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A year ago, a lightly raced 3-year-old named Blame used a victory in the Fayette (Grade II) at Keeneland as a springboard to victory in his subsequent start in the Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare, then a Grade II event and the highlight of the 2009 Fall Meet at Churchill Downs.
The Robert and Beverly Lewis Trust’s Distinctive Dixie, winner of the Chilukki (Grade II) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6, will carry top weight of 120 pounds and concede 2-6 pounds to her five rivals in the 95th running of the $150,000-added Falls City Handicap (GII) for fillies and mares going 1 1/8 miles on the main track on Thanksgiving Day.
Flaxman Holdings, Ltd.’s Aruna surged to the front in upper stretch and pulled away from a ground-saving Wild Mia in the run to the wire to win the 20th running of the $199,675 Mrs. Revere (GII) for 3-year-old fillies by 1 ¾ lengths at Churchill Downs on Saturday afternoon.
G. Watts Humphrey Jr. and the Louise Ireland Humphrey Revocable Trust-2008’s Veiled Prophet swept past dueling leaders Whitley and Ordination (IRE) inside the eighth pole and went on to win Friday’s $57,110 feature for 3-year-olds and up by three-quarters of a length before a “Downs After Dark” crowd of 15,583 at Churchill Downs.
For the second time in a week’s period, Churchill Downs Racetrack will raise overnight purses because of higher than expected all-sources wagering levels. Effective immediately (Friday, Nov. 19), overnight race purses will be increased 20 percent for the final eight days of the Fall Meet, which concludes its 21-day run on Sunday, Nov. 28.
Augustin Stable’s Fugitive Angel, runaway winner of the Valley View (Grade III) at Keeneland on Oct. 22 in her most recent start, heads a field of 11 3-year-old fillies entered for Saturday’s 20th running of the $175,000-added Mrs. Revere (GII).
Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein’s Early Return was awarded the victory via disqualification of Tend in Sunday’s $54,663 feature for 3-year-olds and up at Churchill Downs.
Harvey Clarke and Andrew Albstein’s Yankee Fourtune shot past Stormy Lord leaving the far turn and went on to score a one-length victory over Guys Reward to win the seventh running of $121,900 Commonwealth Turf (Grade III) for 3-year-olds on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Jockey Robby Albarado became the fifth rider in Churchill Downs history to reach 900 victories beneath the Twin Spires when he guided Strike Impact to a front-running triumph in Friday’s sixth race.
Harvey Clark and Andrew Albstein’s Yankee Fourtune, undefeated in four starts on the grass in his career, headlines a field of 13 3-year-olds entered Wednesday for Saturday’s seventh running of the $100,000-added Commonwealth Turf (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.