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Bullsbay Wins Churchill's Alysheba Stakes

Steven C Mitchell’s Mitchell Ranch, Frank Lewkowitz and Joe Rice's Bullsbay, a five-year-old horse by Tiznow, rallied to win the $170,400 Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks Day, Friday, May 1, 2009.  Bullsbay captured the Alysheba by three-quarters of a length under jockey Jeremy Rose.

Laragh Wires Field in Churchill's Edgewood

IEAH Stables, Gary Tolchin and Pegasus Holding Group Stables’ Laragh took the lead shortly out of the gate and never looked back to win the 25th running of the $115,300 Edgewood for 3-year-old fillies over the Matt Winn Turf Course by 1 1/4 lengths over Magical Affair.

Miss Isella Outduels Favored One Caroline to Win Louisville Distaff

Domino Stud of Lexington’s Miss Isella squeezed through a narrow opening along the rail in defeating 1-2 favorite One Caroline by three-quarters of a length  to win the 24th running of the $379,700 Louisville Distaff (Grade II) on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.

Trained by Ian Wilkes, Miss Isella gave Borel his fifth victory in the Louisville Distaff.

Chamberlain Bridge Rallies to Win Aegon Turf Sprint

Carl Moore Management’s Chamberlain Bridge collared Smart Enough in deep stretch and then held off  a late charge from Cannonball by a neck to win the 15th running of the $112,800 AEGON Turf Sprint (Grade III) for 3-year-olds and up over the Matt Winn Turf Course at Churchill Downs on Friday afternoon.

Rachel Alexandra Storms to Record 20 1/4 Length Victory Before 104,867 in Kentucky Oaks 135

L & M Partners LLC’s Rachel Alexandra delivered a tour de force under Calvin Borel in crushing six rivals to win the 135th running of the $554,500 Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) by a record 20 ¼ lengths on Friday before a crowd of 104,867 at Churchill Downs.

Foot Ailment Forces Scratch Justwhistledixie from 135th Kentucky Oaks

West Point Thoroughbreds, Lakland Farm and R.D. Hubbard’s Justwhistledixie, a winner of five consecutive races including the Bonnie Miss (Grade II) and Davona Dale (GII) at Gulfstream Park, has been scratched from the 135th running of the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI) because of a foot ailment.

Talamo Gets First Churchill Downs Victory as Sugar Baby Love Takes Wednesday Feature

Jockey Joe Talamo got his Kentucky Derby Week activity off to a good start Wednesday afternoon as he drove Sugar Baby Love (GER) past Happiness Is in deep stretch to win the $46,406 Grinstead Gallop over the Matt Winn Turf Course at Churchill Downs by a half-length.

Derby 135 Undercard - Einstein Bids for Second Straight

Matthew Garretson’s Einstein (BRZ), a versatile major stakes winner on grass, dirt and synthetic surfaces, will attempt to become the first repeat winner of the $500,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Grade I) on Saturday in one of the main appetizers on the Kentucky Derby 135 card at Churchill Downs.

I Want Revenge Is Solid Favorite In 135th Running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands

David Lanzman, IEAH Stables & Puglisi Racing’s I Want Revenge, a dazzling winner of Aqueduct’s Wood Memorial (Grade I) and Gotham (GIII) since his move from synthetic racetracks to traditional dirt, was installed as a solid 3-1 favorite when he faces 19 rivals in Saturday’s 135th renewal of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!

Kentucky Derby 135 Post Draw Quotes

The following quotes and comments were collected by the Churchill Downs Notes Team following the draw for post positions for the 135th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), to be run on Saturday, May 2.