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Instrumentalist Rallies to Take Lazer Show Purse at Churchill Downs

Castleton Lyons Farm’s Instrumentalist rallied from just off the pace to win Thursday’s featured $52,515 Lazer Show Purse for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up at Churchill Downs.

    Trained by Thomas Drury Jr. and ridden by Jon Court, Instrumentalist covered the five furlongs on the firm Matt Winn Turf Course in :56.86.

BARN NOTES (6.25.09) - Foley Closing On 300 CD Wins / Defending Winner Thorn Song Tops Firecracker Nominations

LIFELONG RACETRACKER FOLEY ON CUSP OF CHURCHILL MILESTONE – The question brought a chuckle from trainer Greg Foley.

“The first time my dad brought me to the race track? I guess I was 3 or 4,” the 51-year-old Foley said. “When I was 5 or 6, I was walking hots.”

Lukas Has Two Shots at Seventh Debutante Victory

Trainer D Wayne Lukas, who has saddled the Debutante winner a record six times, will have two chances at bringing home No. 7 on Saturday when he sends out Westrock Stables’ Decelerator and Tidal Pool in the 109th running of the $100,000-added Grade III event at Churchill Downs.

Rachel Alexandra Works Half-Mile At Churchill Downs In Final Prep For Return In Mother Goose

Stonestreet Stables and Harold McCormick’s Rachel Alexandra, winner of the Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) and the Preakness (GI), worked four furlongs in :49.80 at Churchill Downs on Monday in preparation for her scheduled return to racing in Saturday’s $300,000 Mother Goose (GI) at Belmont Park.

Churchill Downs Lowers 'Happy Hour' Prices, Adds Beverage Stations, Boosts Staff For 'Downs After Dark' II

After a successful launch of night racing with last Friday’s historic “Downs After Dark” debut, Churchill Downs is offering fans who were frustrated by lines at beverage stations during the night racing debut lower drink prices and significant increases in both drink stations and staff for the track’s second night racing program on Friday, June 26.

Dubious Miss Wins Father's Day Feature At Churchill Downs

David Holloway’s Dubious Miss assumed control approaching the top of the stretch and drew clear to post a two-length victory over Spotsgone in the $60,747 feature race on Sunday’s Father’s Day card at Churchill Downs.

BARN NOTES (6.21.09) - Three-Win Day Boosts Hernandez / Debutante Field Takes Shape / Foley Has Two Shots at Milestone

THREE-WIN DAY BOLSTERS HERNANDEZ’S SPIRITS – It has been a frustrating meet so far for jockey Brian Hernandez Jr., but things started to turn around a bit on Saturday when he enjoyed his first three-day win of the meet.

    “You hope to have more days like yesterday,” said Hernandez, a 23-year-old native of Lafayette, La.

Victory Notion Wins Le Cou Cou Purse

Texas Toyco, LLC’s Victory Notion collared Holy Anthem in deep stretch to win Saturday’s featured $49,995 Le Cou Cou Purse for 3-year-olds and up by a head at Churchill Downs.

BARN NOTES (5.20.09) - 'Downs After Dark' Gets Strong Reviews / Miss Diane One To Watch / Ocean Colors Breaks Through

DOWNS AFTER DARK RECEIVES STRONG REVIEWS – The talk of the backstretch Saturday morning was all about the night before … the debut of night racing at Churchill Downs that brought out a crowd of 28,011.

Cosmic Rallies Under Borel To Take Featured Dark Star Purse on First Night Racing Program at Churchill Downs

Mary Grum’s Cosmic, receiving a patented, rail-skimming ride from Calvin Borel, romped to a 4 1/4-length victory over Godolphin Gray before a crowd of 28,011 to win Friday’s $52,270 Dark Star Purse, the featured attraction on the first program of night racing in the 135-year history of Churchill Downs.