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Departing Fires Bullet Work for $125,000 Homecoming Classic

Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire Departing breezed a half-mile in :48 Sunday at Churchill Downs ahead of the Sept. 27 Homecoming Classic.

Fiftyshadesofgold Has Final Breeze in Advance of Grade III, $100,000 Dogwood

Douglas Scharbauer’s Fiftyshadesofgold breezed a half-mile in :47.40 on Saturday morning at Churchill Downs in preparation for the $100,000-added Dogwood (Grade III) on Saturday, Sept. 20.

Newcomer Rafael Hernandez Hoping for Impactful Debut Meet

Ranked in the Top 20 North American jockeys by wins over the last three years, Rafael Hernandez moved his tack to Kentucky last week hoping to make an impact on the local racing scene.

A native of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, Hernandez was inspired by his uncle, former jockey Heriberto “Herbie” Rivera Jr., to start riding at a young age.

Kentucky Derby Champ Mine That Bird's Half-Brother Among Promising 2-Year-Olds Set for Saturday Debuts

Highlighted by a half-brother to 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) winner Mine That Bird, a number of well-bred 2-year-old colts will be making their debuts Saturday at Churchill Downs where the excitement for new Derby prospects is always brewing on the backside.

Romans Recounts Touching Story of Cristina's Journey

After her impressive gate-to-wire, 2 ¼-length victory in Saturday’s $231,000 Pocahontas (Grade II) at Churchill Downs, GSN Racing LLC’s Cristina’s Journey was reported by trainer Dale Romans to have exited the race in good form.

Kenneally Happy to Have Lanerie Aboard Bradester in Ack Ack

Joseph W. Sutton’s Bradester has been made the 2-1 morning-line favorite in Saturday’s $100,000-added Ack Ack Handicap (Grade III) at Churchill Downs and trainer Eddie Kenneally was happy to get five-time local champion jockey Corey Lanerie the mount for the first time.

Romans Bids for Saturday Stakes Trifecta; Lukas Optimistic About Mr. Z, Take Charge Brandi

Trainer Dale Romans will saddle a trio of stakes horses at Churchill Downs on Saturday: multiple graded stakes winner Molly Morgan in the $100,000-added Locust Grove; debut maiden winner Cristina’s Journey in the $200,000-added Pocahontas (Grade II) and Danny Boy in the $100,000-added Iroquois (GIII).

Romans Shooting for Saturday Trifecta Under Twin Spires

Trainer Dale Romans will saddle a trio of stakes horses at Churchill Downs on Saturday: multiple graded stakes winner Molly Morgan in the $100,000-added Locust Grove; debut maiden winner Cristina’s Journey in the $200,000-added Pocahontas (Grade II) and Danny Boy in the $100,000-added Iroquois (GIII).

Lanerie, Asmussen, Moss Clinch Spring Meet Titles

With a commanding lead entering the final day of the 2014 Churchill Downs Spring Meet, jockey Corey Lanerie has clinched his fifth Churchill Downs riding title with 55 wins entering Sunday’s closing day card.

Asmussen Barn Looking for Graded Stakes Double Saturday

Saturday could to be a huge day for the barn of trainer Steve Asmussen, who is seeking a graded stakes double with Vinery Stables LLC’s Regally Ready in the $200,000-added Firecracker (GII) and a pair of 2-year-olds entered in the $100,000-added Bashford Manor (GIII) in William and Corrine Heiligbrodt’s Cinco Charlie and Jerry Durant’s Lucky Player.