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MUSKETIER READY FOR TOP EFFORT IN LOUISVILLE HANDICAP – It’s scarce to find a multiple graded stakes-winning, un-gelded horse still competing at age 9, let alone in top company, but Musketier-GER, fresh off back-to-back wins in the Elkhorn (GII) at Keeneland, has been installed as the 122-pound high weight and 9-5 favorite for Saturday’s 74th running
KEERTANA HOPES TO MAKE HISTORY IN LOUISVILLE HANDICAP – Trainer Tom Proctor is confident that his mare Keertana can hold her own Saturday against males in the $100,000-added Louisville Handicap (Grade III) at 1 ½ miles over the Matt Winn Turf Course.
Mike Lauffer and Bill Cubbedge’s homebred Shackleford returned to Churchill Downs just before 10:30 (Eastern) Sunday morning after returning from Baltimore and his half-length triumph in Saturday’s $1 million Preakness (Grade I), the second jewel of the Triple Crown.
SHACKLEFORD RETURNS TO CHURCHILL DOWNS AFTER PREAKNESS SCORE – Mike Lauffer and Bill Cubbedge’s homebred Shackleford returned to Churchill Downs just before 10:30 (Eastern) Sunday morning after returning from Baltimore and his half-length triumph in Saturday’s $1 million Preakness (Grade I), the second jewel of the Triple Crown.
CHURCHILL CONSENSUS HAS ANIMAL KINGDOM RULING IN MARYLAND – A lot of trainers on the Churchill Downs backstretch got a good look at Animal Kingdom in the week he was here prior to winning the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on May 7.
READY’S ROCKET READY TO MAKE HISTORY -- History is made on the first Saturday of every May at Churchill Downs. On this third Saturday in May, Ready’s Rocket will look to make his own history.
BRASS HAT PREPARES FOR CAMPAIGN AT AGE 10 – With more than $2 million in his career bankroll and at the age of 10, one would think Brass Hat would be ready to kick back at the farm and enjoy the easy life.
One would think wrong.
ASTROLOGY/NEHRO – The two possible Preakness contenders in the Churchill Downs barn of trainer Steve Asmussen turned in easy half-mile works over a sloppy and sealed track on Monday morning.
The Estate of Edward P Evans’ Dance City, working in company with Gulfstream Park allowance winner Escort, breezed five furlongs Sunday over a track labeled as “good” in 1:00.20 with exercise rider Fernando Espinoza up.
Batman Stable, Philip Lebherz, Cindy Olsen, Janet Sharp and Glen Wallace et al’s Sway Away completed his major training for a run in next Saturday’s Preakness with a six-furlong work in 1:13.60 over a fast track early Saturday morning at Churchill Downs.