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French-born jockey Julien Leparoux became the 10th rider in Churchill Downs history to record 500 victories beneath the historic Twin Spires when Joseph Sutton’s Maan captured Sunday’s ninth race.
Stoneway Farm’s Exfactor charged down the stretch, made the lead with just over an eighth of a mile remaining and drew clear to win the 110th running of the Grade III, $111,500 Bashford Manor for 2-year-olds by 2 ¾-lengths on Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Heuristic Stable’s Fortune Play outdueled Westrock Stables LLC’s Decelerator down the stretch to win the $77,270 Roxelana by a neck before a crowd of 27,787 on Friday night at Churchill Downs.
Owner-trainer Tom McCarthy’s General Quarters, a versatile Grade I winner on both turf and synthetic surfaces, drew the rail post when a field of eleven older horses was entered Friday to compete in the 21st running of the $175,000-added Firecracker Handicap Presented by GE (Grade II) on Monday, July 4, the closing day of Churchill D
David Garner’s homebred Elusive Jozi charged down the stretch of the Matt Winn Turf Course, caught early-pacesetter Scintillation inside the sixteenth-pole and beat Costly to the wire to win the $64,155 Thursday afternoon feature for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs by three-quarters of a length.
Klaravich Stables Inc and William H Lawrence’s Sum of the Parts, an impressive son of Speightstown who was a convincing winner in his lone career start, heads a field of 11 2-year-olds entered to compete in Saturday’s 110th running of the $100,000-added, Grade III Bashford Manor Stakes at Churchill Downs.
James Lauffer and Poplar Hill Equine’s Persuading challenged for the lead at the quarter-pole, battled with Hidden Value down the Churchill Downs stretch and edged clear inside the sixteenth pole to win the $66,836 Sunday feature beneath the Twin Spires by 1 ¼ lengths.
Barry King’s Flashy Lassie, the longest shot in a field of seven 2-year-old fillies, charged through the Churchill Downs stretch, caught Five Star Momma inside the eighth-pole and edged clear late to win Saturday’s 111th running of the Grade III, $109,300 Debutante Stakes by a widening length.
Marianne and Brandon Chase’s homebred Here Comes Ben powered down the historic Churchill Downs stretch Friday night to score a repeat victory in $76,445 Kelly’s Landing overnight stakes by 3 ¼ lengths before a “Downs After Dark” crowd of 25,523.
Gold Mark Farm LLC’s Culotte and Stoneway Farm’s Queen Teuta, who finished 1-2 when they faced each other in the first race of their respective careers, loom as likely favorites when eight lightly-raced 2-year-old fillies meet in Saturday’s 111th running of the $100,000-added Debutante Stakes (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.