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LEHR IN FINAL WORKING DAY OF 45 YEARS AT CHURCHILL DOWNS – Sunday morning for Churchill Downs Track Superintendent Butch Lehr began like many others during his 45-year career beneath the venerable Twin Spires at the home of the Kentucky Derby.
LOPRESTI HOPES TURALLURE BRINGS ‘A’ GAME IN SUNDAY’S FIRECRACKER – Four D Stables’ homebred Turallure, whose win in last year’s Woodbine Mile (Grade I) was followed by a narrow defeat in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (GI) at Churchill Downs, heads a field of six entered for Sunday’s 22nd running of the $150,000-added Firecracker Handicap (G
SIMMS SEEKS RARE DEBUTANTE – BASHFORD MANOR DOUBLE – Veteran trainer Garry Simms, in the midst of one of the greatest racing meets of his career with six wins from nine Spring Meet starters, will try to continue he refers to as a “miraculous” meet with Travis Morgeson V LLC’s Circle Unbroken in Saturday’s $100,000-added Bashfor
ROMANS BIDS FOR CLOSING WEEKEND STAKES SWEEP TO CAP SPRING MEET – Trainer Dale Romans has enjoyed a strong Spring Meet at Churchill Downs and he has the opportunity to end the meet in style by sweeping the three stakes races carded for this weekend.
Chuck and Maribeth Sandford LLC’s Positively, a recent maiden winner at Churchill Downs, drilled a bullet three furlongs beneath the Twin Spires in :35.20 Sunday morning for trainer Pat Byrne in his last major training move prior to Saturday’s $100,000-added Bashford Manor (Grade III).
Donegal Racing’s Dullahan appeared on the Churchill Downs work tab on Saturday for the first time since his seventh-place finish in the $1 million Belmont (Grade I) and trainer Dale Romans said the son of Even the Score would run next in Monmouth Park’s $1 million Haskell Invitational (GI) on July 29.
Not many horses record their first win in a graded-stakes race, but trainer Lon Wiggins believes Shesakitty could do just that in Saturday’s $100,000-added Debutante (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.
Trainer Garry Simms won last year’s running of the Debutante (GIII) at Churchill Downs with Flashy Lassie and he will attempt to repeat in the first graded stakes event in North America for 2-year-old fillies with Barry King and Dorothy Self’s Blueeyesintherein, the 5-2 morning-line favorite.
Groupie Doll has resumed training at Churchill Downs following a brief vacation at trainer Buff Bradley’s Indian Ridge Farm in Frankfort after her record-breaking performance in the Humana Distaff (Grade I) beneath the Twin Spires on Kentucky Derby Day.
Dede McGehee’s St. John’s River has run well in her two notable starts at Churchill Downs, and trainer Andy Leggio Jr. expects another top effort over the Louisville track from the 4-year-old bay daughter of Include in Saturday night’s 37th running of the $150,000-added Fleur de Lis (Grade II).