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Glen Hill Farm’s Banned exploded from far off the pace to win the 20th running of the $237,400 American Turf Presented by Ram (GII) for 3-year-olds by 4 1/2 lengths over Close Ally on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Plum Pretty Holds Off St. John's River to Win 137th and Richest Running of the $1 Million Kentucky Oaks
Peachtree Stable’s Plum Pretty, ridden by Martin Garcia, took command in the middle of the far turn and then held off a late charge along the rail from St. John’s River to win the 137th running of the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) by a neck before the third-largest Oaks Day crowd of 110,122 on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Donald Dizney’s First Dude caught Regal Ransom in the final jump to win the eighth running of the $358,500 Alysheba Presented by Besilu Stables (GIII) for 3-year-olds and up by a nose on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Bob and Victoria Bayer and Jonathan Metcalf’s Victoria’s Wildcat ran down dueling leaders Home Sweet Aspen and Honey Chile in the final 100 yards to win the 56th running of the $118,800 Eight Belles Presented by ACS, a Xerox Company (GIII) for 3-year-old fillies by 2 ¼ lengths on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Zayat Stables’ Diva Ash took the lead going into the first turn and never trailed again to win the 26th running of the $113,800 Edgewood Presented by Kentucky National Insurance for 3-year-old fillies by 1 ½ lengths over Sassy’s Dream on Friday, Kentucky Oaks Day, at Churchill Downs.
Mark DeDomenico, John Carver, Peter Abruzzo and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s Blind Luck returned to the scene of her victory in last year’s Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) and collared Unrivaled Belle in the final 50 yards to win the 26th running of the $333,900 La Troienne Presented by Blackberry/RIM (GII) for fillies and mares by a half-length on Kentucky Oaks Day at Churchill Downs.
James Spence’s El Caballo, ridden by James Graham, overhauled the pace-settingSlew the Man in the final 100 yards to win Thursday’s $57,082 feature race for 3-year-olds and up by a half-length at Churchill Downs.
The return of 2010 Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) winner Blind Luck in a rematch with Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic (GI) winner and 2010 Clark Handicap (GI) winner Giant Oak highlight a top class roster of runners entered Tuesday for five stakes races on the 12-race Kentucky Oaks Day racing card on Friday, May 6.
Gaillardia Racing’s Wilkinson, the only 3-year-old in a field of four, surged past Flying Pegasus and Moe Man inside the sixteenth pole to win Tuesday’s $50,825 featured allowance race by 1 ½ lengths at Churchill Downs.
Machen Rallies Late to Edge Dominus in The Cliff's Edge Derby Trial Before 38,142 on 'Opening Night'
Courtlandt Farms’ Machen, rallying strongly in the center of the track, got up in the final strides to edge Dominus by a neck to win the 87th running of the $231,400 The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial (Grade III) for 3-year-olds before an opening-night crowd of 38,142 at Churchill Downs.