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Horsemen across the country and abroad will be looking closely at their 3-year-old Thoroughbreds during the coming days as the nomination period for the 2010 Triple Crown races gets into full swing.
Clark Handicap Regains Grade I Status; Pocahontas, American Turf Receive American Graded Stakes Committee Upgrades
Churchill Downs’ Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare, a race that shares a rich history with the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) and the Kentucky Oaks (GI), has been elevated to Grade I status by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders’ Association’s (“TOBA”) American Graded Stakes Committee (“AGSC”).
WinStar Farm’s Super Saver rolled to a five-length victory over William’s Kitten in stakes-record time to win the 83rd running of the $191,250 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (Grade II) for 2-year-olds at Churchill Downs.
Jerry Romans’ Sassy Image pulled away from Decelerator in mid-stretch and went on to a 3 3/4-length victory in the 66th running of the $163,200 Golden Rod Stakes (Grade II) for 2-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs.
Blame Outduels Misremembered, Defending Champion Einstein to Claim 135th Running of the Clark Handicap
Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm’s Blame outdueled fellow 3-year-old Misremembered by a neck in a heated stretch run and fended off a late charge from Einstein (BRZ) to win Friday’s 135th running of the $460,600 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade II) at Churchill Downs.
Robert Courtney Jr.’s Rahystrada, dismissed at odds of 56-1, romped to a 2 ¼-length victory over Rahy’s Attorney to win Friday’s 32nd running of the $112,700 River City Handicap (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Byron Hughes and ridden by Leandro Goncalves, Rahystrada covered the 1 1/8 miles over a Matt Winn Turf Course rated as “firm” in 1:49.18.
John and Glen Sikura’s Serenading drew away from Morena (Per) in midstretch to win the 94th running of the $160,950 Falls City Handicap (Grade II) by three lengths at Churchill Downs.
Iroquois Winner Thiskyhasnolimit Heads Kentucky Jockey Club As Churchill Closes with 'Stars of Tomorrow II'
Thiskyhasnolimit, winner of the Iroquois (Grade III) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 1, heads a field of nine 2-year-olds entered for Saturday’s 83rd running of the $150,000-added Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (GII) at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.
Pocahontas Winner Sassy Image Heads Golden Rod on Churchill Downs' Closing Day 'Stars of Tomorrow II'
Jerry Romans’ Sassy Image, the stylish two-length winner of the Pocahontas (Grade III) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 1, heads a field of seven 2-year-old fillies entered for Saturday’s 66th running of the $150,000 Golden Rod Stakes (GII) at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.
Green Lantern Stables’ Karelian will attempt to become the third repeat winner of the $100,000-added River City Handicap (Grade III) when he faces nine rivals in Friday’s 32nd running of 1 1/8-mile test over Churchill Downs’ Matt Winn Turf Course.