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Stephen Foster Heroes Curlin, Einstein Head Nominations to Firecracker Handicap

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.

'Horse of the Year' Curlin Works Easy Five Furlongs at Churchill Downs

 

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. 

Swingit Splendid on Churchill Downs Grass

(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.

Garden District Preps For Run Against Fillies In Debutante Stakes

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.

Longshot Itsallaboutthechase Upsets Churchill Downs Foes

(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.

Bridgmohan Escapes Serious Injury in Spill

(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.

Two-time Stakes Winner Tizdejavu Points Toward American Derby

 

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.

Favored Knights Cross Wins Centric Consulting Classic

(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 Winner Pure Clan Opens New Vista for Veteran Holthus

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.

Canela Takes SIOR Cup

(June 19, 2008) – Scarlet Stable’s Canela took the lead soon after the start and never relinquished it in winning the $45,200 SIOR Cup on Thursday afternoon at Churchill Downs.