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Mott Won't Rule Out Breeders' Cup Classic for Cigar Street

After an impressive 1 ¾-length victory in Saturday’s $135,500 Homecoming Classic, Hall of Fame conditioner Bill Mott was not ready to rule out the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I) on Nov. 1 as the next start for Jake Ballis and Rashard LewisCigar Street.

Romans Eyeing Big Saturday for His Trio of Stakes Runners

Trainer Dale Romans is hoping for a big Saturday at Churchill Downs as he will saddle Crossed Sabres Farm’s Pick of the Litter in the $125,000-added Homecoming Classic and 44 Racing’s Sportscaster and Frank L.

Departing Seeking a Return to Top Form in Saturday's Homecoming Classic

Coming off an eighth-place finish in the $1.5 million Whitney (Grade I) at Saratoga on Aug. 2, Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Departing is seeking a return to top form in Saturday’s $125,000-added Homecoming Classic under the Twin Spires for trainer Al Stall Jr.

Champion Will Take Charge Retired to Three Chimneys

Will Take Charge, who clinched Champion 3-Year-Old Male honors last year with a win at Churchill Downs in the $550,700 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I), was retired to Three Chimneys Farm on Sunday due to a mild strain to a branch of his suspensory apparatus.

Carve Readies for Next Saturday's $125,000 Homecoming Classic

Michael Langford’s graded stakes winner Carve posted a half-mile workout in :48.60 Saturday at Churchill Downs in preparation for the $125,000-added Homecoming Classic on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Myositis Dan Running for More Than Purse Money Friday Night

Entered in Friday night’s featured $43,000 allowance optional claiming event at Churchill Downs is Brereton C. JonesMyositis Dan, who was named to specifically build awareness for a disease called Myositis that affects thousands of Americans each year.

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.