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Champions American Pharoah & Take Charge Brandi, 34 Pletcher Hopes Among 429 Early Triple Crown Nominees
Zayat Stables LLC’s American Pharoah, the Eclipse Award winner for champion 2-year-old colt of 2014, and Willis D.
Travis Stone, the race-caller at Monmouth Park in 2014 and backup announcer at the New York Racing Association this winter, has been named the new track announcer at Churchill Downs Racetrack and voice of the world-famous Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) – America’s greatest race which has been run every year without interruption since 1875.
Stirring Clark Handicap, 'Stars of Tomorrow' Performances Highlight Churchill Downs' Weather-Shortened 24-Day Fall Meet
Sizzling equine performances topped by a Hoppertunity victory in the Grade I Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare, dazzling performances by rising 2-year-olds in a pair of “Stars of Tomorrow” programs, and an early winter blast that forced the cancellation of back-to-back racing days for the first time in more than four decades were highlights of Churchill Downs Racetr
Two of the three “human races” run through the weather-abbreviated 24-day Fall Meet at Churchill Downs are nail-biters and likely to go down to the last two or three races on Sunday’s 11-race program.
New York invader El Kabeir, a 7-1 shot ridden by local hero and three-time Kentucky Derby winner Calvin Borel, led from the start and dug-in to hold-off late surges by Imperia and Eagle to score a narrow head victory in Saturday’s 88th running of the $233,000, Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes for 2-year-olds at 1
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.