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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.
E Paul Robsham Stables’ Travelin Man, winner of the Swale Stakes (GII) in his most recent start, tops a field of nine 3-year-olds entered for the 87th running of the one-mile $200,000-added The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial (GIII) on Saturday’s “Opening Night” program of Churchill Downs’ 137th Spring Meet.
The names of more than 1,000 horses are listed on the rosters of nominees to 13 stakes events scheduled at Churchill Downs during Kentucky Derby and Oaks Week and the large numbers of nominees offer the promise of strong and competitive fields for those races.