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Churchill Downs Taps Two Tokyo Races As Qualifiers For Kentucky Derby

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 09 / 29 / 16

Churchill Downs has formed a partnership with the Japan Racing Association that will allow more Japanese racehorses to qualify to run in America's most famous race, the Kentucky Derby. As part of the agreement, two races run at Tokyo Racecourse, the "Cattleya Sho" and the "Hyacinth," will be added t...

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