Kentucky Derby

Delta cancels Jackpot, Princess for 2017

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Exaggerator, winning the Delta Jackpot in 2015, went on to win the Preakness and the Haskell.

Delta Downs announced Wednesday it was cancelling eight stakes races for 2017 including the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot and the $500,000 Delta Downs Princess Stakes.

Delta said the economic impact from Hurricane Harvey spurred the stakes cancellation, which includes races in October and November worth $2.3 million. Delta is located in Vinton, La., not far from the Texas border. Owned by Boyd Gaming, Delta operates a casino that generates a significant portion of purse money.

Delta considers cancelling Jackpot, Princess

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Delta Downs may cancel eight upcoming stakes races this year, including the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot.

Delta Downs is considering the elimination of eight stakes races in October and November, including the track’s signature race, the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot.

Delta is located in Vinton, La., close to the Texas border and part of an area hard hit by Hurricane Harvey. Delta relies on the Houston metropolitan area, which experienced catastrophic damage from Harvey, for much of its business, and a decline in casino revenues since the hurricane has compromised the purse fund for Delta’s upcoming 2017-2018 race meeting.

European series among changes to Derby points system

A series of races designed to attract a horse from Europe in addition to the series of races similarly designed for a Japanese runner, which debuted last year, are among the highlights of the preps for the 2018 Kentucky Derby, which were announced on Thursday by Churchill Downs.

Spiral gets purse, Derby points cut

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Animal Kingdom won the Spiral and then the Kentucky Derby in 2011.

The annual showcase event at Turfway Park, the Spiral Stakes, has undergone a reduction in its point value toward Kentucky Derby eligibility and a major purse cut.

McFarland turns cash on Derby into huge overlay

Kevin McFarland found himself back in the winner’s circle at a major tournament this past weekend, winning the Kentucky Derby Betting Challenge and netting more than $272,000 in the process.

“It’s a great tournament,” McFarland said. “I continue to believe that these tournaments have to be on racing’s biggest days. That’s what makes them better.”

Kentucky Derby 2017: How the race was run

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Kentucky Derby 2017: How the race was run

Always Dreaming gets away cleanly from the gate while to the outside, Irish War Cry veers in causing chain-reaction bumping with McCraken and Classic Empire.


Handle on Kentucky Derby card tops $207 million

Despite unseasonably cool temperatures, the lack of a popular contender, and a quirky wet track, wagering on the Kentucky Derby and its supporting card Saturday at Churchill Downs set records, with total betting surpassing $200 million for the first time on a North American race card, according to the race charts.

First qualifiers stamp tickets for WCH

The World Championship of Handicapping qualifying season is officially underway. On Derby Day, five players won their $5,000 seats to the $1 million, no takeout WCH finals on

The overall winner was Jerald Seagall, whose score of $134.30 was best in the field of 54. Seagall collected in eight of the 12 contest races with his two biggest hits coming from Arklow ($44.80) in the American Turf and Smooth Daddy ($45.30) in Belmont’s Fort Marcy, the contest’s anchor leg.

Hovdey: Reading between the Derby footnotes

Unless you win the race or your horse gets hurt, it is hard to take a 20-horse Kentucky Derby seriously, especially when it is run on a track that looks like a peanut butter slurry.

However, that does not stop the chart-callers at Equibase from parsing the melee down to the smallest dips and dives. Leave it to them to turn the Charge of the Light Brigade into a dry and tidy eyewitness report straight out of “Dragnet.”

The sun shines bright on WinStar's Derby Day

Though it was not one of the names on the laundry list of owners tied to Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming, the fingerprints of WinStar Farm could be seen all over the race’s superfecta.

Kenny Troutt’s elite racing and breeding operation stands Bodemeister, the sire of Always Dreaming, as well as Pioneerof the Nile, who sired fourth-place finisher and champion juvenile male Classic Empire. WinStar also co-owns third-place finisher Battle of Midway with Don Alberto Corp. after purchasing a stake in the colt about two weeks prior to the race.

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