Churchill Downs

Barbara D. Livingston
Classic Empire opens as the 5-1 favorite on Derby Watch despite his third-place finish in the Holy Bull.
For the inaugural Derby Watch top 20, Classic Empire remains the favorite on the Derby future line produced by Mike Watchmaker, Daily Racing Form's national handicapper. Classic Empire's terrific 2-year-old form, combined with a foot issue that came to ...Full Story >>
February 15, 2017
Kentucky Derby: Who's hot, who's not for Feb. 17
February 13, 2017
Two stakes that were previously run at Arlington Park outside of Chicago will be run instead at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., this year, according to a stakes schedule for Churchill’s spring meet that was released Monday by the parent company of ...
May 08, 2016
It’s seems so obvious the morning after the Kentucky Derby, but it is still worth stating: Nyquist is just plain better than his contemporaries, and it isn’t really close right now.
May 05, 2016
Since 2003 there have been 13 different trainers win the Kentucky Derby, 13 different racing families elevated, for a brief time, above all the rest. At the end of those two minutes, run at a pace that seems both an eternity and a heartbeat, all the ...
May 04, 2016
The central question of the 2016 Kentucky Derby is whether Nyquist is simply better than his 19 opponents or a vulnerable favorite in a subpar year. He has pluses and minuses, but is among five horses who will be on my pick-whatever tickets.
The relationship between gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, artist Ralph Steadman, and the Kentucky Derby as told in “The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved” is the subject of “Gonzo @ the Derby,” a short feature released this week under ESPN's ...
May 02, 2016
There will be a lot heard in Louisville this week about Wood Memorial runner-up Trojan Nation trying to become the first maiden to win the Kentucky Derby in 83 years. His arrival at Churchill Downs on Monday afternoon was sure to be greeted by winks ...
April 26, 2016
Churchill Downs officials unveiled the latest renovation to their flagship facility when some $18 million in upgrades were presented Tuesday to the media.
April 24, 2016
If you think the Kentucky Derby will fall apart late after a fast early pace just like the four preps that immediately preceded it, think again. Other folks have already talked about it, and it is sure to be discussed more as Derby Day approaches, but ...
April 16, 2016
Leader board for qualifying points to the 2017 Kentucky Derby, which will be run at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, May 6, 2016.