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Cristina’s Journey remained perfect in two starts with a dominant gate-to-wire victory by 2 ¼ lengths over Pangburn in Saturday’s 46th running of the $231,000 Pocahontas (Grade II) for 2-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs.
Lucky Player Nips Stablemate Bold Conquest in Iroquois for Early Lead in 'Road to Derby,' Breeders' Cup Juvenile Bid
Lucky Player took the first major step toward next year’s running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!
Returning from a 175-day layoff, Don’t Tell Sophia rallied from last in a field of six fillies and mares to roll past Molly Morgan en route to a 2 ¼ length victory in the 31st running of the $108,200 Locust Grove on Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Favored Bradester jumped to the lead at the start and stubbornly fought off a homestretch challenge from Carve before pulling away late under jockey Corey Lanerie for a 1 ¾-length victory in the $107,300 Grade III Ack Ack Handicap for 3-year-olds and up at a mile on Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Jockey Jesus Castanon rode favored In Tall Cotton to a 1 ½-length victory in Friday night’s third race to collect his 300th Churchill Downs victory.
Lukas' Take Charge Brandi Bids for Early Success On 'Road to the Kentucky' in Grade II, $200,000-Added Pocahontas
Last year’s “Road to the Kentucky Oaks” series had identical starting and ending points in victories at Churchill Downs by Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Untapable.
'Road to Kentucky Derby' Starts With Saturday's Iroquois; Nine Entered in Breeders' Cup Win and You're In' Juvenile Race
The Road to the Kentucky Derby officially begins Saturday at Churchill Downs as nine juvenile prospects, led by Saratoga Special (Grade II) and Sanford (GIII) runner-up Mr. Z, go to post in the 33rd running of the $100,000-added Iroquois (Grade III) – the nation’s first two-turn graded stakes race on dirt for 2-year-olds.
Multiple Grade I-winner On Fire Baby seeks to return to her top form Saturday at Churchill Downs against a tested field of five other fillies and mare, including graded stakes winners Molly Morgan and Don’t Tell Sophia, in the 31st running of the $100,000-added Locust Grove.
Multiple stakes winner Carve puts his three-race win streak on the line Saturday at Churchill Downs in the 22nd running of the $100,000-added Ack Ack Handicap (Grade III) against a compact but competitive field of five older horses that includes recent Grade II runner-up Bradester and comebacker Flashback.
Promising Juveniles Top Nomination Rosters for Pocahontas, Iroquois - Kickoffs of "Roads" to Derby, Oaks & Breeders' Cup "Win & You're In" Races
The names of 60 promising 2-year-old stars are included on the rosters of horses nominated to compete in the $200,000-added Pocahontas (Grade II) for 2-year-old fillies and the $100,000-added Iroquois (GIII) for 2-year-olds, races that will kick-off their respective “Road to the Kentucky Oaks” and “Road to the Kentucky Derby” s