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Atta Boy Roy had an adventurous run in Saturday's Aristides (GIII).
He lost his footing at the break, spotting the field several lengths, rushed up to take the lead and then grudgingly gave way to the victorious Riley Tucker in the final eighth of a mile.
STEPHEN FOSTER CONTENDERS BLAME, MACHO AGAIN WORK - Preparation time for the 29th running of Churchill Downs' $600,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I) is dwindling and two of the major players in the 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds and up tuned up for the June 12 test with Saturday works.
ARISTIDES RUN A STEP TOWARD THE BREEDERS' CUP SPRINT AT CHURCHILL DOWNS FOR ATTA BOY ROY - Veteran trainer Valorie Lund scored the first graded stakes win of her 27-year career when R.E.V Racing's Atta Boy Roy pulled off a front-running upset in the $250,000-added Churchill Downs Stakes (Grade II) over a sloppy Churchill D
BRASS HAT COULD RETURN TO THE DIRT – After nine consecutive starts against graded-stakes company on the grass, a change in venue could be in store for Fred Bradley’s homebred veteran Brass Hat.
Mine That Bird Zips Three Furlongs in Return Work; Churchill Repairs, Investigates Hole In Track That Interrupted Training
MINE THAT BIRD WORKS THREE FURLONGS IN :35.20 – Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine’s 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird worked three furlongs in :35.20 with Dominic Terry in the saddle.
Thomas and Jack Conway’s Stately Victor, winner of the Toyota Blue Grass (Grade I) at Keeneland and eighth to Super Saver in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), tuned up for a run in the June 5 Belmont Stakes (GI) with a sharp five-furlong workout on Tuesday at Churchill Downs’ Trackside Louisville training center.
RACHEL ALEXANDRA STRONG IN FIVE-FURLONG WORK -- Stonestreet Stables and Harold McCormick’s reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra picked up the pace of her training on Monday with a sharp five-furlong workout at Churchill Downs.
FREE FIGHTER HEADS HOME AFTER LOUISVILLE HANDICAP VICTORY – Louisville Handicap (GIII) winner Free Fighter headed back to his home base at Arlington Park Sunday morning after his upset two-length triumph over Bearpath in the 1 ½-mile marathon.
STEPHEN FOSTER BID POSSIBLE FOR GENERAL QUARTERS – Owner-trainer Tom McCarthy wanted to keep Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (GI) winner General Quarters on the grass after that big Derby Day victory, but there is a tempting target in three weeks that could put the 4-year-old Sky Mesa colt back on dirt.
MINE THAT BIRD BACK ON THE TRACK AT CHURCHILL DOWNS – It had been nearly 10 months, but on Friday morning 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird stepped back on the track where he became a household name in taking the Run for the Roses.