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Brushed by a Star and Joyful Victory were separated by only a head in the Chilukki (Grade II) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 3 and those two will hook up again in the 97th running of the $150,000-added Falls City Handicap (GII) on Thanksgiving Day.
Florida Derby (GI) winner Take Charge Indy continued his preparations for Friday’s $400,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI) with a three-furlong workout in :35.40 over the fast main track at Churchill Downs on Sunday morning.
G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s homebred Centre Court collected her third graded stakes win of the year with a convincing two-length triumph over Leading Astray in Saturday’s 22nd running of the Grade II, $202,175 Mrs. Revere at Churchill Downs.
Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider’s homebred Lea raced close to the lead throughout and drew clear in the stretch to win Saturday’s ninth running of the Grade III, $117,100 Commonwealth Turf at Churchill Downs by three-quarters of a length over a fast-closing King David.
The lone Downs After Dark nighttime racing event of Churchill Downs’ 21-day Fall Meet is Saturday (Nov 17), and the first of 11 races under the lights at the historic home of the Kentucky Derby will be 4:30 pm (all times Eastern).
James Miller’s Grade I winning-filly Daisy Devine added Saturday’s 39th running of the Grade III, $111,500 Cardinal Handicap to her résumé with a determined front-running head victory over Julie’s Love-GB at Churchill Downs.
Corey Lanerie became only the 19th jockey to register 400 career wins at Churchill Downs when 2-year-old Pushthebuttonmax prevailed in Friday’s eighth race, a $50,000 maiden special weight.
Five of the seven Breeders’ Cup champions with Churchill Downs ties will be paraded at the home of the Kentucky Derby between races on Sunday.
James Miller’s Daisy Devine, winner of the Jenny Wiley (Grade I) at Keeneland, will carry the top weight of 122 pounds when she faces eight rivals in Saturday’s 39th running of the $100,000-added Cardinal Handicap (GIII) for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs.
Team Forster’s Brushed by a Star, engaged in a stretch-long duel with Joyful Victory, prevailed by a head to win the 27th running of the Grade II, $168,900 Chilukki for fillies and mares on Saturday at Churchill Downs.