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Five Breeders’ Cup champions with Churchill Downs ties will be paraded with horses running in Sunday’s eighth race. It is sure to be a unique and one-of-a-kind event for fans, but the trainers of these top horses also are looking forward to the special ceremony.
Perhaps lost in the excitement of Breeders’ Cup Championship Saturday at Santa Anita was the performance of Frac Daddy in Saturday’s seventh race at Churchill Downs.
Not many people get to celebrate their birthday with a $270,000 payday, but that’s exactly what Brian Hernandez Jr. did when he guided Fort Larned to victory in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I) on his 27th birthday.
Journeymen jockeys Brian Hernandez Jr and Miguel Mena will be seeking the biggest victory of their young careers in Saturday’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I), but both riders are doing their best to stay focused on their mounts at Churchill Downs prior to riding at Santa Anita on Saturday.
Graded stakes-winner Brushed by a Star will be sold at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale on Nov. 5, but first she will seek another graded stakes victory in Saturday’s $150,000-added Chilukki (Grade II) at Churchill Downs and the connections are hoping to add some more “black type” to her catalogue page.
Three-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey Calvin Borel will begin the 123rd Fall Meet at Churchill Downs just 14 victories shy of the 5,000 career-win milestone and the Louisiana native, who will turn 46 on Nov. 7, is confident he’ll reach the mark this meet at the site of his three most important victories.
Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Sign was nothing short of dominant in her 11 ¾-length victory at Saratoga in her career debut and trainer Al Stall Jr. is hoping for a similar performance from the bay daughter of Pulpit in Sunday’s $150,000-added Pocahontas (Grade II).
Trainer Mark Casse had planned to work his two juvenile fillies pointing to the Breeders’ Cup on Friday and the boys would work Saturday. The threat of rainy conditions Friday and Saturday caused Casse to call an audible and all five of his Breeders’ Cup hopefuls breezed at the home of the Kentucky Derby on Friday morning.
The Breeders’ Cup is just eight days away and as many as 14 horses stabled at Churchill Downs and nearby Trackside Training Center will tune up for the World Championships in Louisville this weekend prior to shipping to Santa Anita Park, where the event will be held for the sixth time.