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Jockey Robby Albarado, a finalist for last year's Eclipse Award as America's leading jockey who ranks seventh among the all-time riding leaders at Churchill Downs, earned his first "leading rider" title under the historic Twin Spires as the home of the Kentucky Derby wrapped up its 52-day Spring Meet on Sunday, July 6.
(July 6, 2008) – James Barry’s Genuine Devotion took the lead out of the gate under Alan Garcia and then held off a late bid from Pin Oak Stable’s Brownie Points by a half-length to win the 27th running of the $171,750 Locust Grove Handicap (GIII) for fillies and mares at a mile on the Matt Winn Turf Course at Churchill Down
As usual, Calvin Borel went about his business Sunday morning with a smile on his face.
Working horses for his brother Cecil, Borel was back at it with a milestone victory in his back pocket: career victory No. 4,500.
Calvin Borel became the 34th jockey in North American racing to reach the 4,500-win plateau when he guided William Carl’s Screen Your Friend to a 1 ¼-length victory over a fast-closing Lyin’ Heart in the 107th running of the $164,550 Bashford Manor Stakes (GIII) for 2-year-olds at Churchill Downs.
(July 5, 2008) – There’s a $4,232 Pick 6 carryover for Sunday’s 11-race program at Churchill Downs after no one had the perfect sequence Saturday.
Zayat Stables' Thorn Song and Patricia Cunningham and Melissa Green, Lessee's Einstein, the one-two finishers in Friday's $200,000-added Firecracker Handicap (GII), were reported to be doing well Saturday morning by their connections.
(July 4, 2008) – Thorn Song led every step of the away and upset odds-on favorite Einstein by one length in Friday’s $213,250 Firecracker Handicap (Grade II) at Churchill Downs.
Arindel Farm's Wait a While, who has not run since winning the San Gorgonio Handicap (GII) on Jan. 14 at Santa Anita, is headed to Saratoga for the July 26 Diana Handicap (GI) at a mile and an eighth on the turf according to Mike McCarthy, assistant trainer to Todd Pletcher.
There’s a $10,664.79 Pick 6 carryover for Friday’s 11-race program at Churchill Downs after no one had the perfect sequence Thursday.
Kinsman Stable’s Vanquisher made his Churchill Downs turf debut a successful one by rallying to collar pace-setting Petion Station just yards from the finish line to win Thursday afternoon’s $47,400 main attraction for 3-year-olds and up by a neck.