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Three-time Grade I turf winner Einstein will be asked to concede between 6-10 pounds to as many as eight rivals in Friday’s 19th running of the $200,000-added Firecracker Handicap (GII) at a mile on the Matt Winn Turf Course.
Florida invader Renda, in town for Saturday’s 108th running of the $100,000-added Debutante Stakes (GIII) for 2-year-old fillies, made her first trip to the Churchill Downs track Friday morning with trainer Juan Arias in the saddle.
With co-owner Lewis Lakin looking on, three-time Churchill Downs graded stakes winner Pure Clan
worked five furlongs on “firm” turf Thursday morning in 1:03.40 with jockey Julien Leparoux up in preparation for the July 5 $750,000 American Oaks Invitational (GI) at Hollywood Park.
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.