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Denis of Cork, Macho Again On Track For Belmont; McPeek's 3-Year-Old Fillies Take To The Turf; Jockeys' Race Tightens
(May 22, 2008) - Two Churchill Downs-based 3-year-olds that are being pointed toward a battle against unbeaten Kentucky Derby (Grade I) winner and Triple Crown winner Big Brown in the Belmont Stakes (GI) were reported to be doing well with just over two weeks remaining before the June 7 “Test of the Champion.”
- GRAEME SIX WORKS TOWARD WINNING COLORS
- PURE CLAN TURNS IN FIRST WORK SINCE KENTUCKY OAKS
A busy Monday at Churchill Downs saw significant training moves by several major stakes winners, including works by reigning “Horse of the Year” Curlin and Belmont Stakes (Grade I) contender Denis of Cork.
Ashbrook Farm’s Wicked Style, winner of the Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity (Grade I) at Keeneland and one of the top 2-year-olds of 2007, is set to make his anticipated debut at three in a one-mile allowance race on turf on Wednesday at Churchill Downs.
- THERIOT READY FOR PREAKNESS MOUNT ON KENTUCKY BEAR
- MENA CONTINUES SIZZLING START ON SPRING MEET
Stratostar Shines On Any Surface; St. Joe Back To One Turn In Matt Winn; Juveniles Fuel Asmussen's Rise
Hopes for the Allen Paulson Living Trust’s Stratostar were once fairly high, but the 8-year-old gelding has now settled into a groove that any owner and trainer would be thrilled with.
Unbeaten Big Brown, winner of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), got in a final gallop at Churchill Downs on Wednesday before rain started to fall on the historic Twin Spires. After a daylong wait, Big Brown boarded a van around 4:45 p.m.
- KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER BIG BROWN IN EAGER IN GALLOP
- TYLER BAZE VISITS TO WORK TRES BORRACHOS
Kentucky Derby Winner Big Brown Jogs Again On Muddy Track; Stevil Work Delayed;No Blinkers For Tres Borrachos
- DERBY WINNER BIG BROWN JOGS AGAIN ON MUDDY TRACK
- ZITO DELAYS BREEZE BY PREAKNESS HOPE STEVIL
IEAH Stables and Paul Pompa Jr.’s Big Brown had his presence announced on the track shortly before 7 a.m. Sunday with a loud clap of thunder.
Unfazed, Big Brown went about his morning activity, jogging one mile with Michelle Nevin up accompanied by a pony.