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Terry Hamilton’s Heart to Heart led every step of the way in Saturday’s 11th running of the $115,300 Commonwealth Turf (Grade III) at Churchill Downs and beat Other Cheek by 3 ¾ lengths to collect his third consecutive stakes victory.
Jockey Robby Albarado had to wait a few days but the 41-year-old rider was finally able to celebrate his 1,000th career victory at Churchill Downs after guiding the Pat Dupuy-trained Red Maserati to a one-length triumph in Thursday’s third race.
Grade I Winner Personal Diary Tops Overflow Field of 18 3-Year-Old Turf Fillies for Grade II Mrs. Revere
The growing popularity of Churchill Downs’ $200,000-added Mrs.
Heart to Heart, runaway winner of back-to-back turf stakes including a four-length romp in the $110,000 Jefferson Cup (Grade III) during the September Meet, headlines a field of 13 three-year-olds entered for Saturday’s 11th running of the $100,000-added Commonwealth Turf (GIII) at Churchill Downs.
Churchill Downs Racetrack has established dates for this year’s Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW), and for the second consecutive year four wagering pools will be featured.
Future Wager dates for the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) will be:
Gainesway Stable’s 5-year-old gelding Villandry took the lead from front-running favorite Silver Max at the top of the stretch and powered home to win Saturday’s 37th running of the $114,000 River City Handicap (Grade III) at Churchill Downs by 2 ¾ lengths over longshot Hamp.
Grade I Winner Silver Max, 'Horse for Course' Guys Reward Give Romans Strong 1-2 Punch in River City
Churchill Downs’ final stakes race for older horses on turf in 2014 attracted a field of 11 horses, but it’s the Dale Romans’ trained duo of Grade I-winning millionaire Silver Max and “horse for the course” stablemate Guys Reward that figure to draw most of the pre-race attention in Saturday’s 37th running of the $100,000-added River City Handicap (Grade III).
Bill Cubbedge’s multiple graded stakes winner Molly Morgan shined again under the lights at Churchill Downs with a 2 ¼-length romp over Street Girl in Saturday’s 29th running of the $237,510 Chilukki (Grade II) for fillies and mares.
Jockey Julien Leparoux rode In My Time to a one-length win in Wednesday’s ninth race at Churchill Downs to secure his 2,000th career win.
It took Leparoux, a 31-year-old native of Senlis, France, 18 attempts to land the milestone since capturing win No. 1,999 at Keeneland on Oct. 24.