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Asmussen Barn Looking for Graded Stakes Double Saturday

Saturday could to be a huge day for the barn of trainer Steve Asmussen, who is seeking a graded stakes double with Vinery Stables LLC’s Regally Ready in the $200,000-added Firecracker (GII) and a pair of 2-year-olds entered in the $100,000-added Bashford Manor (GIII) in William and Corrine Heiligbrodt’s Cinco Charlie and Jerry Durant’s Lucky Player.

LoPresti Shooting for Third Firecracker Win with Villandry

Trainer Charlie LoPresti will bid for his third win in four years in Saturday’s $200,000-added Firecracker (Grade II) – not with two-time horse of the year and defending champion Wise Dan, but with Gainesway Stable’s Villandry, who is seeking his first stakes win.

Asmussen's Dazzling Cinco Charlie Heads Saturday's Grade III Bashford Manor

Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Cinco Charlie, a tantalizing prospect that trail-blazed his way to a swift 2 ¾-length victory in his career debut, headlines a field of six juveniles entered Saturday at Churchill Downs for the 113th running of the $100,000-added Bashford Manor (Grade III), the year’s first open graded stakes race for 2-year-olds.

Silver Max, 2012 Winner Guys Reward Give Romans 1-2 Punch in Saturday's $200,000 Firecracker

Louisville-born trainer Dale Romans will play a strong hand on Saturday when he sends out the accomplished duo of millionaire Silver Max and 2012 winner Guys Reward in a bid to win the 24th running of the $200,000-added Firecracker (Grade II) for 3-year-olds and up on Churchill Downs’ Matt Winn Turf Course.

Spring Meet's Final Week Features "Downs After Dark" Racing, Stakes Races, "Fan Appreciation Day"

While some of us might still be working to recover from the memorable celebrations of the 140th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) and the Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI), the calendar has rolled on Churchill Downs Racetrack’s 38-day Spring Meet and the track moves into its last four racing days on Thursday, June 26.

Longines Kentucky Oaks Winner Untapable Works, Ships Tuesday for Mother Goose

Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC’s Untapable, an emphatic 4 ½-length winner of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) in her most recent start, worked four furlongs on Monday at Churchill Downs in a final prep for her scheduled return to competition in Saturday’s Grade I Mother Goose at New York’s Belmont Park.

Calhoun Looks to Strike Gold with 'Silver' Again in Bashford Manor

After taking the Debutante on Saturday with Robert G. Luttrell’s Promise Me Silver, trainer Bret Calhoun has a 2-year-old gelding shipping to Churchill Downs on Tuesday for next Saturday’s $100,000-added Bashford Manor (Grade III) in Silverhill.

From Gold to Silver, Calhoun Strikes Again in $108,300 Debutante

For the second straight year, a 2-year-old Texas-bred gray filly from the barn of trainer Bret Calhoun invaded Churchill Downs to raid the Debutante.

Well-Rested Silver Max Tops List of Firecracker Probables

Mark Bacon and Dana WellsSilver Max, whose last start was a fourth-place effort in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Mile, is likely make his 2014 debut in next Saturday’s $200,000-added Firecracker (GII) at Churchill Downs.

Calhoun Looking for Debutante Repeat With Another Texas-Bred

After taking the 2013 edition with Texas-bred Fiftyshadesofgold, trainer Bret Calhoun is seeking a repeat in Saturday’s $100,000-added Debutante at Churchill Downs with Robert Luttrell’s homebred Promise Me Silver.