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Gary and Mary West’s West Coast Belle tracked the pacesetters, grabbed the lead at the eighth pole and turned back a late challenge by No Fault of Mine to win Saturday’s 71st running of the $230,400 Golden Rod (Grade II) at Churchill Downs by 1 ¼ lengths. .
With two days remaining in Churchill Downs’ weather-shortened 24-day Fall Meet, the victories amassed by veteran jockey Jon Court have him sitting comfortably in the Top 10 in the meet’s jockey standings.
Hoppertunity, a major contender for the 2014 Kentucky Derby until he went to the sidelines with an injury days before that race, returned to Churchill Downs on Friday to lead a 1-2-3 finish by 3-year-olds in his half-length victory under jockey Martin Garcia in the 140th running of the $551,000, Grade I Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Heal
The most accomplished juveniles in the barn of Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas – Willis Horton’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI) and Delta Princess (GIII) winner Take Charge Brandi and Zayat Stables LLC’s Delta Jackpot (GIII) runner-up Mr.
Godolphin's Imperia, One of Four Highly-Regarded Juveniles in McLaughlin Barn, Tries Dirt in Kentucky Jockey Club
Since his days as an assistant to Hall of Famer and four-time Kentucky Derby (Grade I) winner D. Wayne Lukas, a victory in the “Run for the Roses” on the first Saturday in May has been a goal for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
Pocahontas Winner Cristina's Journey Favored in Golden Rod, Seeks Sweep of Churchill Downs Fall Stakes
With a disappointing journey to Southern California for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships behind her, Cristina’s Journey is back in the comfortable confines of Churchill Downs and is the morning line favorite to defeat 11 rivals in Saturday’s 71st running of the $200,000-added Golden Rod (Grade II) for 2-year-old fillies, the co-featured event on the Louisville t
Peachtree Stable’s Lord Nelson, a runaway winner of the $101,000 Speakeasy at Santa Anita from the power-packed barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, landed post nine and was made the 5-2 morning line favorite in a field of 12 juveniles that were entered for Saturday’s 88th running of the $200,000-added Kentucky Jockey Club (Grad
One can reasonably expect the name of Kenny McPeek, a trainer who always has some very promising juveniles in his barn, to be tossed about frequently during the Fall Meet at Churchill Downs, a racing session well-known for being an early proving ground for 2-year-olds.
Knocked Off the Kentucky Derby Trail by Injury, 3-Year-Olds Constitution, Hoppertunity Seek Redemption In Grade I Clark
Constitution and Hoppertunity, two auspicious 3-year-olds that were denied starts in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands because of ill-timed setbacks, look for redemption Friday at Churchill Downs against seven rivals in the 140th renewal of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I).