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Trainer Rick Dutrow, still fighting a heavy cough, was back at the track Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs supervising his 12-horse string in Louisville headlined by Big Brown winner of last Saturday’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I).
“I’m doing all right; it’s just all that dirt that Big Brown kicked up in my lungs,” Dutrow said with a laugh.
Following a traditional three-day break after the running of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), Spring Meet racing resumes at Churchill Downs on Wednesday with large and enticing carryover pools in the track’s Pick 6 and new Super Hi-5 wagers.
IEAH Stables and Paul Pompa Jr.’s Big Brown justified his trainer’s confidence and the faith of the betting public by powering to a 4 3/4-length victory over Fox Hill Farms’ filly Eight Belles to win the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands before a crowd of 157,770, the second-largest in history.
Patricia Cunningham and Melissa Green’s Einstein (BRZ), who had failed to win in two previous starts in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (GI), made his third attempt a victorious one Saturday, taking the 22nd running of the $548,300 race at Churchill Downs.
The largest Kentucky Derby crowd of the 21st century gathered under the historic Twin Spires to watch undefeated Derby favorite Big Brown power through the stretch and dominate a full field of 20 horses in the Grade I Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.
Tom Grether Farms’ Intangaroo, ridden by Alonso Quinonez, got up in the final jump to edge Baroness Thatcher and Hystericalady in a three-horse photo to win the 22nd running of the $334,800 Humana Distaff (GI) for fillies and mares four-years-old and up at Churchill Downs on Saturday afternoon.
Jacks or Better Farm’s Bayou’s Lassie scored a front-running victory in the 19th running of the $169,050 Churchill Downs Distaff Turf Mile (Grade III) at Churchill Downs on Saturday afternoon, defeating 2006 Eclipse Award winner Dreaming of Anna by 1 ¼ lengths.
Benefiting from a ground-saving ride by John Velazquez, Zabeel Racing International’s Game Face held off Keep the Peace by a neck in the 53rd running of the $168,450 La Troienne Stakes (Grade III) for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs on Saturday afternoon.
Tom Walters’ Elite Squadron took the lead out of the gate and never looked back in posting a front-running 4 1/2-length victory in the 74th running of the $282,000 Churchill Downs (Grade II), the first of six graded stakes on the Kentucky Derby 134 card at Churchill Downs on Saturday afternoon.
Near constant rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of fans at Churchill Downs as Proud Spell, the 3-1 favorite, worked her magic in Kentucky Oaks 134, dominating a field of 10 fillies as a crowd of 100,046 looked on, the ninth largest on-track gathering in Kentucky Oaks history. The dreary weather, which forced fans from their seats during repeated downpours, did take its toll on wagering.