Spacing of Triple Crown Series Still in Progress
By Dick Downey
Updated 11:52 a.m. ET
Here are key points that emerged (or didn't emerge) during a conference call held by Churchill Downs officials this morning.
-- The Kentucky Oaks is set for Sept. 4, with the Kentucky Derby set for September 5.
-- Oaks and Derby tickets purchased for the originally scheduled dates are automatically valid for the new race dates. Information on a new ticket shipment date will be sent directly to ticket purchasers.
-- If you have purchased a ticket and are not able to attend the newly scheduled race dates and information regarding refund requests will be available at http://KentuckyDerby.com/updates by the end of this week.
-- The remainder of Derby Week races have not been decided. Churchill Downs asks tht you visit http://KentuckyDerby.com/updates for information regarding Opening Night, Champions Day, Wednesday and Thurby.
-- The points system that determines which horses will qualify for the Derby will remain in place. New Derby points races will be selected. Existing points will count.
-- Nothing has been worked out regarding how the Triple Crown Series will proceed. Relevant parties, including NBC, are in discussion on how to go forward with the Triple Crown series. Churchill Downs hopes the same spacing between the Triple Crown races can be maintained.
-- We note that Kentucky Downs is set to run on Sept 2, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, and Ellis Park closes its meet Labor Day weekend. Churchill would run several days on and around these conflicting dates. Churchill Downs expresses confidence the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will approve their plan. The matter must be presented for approval by KHRC. Churchill has announced new dates for the Oaks and Derby without first obtaining KHRC approval.
The New York Racing Association put out its own statement shortly after Churchill's conference call ended.