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Seven weeks after capping off his 27th birthday with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) on Fort Larned, jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. was on a roll at Fair Grounds with four victories from eight mounts.
Seaneen Girl’s upset victory in Saturday’s Golden Rod (Grade II) at Churchill Downs had trainer Bernie Flint thinking about the First Friday in May on Sunday morning.
Michael Bruder’s Guys Reward, a two-time stakes winner on the Matt Winn Turf Course, will seek his sixth win on the grass at Churchill Downs in Sunday’s $100,000-added River City Handicap (Grade III).
Phipps Stable’s Boisterous completed the Knickerbocker (Grade III)–Red Smith Handicap (GII) double for the second straight year at the beginning of the month, but rather than get a break following the Red Smith like last year, trainer Shug McGaughey shipped the 5-year-old son of Distorted Humor to Louisville from New York on Tuesday for Sunday’
Saturday’s “Stars of Tomorrow II” program will be a busy day for trainer Ken McPeek, who has 14 2-year-olds entered on the card, including Frac Daddy and Java’s War in the Grade II, $150,000-added Kentucky Jockey Club.
Shackleford, a multiple Grade I winner of more than $2.8 million, will seek to add one more feather to his cap before retiring to stud when he makes his final career start in Friday’s 138th running of the $400,000-added Clark Handicap (GI).
Mike Lauffer, Bill Cubbedge and Phillips Racing Partnership’s Shackleford breezed a half-mile on the fast main track at Churchill Downs on Saturday in :47.40 in his first workout since finishing seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (GI).
Colonial Flag and Somali Lemonade arrived at Churchill Downs from their base at Fair Hill in Maryland early Thursday morning and will give trainer Michael Matz two shots in Saturday night’s $175,000-added Mrs. Revere (Grade II).
Glen Hill Farm’s Marketing Mix won last year’s Mrs. Revere (Grade II) after finishing second in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (GI) at Keeneland and Centre Court will try to follow in her footsteps in Saturday night’s 1 1/16-mile event for 3-year-old fillies.
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (Grade I) winner Groupie Doll was scheduled to go to trainer Buff Bradley’s farm in Frankfort, Ky. earlier this week, but plans changed and the 4-year-old filly remained at Churchill Downs to prepare for a possible start in the Cigar Mile (GI) at Aqueduct on Nov. 24.