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(June 6, 2008) – Saud bin Khaled’s Le Dauphin outgamed Valtrus in stretch-long duel to prevail by a neck and win Friday afternoon’s $43,100 allowance feature race at Churchill Downs for 3-year-olds and up.
(June 6, 2008) – Popular Churchill Downs jockeys Miguel Mena and Brian Hernandez Jr. will be featured in the inaugural edition of “Jockey Talk” – a new program at the Louisville racetrack that will allow horse racing fans to mingle with their favorite race riders.
LEPAROUX’S AGENT IN SPOILER ROLE IN THIS TRIPLE CROWN PURSUIT – In 1987, Steve Bass was right in the middle of the Triple Crown storm as the exercise rider for Alysheba. On Saturday, he hopes to be part of a spoiler to history as the agent of jockey Julien Leparoux, who will ride Anak Nakal for trainer Nick Zito.
Churchill Downs and six other historic and cultural sites in Metro Louisville were honored by the Louisville Historical League at the historic home of the Kentucky Derby on Thursday for being selected by voters as being among the community’s “7 Wonders of Louisville.”
(June 5, 2008) – Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein’s Be Golden led every step of the way to win Thursday’s $45,200 allowance feature for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up at Churchill Downs by 5 ¼ lengths over Lenawee.
If unbeaten Big Brown wins Saturday’s $1 million Belmont Stakes, all fans in attendance at Churchill Downs that day will receive a free, limited edition commemorative Triple Crown print to be given away at the Louisville racetrack on Sunday, June 22.
PURE CLAN WORKS FIVE FURLONGS FOR REGRET – With part owner Lewis Lakin looking on, Pure Clan put in her final work for next weekend’s $200,000-added Regret (Grade III) by working five furlongs in 1:02.20 over “firm” turf Thursday morning under Julien Leparoux.
Stonestreet Stable and Midnight Cry Stable’s reigning “Horse of the Year” Curlin heads a star-studded roster of veteran racing stars nominated to the 27th running of the Churchill Downs’ $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I) on Saturday, June 14 at Churchill Downs.
Frank Fletcher Racing Operations, Inc’s Officer Rocket rallied from last place under a rail-skimming ride from Calvin Borel to overtake Bold Start by a head to win Wednesday’s $50,400 feature race, an allowance test for three-year-olds and up, at Churchill Downs.
DENIS OF CORK, MACHO AGAIN JOG BEFORE LEAVING FOR BELMONT STAKES – Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren Jr.’s Denis of Cork, the third-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), jogged two miles with Kim Carroll, wife of trainer David Carroll, up Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs.