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IEAH Stables and Paul Pompa Jr.’s Big Brown justified his trainer’s confidence and the faith of the betting public by powering to a 4 3/4-length victory over Fox Hill Farms’ filly Eight Belles to win the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands before a crowd of 157,770, the second-largest in history.
Patricia Cunningham and Melissa Green’s Einstein (BRZ), who had failed to win in two previous starts in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (GI), made his third attempt a victorious one Saturday, taking the 22nd running of the $548,300 race at Churchill Downs.
Tom Grether Farms’ Intangaroo, ridden by Alonso Quinonez, got up in the final jump to edge Baroness Thatcher and Hystericalady in a three-horse photo to win the 22nd running of the $334,800 Humana Distaff (GI) for fillies and mares four-years-old and up at Churchill Downs on Saturday afternoon.
Jacks or Better Farm’s Bayou’s Lassie scored a front-running victory in the 19th running of the $169,050 Churchill Downs Distaff Turf Mile (Grade III) at Churchill Downs on Saturday afternoon, defeating 2006 Eclipse Award winner Dreaming of Anna by 1 ¼ lengths.
Benefiting from a ground-saving ride by John Velazquez, Zabeel Racing International’s Game Face held off Keep the Peace by a neck in the 53rd running of the $168,450 La Troienne Stakes (Grade III) for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs on Saturday afternoon.
Tom Walters’ Elite Squadron took the lead out of the gate and never looked back in posting a front-running 4 1/2-length victory in the 74th running of the $282,000 Churchill Downs (Grade II), the first of six graded stakes on the Kentucky Derby 134 card at Churchill Downs on Saturday afternoon.
Brereton C Jones’ Proud Spell demolished a field of 10 classy three-year-old fillies by powering to a five-length victory in the 134th running of the $581,650 Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs on a rainy Friday afternoon before a crowd of 100,046.
Michael Cooper and Pamela Ziebarth’s Tizdejavu made his turf debut a winning one by holding off favored Sailor’s Cap by a neck in the 17th running of the $174,450 Crown Royal American Turf (Grade III) for three-year-olds on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Tizdejavu covered the distance over a “yielding” turf course in 1:46.14 under jockey Garrett Gomez.
Stronach Stable’s Giant Gizmo roared from off the pace to run down dueling leaders Better Than Bonds and Wanderin Boy in the stretch en route to a 3 3/4-length victory in the fifth running of the $166,050 Alysheba Stakes (Grade III) for 3-year-olds and up on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Zayat Stables’ Zee Zee took the lead soon after the break and maintained a clear advantage all the way around to post a 1 3/4-length victory over My Baby Baby in the 24th running of the $168,600 Edgewood Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.