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Breeders' Cup Classic Winner Fort Larned, Prayer for Relief Work Toward Homecoming Classic

Fort Larned, the reigning winner of the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I), tuned up for a run in Saturday’s first running of the $175,000 Homecoming Classic at Churchill Downs with a five-furlong work on Monday at the Louisville track.

Big Day for Juveniles: Hopeful Winner Strong Mandate, Romans Duo Work

Three of the most accomplished 2-year-olds on the grounds turned in major training moves at Churchill Downs on Sunday in preparation for what their connections hope will be a trip to Southern California and success in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) at Santa Anita on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Golden Ticket Works for Homecoming Classic, Successful Dan Will Pass

The field for the first running of Churchill Downs$175,000-added Homecoming Classic a week from Saturday still has Janis Whitham’s reigning Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I) and Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) winner Fort Larned at the top, with the rest of the field still taking shape.

Pool Play, Agent Di Nozzo Work Toward First Homecoming Classic

Two horses that have enjoyed some of their finest moments over the main track at Churchill Downs worked at the track Friday in preparation for their respective bids for next week’s first running of the $175,000-added Homecoming Classic, the last of eight stakes races conducted during the September meet.

Away Nearly A Year, Neck 'n Neck Works, Nears Return to Racing

It has been nearly a year since A Stevens Miles’ multiple stakes winner Neck n’ Neck went to the sidelines while training for a bid for Churchill Downs’ Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I), but a Sunday workout provided solid evidence that the son of Flower Alley could be stepping into a starting gate soon for trainer Ian Wilkes.

Vuitton Rallies From Last To Take $108,100 Open Mind

Vuitton took advantage of an early speed duel and rallied from last to run down Sweet Cassiopeia by one length to win Saturday’s fifth running of the $108,100 Open Mind at Churchill Downs.

BC Classic Winner Fort Larned Tops Nominations for First Homecoming Classic

It is a newcomer on the racing calendar, but Churchill Downs’ inaugural running of the $175,000-added Homecoming Classic during its new September Meet has drawn a high-powered roster of nominations that includes the names of five winners of  Grade I stakes events.

Hopeful Winner Strong Mandate Sizzles in Churchill Downs Work, Bound for Champagne

In his 78 years and lifetime in  around horses, Hall of Fame trainer and four-time Kentucky Derby (Grade I) winner D. Wayne Lukas is not surprised by much when he reports to the track each day for morning training.

Veteran Hartlage Looks To Future With Impressive Maiden Winner Wry

Veteran Gary Hartlage has long been one of the most popular trainers at Churchill Downs, especially with longtime friends and residents of the nearby neighborhood of Shively, where the man affectionately known as “Red Dog” grew up.

Fort Larned Returns to Track, Wilkes Eyes Breeders' Cup Classic Repeat

Janis Whitham’s Fort Larned, reigning winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I) and a dominant winner of the Churchill Downs’ Stephen Foster Handicap (GI), returned to the track at Churchill Downs on Saturday to resume his preparations for bid for a second consecutive victory in the Classic at Santa Anita.