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Aegon Turf Sprint Recap

Carl Moore Management and Martin Racing Stable’s Mr. Nightlinger posted a front-running one-length victory Friday afternoon in the 14th running of the $126,000 Aegon Turf Sprint (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.

Kentucky Derby Undercard

Midnight Cry Stable’s Einstein (BRZ) will be hoping the third time’s the charm Saturday when he takes on seven rivals in the 22nd running of the $400,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (GI), one of five graded stakes preceding the 134th running of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) at Churchill Downs.

Kentucky Oaks Advance

A field of 12 three-year-old fillies, headed by Grade I winners Country Star, Little Belle and Golden Doc A as well as possible Kentucky Derby starter Eight Belles, was entered Tuesday for Friday’s 134th running of the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.

Thursday Stakes Advances

The Grade III Kentucky Stakes for two-year-olds has been the exclusive property of trainer Steve Asmussen for the past five years.

On Thursday, Heiligbrodt Racing Stable’s Merkel will attempt to run the string to six when he faces seven foes in the $150,000, five-furlong race. A son of Forest Wildcat, Merkel will break from the rail under Shaun Bridgmohan.

Kentucky Derby 134 Advance

IEAH Stables and Paul Pompa Jr.’s undefeated Big Brown was installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite Wednesday afternoon over 19 rivals for Saturday’s 134th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) at Churchill Downs.

Tuesday Feature Recap

Sean Mulryan’s Ballymore Lady lived up to her 7-5 favorite status by defeating Water Gap by one length in Tuesday’s $56,400 allowance feature at Churchill Downs.

Kentucky Oaks Morning Line

The morning line odds for the 2008 Kentucky Oaks are now available following the post position draw on the morning of Tuesday, April 29. Click the link below to access post positions, jockeys, and morning line for the 134th running of the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), to be run on Friday, May 2.

Macho Again Wins Derby Trial on Opening Day at Churchill Downs

West Point Thoroughbreds’ Macho Again rallied past favored Kodiak Kowboy in the final 50 yards to post a half-length victory Saturday in the $115,200 Derby Trial, the opening day feature of the 52-day Churchill Downs Spring Meet that will be highlighted by the 134th running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on May 3.

New Wagers at Churchill

Churchill Downs will offer a daily opportunity for its racing fans to win big when it introduces its new Super Hi-5 wager starting with Saturday’s opening day of the historic track’s April 26-July 6 Spring Meet.  A special Super Hi-5 wager on the 2008 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!

Proud Spell, Country Star Favored in Oaks Futures Friday

Two fillies headed for a showdown in Saturday’s Ashland Stakes (Grade I) at Keeneland – Brereton Jones’ Proud Spell and Stonerside Stable’s Country Star – stood as the top two choices in Pool 3 of Churchill Downs’ 2008 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager as the four-day betting pool reached its halfway point.