Foley Aims Stable Stars Major Fed, Sconsin to Keeneland Fall Meet

Major Fed

It was a memorable Kentucky Derby Week for trainer Greg Foley and his owners Lloyd Madison Farm as the group teamed to win the $300,000 Eight Belles presented by TwinSpires.com (Grade I) with Sconsin and had their first runner in the Kentucky Derby with Major Fed. The 3-year-old tandem returned to the Churchill Downs work tab on Sunday and will aim to make their next starts at the upcoming Keeneland Fall Meet.

“It was a really awesome week for our family and owners,” Foley said. “Both horses came out of the races in good shape and we’re looking at more options this fall to continue their campaign.”

Major Fed, who finished 10th in the Kentucky Derby after chasing the early pace of Authentic, is eligible for a first-level allowance condition. The son of Ghostzapper worked an easy half-mile in :49 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:01.20.

“It was a disappointing trip in the Derby,” Foley said. “We know this horse is talented and we will regroup. It was a pretty uncomfortable spot early into the Derby being boxed in between horses into the first turn.”

Sconsin, the 7-1 upset winner of the Eight Belles, cruised a half-mile Sunday in :46.40 with exercise rider Lindsey Hebert aboard. Sconsin recorded the fastest half-mile time of 67 horses at the distance on the Sunday tab. Options for the homebred filly include the $200,000 Raven Run (GII) on Oct. 17 and the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (GI) on Nov. 7.

“She ran a really big race in the Eight Belles and showed how talented she is,” Foley said. “She’s a homebred for Lloyd Madison Farm so that made things even more special about that win.”

PESSIN POINTING DERBY CITY DISTAFF WINNER BELL’S THE ONE TO BREEDERS’ CUP Lothenbach Stables’ classy sprinter Bell’s the One, the narrow victor of the $500,000 Derby City Distaff presented by Derby City Gaming (Grade I), will search for Breeders’ Cup glory in the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint (GI) on Nov. 7, according to trainer Neil Pessin.

Bell’s the One, ridden by Corey Lanerie, stormed from off the pace to defeat 2019 Kentucky Oaks (GI) winner Serengeti Empress by a scant nose on the wire of the Derby City Distaff. The victory vaulted the Majesticperfection filly to one of the top contenders for the season-ending championship event at Keeneland.

“This filly amazes us every time because how hard she tries,” Pessin said. “It was an unbelievable stretch drive in the (Derby City Distaff) with a very classy filly in Serengeti Empress. It was a great horse race.”

Pessin reported Bell’s the One is likely to bypass Keeneland’s local prep for the Filly & Mare Sprint, the $200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (GII) on Oct. 3, and will train up to the Breeders’ Cup.

ACK ACK STAKES PROBABLES – Saturday’s $100,000 Ack Ack (Grade III) field continues to take shape. The race could serve as a prep for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile (GI) on Nov. 7 at Keeneland.

Here are the current probable entries, according to Churchill Downs assistant racing and stakes coordinator Dan Bork: Bourbon Calling (trainer Ian Wilkes); Dinar (Cherie DeVaux); Ebben (Steve Margolis); Mocito Rojo (Shane Wilson); Mr. Money (Bret Calhoun); Proverb (Richard Baltas); Sagaponack (D. Wayne Lukas); and Warrior’s Charge (Brad Cox).

Entries for Saturday’s card will be taken on Wednesday.

TV SCHEDULE – The final six days of the September Meet will air daily on the Fox Sports family of networks. Here’s the day-by-day schedule:

•Sunday, Sept. 20: FS1 (12:30-4 p.m.), FS2 (4-5:30 p.m.)

•Wednesday, Sept. 23: FS2 (12:30-5 p.m.)

•Thursday, Sept. 24: FS2 (12:30-5:30 p.m.)

•Friday, Sept. 25: FS2 (12:30-5:30 p.m.)

•Saturday, Sept. 26: FS1 (12:30-1:30 p.m.), FS2 (1:30-8:30 p.m.)

•Sunday, Sept. 27: FS2 (12:30-6 p.m.), FS1 (6-7 p.m.), FS2 (7-8 p.m.)

MILESTONE WATCH – Trainers Bernie Flint (498 wins) and Tom Amoss (497 wins) are approaching 500-career victories at Churchill Downs. Amoss had one horse entered on Sunday.

DOWN THE STRETCH – First post for Sunday’s 10-race program at Churchill Downs was 12:45 p.m. The 20-cent Single 6 Jackpot stood at $11,078 and spanned Races 5-10. … The final five days of the September Meet will span Wednesday-Sunday with first posts of 12:45 p.m. For the latest handicapping information for the September Meet, visit www.churchilldowns.com/handicapping.

Churchill Downs Daily Results and Activity

Results

Sunday, September 20
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $50,000 $37,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $31,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Starter Optional Claiming – $10,000 $22,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $75,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $30,000 $30,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $75,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Claiming – $10,000 $21,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Claiming – $20,000 $29,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Allowance $77,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $31,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Friday, September 25 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Starter Optional Claiming – $10,000 $22,000
Race 2 Claiming – $40,000 $34,000
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $10,000 $20,000
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $40,000 $28,000
Race 5 Claiming – $10,000 $22,000
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $79,000
Race 7 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $39,000
Race 8 Allowance $77,000
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $80,000 $81,000
Race 10 Maiden Special Weight $75,000

Final Entries

Thursday, September 24
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $25,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $10,000 $20,000
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $75,000
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $40,000 $28,000
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $75,000
Race 6 Claiming – $10,000 $21,000
Race 7 Allowance $77,000
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $79,000
Race 9 Maiden Special Weight $75,000

Kentucky Derby Winner Authentic Cruises Five Furlongs in :59.20 for Preakness

Authentic

Spendthrift Farm, MyRaceHorse Stable, Madaket Stable and Starlight Racing’s Kentucky Derby (Grade I) winner Authentic continued his major preparation for the $1 million Preakness Stakes (GI) on Oct. 3 with a swift five-furlong work in :59.20 Saturday morning at Churchill Downs.

Other horses of note to record published workouts on Saturday included Qatar Racing, Flurry Racing and Big Aut Farm’s Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) winner Shedaresthedevil (four furlongs, :49); Bruce Lunsford’s $600,000 Blue Grass Stakes (GII) winner contender Art Collector (five furlongs, :59.40); Albaugh Family Stable and Spendthrift Farm’s multiple graded stakes winner Thousand Words (five furlongs, 1:02.40) and Peter Callahan’s Kentucky Oaks runner-up Swiss Skydiver (four furlongs, :48).

Derby winner Authentic, with jockey Martin Garcia aboard, worked at 9 a.m., about 1 ½ hours after his stablemate Thousand Words breezed. Authentic cruised through splits of :23.80 and :35.40. The speedy Into Mischief colt continued galloping out, in hand, around the far turn with a six-furlong time of 1:12.20 and completed his move with a seven-furlong gallop out in 1:25.20.

Thousand Words, who was forced to scratch in the paddock from the Kentucky Derby, worked an easy five furlongs at 7:30 a.m. with jockey Florent Geroux in the saddle. The Florida-bred colt broke off from the five-furlong pole with an easy opening eighth mile in :13.40 but continued to accelerate through fractions of :25.80, :38 and :50.60. Geroux shook the reins at Thousand Words as he crossed the wire and the duo galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.60 and completed seven furlongs in 1:27.80.

“Authentic is a big, strong horse and is handling things very well after the Derby,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “I think both horses worked really well this morning. … They’ll work once more on Saturday before shipping to Pimlico.”

Authentic’s work was the fastest of 38 horses at the distance on Saturday morning. The second fastest move came from likely Preakness second betting choice Art Collector who worked at 7:30 a.m. with jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. in the saddle. The duo clipped through opening fractions of :12.20, :24.20 and :36 before they galloped out five furlongs in 1:11.60.

“He’s in a great spot right now with his fitness,” trainer Tommy Drury said. “We wanted a bit more of a serious work today and he went well within himself. He’ll have a maintenance work next weekend before we ship to Baltimore.”

One of the horses on the bubble for running in the Preakness is Swiss Skydiver who worked with jockey Tyler Gaffalione aboard. Trainer Kenny McPeek reported the decision to run in the Preakness will come at a later date.

Kentucky Oaks winner Shedaresthedevil is likely to remain in Kentucky rather than join the aforementioned quartet in Baltimore. With exercise rider Edvin Vargas aboard, Shedaresthedevil easily worked through an opening quarter-mile fraction of :25.20 before galloping out five-eighths in 1:02. Trainer Brad Cox worked several of his other stable stars on Saturday including 2018 Champion and Kentucky Oaks winner Monomoy Girl who cruised a half-mile in :49.60 outside of stablemate Royal Prince.

“It was a really fun morning,” said Cox, who has been going back and forth all week from Louisville to the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. “A lot of the horses we worked today it was their first work back from Derby week but they’ve all exited their races in good shape and we’re just getting them back going again.”

Shedaresthedevil and Monomoy Girl have both been nominated for Keeneland’s $400,000 Spinster (GI) that will run on Oct. 4. The race will serve as a prep for the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 7 at Keeneland.

ACK ACK STAKES PROBABLES – Saturday’s $100,000 Ack Ack (Grade III) field continues to take shape. The race could serve as a prep for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile (GI) on Nov. 7 at Keeneland.

Here are the current probable entries, according to Churchill Downs assistant racing and stakes coordinator Dan Bork: Bourbon Calling (trainer Ian Wilkes); Dinar (Cherie DeVaux); Ebben (Steve Margolis); Mocito Rojo (Shane Wilson); Mr. Money (Bret Calhoun); Proverb (Richard Baltas); Sagaponack (D. Wayne Lukas); Thirstforlife (Wes Hawley); Warrior’s Charge (Brad Cox).

Entries for Saturday’s card will be taken on Wednesday.

TV SCHEDULE – The final seven days of the September Meet will air daily on the Fox Sports family of networks. Here’s the day-by-day schedule:

•Saturday, Sept. 19: FS1 (12:30-4 p.m.), FS2 (4-6 p.m.)

•Sunday, Sept. 20: FS1 (12:30-4 p.m.), FS2 (4-5:30 p.m.)

•Wednesday, Sept. 23: FS2 (12:30-5 p.m.)

•Thursday, Sept. 24: FS2 (12:30-5:30 p.m.)

•Friday, Sept. 25: FS2 (12:30-5:30 p.m.)

•Saturday, Sept. 26: FS1 (12:30-1:30 p.m.), FS2 (1:30-8:30 p.m.)

•Sunday, Sept. 27: FS2 (12:30-6 p.m.), FS1 (6-7 p.m.), FS2 (7-8 p.m.)

MILESTONE WATCH – Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen notched his 9,000th-career win Friday night at Remington Park with claimer Troy Ounce. He trails all-time leader Dale Baird by 445 wins for the all-time leading trainer title. … Trainers Bernie Flint (498 wins) and Tom Amoss (497 wins) were both rapidly approaching 500-career victories at Churchill Downs. Amoss had two horses entered and Flint had one on Saturday.

DOWN THE STRETCH – First post for Saturday’s 10-race program at Churchill Downs was 12:45 p.m. The 20-cent Single 6 Jackpot stood at $6,601 and spanned Races 5-10. There was also an $8,443 carryover in the Race 10 Super Hi Five. … For the latest handicapping information for the September Meet, visit www.churchilldowns.com/handicapping.

Churchill Downs Daily Results and Activity

Results

Friday, September 18
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $10,000 $20,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $8,000 $21,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $31,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $30,000 $30,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $75,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Starter Optional Claiming – $20,000 $30,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $75,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $39,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Allowance $77,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Maiden Special Weight $75,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Wednesday, September 23 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $10,000 $21,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $23,000
Race 3 Claiming – $32,000 $35,000
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $15,000 $21,000
Race 5 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $39,000
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $75,000
Race 7 Claiming – $50,000 $37,000
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $80,000 $81,000
Race 9 Claiming – $8,000 $21,000

Final Entries

Sunday, September 20
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $50,000 $37,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $31,000
Race 3 Starter Optional Claiming – $10,000 $22,000
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $75,000
Race 5 Claiming – $30,000 $30,000
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $75,000
Race 7 Claiming – $10,000 $21,000
Race 8 Claiming – $20,000 $29,000
Race 9 Allowance $77,000
Race 10 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $31,000

Geroux Set to Resume September Meet Tied Atop Jockey Standings

Shedaresthedevil

 

It was a monumental Kentucky Derby week for jockey Florent Geroux whose seven victories, including four graded stakes wins, vaulted him to a tie atop the Churchill Downs jockey standings with Tyler Gaffalione as the 14-day meet resumed Thursday.

“This year has been rough for everyone in the world,” said Geroux, who notched five wins on Kentucky Oaks Day. “Just being here to have the Derby, even if it was in September, with no spectators, was amazing. Because at the beginning of the year, when everyone was staying at home, you thought that was pretty much impossible… it turned out to be an amazing week.”

Geroux’s swift start to the September Meet included a 15-1 upset victory with Shedaresthedevil in the $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI). In the race prior, the $500,000 La Troienne presented by Oak Grove Racing and Gaming (GI), Geroux bested seven rivals aboard champion Monomoy Girl. His day was capped off with a rail-skimming rally aboard Diamond Oops in the $250,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint presented by Sysco (GII).

“It was an amazing day but, at the end of the day, I wasn’t pleased knowing Mundaye Call got beat in the Eight Belles as the even-money favorite,” Geroux said.

In total, Geroux’s mounts banked $1,843,419 in purse money during the supercharged Kentucky Derby Week of races. Geroux and Gaffalione held a three-win cushion over Ricardo Santana Jr. in the riding standings. September Meet’s defending champion, Corey Lanerie, scored a trio of wins on Kentucky Derby week.

In the trainer standings, Brad Cox won six races with 13 starters and held a two-win margin over Mike Maker. Albaugh Family Stables, G. Watts Humphrey Jr. and Lothenbach Stables are tied in the owner’s race with two wins each.

Thursday’s nine-race card at Churchill Downs had a first post of 12:45 p.m.

KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER AUTHENTIC CONTINUES TRAINING AT CHURCHILL DOWNSSpendthrift Farm, MyRaceHorse Stable, Madaket Stable and Starlight Racing’s Kentucky Derby (Grade I) winner Authentic continues to prepare for next month’s Preakness Stakes (GI) and has been galloping daily around 6 a.m. at Churchill Downs.

Trainer Bob Baffert left Authentic and stablemate Thousand Words at Churchill Downs under the care of fellow Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas. Thousand Words has been galloping each morning around 8 a.m.

“I’d like to say I have a pretty good assistant,” Baffert joked.

The duo are likely to work this weekend, according to Baffert.

The plane transporting horses from Louisville to Baltimore for the Oct. 3 Preakness is scheduled to leave Tuesday, Sept. 29, according to transporter Tex Sutton’s flight schedule.

MILESTONE WATCH – Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen continued his charge to surpass all-time win leader Dale Baird. At the start of racing Thursday, he trailed 9,445 wins to 8,998. … Trainers Bernie Flint (498 wins) and Tom Amoss (497 wins) were both rapidly approaching 500-career victories at Churchill Downs. They each had two horses entered on Thursday.

TV SCHEDULE – The final nine days of the September Meet will air daily on the Fox Sports family of networks. Here’s the day-by-day schedule:

•Thursday, Sept. 17: FS2 (12:30-5 p.m.)

•Friday, Sept. 18: FS2 (12:30-5 p.m.), MSG+ (12:30-6 p.m.)

•Saturday, Sept. 19: FS1 (12:30-4 p.m.), FS2 (4-6 p.m.)

•Sunday, Sept. 20: FS1 (12:30-4 p.m.), FS2 (4-5:30 p.m.)

•Wednesday, Sept. 23: FS2 (12:30-5 p.m.)

•Thursday, Sept. 24: FS2 (12:30-5:30 p.m.)

•Friday, Sept. 25: FS2 (12:30-5:30 p.m.)

•Saturday, Sept. 26: FS1 (12:30-1:30 p.m.), FS2 (1:30-8:30 p.m.)

•Sunday, Sept. 27: FS2 (12:30-6 p.m.), FS1 (6-7 p.m.), FS2 (7-8 p.m.)

DOWN THE STRETCH – Racing resumed Thursday for the 14-day September Meet. Post time for each of the final nine days is 12:45 p.m. Racing will continue this week through Sunday and resume Wednesday-Sunday. … The 20-cent Single 6 Jackpot will start over for racing on Thursday. The sequence will begin in Race 4 with a post time of 2:14 p.m. The card will also feature two 50-cent Pick 5 wagers (Races 1-5 and 5-9) and two Pick 4s (Races 2-5 and 6-9). … The temporary rail on the Matt Winn Turf Course will be in Lane 3 (22 ft.) for racing Thursday-Sunday. … “Inside Churchill Downs” will air Friday at 6 p.m. on ESPN Louisville. The one-hour horse racing program, hosted by Churchill Downs’ Darren Rogers, Kevin Kerstein and Scott Shapiro, airs locally on ESPN 680/105.7 and worldwide at www.espnlouisville.com. … For the latest handicapping information for the September Meet, visit www.churchilldowns.com/handicapping.

Racing Returns to Churchill Downs on Thursday at 9:45 a.m.

sconsin

 

Racing returns to Churchill Downs on Thursday for the resumption of the September Meet.

Post time for each of the final nine days of the September Meet will be 12:45 p.m. (all times Eastern). Racing will take place Thursday through Sunday and Wednesday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 27.

As it was during the Spring Meet (May 16-June 28) and Kentucky Derby Week (Sept. 1-5), racing at Churchill Downs with be run without fans and will be limited to essential personnel and participants because of COVID-19. Individual ticket holders who purchased tickets for September race dates through Churchill Downs or Ticketmaster.com will have their tickets refunded and will receive a credit applied to their original method of payment within the next 30-45 days.

Here’s the day-by-day schedule with national TV coverage and daily prize money offered:

• Thursday, Sept. 17: 9 races (12:45-4:53 p.m.), TV: FS2 (12:30-5:30 p.m.), $418,000
• Friday, Sept. 18: 10 races (12:45-5:26 p.m.), TV: FS2 (12:30-5:00 p.m.), $458,000
• Saturday, Sept. 19: 11 races (12:45-5:57 p.m.), TV: FS1 (12:30-4 p.m.), FS2 (4-6 p.m.), $494,000
• Sunday, Sept. 20: 10 races (12:45-5:26 p.m.), TV: FS1 (12:30-4 p.m.), FS2 (4-5:30 p.m.), $441,000
• Wednesday, Sept. 23: 9 races (12:45-4:53 p.m.), TV: FS2 (12:30-5 p.m.), $442,000
• Thursday, Sept. 24: 9 races (12:45-4:53 p.m.), TV: FS2 (12:30-5:30 p.m.), $421,000
• Friday, Sept. 25: 10 races (12:45-5:26 p.m.), TV: FS2 (12:30-5:30 p.m.), $523,000
• Saturday, Sept. 26: 11 races (12:45-5:57 p.m.), TV: FS1 (12:30-1:30 p.m.), FS2 (1:30-6:00 p.m.), $609,000
• Sunday, Sept. 27: 10 races (12:45-5:26 p.m.), TV: FS2 (12:30-6 p.m.),

A total of $4,264,000 in prize money is offered in the 89-race condition book over the nine days for a daily average of $473,778. Maiden special weight races have a $75,000 purse while allowance races range from $77,000 to $81,000.

The lone remaining stakes race in September is the $100,000 Ack Ack (Grade III) for 3-year-olds and up at one mile on Saturday, Sept. 26 – a race often used as a prep for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile (GI) on Nov. 7 at Keeneland.

Churchill Downs Daily Results and Activity

Early Entries

Saturday, September 19 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $31,000
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $75,000
Race 3 Allowance Optional Claiming – $100,000 $79,000
Race 4 Claiming – $10,000 $21,000
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $31,000
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $75,000
Race 7 Claiming – $40,000 $32,000
Race 8 Maiden Special Weight $75,000
Race 9 Allowance $77,000
Race 10 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $31,000

Final Entries

Friday, September 18
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $10,000 $20,000
Race 2 Claiming – $8,000 $21,000
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $31,000
Race 4 Claiming – $30,000 $30,000
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $75,000
Race 6 Starter Optional Claiming – $20,000 $30,000
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $75,000
Race 8 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $39,000
Race 9 Allowance $77,000
Race 10 Maiden Special Weight $75,000

Churchill Downs Daily Results and Activity

Early Entries

Friday, September 18 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $10,000 $20,000
Race 2 Claiming – $8,000 $21,000
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $31,000
Race 4 Claiming – $30,000 $30,000
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $75,000
Race 6 Starter Optional Claiming – $20,000 $30,000
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $75,000
Race 8 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $39,000
Race 9 Allowance $77,000
Race 10 Maiden Special Weight $75,000

Final Entries

Thursday, September 17
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $10,000 $22,000
Race 2 Allowance $77,000
Race 3 Claiming – $32,000 $35,000
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $10,000 $20,000
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $75,000
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $75,000
Race 7 Claiming – $50,000 $37,000
Race 8 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $39,000
Race 9 Maiden Special Weight $75,000

Authentic Claims the Garland of Roses in a Historic 146th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve

Kentucky Derby Post-Race News Conference Transcript

 

Authentic Claims the Garland of Roses in a Historic 146th Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, KY., (September 5, 2020) A historic Kentucky Derby saw Authentic claim the Garland of Roses in what was the first time the race had ever occurred on Labor Day weekend.

Authentic, owned by Spendthrift Farm, LLC, Myracehorse.com, Madaket Stables, and Starlight Racing and bred in Kentucky by Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds, led from the start, held off a challenge through the stretch from Tiz The Law and drew away to a 1 1/4 length victory. Trainer Bob Baffert secured his sixth Kentucky Derby win, tying the all-time record and jockey John Velazquez won the Kentucky Derby for the third time.

We are grateful to our fans and our community for their support of the 146th Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby,” said Bill Carstanjen, CEO of Churchill Downs Incorporated. “We look forward to seeing our loyal fans at next year’s 147th Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby on the first weekend of May.”

Wagering from all-sources on the Kentucky Derby Day program totaled $126.0 million compared to $250.9 million on the 2019 Kentucky Derby Day program. All-sources wagering on the Kentucky Derby race was $79.4 million compared to $165.5 million from last year’s Derby race. The decline in handle for this year’s Derby Day program is attributable to the lack of on-track wagering, fewer horses per race including in the Kentucky Derby race, and a prohibitive favorite in the Derby race.

Although it is difficult to compare the financial performance to prior years, we are pleased with the profitability of the spectator-less 2020 Derby Week.

About Churchill Downs Incorporated

Churchill Downs Incorporated is an industry-leading racing, online wagering and gaming entertainment company anchored by our iconic flagship event, the Kentucky Derby. We own and operate Derby City Gaming, a historical racing machine facility in Louisville, Kentucky. We also own and operate the largest online horse racing wagering platform in the U.S., TwinSpires.com, and we operate sports betting and iGaming through our BetAmerica platform in multiple states. We are a leader in brick-and-mortar casino gaming with approximately 11,000 slot machines and video lottery terminals and 200 table games in eight states. Additional information about CDI can be found online at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.

Certain statements made in this news release contain various “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by the use of terms such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “predict,” “project,” “seek,” “should,” “will,” and similar words or similar expressions (or negative versions of such words or expressions).

Although we believe that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Important factors, among others, that may affect actual results or outcomes include the following: the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and related economic matters on our results of operations, financial conditions and prospects; the effect of economic conditions on our consumers’ confidence and discretionary spending or our access to credit; additional or increased taxes and fees; public perceptions or lack of confidence in the integrity of our business or any deterioration in our reputation; loss of key or highly skilled personnel; restrictions in our debt facilities limiting our flexibility to operate our business; general risks related to real estate ownership, including fluctuations in market values and environmental regulations; catastrophic events and system failures disrupting our operations; online security risk, including cyber-security breaches; inability to recover under our insurance policies for damages sustained at our properties in the event of inclement weather and casualty events; increases in insurance costs and inability to obtain similar insurance coverage in the future; inability to identify and complete acquisition, expansion or divestiture projects, on time, on budget or as planned; difficulty in integrating recent or future acquisitions into our operations; costs and uncertainties relating to the development of new venues and expansion of existing facilities; risks associated with equity investments, strategic alliances and other third-party agreements; inability to respond to rapid technological changes in a timely manner; inadvertent infringement of the intellectual property of others; inability to protect our own intellectual property rights; payment-related risks, such as risk associated with fraudulent credit card and debit card use; compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or applicable money-laundering regulations; risks related to pending or future legal proceedings and other actions; inability to negotiate agreements with industry constituents, including horsemen and other racetracks; work stoppages and labor issues; changes in consumer preferences, attendance, wagering and sponsorship with respect to Churchill Downs Racetrack and the Kentucky Derby; personal injury litigation related to injuries occurring at our racetracks; weather and other conditions affecting our ability to conduct live racing; the occurrence of extraordinary events, such as terrorist attacks and public health threats; changes in the regulatory environment of our racing operations; increased competition in the horse racing business; difficulty in attracting a sufficient number of horses and trainers for full field horse races; our inability to utilize and provide totalizator services; changes in regulatory environment of our online horse wagering business; A reduction in the number of people wagering on live horse races; increase in competition in our online horse racing wagering business; uncertainty and changes in the legal landscape relating to our online horse racing wagering business; continued legalization of online sports betting and iGaming in the United States and our ability to predict and capitalize on any such legalization; inability to expand our sports betting operations and effectively compete; failure to manage risks associated with sports betting; failure to comply with laws requiring us to block access to certain individuals could result in penalties or impairment with respect to our mobile and online wagering products; increased competition in our casino business; changes in regulatory environment of our casino business; concentration and evolution of slot machine manufacturing and other technology conditions that could impose additional costs; and inability to collect gaming receivables from the customers to whom we extend credit.

We do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.