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Carolyn Wilson’s Arena Elvira outdueled longshot Afleeting Lady in deep stretch to grind out a win in the 96th running of the $193,725 Falls City Handicap (Grade II) for fillies and mares by a neck on Thanksgiving Day at Churchill Downs.
Anita Cauley’s homebred On Fire Baby, winner by three-quarters of length in the $150,000-added Pocahontas (Grade II) in the Stars of Tomorrow I program on the opening day of the Fall Meet, is the early favorite to add another graded-stakes win to her growing resumé when she faces 10 rivals in Saturday’s 68th running of Churchill Downs $15
Augustin Stable’s Ever So Lucky, a dazzling winner in his Churchill Downs debut, and WinStar Farm LLC’s Gemologist, perfect in two outings at Turfway Park and Churchill Downs, put their spotless racing records on the line Saturday as the promising colts head a field of 11 2-year-olds entered for Saturday’s 85th runni
Preston Stables LLC’s Flat Out and George and Lori Hall’s Ruler On Ice, two major players from the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I) run at Churchill Downs on Nov.
Veteran trainer Robert Holthus, a regular on racing circuits in Kentucky, Arkansas and the Midwest for nearly 60 years, died Tuesday morning in Louisville, Ky. at the age of 77.
He was preparing to head to Churchill Downs to oversee his horses’ morning training when Holthus was stricken by an apparent heart attack. He died a short time later at a local hospital.
Martin Racing Stable LLC and Morgan Thoroughbred LLC’s Beat the Blues, a narrow loser to Grade I winner Sassy Image in the Winning Colors (Grade III) in May, overtook pacesetter Starlite Starbrite in mid-stretch and splashed home to a half-length victory over the rapidly-closing Little Polka Dot in the $48,637 Sunday afternoon feature at Churchill Downs.
Celebrity chef Bobby Flay hopes for a Thanksgiving Day feast at Churchill Downs when his 4-year-old filly Super Espresso faces nine rivals in the 96th running of the $175,000-added Falls City Handicap (Grade II), the centerpiece of the annual holiday program at the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Anstu Stables’ Blues Street rallied from behind with a four-wide move around the final turn and kicked clear of his seven rivals in deep stretch to win Saturday’s 34th running of the $111,000 River City Handicap (Grade III) at Churchill Downs by 4 ½ lengths over longshot Allie’s Event.
Elizabeth Tobin and Joseph Vaudo’s Musical Prodigy overtook the lead from pacesetter Kenny Lane in deep stretch and won the $49,284 Friday night feature for fillies and mares on the Matt Winn Turf Course at Churchill Downs by 1 ¼ lengths.
Tajaaweed, winner of the Arlington Handicap (Grade III) in July, will carry top weight of 119 pounds when he faces seven rivals in Saturday’s 34th running of the $100,000-added River City Handicap (GIII) for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles on the Matt Winn Turf Course at Churchill Downs.