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Zayat Stables’ American Pharoah, the Kentucky Derby champ who splashed his way to a seven-length romp in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes, is booked on a Monday flight from Baltimore to Louisville and is expected to arrive at Churchill Downs’ Barn 33 around 2 p.m.
Ramona Bass’ Courtesan, ridden by Corey Lanerie and trained by Christophe Clement, tracked pacesetter First Romance and ran down that rival late to win Saturday’s first division of the $58,740 Keertana overnight stakes at Churchill Downs.
Stoneway Farm’s Ahh Chocolate shipped back to trainer Neil Howard’s stable at Churchill Downs after a third-place effort in the Black Eyed Susan Stakes (GII) at Pimlico behind the Dale Romans-trained Keen Pauline and Include Betty, who bounced back after a troubled eighth in the Longines Kentuc
Saturday’s 140th running of the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (Grade I) – headlined by the Top 3 finishers in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands: American Pharoah, Firing Line and Dortmund – dominated conversations on the Churchill Downs backstretch Friday morning.
Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC’s Untapable, winner of last year’s Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), returned to the work tab Monday, breezing five furlongs in 1:01.60 – her third published workout since winning Oaklawn Park’s $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (GI) by 2 ½ lengths on April 10.
Charles Fipke’s Tale of Verve entered the Preakness picture after a five-furlong work in 1:00.40 this morning at Churchill Downs and Zayat Stables’ Mr. Z, 13th in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!
Ike and Dawn Thrash and Janet and Sam Alley’s 4-year-old filly Katie’s Eyes pulled away from a field of eight fillies and mares inside the final 100 yards to win Saturday’s fifth running of the $66,029 Unbridled Sidney by 1 ¼ lengths over Free as a Bird on Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Danzig Moon, the fifth-place finisher in last Saturday’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), will continue on the Triple Crown trail.
“We are going,” said Norman Casse, assistant to his father, trainer Mark Casse. “He came out of the Derby really well and deserves one more chance.”
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) winner American Pharoah galloped a mile and three-sixteenths after the morning renovation break at Churchill Downs.
Also galloping after the break were the 2-3 finishers from the Derby, Firing Line and Dortmund.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) winner American Pharoah and third-place finisher Dortmund returned to the track Thursday for the first time since Saturday’s Run for the Roses.