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After being purchased privately for a lofty but undisclosed sum, Sky Girl provided new owner John Clay’s Alpha Delta Stables with a quick return on investment.
The field for the first running of Churchill Downs’ $175,000-added Homecoming Classic a week from Saturday still has Janis Whitham’s reigning Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I) and Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) winner Fort Larned at the top, with the rest of the field still taking shape.
Two horses that have enjoyed some of their finest moments over the main track at Churchill Downs worked at the track Friday in preparation for their respective bids for next week’s first running of the $175,000-added Homecoming Classic, the last of eight stakes races conducted during the September meet.
The 139th running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I), a race that shares a rich history with the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!
Trainer Ian Wilkes has announced a change in the path that Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I) winner Fort Larned will travel in his quest to defend his 2012 victory in the $5 million race in this year’s renewal at Santa Anita on Saturday, Nov. 2.
Maggie Moss’s So Many Ways, winner of Saratoga’s Grade I Spinaway at two and Churchill Downs’ Eight Belles (Grade III) on Kentucky Derby Day, heads a competitive field of nine 3-year-old fillies entered to compete in the 38th running of the $100,000-added Dogwood Stakes (GIII) for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday, Sept.
It has been nearly a year since A Stevens Miles’ multiple stakes winner Neck n’ Neck went to the sidelines while training for a bid for Churchill Downs’ Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I), but a Sunday workout provided solid evidence that the son of Flower Alley could be stepping into a starting gate soon for trainer Ian Wilkes.
Vuitton took advantage of an early speed duel and rallied from last to run down Sweet Cassiopeia by one length to win Saturday’s fifth running of the $108,100 Open Mind at Churchill Downs.
It is a newcomer on the racing calendar, but Churchill Downs’ inaugural running of the $175,000-added Homecoming Classic during its new September Meet has drawn a high-powered roster of nominations that includes the names of five winners of Grade I stakes events.
In his 78 years and lifetime in around horses, Hall of Fame trainer and four-time Kentucky Derby (Grade I) winner D. Wayne Lukas is not surprised by much when he reports to the track each day for morning training.