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Rachel in Vogue/Mine That Bird Gallops/Semaphore Man Set for Downs Debut/Pretty Prolific Returns

BUSY MORNING FOR CLASSIC WINNERS: RACHEL ALEXANDRA POSES FOR VOGUE; MINE THAT BIRD GALLOPS – The whole morning Friday was decidedly not business as usual for Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) and Preakness (Grade I) winner Rachel Alexandra at Churchill Downs.

BARN NOTES (5.28.09) - McPeek Celebrates 1,000th Win/Spinters Lead Way for Sizzling Calhoun/Mint Julep Nominations Out

FROM FINAL DESTROYER TO OLD MAN BUCK, McPEEK HAS ENJOYED FUN RIDE – Trainer Ken McPeek was all smiles Tuesday morning as he accepted congratulations on getting his 1,000th victory during the Memorial Day holiday card at Churchill Downs.

BARN NOTES (5.25.09) - Rachel Works, Belmont Decision Pending/Mine That Bird Breezes Under Borel, Jockey Decision Delayed

RACHEL ALEXANDRA WORKS HALF-MILE IN :50.20, NO DECISION ON BELMONT
 – With majority owner Jess Jackson of Stonestreet Stables looking on, Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) and Preakness Stakes (Grade I) winner Rachel Alexandra worked a half-mile in :50.20 under exercise rider Dominic Terry over a sloppy track Monday morning at Churchill Downs.

Brass Hat's Popular Win Earns Rest, Milestone for trainer/Mine That Bird, Rachel Alexandra to Work Monday

Fred Bradley’s homebred Brass Hat did not stick around Churchill Downs very long Saturday after his victory in the Louisville Handicap.
    “After he cooled out, we took him back to the farm (in Frankfort),” trainer William “Buff” Bradley said. “I took him out to his paddock at 6:30 this morning. He is doing great and we will keep him here the next five to seven days.”

Babies Have Lukas On A Roll/Temple Street Returns Dividends To Cox/Leparoux Rolls in Riders' Race

Hall of Fame trainer D Wayne Lukas suffered through a miserable fall here last year, failing to win a race from 34 starters.
    What a difference six months and a barn full of precocious 2-year-olds can make.

Borel Bandwagon Crowded/Calvin & Byrne In Saturday's 'Get in the Game' Seminar/Monday Work For 'Bird'?

Jockey Calvin Borel is not assured of having a mount in the June 6 Belmont Stakes (Grade I), but the leadup to the third jewel of the Triple Crown will have his fingerprints all over it.
    Borel’s agent, Jerry Hissam, has a lot more on his plate these days than just lining up mounts for the popular rider.

Brass Hat Looks Turn Back Youngsters/Woolley's Whirlwind Continues/Pure Clan Works on Grass

BRASS HAT SEEKS ELUSIVE FIRST TURF WIN IN LOUISVILLE HANDICAP – When Fred Bradley’s homebred Brass Hat made his turf debut in 2004, four of his rivals in Saturday’s Louisville Handicap (Grade III) had not been foaled.

Rachel Alexandra Returns to the Track; Mine That Bird Playful In First Gallop Since Preakness

It was a day for racing royalty at Churchill Downs on Wednesday as Preakness (Grade I) and Kentucky Oaks (GI) winner Rachel Alexandra returned to track for a gallop and Mine That Bird, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and a fast-closing runner-up in the Preakness,  continued to show his spirit during his first gallop since Saturday’s race.

Rachel Alexandra Back Home/Matt Winn Duo Doing Well/Flying Pegasus Works

Stostreet Stables and Harold McCormick’s Preakness Stakes (Grade I) and Kentucky Oaks (GI) winner Rachel Alexandra returned to trainer Steve Asmussen’s Barn 38 at Churchill Downs on Sunday morning following a flight from Baltimore.

While Stars Shine In Preakness, Churchill-based 3-Year-Olds Await Their Chance/Brass Hat sharp in work

The current stars of the 3-year-old crop – headed by Kentucky Derby (Grade I) winner Mine That Bird, Kentucky Oaks (GI) filly Rachel Alexandra and Derby runner-up Pioneerof the Nile – are among 13 three-year-olds doing battle in the 134th running of the Preakness (GI) at Pimlico.