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Cristina's Journey Wires Foes in Grade II Pocahontas

Cristina’s Journey remained perfect in two starts with a dominant gate-to-wire victory by 2 ¼ lengths over Pangburn in Saturday’s 46th running of the $231,000 Pocahontas (Grade II) for 2-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs.

Lucky Player Nips Stablemate Bold Conquest in Iroquois for Early Lead in 'Road to Derby,' Breeders' Cup Juvenile Bid

Lucky Player took the first major step toward next year’s running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!

Don't Tell Sophia Returns in Style, Wins Locust Grove by 2 1/4 Lengths

Returning from a 175-day layoff, Don’t Tell Sophia rallied from last in a field of six fillies and mares to roll past Molly Morgan en route to a 2 ¼ length victory in the 31st running of the $108,200 Locust Grove on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Favored Bradester Stubborn in Stretch, Draws Away to Win Grade III Ack Ack Handicap

Favored Bradester jumped to the lead at the start and stubbornly fought off a homestretch challenge from Carve before pulling away late under jockey Corey Lanerie for a 1 ¾-length victory in the $107,300 Grade III Ack Ack Handicap for 3-year-olds and up at a mile on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Jesus Castanon Rides 300th Churchill Downs Winner Friday Night

Jockey Jesus Castanon rode favored In Tall Cotton to a 1 ½-length victory in Friday night’s third race to collect his 300th Churchill Downs victory.

Kenneally Happy to Have Lanerie Aboard Bradester in Ack Ack

Joseph W. Sutton’s Bradester has been made the 2-1 morning-line favorite in Saturday’s $100,000-added Ack Ack Handicap (Grade III) at Churchill Downs and trainer Eddie Kenneally was happy to get five-time local champion jockey Corey Lanerie the mount for the first time.

Romans Bids for Saturday Stakes Trifecta; Lukas Optimistic About Mr. Z, Take Charge Brandi

Trainer Dale Romans will saddle a trio of stakes horses at Churchill Downs on Saturday: multiple graded stakes winner Molly Morgan in the $100,000-added Locust Grove; debut maiden winner Cristina’s Journey in the $200,000-added Pocahontas (Grade II) and Danny Boy in the $100,000-added Iroquois (GIII).

Romans Shooting for Saturday Trifecta Under Twin Spires

Trainer Dale Romans will saddle a trio of stakes horses at Churchill Downs on Saturday: multiple graded stakes winner Molly Morgan in the $100,000-added Locust Grove; debut maiden winner Cristina’s Journey in the $200,000-added Pocahontas (Grade II) and Danny Boy in the $100,000-added Iroquois (GIII).

Lukas' Take Charge Brandi Bids for Early Success On 'Road to the Kentucky' in Grade II, $200,000-Added Pocahontas

Last year’s “Road to the Kentucky Oaks” series had identical starting and ending points in victories at Churchill Downs by Winchell ThoroughbredsUntapable.

'Road to Kentucky Derby' Starts With Saturday's Iroquois; Nine Entered in Breeders' Cup Win and You're In' Juvenile Race

The Road to the Kentucky Derby officially begins Saturday at Churchill Downs as nine juvenile prospects, led by Saratoga Special (Grade II) and Sanford (GIII) runner-up Mr. Z, go to post in the 33rd running of the $100,000-added Iroquois (Grade III) – the nation’s first two-turn graded stakes race on dirt for 2-year-olds.