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Code West Prevails in Matt Winn, Gives Hall of Fame Trainer Baffert His 100th Churchill Downs Victory
Gary and Mary West’s Code West, runner-up in the Risen Star (Grade II) this winter, collected the first stakes win of his career with a valiant head triumph over Uncaptured in Saturday’s $113,100 Matt Winn (GIII) at Churchill Downs.
John C. Oxley’s Funny Proposition sprinted to the early lead and drew away late to upset champion mare Royal Delta by five lengths in Saturday’s $186,375 Fleur De Lis Handicap Presented by Etihad Airways (Grade II) on Saturday night at Churchill Downs.
Reminiscent of last November’s triumph in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I), Fort Larned made all of the running and posted a dominant 6 ¼-length, gate-to-wire win over Golden Ticket in Saturday’s 32nd running of the $536,300 Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (GI) before 23,509 “Downs After Dark” night racing fans at Churchi
Last year’s Debutante (Grade III) winner Blueeyesintherein, the lone 3-year-old in the field of five fillies and mares, cruised to a 4 ¾-length victory in the $55,860 Thursday afternoon feature at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Garry Simms and ridden by Leandro Goncalves, Blueeyesintherein completed the six furlongs in 1:11.08 on the fast main track.
Two-time champion Royal Delta, the 2-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s 38th running of the $175,000-added Fleur de Lis Handicap (Grade II), highlights the undercard of the Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) on the Downs After Dark Presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka racing program at Churchill Downs.
Mort Fink’s talented but injury-plagued homebred Successful Dan, the older brother to reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan, has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite in a competitive field of six older horses entered for Saturday’s 32nd running of the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (GI)
Miz Ida collected the fifth stakes win of her 12-race career with a 1 ¼-length victory over odds-on favorite Daisy Devine in Saturday’s 37th running of the $109,100 Early Times Mint Julep Handicap (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.
Good Deed, 4 ¼-length winner of the Unbridled Sidney on May 11, broke on top in the field of six fillies and mares, turned for home with a two-length lead and then drew off in the stretch of the Matt Winn Turf Course to win the $59,038 Friday afternoon feature at Churchill Downs by five lengths over Sweet Cassiopeia.
Daisy Devine, winner of the 2012 Jenny Wiley (Grade I), will carry the top weight of 120 pounds when she takes on five fillies and mares in the 37th running of the $100,000-added Early Times Mint Julep Handicap (GIII) on Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Betweenhereandcool drew off in the stretch to win the $52,304 Sunday afternoon feature at Churchill Downs by 2 ¼ lengths and in the day’s finale Tator Downs gave the Spring Meet’s leading trainer Mike Maker his fourth win of the day.