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The stables that have been the hottest of the opening two of weeks of Churchill Downs’ 42-day Spring Meet clash head-on Saturday when 2009 Iroquois Stakes (Grade III) winner Thiskyhasnolimit and Hansel Stakes winner Cool Bullet meet in Saturday’s ninth running of the $100,000-added Matt Winn Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs.
Barbara Hunter’s Keertana collared pacesetter C.S. Silk at the head of the stretch and cruised to an easy 4 ¼-length victory in Sunday’s $55,854 feature race for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs.
One week after his long-awaited victory in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) with WinStar Farm’s Super Saver and seven days before the colt’s bid for the Preakness, trainer Todd Pletcher met with reporters Saturday in the paddock at Churchill Downs to discuss the colt and his bid for the elusive Triple Crown.
Michael Dubb’s Candy Cane split horses in deep stretch to win the $54,972 Unbridled Sidney for fillies and mares by a neck over Ivory Empress on Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Jill Baffert and Lynn Jacobs’ Kimmyv repulsed a challenge from Millennia at the head of the stretch and then drew off to a 6 ¼-length victory in Thursday’s $47,500 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs.
WinStar Farm’s Super Saver, benefiting from a ground-saving ride by Calvin Borel, held off a late bid from Ice Box to win the 136th running of the $2,185,200 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday afternoon by 2 ½ lengths before a crowd of 155,804 at Churchill Downs.
LOUISVILLE, KY (Saturday, May 1, 2010) – Michael Talla’s Mona de Momma rallied from the back of the pack to win the 24th running of $336,900 Humana Distaff (GI) for fillies and mares on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs by three-quarters of a length over Pretty Prolific.
Phola Goes From Last to First to Win Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Presented by American Commercial Lines
LOUISVILLE, KY (Saturday, May 1, 2010) – Graydon Patterson and Partners’ Phola rallied from last place in a field of seven to post a 1 1/4-length victory over Hot Cha Cha in the $223,200 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Presented by American Commercial Lines (GII) on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
LOUISVILLE, KY (Saturday, May 1, 2010) – Avalon Farms’ Buckleupbuettercup rallied from far off the pace to win the $110,700 Eight Belles (GIII) for 3-year-old fillies by 6 ¼ lengths over Visavis on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Eddie Kenneally and ridden by Julien Leparoux, Buckleupbuttercup covered the 7 ½ furlongs on a sloppy track in 1:29.49.