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Thomas Fedro Sr. and Team Block’s Free Fighter, ridden by Francisco Torres, surged past dueling leaders Eagle Poise and Telling on the far turn and went on to win the 73rd running of the $113,800 Louisville Handicap (GIII) at Churchill Downs by two lengths over Bearpath.
Fred Bradley’s veteran Brass Hat will face 10 rivals Saturday as he attempts to become the seventh horse to score multiple victories in the $100,000-added Louisville Handicap (GIII).
Thiskyhasnolimit, returning from six months on the sidelines because of injury, rallied in the stretch under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan to wear down favored Cool Bullet to win the ninth running of the $108,000 Matt Winn Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs at Churchill Downs.
The stables that have been the hottest of the opening two of weeks of Churchill Downs’ 42-day Spring Meet clash head-on Saturday when 2009 Iroquois Stakes (Grade III) winner Thiskyhasnolimit and Hansel Stakes winner Cool Bullet meet in Saturday’s ninth running of the $100,000-added Matt Winn Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs.
Barbara Hunter’s Keertana collared pacesetter C.S. Silk at the head of the stretch and cruised to an easy 4 ¼-length victory in Sunday’s $55,854 feature race for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs.
One week after his long-awaited victory in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) with WinStar Farm’s Super Saver and seven days before the colt’s bid for the Preakness, trainer Todd Pletcher met with reporters Saturday in the paddock at Churchill Downs to discuss the colt and his bid for the elusive Triple Crown.
Michael Dubb’s Candy Cane split horses in deep stretch to win the $54,972 Unbridled Sidney for fillies and mares by a neck over Ivory Empress on Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Jill Baffert and Lynn Jacobs’ Kimmyv repulsed a challenge from Millennia at the head of the stretch and then drew off to a 6 ¼-length victory in Thursday’s $47,500 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs.
WinStar Farm’s Super Saver, benefiting from a ground-saving ride by Calvin Borel, held off a late bid from Ice Box to win the 136th running of the $2,185,200 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday afternoon by 2 ½ lengths before a crowd of 155,804 at Churchill Downs.