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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.
Alfred Nuckols Jr.’s Danzon got up in the final stride to edge 48-1 longshot Happiness Is by a nose as part of a six-horse photo finish to win the 29th running of the $116,200 Locust Grove Handicap (Grade III) for fillies and mares racing one mile on the turf on Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Summer Wind Farm’s Kiddari wore down Vertical Vision in the final eighth of a mile to win the $66,500-added Roxelana overnight stakes for fillies and mares by 1 ¾ lengths before a “Downs After Dark” crowd of 32,481 on Friday night at Churchill Downs.
Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine’s Mine That Bird, winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), will race for the first time in 2010 and make his career debut on the grass in Sunday’s 20th running of the $175,000-added Firecracker Handicap (GII) Presented by Thorntons.
A rematch of top grass performers Acoma and Keertana, who finished a head apart in the Early Times Mint Julep Handicap (GIII) on June 5, looms in Saturday's 29th running of the $100,000-added Locust Grove Handicap (GIII) at a mile on Chuchill Downs' Matt Winn Turf Course, the co-featured event on the next-to-last day of racing in the historic track's 42-day Spring Meet.