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Romans Now #2 In All-Time Wins by Churchill Trainers; Unbeaten Euroears Could Return in Bet On Sunshine

RISE OF ROMANS EMPIRE CONTINUES AT CHURCHILL DOWNS - The victory by Zayat Stables' Melo in Thursday's first race was the 450th triumph beneath the Twin Spires for trainer Dale Romans, moving him past D. Wayne Lukas into second place all time at Churchill Downs.

Commentator's Early Churchill Win Impressed Zito; Cardinal Favorite Callwood Dancer Settles In

COMMENTATOR SETTLES IN FOR CLARK HANDICAP BID - Tracy Farmer's Commentator has answered a lot of questions in his five-year racing career. But the question of how good a horse he could be was answered at Churchill Downs on a cold November day in 2004.

Agent Bass the "Doughnut King" After Leparoux's Record Day; Wrona Has Memorable Debut In Announcer's Booth

LEPAROUX'S RECORD DAY GOOD FOR THE DOUGHNUT BUSINESS - Agent Steve Bass was a busy and popular man as Churchill Downs' "doughnut king" on Wednesday, the morning after his rider, Julien Leparoux, produced a record-tying seven-victory day at the Louisville track.

Calder or Fair Grounds Next for Nistle's Crunch; Return of Jedi Code Thrills Wilkes

FAIR GROUNDS OR CALDER NEXT STOP FOR NISTLE'S CRUNCH - A half-length victory in Sunday's Commonwealth Turf (GIII) by Alien Farm's Nistle's Crunch had trainer Ken McPeek eagerly looking ahead to the next start for the New Jersey-bred son of Van Nistelrooy.

Carroll Beaming After Acoma Wins Mrs. Revere; Leparoux On A Record Pace

CARROLL BEAMING AFTER ACOMA'S MRS. REVERE TRIUMPH - Trainer David Carroll said Sunday morning that Acoma came out of her triumph in Saturday's Mrs. Revere (GII) in good order.

Callwood Dancer Assigned Top Weight for Cardinal 'Cap; Commentator Set To Arrive at Churchill on Wednesday

CALLWOOD DANCER ASSIGNED HIGH WEIGHT FOR CARDINAL - Three Chimneys Racing's Callwood Dancer (IRE) was assigned top weight of 122 pounds by racing secretary Ben Huffman for the 36th running of the $100,000-added Cardinal Handicap (Grade II) next Saturday at 1 1/8 miles on the Matt Winn Turf Course for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.

Bashford Manor Winner Screen Your Friend Back for Flint

FLINT HAS SCREEN YOUR FRIEND BACK ON TRACK - Veteran trainer Bernie Flint did not get to fully enjoy a banner summer at Churchill Downs. He notched his 400th career victory beneath the Twin Spires in June and had to watch from home as Screen Your Friend won the Bashford Manor (GIII) on July 5.

Acoma Looks To Build Turf Resume in Mrs. Revere;Sousaphone Preps for Possible Cardinal 'Cap Bid

ACOMA SEEKS TO BUILD GRASS RESUME IN MRS. REVERE - Before trainer David Carroll ran Acoma in the Valley View (Grade III) at Keeneland, he termed the 3-year-old filly's grass debut as "a bit of an experiment."

Wilkes Celebrates First Official Stakes Win with 'Candyman'; Pocahontas Romp By Sara Louise No Surprise To Romans

WILKES NOTCHES ‘FIRST' CHURCHILL STAKES VICTORY WITH ‘CANDYMAN' IN IROQUOIS - Trainer Ian Wilkes has made many visits to the Churchill Downs winner's circle since he first arrived at Churchill Downs from Australia nearly 20 years ago - including a couple of stops in the exclusive Kentucky Derby winner's circle with mentor Carl Nafzger.  But Saturday's "Stars of Tomorr

Cardinal 'Cap Attracts 34 Nominations;Thorn Song Could Bid for Second River City

THIRTY-FOUR NOMINATED TO 36TH RUNNING OF CARDINAL - The $100,000-added Cardinal Handicap (GIII), to be run at 1 1/8 miles over the Matt Winn Turf Course on Nov. 15 for fillies and mares three-years-old and up,  drew 34 nominees. Weights for the race, won last year by Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable's Criminologist, will be announced Saturday.