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LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, April 30, 2010) – Jay Em Ess Stable’s Arson Squad, ridden by Paco Lopez, rolled to an authoritative 2 ¼-length victory over Flying Private to win the seventh running of the $169,650 Alysheba (GIII) on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, April 30, 2010) – Michael Dubb and the High Grade Racing Stable’s Silver Timber rallied from off a blistering pace to win the 16th running of the $119,100 Churchill Downs Turf Sprint (GIII) by a neck over Chamberlain Bridge in track-record time over the Matt Winn Turf Course on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, April 30, 2010) – Dogwood Stable’s Lou Brissie surged past favored Twelve Pack Shelly inside the eighth pole and then held off a late bid from Boys At Tosconova to win the 22nd running of the $110,300 Kentucky Juvenile (GIII) on by 1 ½ lengths Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, April 30, 2010) – Peter Vegso and Gary Seidler’s Unrivaled Belle outdueled reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra by a head to win the 25th running of the $418,800 La Troienne (GII) on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Ridden by Kent Desormeaux and trained by Bill Mott, Unrivaled Belle covered the 1 1/16 miles on a fast main track in 1:42.97.
IEAH Stables and Resolute Group Stables' Court Vision, earner of $1,837,430 and a three-time Grade I winner on the grass, heads a field nine entered to compete in Saturday's 24th running of the $500,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Grade I) at Churchill Downs.
Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra is targeting Friday’s Grade II, $400,000-added La Troienne Stakes on the Kentucky Oaks (GI) undercard at Churchill Downs for her next start, majority owner Jess Jackson said by phone Saturday.
Dawn and Ike Thrash’s Hurricane Ike blew past favored Eightyfiveinafifty leaving the far turn to repulsed a late bid from Aikenite to win the 86th running of the $237,400 The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial (GIII) by 2 ¾ lengths on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Graded Stakes Earnings Update: Line of David, Stately Victor Surprise to Earning Way Into Derby Field
The top two finishers in Saturday’s Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (Line of David and Paddy O’Prado) and Arkansas Derby (Stately Victor and Super Saver) are now positioned within the Top 20 of the Graded Stakes Earnings list that determines the prospective field for Kentucky Derby 136 on Saturday, May 1 at Churchill Downs.
Assuming those already firmly positioned within the Top 20 Graded Stakes Earnings list perform well in prep races on April 3, 10 and 17 and exit those races in good order, it’s conceivable that it could take as much as $200,000 in graded stakes earnings to crack the Kentucky Derby 136 field on the first Saturday in May.
TIME TO ‘THINK PINK’ AS KENTUCKY OAKS, SUSAN G. KOMEN FOR THE CURE® RENEW PARTNERSHIP -- Churchill Downs and Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world's largest breast cancer organization, officially renewed their partnership on Wednesday, Feb. 17, to raise funds to aid in breast cancer awareness and research during Kentucky Oaks Day, Friday, April 30.