November 19, 2004 |
Shane Sellers and Eddie King are the contrasting faces of the Jockeys' Guild. Sellers, loyal to the core, is asking for greater unity among guild members. King, a former guild officer and ousted board member, is suing the organization that represents more than 1,200 jockeys. "What would happen," Sellers wondered from his home in Kentucky, "if on Jan. 1 all the guild riders told the tracks that they were going fishing? No matter what happens, we're the ones who put on the show.
November 11, 2004 |
At Wagner's Pharmacy, a storied institution across the street from Churchill Downs, Paul Hornung sat at the lunch counter and said, "I'm ready to ride the sixth race today." The man on the stool next to Hornung, renowned veterinarian Alex Harthill, laughed loudly. Hornung, the former Notre Dame and Green Bay Packer star, is well north of 200 pounds and in no position to ride horses at Churchill. But his joke was well timed.
May 6, 2001 |
The Churchill Downs track was so fast Saturday that track records were broken in three of the first four races. The Bob Baffert-trained and Gary Stevens-ridden Love At Noon broke the track record for 6 1/2 furlongs by four-tenths of a second, winning the first race in 1:14 1/5, bettering Bet On Sunshine's mark set in July of last year.
October 29, 2000 |
When the 17th edition of the Breeders' Cup races returns to Churchill Downs for a record fifth time next Saturday, the 100-plus horses running will be hard-pressed to match what has gone on before at Louisville's historic twin-spired track. The previous Breeders' Cups at Churchill have been stuffed with scintillating races, record-breaking performances and, for the suffering horseplayers, a nice sprinkling of longshot payoffs. Not to mention sometimes uncomfortable conditions.
May 5, 2000 |
In 1895, a young architect, taken with a single spire atop a nearby mental institution, designed two spires that were built on the roof of the new grandstand at Churchill Downs. The twin spires, the brainchild of Joseph Baldez, have become the most recognizable feature of Churchill and the Kentucky Derby, and one of the most recognizable landmarks in sports. They've been called towers, cupolas and steeples by visitors to the Derby, but to the locals they can only be the spires.
May 7, 1999 |
Churchill Downs, fresh from running the Kentucky Derby for the 125th time, bought Hollywood Park on Thursday--lock, stock and nearby casino--and in discussing the dynamics of the $140-million deal, Tom Meeker, president of Churchill Downs, used an analogy about two drivers arriving at an intersection at the same time. "We're both stopped," Meeker said of the two cars. "[R.D.