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CROWN OF THORNS HAS FIRST TRIP OVER CHURCHILL DOWNS TRACK – It was a long time coming, but Spendthrift Farm LLC’s Crown of Thorns finally had his first gallop over the historic one-mile track at Churchill Downs on Wednesday.
REGAL RANSOM RETURNS TO ‘SECOND HOME’ FOR FOSTER BID - Godolphin Racing LLC’s Regal Ransom, a multiple graded stakes winner of more than $1.8 million who will run in Saturday’s $500,000-added Stephen Foster Presented by Abu Dhabi (Grade I), arrived at Churchill Downs on Monday and has settled into familiar surroundings in Barn 41.
HIGHLY REGARDED BIND OUT OF MATT WINN WITH FRACTURE, PROBABLY OUT FOR YEAR – An injury suffered during a Monday workout has taken Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s highly regarded Bind out of consideration for Saturday’s $125,000-added Matt Winn Presented by Emirates Equestrian Federation (GIII) at Church
BUSY SUNDAY FOR STEPHEN FOSTER CONTENDERS – It was a busy Sunday morning for horses being pointed to compete in Saturday’s $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (Grade I) as four contenders – including the Virginia H.
GIANT OAK NAMED HIGH WEIGHT FOR STEPHEN FOSTER - Dual Grade I winner Giant Oak has been assigned the high weight of 122 pounds by Churchill Downs racing secretary Ben Huffman for next Saturday’s 30th running of the Grade I, $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi at 1 1/8 miles on the main track.
CHURCHILL TRAINERS LIKE 1-2 DERBY RUNNERS IN THE BELMONT – Trainers based at historic Churchill Downs have had the opportunity to see many of the contenders for the 143rd running of the $1 million Belmont Stakes (GI) up close and personal.
GENERAL QUARTERS, WISE DAN LEAD COMPETITIVE FRIDAY ALLOWANCE – Anyone taking a first glance at Friday’s ninth race at Churchill Downs might think that they were looking at a stakes race; however, it’s an allowance that just happened to come up very tough.
Donald A Adam’s Prime Cut, third in the Peter Pan (GII) and runner-up in the Coolmore Lexington (GII), will head to New York on Tuesday for a run in Saturday’s $1 million Belmont Stakes (GI) following a strong five-furlong work on Monday at Churchill Downs.
VERSATILE VETERAN GENERAL QUARTERS FIRES ‘BULLET’ WORK, SET FOR FRIDAY RETURN – Owner-trainer Tom McCarthy’s General Quarters, a dual Grade I winner on turf and synthetic courses, prepared for a return to racing on Friday with a fast four-furlong work on the main track Sunday morning at Churchill Downs.
SANTIVA WORKS, BOUND FOR BELMONT STAKES ON TUESDAY – Tom Walters’ Santiva, sixth to Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom in the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), tuned up for a run in next week’s $1 million Belmont Stakes (GI) with a strong five-furlong work on Saturday at Churchill Downs.