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Four-time Bashford Manor-winning trainer Steve Asmussen relishes the opportunity to try Jerry Durant’s maiden Show Bound on dirt in Saturday night’s 114th renewal of the six-furlong sprint for juveniles.
The willingness to improvise is a trait of most good horsemen. Additionally, many successful operations run their horses in races where they can succeed, but are keen to roll the dice when an opportunity is presented. After all, as the saying goes: you can’t win it if you’re not in it.
Robert Luttrell’s Promise Me Silver returned to the work tab Sunday morning with a half-mile breeze in :49 after the renovation break at 8:30 a.m. ET. This was the Texas-bred daughter of Silver City’s first breeze since finishing 10th as the 7-2 second choice in the June 6 Acorn (GI) at Belmont Park.
With only five days left of the Spring Meet, the race for the Churchill Downs riding title is neck and neck between defending leading rider Corey Lanerie and Julien Leparoux, who both entered Saturday’s action with 35 wins apiece.
Lanerie has won seven of the last eight Churchill Downs titles, including five in a row.
Donamire Farm’s Willow Hills looks to continue a perfect career in Saturday’s featured event at Churchill Downs, the $70,000-added Roxelana overnight stakes for fillies and mares.
Zayat Stables’ Triple Crown champion American Pharoah departed Churchill Downs on Thursday morning en route to Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s Southern California base at Santa Anita.
After thrilling 28,968 adoring fans with a parade over Churchill Downs’ track and trips to the paddock and G.H. MUMM Winner’s Circle on Saturday night, Triple Crown champ American Pharoah got a day of rest and relaxation Sunday.
Prado’s Sweet Ride, last in a field of six at the top of the stretch, unleashed a furious late rally to catch pacesetter Lady Zuzu near the finish to win Saturday’s 46th running of the $100,000, Grade III Regret Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on turf by a head in the first of four stakes races run on Saturday’s Downs Aft
Zayat Stables’ champion American Pharoah took his training up a notch Saturday when the Triple Crown winner galloped 1 ¼ miles on the Churchill Downs main track at 8:30 a.m. ET after the renovation break.
Zayat Stables’ champion American Pharoah jogged on Churchill Downs’ main track Friday morning for the first time since his triumph in the June 6 Belmont Stakes (GI) where he became racing’s first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.