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The 139th running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I), a race that shares a rich history with the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!
Trainer Ian Wilkes has announced a change in the path that Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I) winner Fort Larned will travel in his quest to defend his 2012 victory in the $5 million race in this year’s renewal at Santa Anita on Saturday, Nov. 2.
Maggie Moss’s So Many Ways, winner of Saratoga’s Grade I Spinaway at two and Churchill Downs’ Eight Belles (Grade III) on Kentucky Derby Day, heads a competitive field of nine 3-year-old fillies entered to compete in the 38th running of the $100,000-added Dogwood Stakes (GIII) for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday, Sept.
TK Stables’ Devious Intent, upset winner over 2012 Eclipse Award champion Groupie Doll in Ellis Park’s Grade III Gardenia, and Joseph W.
George and Lori Hall’s Pants On Fire, who had finished a disappointing ninth behind Animal Kingdom in the 2011 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!
Trainer Kenny McPeek is considering a run in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff with Flashy American after the 4-year-old filly won Saturday night’s 30th running of the $111,400 Locust Grove at Churchill Downs.
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.