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Blame Soars in Stretch To Turn Back Battle Plan and Win Grade I Stephen Foster

Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm’s Blame unleashed a furious drive in the final eighth of a mile to surge past favored Battle Plan by three-quarters of a length to win the 29th running of the $671,700 Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) for 3-year-olds and up on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.

Caminadora Takes Regret to Give Pletcher Third Stakes Win on Stephen Foster Day

Starlight Partners’ Caminadora emerged from a six-horse scramble for the lead at the eighth pole to win the 41st running of the $145,250 Regret (GIII) for 3-year-old fillies by three-quarters of a length over the fast-closing Snow Top Mountain on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.

Stubborn Colizeo Survives Duel With Worldly To Win Jefferson Cup

Wertheimer and Frere’s Colizeo outlasted Worldly by a neck after a stretch-long battle to win the 13th running of the $136,375 Northern Dancer (GIII) for 3-year-olds on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.

The race was a near repeat of when the two colts met here last fall as 2-year-olds in their third career starts with Worldly edging Colizeo by a nose.

Gleam Of Hope Upsets in Grade III Jefferson Cup

A.C. and Clare Asbury’s Gleam of Hope rallied from last place in the field of nine to upset the field in scoring a half-length victory over Psychic Income in the 35th running of the $112,300 Jefferson Cup (GIII) for 3-year-olds on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.ridden by E.T.

A Gleam Of Hope Upsets in Grade III Jefferson Cup

A.C. and Clare Asbury’s Gleam of Hope rallied from last place in the field of nine to upset the field in scoring a half-length victory over Psychic Income in the 35th running of the $112,300 Jefferson Cup (GIII) for 3-year-olds on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.ridden by E.T.

Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra Romps to First Win of the Year in Fleur De Lis

Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra shrugged off a challenge from Distinctive Dixie at the head of the stretch and cruised to a 10 ½-length victory in the 36th running of the $214,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap (GII) for fillies and mares on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.

Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra Faces Four Fleur De Lis Rivals On Strong Stephen Foster Undercard

Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Stables and Harold McCormick’s reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra will try to regain her winning ways on Saturday when she faces four rivals as an overwhelming favorite in the 36th running of $200,000-added Fleur de Lis Handicap (GII) for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs.

General Quarters Bids for History, But Battle Plan, Blame Favored in $600,000 Stephen Foster Handicap

Thomas McCarthy’s General Quarters will be aiming for a slice of horse racing history, but rising stars Battle Plan and Blame will likely occupy the roles of favorites Saturday when 11 horses enter the starting gate for  the 29th running of the $600,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I) at Churchill Downs.

Hot Cha Cha Holds Off Acoma to Win Early Times Mint Julep Handicap at Churchill Downs

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.

Borel Notches 1,000th Churchill Downs Victory

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.