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Reigning “Horse of the Year” Curlin and three-time Grade I turf winner Einstein, the 1-2 finishers in the $1 million Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) on dirt on June 14, top a list of 35 nominations for the 19th running of the Firecracker Handicap (GII) over the Matt Winn Turf Course at a mile on July 4.
Reigning “Horse of the Year” Curlin returned to serious training after his recent victory in the $1 million Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I) with an easy five-furlong work on Monday at Churchill Downs.
Twin Creeks Racing Stable’s Garden District completed her major preparations for Saturday’s expected run in the 108th edition of the Debutante Stakes (Grade III) for 2-year-old fillies by working five furlongs in 1:02.20 over a “fast” track Sunday morning at Churchill Downs.
AMERICAN DERBY NEXT UP FOR TIZDEJAVU – Trainer Greg Fox was still floating on Cloud Nine a week after Tizdejavu’s authoritative four-length victory in the Jefferson Cup (GII) on “Stephen Foster Super Saturday” at Churchill Downs.
Regret (GIII) winner Pure Clan returned to the track Thursday morning for the first time since winning her third stakes race at Churchill Downs – and her first over the Matt Winn Turf Course.
It would be an understatement to say that jockey Jamie Theriot has found his groove in the past three weeks at Churchill Downs.
With a dominant 4 ¼-length victory by reigning “Horse of the Year” Curlin in the $1 million Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I) behind him, trainer Steve Asmussen was looking toward the future for his champion on Sunday morning. And the immediate future could have a distinctive green tint, as in the color of grass.
Rob O’Connor has been training horses at Churchill Downs for more than two decades, but he never has had a meet such as the current one.
When Sneak a Drink scored a 5-1 odds in Friday’s second race, she gave O’Connor his seventh victory from just 17 starters. That is a 41 percent win rate with an average payoff of $16.50.