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JCM Racing Stable’s Noble’s Promise, a Grade I stakes winner with more than $1 million in career earnings, will face seven rivals on Saturday at Churchill Downs as he defends his 2011 victory in the $100,000-added Aristides (GIII), one of three stakes races to be run under the lights during the evening’s Downs After Dark Presented by St
The Bret Calhoun-trained trio of Beat the Blues, Speedacious and Gleaming lead a field of eight fillies and mares entered for the ninth running of the $100,000-added Winning Colors (Grade III) to be run under the lights on Saturday at Churchill Downs as part of the Downs After Dark Presented by Stella A
Dane Kobiskie recorded the first win of his riding career aboard Candy and Flowers on June 22, 2005 at Churchill Downs and is back beneath the Twin Spires seven years later – but this time as a trainer.
Veteran rider Corey Lanerie won with six of his seven mounts Sunday at Churchill Downs, including the $45,168 feature race aboard Professor Fate, to become only the eighth jockey to achieve the feat beneath the historic Twin Spires.
Tapitsfly High Weight for Early Times Mint Julep; Sassy Image Tops List of Probables for June 2 Stakes Races
Frank Jones Jr.’s Tapitsfly, runner-up to Hungry Island in the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Presented by American Commercial Lines (Grade II) has been assigned the high weight of 121 pounds by Racing Secretary Ben Huffman for Saturday’s 36th running of the $100,000-added Early Times Mint Julep Handicap (GIII).
Canadian-based Simmard took the lead at the head of the stretch and turned back a late charge by Joinem to win the 75th running of the Grade III, $115,200 Louisville Handicap by 1 ¼ lengths on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Churchill Downs to Boost Overnight Purses 10 Percent Thanks to Strong Kentucky Derby Week Business Levels
Effective Monday, May 28, Churchill Downs Racetrack will raise overnight race purses 10 percent because of higher than expected all-sources wagering levels during Kentucky Derby Week.
Purses for overnight races – which include overnight stakes, allowance, maiden special weight, claiming and maiden claiming events – will rise by an approximate blended average of $3,400 per race.
Roger Attfield and William Werner’s Simmard, winner of the Mac Diarmida (Grade II) by a nose over Newsdad at Gulfstream Park in February, will carry top weight of 120 pounds when he faces seven rivals in Saturday’s 75th running of the $100,000-added Louisville Handicap (GIII) for 3-year-olds and up a
Paul McGee thought he secured his 300th career training win at Churchill Downs when Chilled won a close photo finish in Friday’s $57,528 allowance feature, but the 49-year-old Louisville native was denied the milestone when Kentucky Horse Racing Commission stewards disqualified his colt to second for trying to savage Zimmer near the finish line.
JOHN VELAZQUEZ (Broadway’s Alibi, second) – “I think she handled the track OK but the first time over a track, she paddles a lot. She lost some momentum. The ground broke away from her. I don’t think the distance hurt her, I think the track didn’t help. She still ran a huge race.”