials in Kentucky decide whether to disqualify Derby winner Medina Spirit for testing positive for the presence of an anti-inflammatory steroid after the race. There will be hearings, testimony and probably appeals...

Judge nullifies horse trainer Bob Baffert's New York suspension over Kentucky Derby winner's failed drug test

Jul. 14, 2021 17:39 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Judge nullifies horse trainer Bob Baffert's New York suspension over Kentucky Derby winner's failed drug test.

Hot Rod Charlie favored in $1 million Haskell at Monmouth

Jul. 14, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

Belmont Stakes runner-up Hot Rod Charlie has been installed as the morning-line favorite for Saturday's $1 million Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park. For the first time in the history of the Grade I stakes at the Jersey Shore racetrack, the race drew all three second-place...