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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.
Scarlett Stable’s King David, winner of the Jamaica Handicap (Grade I) at Belmont Park, tops the list of probable starters for Saturday’s ninth running of the $100,000-added Commonwealth Turf (GIII) for 3-year-olds on the Matt Winn Turf Course.
Highlighting the list of more than 100 horses who recorded published workouts at Churchill Downs on Saturday morning was Take Charge Indy, Bourbon Courage and Cease. The trio of stakes winners is being pointed to the Grade I Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare on Nov. 23.
Trainer Mark Casse said Friday that Bill Farish Jr.’s Pool Play will be pointed to the Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 23, but the 7-year-old son of Silver Deputy might not be the only Clark starter from the Casse barn.
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.