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Nelson McMakin's Hot Cha Cha, under a ground-saving ride from James Graham, held off defending champion Acoma by a three-quarters of a length to win the 34th running of the $110,800 Early Times Mint Julep (Grade III) for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs on Saturday afternoon.
Jockey Calvin Borel rode Gray Hart’s Girl to a 7 ¾-length in Friday’s fourth race to secure his 1,000th career victory at Churchill Downs.
Borel, who has ridden the winner of three of the past four Kentucky Derbies, is the second rider to reach the 1,000-victory plateau at Churchill Downs. He joins Hall of Famer Pat Day, who recorded 2,482 victories beneath the Twin Spires.
Helen Alexander and Helen Groves' Acoma will attempt to protect a perfect record in five races at Churchill Downs and join Megans Bluff (2001-02) as the only repeat winner of the Early Times Mint Julep Handicap (GIII) when she faces eight rivals Saturday in the 34th running of the
The Martin Racing Stable and Dan Morgan's Dubai Majesty swept past favored Hot Dixie Chick on the far turn and cruised to an authoritative 4 ½-length victory over Secret Gypsy in the seventh running of the $110,500 Winning Colors (Grade III) for fillies and mares on Monday at Churchill Downs.
LOUISVILLE, KY (Saturday, May 29, 2010) - Starlight Partners' Ailalea assumed command at the head of the stretch and then held off a late bid from Tap Tap Tapping by a length to win the 36th running of the $110,200 Dogwood (GIII) for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
LOUISVILLE, KY (Saturday, May 29, 2010) - Zayat Stables' Riley Tucker, under a ground-saving trip from jockey Shaun Bridgmohan captured the 22nd running of the $107,900 Aristides (GIII) by two lengths over Atta Boy Roy on Saturday at Churchill Downs.
The Martin Racing Stable and Dan Morgan's Dubai Majesty will try to become the first repeat winner of the $100,000-added Winning Colors (GIII) when she faces seven rivals in the featured event of a special holiday racing program on Monday, May 31.
John Sikura and Stetson Land and Cattle’s Spun Silver surged to the lead in the upper stretch and drew off to a 1 ½-length victory over Beyondallboundarys to take Thursday’s featured $49,600 Ingredient Resource Corporation Classic at Churchill Downs.
R.E.V. Racing’s Atta Boy Roy, who scored a wire-to-wire victory in the seven-furlong Churchill Downs (GII) on Kentucky Derby Day, will face five rivals Saturday in the 22nd running of the $100,000 Aristides (GIII) for older sprinters.
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.