|Location: Louisville Kentucky
Track: Churchill Downs
When: May 7, 2016
Purse: $8.25 million.
The 142nd renewals the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) and $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) on the first weekend in May headline a roster of ?26 stakes events ? 23 of which are graded races ? scheduled for Churchill Downs Race Track’s 2016 Spring Meet highlighted by six Grade I races and total stakes purses of $8.25 million.
The racing program headlined by the Kentucky Derby, America’s greatest race, on Saturday, May 7 features seven graded stakes races ? three of them Grade I events ? with total stakes purses of $4.15 million. The Friday, May 6 program headed by the Longines Kentucky Oaks, the nation’s top race for 3-year-old fillies, includes a pair of Grade I events among its six graded stakes and total stakes purses for the day of $2.2 million.
The 2016 Spring Meet stakes schedule includes seven racing days that will feature two or more stakes events and the meet’s total purses reflect an increase of $200,000 or 2.5 percent from the $8.05 million offered during the 2015 Spring Meet.
The 38-day Spring Meet begins with the historic track’s “Opening Night” under the “Downs After Dark Presented by Stella Artois and Old Forester” lights on Saturday, April 30, and the featured event of the night that launches Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Week will be the second running of the $100,000 William Walker. The six-furlong stakes race for 3-year-olds honors Walker, one of the pioneer African-American jockeys who dominated the Churchill Downs jockey colony in its early years. Spring Meet racing will conclude with “Closing Night” on Saturday, July 2, the last of the meet’s three “Downs After Dark” night racing programs.
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Important changes in the 2016 Spring Meet stakes schedule include a new name, distance and placement for the $200,000 Wise Dan (GII), a 1 1/16-mile event on turf formerly known as the Firecracker. The Wise Dan is now part of the popular “Downs After Dark” program on Saturday, June 18 headed by the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (GI). The Wise Dan had previously been run during the closing weekend of the Spring Meet.
The Wise Dan is named in honor of Mort Fink’s two-time Horse of the Year who completed a spectacular racing career with a perfect four-race season in 2014. The Charlie LoPresti-trained gelding by Wiseman’s Ferry compiled a remarkable lifetime record of 23-2-0 in 31 races with earnings of $7,552,920. He earned seven of those victories from his 11 starts at Churchill Downs, which included a pair of triumphs in the Firecracker that included his successful debut on the grass in its 2011 running and a hedge-skimming victory over yielding turf in a driving rain storm in 2013. Wise Dan’s Churchill Downs success also included victories in the Grade I Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (GI) in 2013 and 2014, and memorable runs on the main track that included a victory in the 2011?Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI) and a runner-up finish in the 2012 Stephen Foster Handicap in which he lost by a head to Ron the Greek. Wise Dan also earned a pair of Eclipse Awards as both turf champion and champion older horse.
?“It means so much to us to have that race named to honor Wise Dan,” LoPresti said. “He’s been a great horse, and we’ve had so much fun with him and we’re proud of him. I’ve often thought that someday somebody would name a race after him, and I’m glad that Churchill was the first to come up with it because he’s won so many races there and is such a big part of Churchill Downs.”
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2016 Kentucky Derby Schedule
|FRIDAY, May 6|
|SATURDAY, May 7|
|SUNDAY, May 8|
Below are some of the contenders that will possibly run the day of the race. There are about 30 contenders for the race but these are the most likely ones will be confirmed a place at the event.
2016 Kentucky Derby Contenders
|1||Gun Runner||151||Steve Asmussen||Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Three Chimneys Farm||$ 849200|
|2||Nyquist||130||Doug O'Neill||Reddam Racing LLC||$ 3289000|
|3||Exaggerator||126||J. Keith Desormeaux||Big Chief Racing, LLC||$ 1628000|
|4||Outwork||120||Todd Pletcher||Repole Stable||$ 660000|
|5||Brody's Cause||114||Dale Romans||Albaugh Family Stable||$ 1100000|
|6||Creator||110||Steven M. Asmussen||WinStar Farm LLC||$ 690000|
|7||Lani||100||Mikio Matsunaga||Ms. Yoko Maeda||$ 1300119|
|8||Mor Spirit||84||Bob Baffert||Michael Lund Petersen||$ 616800|
|9||Mohaymen||80||Kiaran McLaughlin||Shadwell Stable||$ 807850|
|10||Danzing Candy||60||Cliff Sise Jr.||Halo Farms, Bashor, Jim and Bashor, Diane||$ 290000|
|11||Destin||51||Todd Pletcher||Twin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC||$ 338000|
|12||Suddenbreakingnews||50||Donnie Von Hemel||Samuel F. Henderson||$ 637000|
|13||Cupid||50||Bob Baffert||Michael B. Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier and Derrick Smith||$ 542857|
|14||Oscar Nominated||50||Michael J. Maker||Ramsey, Kenneth L. and Sarah K.||$ 321360|
|15||Shagaf||50||Chad Brown||Shadwell Stable||$ 270000|
|16||Whitmore||44||Ron Moquett||LaPenta, Robert V., Rosenblum, Harry T. and Southern Springs Stables||$ 400000|
|17||Tom's Ready||44||Dallas Stewart||G M B Racing||$ 270670|
|18||My Man Sam||40||Chad C. Brown||Sheep Pond Partners, Newport Stables LLC and Bligh, Jay W.||$ 200000|
|19||Majesto||40||Gustavo Delgado||Grupo 7C Racing Stable||$ 190000|
|20||Trojan Nation||40||Patrick Gallagher||Gilbert, Julie and Sones, Aaron||$ 190000|
|21||Mo Tom||32||Tom Amoss||G M B Racing||$ 268326|
|22||Fellowship||32||Stanley Gold||Jacks or Better Farm, Inc.||$ 206590|
|23||Adventist||32||Leah Gyarmati||Treadway Racing Stable||$ 155000|
|24||Laoban||32||Eric Guillot||McCormick Racing LLC and Southern Equine Stable LLC||$ 142000|
|25||Dazzling Gem||30||Brad Cox||Steve Landers Racing LLC||$ 150000|
|26||Cherry Wine||25||Dale L. Romans||Pacella, William, Jones, Jr., Frank L. and Shoop Frank||$ 145000|
|27||Discreetness||10||William H. Fires||Xpress Thoroughbreds LLC.||$ 251011|
|28||Star Hill||10||Rusty Arnold II||Calumet Farm||$ 66500|
2015 Kentucky Derby Results
|1||18||American Pharoah?||Victor Espinoza?||Bob Baffert?||-----|
|2||10||Firing Line?||Gary Stevens?||Simon Callaghan?||1|
|3||8||Dortmund?||Martin Garcia?||Bob Baffert?||3|
|4||15||Frosted?||Joel Rosario?||Kiaran McLaughlin?||3 1/4|
|5||5||Danzig Moon?||Julien Leparoux?||Mark Casse?||6 1/2|
Kentucky Derby Past Winners
|2015||American Pharoah||Victor Espinoza||Bob Baffert||Ahmed Zayat||2:03.02|
|2014||California Chrome||Victor Espinoza||Art Sherman||Steve Coburn & Perry Martin||2:03.66|
|2013||Orb||Joel Rosario||Claude McGaughey III||Stuart S. Janney III & Phipps Stable||02:02.9|
|2012||I'll Have Another||Mario Gutierrez||Doug O'Neill||J. Paul Reddam||02:01.8|
|2011||Animal Kingdom||John Velazquez||H. Graham Motion||Team Valor||02:02.0|
|2010||Super Saver||Calvin Borel||Todd Pletcher||WinStar Farm||02:04.5|
|2009||Mine That Bird||Calvin Borel||Bennie L. Woolley, Jr.||Double Eagle Ranch et al.||02:02.7|
|2008||Big Brown||Kent Desormeaux||Richard E. Dutrow, Jr.||IEAH Stables / P. Pompa||02:01.8|
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