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Reigning “Horse of the Year” Curlin and three-time Grade I turf winner Einstein, the 1-2 finishers in the $1 million Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) on dirt on June 14, top a list of 35 nominations for the 19th running of the Firecracker Handicap (GII) over the Matt Winn Turf Course at a mile on July 4.
Reigning “Horse of the Year” Curlin returned to serious training after his recent victory in the $1 million Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I) with an easy five-furlong work on Monday at Churchill Downs.
(June 22, 2008) – Robert Hovelson’s Swingit made a last-to-first move on the far turn under Brian Hernandez Jr. to sweep past five rivals and cruise to a 1 ¾-length victory in Sunday’s $50,400 headliner at Churchill Downs for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.
Twin Creeks Racing Stable’s Garden District completed her major preparations for Saturday’s expected run in the 108th edition of the Debutante Stakes (Grade III) for 2-year-old fillies by working five furlongs in 1:02.20 over a “fast” track Sunday morning at Churchill Downs.
(June 21, 2008) – Burr Travis Racing II’s Itsallaboutthechase, the longest shot in the field of seven allowance runners, held off a late bid from favored Cowtown Cat to win Saturday’s $50,400 Xavier University Musketeer Race at Churchill Downs.
(June 21, 2008) – Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan suffered minor injuries in a spill in the first race Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs. He was taken to Norton Audubon Hospital in Louisville for x-rays, which revealed no broken bones or serious injuries, according to his agent Doc Danner.
AMERICAN DERBY NEXT UP FOR TIZDEJAVU – Trainer Greg Fox was still floating on Cloud Nine a week after Tizdejavu’s authoritative four-length victory in the Jefferson Cup (GII) on “Stephen Foster Super Saturday” at Churchill Downs.
(June 20, 2008) – Windmill Manor Farm’s Knights Cross rallied from just off the pace to win Friday’s $45,200 Centric Consulting Classic at Churchill Downs by 1 3/4 lengths over Foster.
Regret (GIII) winner Pure Clan returned to the track Thursday morning for the first time since winning her third stakes race at Churchill Downs – and her first over the Matt Winn Turf Course.