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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.
Glen Hill Farm’s Marketing Mix displayed a devastating late kick in the homestretch of Churchill Downs’ Matt Winn Turf Course to easily win Saturday’s $200,500 Mrs. Revere (Grade II) by 1 ½ lengths over Bizzy Caroline.
Marketing Mix, runner-up to Irish star Together-IRE in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (Grade I) at Keeneland, heads a competitive field of 12 3-year-old fillies in Saturday’s 21st running of the Mrs Revere (GII) at 1 1/16 miles on Churchill Downs’ Matt Winn Turf Course.