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Donegal Racing’s unbeaten Cleburne, a 34-1 longshot making just the second start of his young career, rallied from eighth to grab the lead near the finish and then held off a furious late surge by stablemate Smart Cover to win the 32nd running of the $173,250 Iroquois (Grade III) for 2-year-olds by a head on Saturday night at Churchill Downs.
Untapable remained perfect in two starts with a determined half-length victory over Stonetastic in Saturday night’s 45th running of the Grade II, $168,150 Pocahontas at Churchill Downs.
While budding 2-year-old stars will be on display in two of the four stakes races set for Saturday’s “College Rivalry Night” of “Downs After Dark” night racing program of Churchill Downs’ new September Meet, veteran stars will be in the spotlight for the evening’s other major events: the $100,000-added Ack Ack Handicap (Grade III) and the $100,000-added Locust Grove.
The Road to the Kentucky Derby and Road to the Kentucky Oaks kick-off in prime time under the lights Saturday at Churchill Downs as the legendary Louisville racetrack enters into its a first foray of September racing since 1890.
Many of North America’s most promising 2-year-old colts and fillies have been nominated to compete in Churchill Downs Racetrack’s (“CDRT”) $150,000-added Pocahontas (Grade II) and $150,000-added Iroquois (GIII), two of four stakes races scheduled for Saturday, Sept.
Churchill Downs Racetrack officials announced Friday that 34 races will be included in the 2013-14 “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series, including 16 significant events that comprise the “Kentucky Derby Championship Series” over the 10 weeks that precede the first Saturday in May.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Awesome Flower took the lead approaching the stretch of the Matt Winn Turf Course, kicked away to lead by as many as four lengths and was hand-ridden inside the sixteenth-pole to win the $46,871 feature at Churchill Downs by 2 ½ lengths on closing day of the 38-day Spring Meet.
Tim O’Donohue’s Debt Ceiling, the lone juvenile with stakes experience in the field of seven 2-year-olds, swept to the lead midway around the turn and drew off to a 2 ¾-length win over Hollywood Talent in the 112th running of the $107,700 Bashford Manor (Grade III) on Saturday night at Churchill Downs.
Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan overcame a driving rainstorm, a yielding turf course, a brush of the inside hedge, a bobble in deep stretch and a lofty 128-pound impost to win the 23rd running of the $168,450 Firecracker Handicap (Grade II) on Saturday night at Churchill Downs.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Churchill Downs’ all-time leading owners in races won with 360, scored a single-season record 28th win of the 38-day Spring Meet when The Sixties-GB cruised to a five-length victory in Thursday’s fifth race.