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The lime and black racing colors of one of the first families of Churchill Downs’ racing community will be prominent Saturday at the Louisville track when Richard and Bertram Klein’s Miz Ida bids for a second consecutive victory in the $100,000-added Early Times Mint Julep (Grade III), the featured live racing event on a program that also celeb
The connections of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) and Preakness (GI) winner California Chrome aren’t the only ones who are anticipating the June 7 Belmont Stakes to be the biggest day of their careers.
Maggi Moss’ Delaunay took the lead on the far turn and widened the margin in the stretch to win Saturday’s 26th running of the $112,900 Aristides (Grade III) at Churchill Downs by 3 ½ lengths over defending champ Scatman.
Spendthrift Farm’s Medal Count, eighth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), breezed six furlongs in 1:10.60 on Saturday morning at Churchill Downs in preparation for next Saturday’s $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (GI).
The Estate of Clarence Scharbauer Jr.’s Fiftyshadesofgold, winner of the Eight Belles (Grade III) at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks Day, breezed a half mile in :49.60 Friday morning in her final workout before shipping to Belmont Park for the $750,000 Acorn (Grade I) on June 7.
Spendthrift Farm’s Medal Count, eighth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), will work Saturday under the Twin Spires before shipping to Belmont Park next Thursday where he will try to spoil the Triple Crown hopes of California Chrome in the Belmont Stakes (GI) on June 7.
J. Kirk and Judy Robison’s Mico Margarita, the romping 8 ¾-length winner of the $60,000 Oak Hall at Evangeline Downs in his last start, headlines a field of nine 3-year-olds and up that were entered for Saturday’s 26th running of the $100,000 Aristides (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.
Ashbrook Farm’s Southern Honey tracked pacesetter Socialbug throughout and inched clear inside the final sixteenth of a mile to beat that rival by 1 ½ lengths in Monday’s 11th running of the $110,000 Winning Colors (Grade III) on Memorial Day at Churchill Downs.
In her first work since capturing the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), Winchell Thoroughbreds’ homebred Untapable breezed five furlongs in 1:01.40 under the Twin Spires on Monday morning in preparation for the June 28 Mother Goose (GI) at Belmont Park.
After an impressive 7 ¾-length victory defeating older horses at Churchill Downs on Saturday, Chuck and Maribeth Sandford LLC’s Almost Famous will be pointed to the $100,000-added Matt Winn (Grade III) on Saturday, June 14.