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A trio of contenders for the 134th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) turned in strong workouts on Sunday at Churchill Downs in preparation for races that will serve as their final preps for the “Run for the Roses” on May 3.
A pair of fillies that have spent time chasing the likes of 2-year-old filly champion Indian Blessing and Fair Grounds Oaks (Grade II) winner Proud Spell have the opportunity in Saturday’s $150,000 Bonnie Miss at Gulfstream Park to stamp themselves as major contenders for the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI).
IEAH Stables and Paul Pompa Jr.’s Big Brown has a maiden win on turf and an allowance victory on dirt in his two career starts and he drew the unfavorable outside post for Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (Grade I), but his reputation is so huge that the inexperienced colt was still installed as the 3-1 morning line choice for the 1 1/8-mile race.
The solid gold trophy that will be presented to the owner of the 3-year-old Thoroughbred that wins the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 3, arrived at the historic track on Thursday, March 27.
Racing resumes under the Twin Spires on Saturday, April 26, and Churchill Downs’ official Web site is keeping pace with a new look and expanded features for the 2008 season. The redesigned Web site is available at www.churchilldowns.com.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 26, 2008) – Trackside at Churchill Downs will open early at 9 a.m. (all times Eastern) on Saturday, March 29, to import the six lucrative stakes races that comprise the 13th annual Dubai World Cup program from Nad Al Sheba Race Course in the United Arab Emirates.
Due to preparations for the Spring Meet and for Kentucky Derby 134 on Saturday, May 3, Churchill Downs will move simulcasting operations to its Trackside Louisville facility at 4520 Poplar Level Road from Wednesday, April 2, through Friday, April 25. Simulcasting will also be available at Trackside Louisville on Kentucky Oaks Day, Friday, May 2; Kentucky Derby Day; and on Sunday, May 4.
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