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HOLTHUS TURNS 76 TODAY; BEST PRESENT COMES NEXT WEEK – Bob Holthus has been a trainer for more than 75 percent of his life and today he turns 76, some 58 years after he got his trainer’s license in 1952.
Did he have an idea starting out he would still be training horses all these many years later?
“No,” Holthus said quickly and with a laugh.
MINE THAT BIRD WORKS SIX FURLONGS IN 1:13 – Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine’s Mine That Bird continued to work toward his first start of 2010 by breezing six furlongs in company in 1:13 over a fast Churchill Downs track on Tuesday morning.
CHAMPION RACHEL ALEXANDRA TAKES IT EASY ON MUGGY MORNING AT CHURCHILL DOWNS – Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra returned to serious training after her 10 ½-length romp in the $200,000-added Fleur de Lis (Grade II) on June 12 with an easy half-mile work on a muggy Monday at Churchill Downs.
ATTA BOY ROY WORKS BULLET FOR IOWA EXCURSION –Atta Boy Roy, winner of the Churchill Downs (GII) on Kentucky Derby Day, worked a half-mile in :47.40 over a fast track after the renovation break Sunday morning with jockey Calvin Borel aboard.
MYKINDACANDY GIVES BARNETT BIG BOOST – The most electric performance Friday night under the lights of “Downs After Dark” came from Phyllis Newcomb’s Mykindacandy, who broke his maiden in the sixth race with the fastest 5 ½-furlong time of the meet in winning by 9 ¼ lengths.
ROMANS LOOKS AHEAD TO NEXT CHURCHILL DOWNS MILESTONE – Trainer Dale Romans was a happy man Friday morning, the day after Heiligbrodt Racing Stable’s Skipadate gave the conditioner his 500th victory at Churchill Downs.
READY’S ROCKET ENTERS EXCLUSIVE TERRITORY WITH CHURCHILL DOWNS VICTORY – Lost in all the hoopla of Blame’s thrilling Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) victory and the tour de force of Rachel Alexandra in the Fleur de Lis (GII) on Saturday was the triumph in the day’s first race by Ready’s Rocket.
Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine’s 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, working in company with Bird Empire, drilled five furlongs in :59.60 over a fast track Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs.
CHAMPION RACHEL ALEXANDRA WELL AFTER FLEUR DE LIS VICTORY – Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra was reported by trainer Steve Asmussen to be doing well on Sunday following her 10 ½-length victory in the $200,000-added Fleur De Lis Handicap (Grade II) on the Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) undercard.
VODIKA COLLINS, KAELIN GOT STEPHEN FOSTER HANDICAP OFF AND RUNNING – Saturday’s 29th running of the Stephen Foster Handicap carries Grade I status and a $600,000-added pot.
Trainer Forrest Kaelin claims foul.
“I used to tell (former Churchill Downs president) Tom Meeker I got short-changed,” Kaelin said with a laugh. “The race was just $50,000 then.”