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Stoneway Farm’s Exfactor charged down the stretch, made the lead with just over an eighth of a mile remaining and drew clear to win the 110th running of the Grade III, $111,500 Bashford Manor for 2-year-olds by 2 ¾-lengths on Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Heuristic Stable’s Fortune Play outdueled Westrock Stables LLC’s Decelerator down the stretch to win the $77,270 Roxelana by a neck before a crowd of 27,787 on Friday night at Churchill Downs.
Owner-trainer Tom McCarthy’s General Quarters, a versatile Grade I winner on both turf and synthetic surfaces, drew the rail post when a field of eleven older horses was entered Friday to compete in the 21st running of the $175,000-added Firecracker Handicap Presented by GE (Grade II) on Monday, July 4, the closing day of Churchill D
David Garner’s homebred Elusive Jozi charged down the stretch of the Matt Winn Turf Course, caught early-pacesetter Scintillation inside the sixteenth-pole and beat Costly to the wire to win the $64,155 Thursday afternoon feature for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs by three-quarters of a length.
Klaravich Stables Inc and William H Lawrence’s Sum of the Parts, an impressive son of Speightstown who was a convincing winner in his lone career start, heads a field of 11 2-year-olds entered to compete in Saturday’s 110th running of the $100,000-added, Grade III Bashford Manor Stakes at Churchill Downs.
James Lauffer and Poplar Hill Equine’s Persuading challenged for the lead at the quarter-pole, battled with Hidden Value down the Churchill Downs stretch and edged clear inside the sixteenth pole to win the $66,836 Sunday feature beneath the Twin Spires by 1 ¼ lengths.
Barry King’s Flashy Lassie, the longest shot in a field of seven 2-year-old fillies, charged through the Churchill Downs stretch, caught Five Star Momma inside the eighth-pole and edged clear late to win Saturday’s 111th running of the Grade III, $109,300 Debutante Stakes by a widening length.
Marianne and Brandon Chase’s homebred Here Comes Ben powered down the historic Churchill Downs stretch Friday night to score a repeat victory in $76,445 Kelly’s Landing overnight stakes by 3 ¼ lengths before a “Downs After Dark” crowd of 25,523.
Gold Mark Farm LLC’s Culotte and Stoneway Farm’s Queen Teuta, who finished 1-2 when they faced each other in the first race of their respective careers, loom as likely favorites when eight lightly-raced 2-year-old fillies meet in Saturday’s 111th running of the $100,000-added Debutante Stakes (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.
Diane Garland and Sondra Mayne’s Plutonium took the lead at the top of the stretch, sprinted away to a clear advantage and held off the late-closing Adulare to win the $64,725 Sunday feature at Churchill Downs by 1 ½ lengths.