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Trainer Kenny McPeek is planning an assault on the remaining stakes races in the Churchill Downs Fall Meet that could include his top performers from last week’s Breeders’ Cup Championships at Santa Anita.
Fans can now back their opinion on the prospects for next year’s Kentucky Derby sooner rather than later. For the first time, Churchill Downs Racetrack will add a fourth pool to its popular Kentucky Derby Future Wager and it will coincide with closing week of the racetrack’s 25-day Fall Meet: Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Saturday, Nov. 30.
When the highly-regarded 2-year-old Almost Famous faltered in upper stretch and finished a non-threatening fourth in the $61,800 Street Sense on opening day of the Churchill Downs Fall Meet, trainer Pat Byrne quickly admitted that he was completely mystified.
The narrow loss to Mucho Macho Man in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I) at Santa Anita by Willis D. Horton’s Will Take Charge might not be the final race of the year for the late-blooming 3-year-old star.
Solid Appeal and Somali Lemonade will share top billing as the 119-pound starting high weights for Saturday’s $100,000-added Cardinal Handicap (Grade III) at Churchill Downs, but Eastern invader Abaco could be the horse to beat when 10 fillies and mares go to post in the 40th running of the 1 1/8-mile turf race.
Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan, fresh off his second consecutive victory in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (GI), and Groupie Doll, the Filly & Mare Sprint champion of 2012 and a repeat winner in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (GI) at Santa Anita, are back in Kentucky following their early afternoon arrival at Louisville International Airport on a flig
Don’t Tell Sophia rallied from last in the field of 10 fillies and mares to sail past 5-2 favorite Wine Princess en route to a 2 ¼-length victory in the 28th running of the $165,200 Chilukki (Grade II) on Saturday night at Churchill Downs.
Lloyd Schwing Racing’s Ms Anna Destiny made a four-wide move on the turn for home and drew away in the stretch to win Friday’s ninth running of the $59,700 Dream Supreme at Churchill Downs by a widening 4 ¼ lengths over 9-5 favorite Vuitton.
A victory by Bourbon Courage in his return from nearly six months on the sidelines would likely have made a soggy day at Churchill Downs a bit more perfect for owner Bourbon Lane Stable, but trainer Kellyn Gorder liked what he saw and his colt remains on track for a bid in the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by
As the steady Wine Princess nears the end of her racing days, trainer Steve Margolis is dealing with mixed emotions as his filly appears to be in career-best form.