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Favored Silver Max returned from nearly seven months on the sidelines with style as he led from the start to collect the 10th stakes triumph of his career in a 1 ½-length victory under jockey Robby Albarado in Saturday’s 25th running of the $224,800 Firecracker (GII) for 3-year-olds and up at one mile on the turf at Churchill Downs.
Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Cinco Charlie set a pressured pace and shook off a challenge by Silverhill in deep stretch to edge clear for a 1 ¾-length victory in Saturday’s 113th running of the $108,100 Bashford Manor (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.
Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Cinco Charlie, a tantalizing prospect that trail-blazed his way to a swift 2 ¾-length victory in his career debut, headlines a field of six juveniles entered Saturday at Churchill Downs for the 113th running of the $100,000-added Bashford Manor (Grade III), the year’s first open graded stakes race for 2-year-olds.
Louisville-born trainer Dale Romans will play a strong hand on Saturday when he sends out the accomplished duo of millionaire Silver Max and 2012 winner Guys Reward in a bid to win the 24th running of the $200,000-added Firecracker (Grade II) for 3-year-olds and up on Churchill Downs’ Matt Winn Turf Course.
For the second straight year, a 2-year-old Texas-bred gray filly from the barn of trainer Bret Calhoun invaded Churchill Downs to raid the Debutante.
John C. Oxley’s Unbridled Reward, an eye-catching runaway winner in her career debut, headlines a field of six promising 2-year-old fillies entered in Saturday’s 114th running of the $100,000-added Debutante at Churchill Downs.
Jockey Rosie Napravnik is expected to be out of the saddle for four-to-six weeks while she recovers from a shoulder injury suffered in a training mishap early Sunday morning at Churchill Downs.
Randy Patterson's Moonshine Mullin pressed the pace under a snug hold, took the lead with three-eighths of a mile to run and turned back bids by Departing and champion Will Take Charge en route to a 1 ¾-length win in Saturday night's 33rd running of the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (Grade I), the featured event on a spectacular "Downs After Dark Presented by Ste
Valiant Boy SBFAR, the 2012 Arabian Horse of the Year, was able to edge out RB Champagne Taste in the closing stages of the $100,000 President of the United Arab Emirates Cup (Grade I) by three quarters of a length, thus successfully defending his title in the race he won a year ago under the Twin Spires.
A late charge by Aurelia’s Belle that appeared to fall just short was transformed into a victory in Churchill Downs’ $111,900 Regret (GIII) for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on turf when apparent winner A Little Bit Sassy was disqualified from first and placed fourth after track stewards ruled that the latter had interfered with other horses when she veered