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Winchell Thoroughbreds, LLC’s Pyro rebounded from an eighth-place finish in the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) to draw off to a 1 3/4-length victory over My Pal Charlie in the seventh running of the $190,925 Northern Dancer Stakes (GIII) on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Pure Clan rolled to her third stakes win at Churchill Downs with a 2 3/4-length victory over C J’s Leelee in Saturday’s $217,000 Regret Stakes (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.
Pure Clan, who returned to turf racing after a third place finish in the Kentucky Oaks (GI), covered 1 1/8 miles over the Matt Winn Turf Course rated “good” in 1:49.86.
Eclipse Award winning-jockey Garrett Gomez hand-rode Hystericalady to a 7 ½-length triumph over Initforthekandy in Saturday’s $321,900 Fleur de Lis Handicap (Grade II) at Churchill Downs.
The 5-year-old mare, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, ran 1 1/8 miles on a “fast” main track in 1:50.88 en route to the fifth graded stakes victory of her 19-race career.
Rob O’Connor has been training horses at Churchill Downs for more than two decades, but he never has had a meet such as the current one.
When Sneak a Drink scored a 5-1 odds in Friday’s second race, she gave O’Connor his seventh victory from just 17 starters. That is a 41 percent win rate with an average payoff of $16.50.
(June 13, 2008) – Country Ridge Racing’s Natalicat wore down favored Pure Star in the final sixteenth of a mile to win the Friday afternoon headliner for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up at Churchill Downs by a half-length and give apprentice jockey Diego Rodriguez his second win of the day.
(June 13, 2008) – Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd.’s Ocean Colors, a 2-year-old homebred daughter of 1988 Kentucky Derby winner Winning Colors, made her racing debut one to remember Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs by scoring a front-running 5 1/4-length victory over Jehan in the fourth race.
It’s 900 wins under the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs and counting for jockey Larry Melancon, who reached the mark Thursday when he guided A.P. Xcellent to a front-running victory in the eighth race.
(June 12, 2008) – Veteran jockey Larry Melancon secured his 900th riding victory at Churchill Downs when he guided A.P. Xcellent to a front-running two-length score over Wise River in Thursday afternoon’s $47,400 D.D. Williamson’s Leadership Challenge purse for 3-year-olds and up.
The countdown to the opening of the second half of the 2008 campaign by Stonestreet Stable and Midnight Cry Stable’s reigning “Horse of the Year” Curlin is now down to hours, and trainer Steve Asmussen is ready to see the imposing chestnut colt run in Saturday’s $1 million Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I).
Hystericalady Heads Grade II Fleur De Lis; Champion Dreaming of Anna Heads Early Mint Julep on Foster Undercard
Rancho San Miguel, George Todaro and Jerry Hollendorfer’s Hystericalady, runner-up in last fall’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (Grade I), makes her second appearance of the spring at Churchill Downs on Saturday when she heads a field of six fillies and mares ages 3 and up for the 34th running of the $300,000-added