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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.

Churchill Downs Race Day Notes for Sunday, June 30

‘NOT A SCRATCH’ ON WISE DAN AFTER GUTSY FIRECRACKER WIN

Churchill Downs Race Night Notes for Saturday, June 29

GROUPIE DOLL GETS BACK TO WORK AT CHURCHILL DOWNS

Groupie Doll, last year’s champion female sprinter, appeared on the worktab for the first time this year and breezed a bullet three furlongs in :35.80 on the fast main track at Churchill Downs on Saturday morning.

Churchill Downs Race Day Notes for Friday, June 28

It isn’t easy for a racing secretary to hang 128 pounds on a star horse in a handicap race such as Saturday night’s $150,000 Firecracker Handicap (Grade II), but Churchill Downs’ Director of Racing Ben Huffman relishes the opportunity.

Churchill Downs Race Day Notes for Thursday, June 27

Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s homebred Lea, winner of last year’s Commonwealth Turf (Grade III), will take on Horse of the Year Wise Dan and six other rivals in Saturday’s 23rd running of the $150,000-added Firecracker Handicap (GII) at Churchill Downs.