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Mad Flatter, ridden by Jon Court, took command of the six-horse field on the backstretch and never looked back while winning Sunday’s $51,284 featured allowance race at Churchill Downs by 1 ¾ lengths over Moe Man.
My Baby Baby tracked the early pacesetters in fourth, made an outside move on the final turn to grab the lead from Tapitsfly and held off a late charge from fast-closing longshot Ravi’s Song to win Saturday’s Grade III, $113,900 Early Times Mint Julep Handicap by a neck at Churchill Downs.
Maggi Moss’ multiple stakes winner Native Ruler split horses in mid-stretch and beat Tom McCarthy’s General Quarters to the wire to take the Friday afternoon feature at Churchill Downs by a neck.
Lael Stable’s Check the Label, winner of last fall’s Grade I Garden City at Belmont Park, will break from the outside post when she faces 11 accomplished rivals in a strong 35th running of the $100,000-added Early Times Mint Julep (III) for fillies and mares on the grass on Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Team Valor International and Gary Barber’s Meistersinger rallied past Scotus and Alstom in the final few jumps to win the $49,470 Sunday afternoon feature at Churchill Downs by a head.
Chasing Dreams Racing 2008’s favored Noble’s Promise, the fifth-place finisher behind Super Saver in the 2010 Kentucky Derby, returned to Churchill Downs on Saturday and wore down Atta Boy Roy in the stretch to score a one-length victory in the star-studded 23rd running of the $110,300 Grade III Aristides Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs.
Craig B Singer’s Salty Strike took the lead approaching the top of the stretch and drew away to an emphatic 3 ¾-length victory in Saturday’s 37th running of $109,300 Grade III Dogwood Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs.
Lothenbach Stables, Inc.’s homebred Mister Marti Gras rallied down the stretch and overtook the pace-setting Lonesome Street in the final yards to win the $55,143 Friday afternoon feature at Churchill Downs by a neck.
Effective Thursday, June 9, Churchill Downs will raise overnight race purses 10 percent because of higher than expected all-sources wagering levels through the first half of the 39-day Spring Meet.