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Magdalena Racing and Diamond M Stables’ War Dancer grabbed leaving the final turn and turned back a fierce late charge from Suntracer to win Saturday’s 77th running of the $110,200 Louisville Handicap (Grade III) by a head at Churchill Downs.
West Point Thoroughbreds’ Commanding Curve worked five furlongs early Friday morning at Churchill Downs in :59.80 for trainer Dallas Stewart in preparation for a rematch with Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 7.
Fresh off impressive back-to-back victories in allowance/optional claiming races, Kazmi Cheema and Chowhan Racing LLC’s swift 4-year-old filly Anahauc will return to stakes company Monday for the 11th running of the $100,000-added Winning Colors (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.
Churchill Downs Racetrack’s “Single 6 Jackpot,” the multi-race wager that debuted during the 2013 Fall Meet with the potential of a big payday to a lucky bettor if there’s only one winning wager, will return to the Louisville racetrack’s betting menu Thursday (May 22) with a lower 20-cent minimum.
Magdalena Racing and Diamond M Stables’ War Dancer, winner of the 2013 Virginia Derby (Grade II) and runner-up in last month’s Elkhorn (GII) at Keeneland, is the 118-pound starting high weight in a field of eight older horses that were entered for Saturday’s 77th running of the $100,000-added Louisville Handicap (GIII) at Churchill D
Praia grabbed the lead with an eighth of mile to run and turned back a late rally by Gulsary-IRE to prevail by a head and win Saturday’s second running of the $64,549 Keertana overnight stakes for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs.
COMMANDING CURVE WORKS A HALF-MILE; POINTING TO BELMONT STAKES - West Point Thoroughbreds’ Commanding Curve, runner-up in the Grade I Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, returned to the work tab early Friday morning at Churchill Downs, logging a half-mile on the main track in :48.80 outside of workmate Golden Soul.
Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (GI) winner California Chrome has been made the 3-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s 139th running of the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (Grade I).
Kentucky Derby (Grade 1) winner California Chrome completed the Churchill Downs portion of his training for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes (GI) by galloping 1 ¼ miles early Monday morning with Willie Delgado aboard.
Christopher Dunn and Loooch Racing Stable’s Ria Antonia worked a half-mile on her own in :47.60 over a track labeled as “good” early Sunday morning at Churchill Downs.