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Baffert Bids for Saturday Pre-Breeders' Cup Sweep with Always A Princess in Chilukki and Rapport in Dream Supreme
Arnold Zetcher’s Always a Princess, wire-to-wire winner of the Indiana Oaks (GII) in her most recent start, headlines a competitive field of 12 fillies and mares entered for the 25th running of the $150,000-added Chilukki (GII), the highlight of the undercard of Breeders’ Cup World Championships competition on Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Adele Dilschneider’s Apart, winner of the Super Derby (GII) at Louisiana Downs in his most recent start, heads a field of six 3-year-olds and up entered Tuesday for the 18th running of the $100,000-added Ack Ack Handicap (GIII) to be run Friday on the Breeders’ Cup World Championships undercard at Churchill Downs.
John Oxley’s heavily favored Dancinginherdreams remained perfect in two starts by racing to a 5 1/4-length victory over Eden Star in the 42nd running of the $165,450 Pocahontas (GII) for 2-year-old fillies on Sunday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Stonestreet Stables and George Bolton’s favored Astrology swept past pace-setting Maybesomaybenot on the far turn and rolled to 2 3/4-length victory over Ribo Bobo to win the 29th running of the $122,300 Iroquois for 2-year-olds on Sunday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Michael House's Battle of Hastings (GB), a three-time graded stakes winner on the turf in his career, tops a field of nine older turf stars entered to compete in the 33rd running of the $100,000-added River City Handicap (Grade III) Thursday at Churchill Downs.
A jockey colony headed by 2009 Eclipse Award winner Julien Leparoux and three-time Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) winner Calvin Borel and a roster of trainers led by Steve Asmussen, America’s Eclipse Award top trainer of 2008 and 2009, should ensure that the human star power is equal to the equine variety when Churchill Downs opens its 121st Fall Meet on Sunday, Oct. 31.
Unbeaten Zenyatta, European Stars Goldikova, Workforce Head Record 184 Pre-Entries for Breeders' Cup World Championships
Continuing her quest for perfection in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic and reign among the greatest names in sports history, the undefeated Zenyatta leads the list of a record 184 horses pre-entered, 26 from overseas, for the 2010 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
The prospective fields for the 14 lucrative races that comprise the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs on Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6 are beginning to take shape.
Tizdejavu Scores Dazzling Front-Running Victory In Firecracker; Derby '09 Winner Mine That Bird Runs Eighth
Michael Cooper and Pamela Ziebarth’s Tizdejavu took the lead out of the gate and was never headed to win the 20th running of the $205,625 Firecracker Handicap (Grade II) by 1 ½ lengths over Public Speaker on Sunday to close out the 42-day Spring Meet at Churchill Downs and ruin the return of 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird who finished eighth in his turf debut.
Stonestreet Stable’s Kantharos overcame a stumble at the break to cruise to a 9 ½-length victory over Lou Brissie to win the 109th running of the $108,200 Bashford Manor Presented by Fasig-Tipton (Grade III) on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.