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Fiftyshadesofgold, the winner of the $200,725 Eight Belles Presented by TwinSpires.com (Grade III) on Kentucky Oaks Day, has been made the 2-1 morning line favorite in a field of 10 3-year-old fillies entered in Saturday’s $100,000-added Dogwood (GIII) at Churchill Downs.
Aireofdistinction battled for the lead midway around the far turn and kicked clear in the final 100 yards to beat late-running Interest Free by 2 ½ lengths in Saturday’s sixth running of the $111,500 Open Mind, a six-furlong listed stakes race for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs.
John P. Ryan’s Vuitton will seek to become the first repeat winner of the $100,000-added Open Mind at Churchill Downs on Saturday (Sept. 13) when she faces a field of six other fillies and mares, including stakes winners Aireofdistinction and graded stakes-placed Flower Spell.
Cristina’s Journey remained perfect in two starts with a dominant gate-to-wire victory by 2 ¼ lengths over Pangburn in Saturday’s 46th running of the $231,000 Pocahontas (Grade II) for 2-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs.
Lucky Player Nips Stablemate Bold Conquest in Iroquois for Early Lead in 'Road to Derby,' Breeders' Cup Juvenile Bid
Lucky Player took the first major step toward next year’s running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!
Returning from a 175-day layoff, Don’t Tell Sophia rallied from last in a field of six fillies and mares to roll past Molly Morgan en route to a 2 ¼ length victory in the 31st running of the $108,200 Locust Grove on Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Favored Bradester jumped to the lead at the start and stubbornly fought off a homestretch challenge from Carve before pulling away late under jockey Corey Lanerie for a 1 ¾-length victory in the $107,300 Grade III Ack Ack Handicap for 3-year-olds and up at a mile on Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Jockey Jesus Castanon rode favored In Tall Cotton to a 1 ½-length victory in Friday night’s third race to collect his 300th Churchill Downs victory.
Lukas' Take Charge Brandi Bids for Early Success On 'Road to the Kentucky' in Grade II, $200,000-Added Pocahontas
Last year’s “Road to the Kentucky Oaks” series had identical starting and ending points in victories at Churchill Downs by Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Untapable.
'Road to Kentucky Derby' Starts With Saturday's Iroquois; Nine Entered in Breeders' Cup Win and You're In' Juvenile Race
The Road to the Kentucky Derby officially begins Saturday at Churchill Downs as nine juvenile prospects, led by Saratoga Special (Grade II) and Sanford (GIII) runner-up Mr. Z, go to post in the 33rd running of the $100,000-added Iroquois (Grade III) – the nation’s first two-turn graded stakes race on dirt for 2-year-olds.