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(June 15, 2008) – Mrs SK Johnston Jr’s Rock Gold rallied past pacesetter Crack the Cognac in the final strides to win Sunday’s Father’s Day Classic, a $41,040 allowance sprint for 3-year-olds and up at Churchill Downs, by a neck.
Reigning “Horse of the Year” Curlin made a spectacular return to competition in the United States when he cruised to an easy 4 1/4-length victory over nine rivals in the 27th running of Saturday’s $1 million-guaranteed Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I) for 3-year-olds and up at Churchill Downs.
Frank Calabrese’s Dreaming of Anna lived up to her 1-2 favoritism by cruising to a front-running 2 ½-length victory over Ballymore Lady in the 32nd running of the Early Times Mint Julep Handicap (Grade III) at Churchill Downs on Saturday afternoon.
Tizdejavu swept Churchill Downs’ spring graded stakes races for 3-year-olds on turf with a convincing gate-to-wire romp in Saturday’s $222,600 Jefferson Cup (Grade II).
Winchell Thoroughbreds, LLC’s Pyro rebounded from an eighth-place finish in the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) to draw off to a 1 3/4-length victory over My Pal Charlie in the seventh running of the $190,925 Northern Dancer Stakes (GIII) on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Pure Clan rolled to her third stakes win at Churchill Downs with a 2 3/4-length victory over C J’s Leelee in Saturday’s $217,000 Regret Stakes (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.
Pure Clan, who returned to turf racing after a third place finish in the Kentucky Oaks (GI), covered 1 1/8 miles over the Matt Winn Turf Course rated “good” in 1:49.86.
Eclipse Award winning-jockey Garrett Gomez hand-rode Hystericalady to a 7 ½-length triumph over Initforthekandy in Saturday’s $321,900 Fleur de Lis Handicap (Grade II) at Churchill Downs.
The 5-year-old mare, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, ran 1 1/8 miles on a “fast” main track in 1:50.88 en route to the fifth graded stakes victory of her 19-race career.
(June 13, 2008) – Country Ridge Racing’s Natalicat wore down favored Pure Star in the final sixteenth of a mile to win the Friday afternoon headliner for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up at Churchill Downs by a half-length and give apprentice jockey Diego Rodriguez his second win of the day.
(June 13, 2008) – Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd.’s Ocean Colors, a 2-year-old homebred daughter of 1988 Kentucky Derby winner Winning Colors, made her racing debut one to remember Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs by scoring a front-running 5 1/4-length victory over Jehan in the fourth race.
(June 12, 2008) – Veteran jockey Larry Melancon secured his 900th riding victory at Churchill Downs when he guided A.P. Xcellent to a front-running two-length score over Wise River in Thursday afternoon’s $47,400 D.D. Williamson’s Leadership Challenge purse for 3-year-olds and up.