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BARN NOTES (5.20.09) - 'Downs After Dark' Gets Strong Reviews / Miss Diane One To Watch / Ocean Colors Breaks Through
DOWNS AFTER DARK RECEIVES STRONG REVIEWS – The talk of the backstretch Saturday morning was all about the night before … the debut of night racing at Churchill Downs that brought out a crowd of 28,011.
Cosmic Rallies Under Borel To Take Featured Dark Star Purse on First Night Racing Program at Churchill Downs
Mary Grum’s Cosmic, receiving a patented, rail-skimming ride from Calvin Borel, romped to a 4 1/4-length victory over Godolphin Gray before a crowd of 28,011 to win Friday’s $52,270 Dark Star Purse, the featured attraction on the first program of night racing in the 135-year history of Churchill Downs.
BARN NOTES (6.19.09) - Owners Turn Down Bid For Derby Winner Mine That Bird / Lanerie Enjoys Big Spring / Brass Hat Stays Sharp
OWNERS TURN DOWN OFFER FOR MINE THAT BIRD – Trainer Chip Woolley said Friday morning that an offer to purchase Mine That Bird, winner of this year’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), has been turned down by owners Mark Allen of Double Eagle Ranch and Dr. Leonard Blach of Buena Suerte Equine.
Patton’s Creek Farm’s War Eagle Lady remained undefeated on the main track at Churchill Downs as she won Thursday’s featured $52,485 Roxelana Purse for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.
Flying Pegasus Starts Road Back/Horsemen Prepare for Night Move / Hot Dixie Chick Tops Debutante Noms
FLYING PEGASUS BEGINS THE ROAD BACK FRIDAY NIGHT – The road with Flying Pegasus has been anything but smooth for trainer Ralph Nicks, but he’ll saddle the promising 3-year-old for a return to action following a three-month break when he competes in a seven-furlong allowance test on Friday night at Churchill Downs.
Racing Analyst, Commentator Jill Byrne Joins Churchill Downs Full-Time as On-Air Communications Director
Jill Byrne, whose insights as a television racing analyst for Churchill Downs and cable racing network TVG have earned acclaim and a loyal audience throughout Thoroughbred racing, has joined Churchill Downs on a full-time basis as Director of On-Air Racing Communications.
Let there be lights. Following the testing of temporary track lighting fixtures during early morning training hours on Monday and Tuesday, Churchill Downs officials declared the home of the Kentucky Derby ready for the first of three special dates of night racing billed as “Downs After Dark.”
LIGHTS … CAMERAS … ACTION, SORT OF – The temporary lights were aglow and the television cameras were ready to roll when the gates Churchill Downs’ historic one-mile main track were opened for the first-ever session of training under the lights at the home of the Kentucky Derby on Monday at 4:57 a.m. (all times EDT).
Team Kentucky’s Gandolph Finch, ridden by Leandro Goncalves, took the lead leaving the backstretch and cruised to a 1 ¾-length victory in Sunday’s featured $49,280 Morluc Purse at Churchill Downs.
BARN NOTES (6.14.09) - Macho Again's Foster Leaves Stewart Smiling/Frustration Follows Einstein's Troubled Foster Run
STEWART BEAMING AFTER MACHO AGAIN’S FOSTER TRIUMPH – Trainer Dallas Stewart was all smiles Sunday morning as he accepted congratulations on the victory by West Point Thoroughbreds’ Macho Again in Saturday’s $600,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I).