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Churchill Downs' September Meet Concludes 12-Day Run With Encouraging Results,Strong On-Track Performances
The second-consecutive September Meet at Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) concluded its 12-date run on Sunday, September 28 with encouraging results and a string of strong performances by the equine and human stars who competed during the brief racing session.
After an impressive 1 ¾-length victory in Saturday’s $135,500 Homecoming Classic, Hall of Fame conditioner Bill Mott was not ready to rule out the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I) on Nov. 1 as the next start for Jake Ballis and Rashard Lewis’ Cigar Street.
Terry Hamilton’s Heart to Heart went straight to the front of the pack and never looked back, widening his lead in the stretch to win the 39th running of the $110,000 Jefferson Cup (Grade III) at Churchill Downs by four lengths over Captain Dixie.
Cigar Street, owned by Jake Ballis and NBA star Rashard Lewis, was eager to run early but waited until midway around the far turn before taking command and turning back a late charge by 6-5 favorite Departing to impressively win Saturday’s second running of the $135,500 Homecoming Classic at Churchill Downs by 1 ¾ lengths.
Trainer Dale Romans is hoping for a big Saturday at Churchill Downs as he will saddle Crossed Sabres Farm’s Pick of the Litter in the $125,000-added Homecoming Classic and 44 Racing’s Sportscaster and Frank L.
Coming off an eighth-place finish in the $1.5 million Whitney (Grade I) at Saratoga on Aug. 2, Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Departing is seeking a return to top form in Saturday’s $125,000-added Homecoming Classic under the Twin Spires for trainer Al Stall Jr.
Canadian Shippers Heart to Heart, Speightsland; French-Raced Battlefront Seek Grade III Jefferson Cup
A trio of 3-year-old Thoroughbreds whose primary racing experience has occurred beyond the borders of the United States is set to descend upon Churchill Downs in search of a signature victory when they compete in the 38th running of the $100,000-added Jefferson Cup (Grade III) over the Matt Winn Turf Course on Saturday (Sept. 27).
Michael Langdon’s improving Carve has won four races and nearly $500,000 in a “career year” in 2014, and is the early favorite to add another significant win to his finest racing season when he takes on five rivals in the second running of the $125,000-added Homecoming Classic on Saturday (Sept. 27) at Churchill Downs.
Will Take Charge, who clinched Champion 3-Year-Old Male honors last year with a win at Churchill Downs in the $550,700 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I), was retired to Three Chimneys Farm on Sunday due to a mild strain to a branch of his suspensory apparatus.