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Melancon Records 900th Churchill Victory, Raving Rocket Wins 11th Straight, Super Hi-5 Pays $66,598

(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.

Hystericalady Heads Grade II Fleur De Lis; Champion Dreaming of Anna Heads Early Mint Julep on Foster Undercard

Rancho San Miguel, George Todaro and Jerry Hollendorfer’s Hystericalady, runner-up in last fall’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (Grade I), makes her second appearance of the spring at Churchill Downs on Saturday when she heads a field of six fillies and mares ages 3 and up for the 34th running of the $300,000-added

I'm So Lucky Romps in Churchill Downs Feature

(June 11, 2008) – John Oxley’s I’m So Lucky overwhelmed eight rivals to win Wednesday afternoon’s $43,100 Pride of the Virginias’ allowance for 3-year-olds by 4 1/4 lengths at Churchill Downs.

'Horse of the Year' Curlin Draws Rail, Odds-On Favorite Faces Nine In $1 Million Stephen Foster Handicap

Stonestreet Stables and Midnight Cry Stable’s reigning “Horse of the Year” Curlin is scheduled to make his first start since his emphatic Dubai World Cup (Grade I) victory on March 29 when he faces nine rivals in the 27th running of the Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Saltgrass Trail Gives Flint 400th Churchill Downs Victory

(June 11, 2008) – Bernie Flint became the fourth trainer in Churchill Downs history to accumulate 400 victories under the historic Twin Spires when Saltgrass Trail won the second race on Wednesday’s card.

Thorn Song Wins Sunday Feature

(June 8, 2008) – Zayat Stables’ Thorn Song took advantage of a hedge-skimming ride by Robby Albarado to rally to win Sunday’s $50,400 allowance feature for 3-year-olds and up at Churchill Downs by 1 1/2 lengths over Obi Wan Kenobi.

Fujita Takes Saturday Feature

(June 7, 2008) – My Purple Haze Stables’ Fujita drew off in deep stretch to defeat Stryker and Parioli’s Trick, who dead-heated for second, by two lengths and win the $45,200 allowance feature for 3-year-olds and up Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.

Le Dauphin Annexes Friday Feature

(June 6, 2008) – Saud bin Khaled’s Le Dauphin outgamed Valtrus in stretch-long duel to prevail by a neck and win Friday afternoon’s $43,100 allowance feature race at Churchill Downs for 3-year-olds and up.

Be Golden Cruises in Thursday Feature

(June 5, 2008) – Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein’s Be Golden led every step of the way to win Thursday’s $45,200 allowance feature for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up at Churchill Downs by 5 ¼ lengths over Lenawee.

'Horse of the Year' Curlin Heads Nominees for Stephn Foster, 'Super Saturday' Races

 

Stonestreet Stable and Midnight Cry Stable’s reigning “Horse of the Year” Curlin heads a star-studded roster of veteran racing stars nominated to the 27th running of the Churchill Downs’ $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I) on Saturday, June 14 at Churchill Downs.