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Stephen Fidel’s Cosmic Evolution turned back a powerful trio of fillies trained by Steve Asmussen to score her first career victory in a 1 ½-length triumph the $100,000 Debutante Stakes for 2-year-old fillies on Saturday, June 27 at Churchill Downs.
Douglas Scharbauer’s He’s Comin In Hot preserved his reputation as one of the fastest young horses in North America when he rolled to a 3 ¾-length victory in Saturday’s 114th running of the $100,000 Bashford Manor Stakes (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.
American Pharoah's Kentucky Derby Victory, Triple Crown Celebration Top Memorable 38-Day Spring Meet
A nearly meet-long racetrack celebration of the victory by Zayat Stables’ American Pharoah in the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!
Departing Ends Stakes Drought, Earns First Turf Win; Provides Claiborne With Churchill Stakes Milestone
Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Departing won his first stakes race since 2013 and scored his first triumph on grass when slipped through along the hedge under jockey Miguel Mena to grab a clear lead in the stretch and held off longshot Knights Nation to win Saturday’s 26th running of the $20
Four-time Bashford Manor-winning trainer Steve Asmussen relishes the opportunity to try Jerry Durant’s maiden Show Bound on dirt in Saturday night’s 114th renewal of the six-furlong sprint for juveniles.
The willingness to improvise is a trait of most good horsemen. Additionally, many successful operations run their horses in races where they can succeed, but are keen to roll the dice when an opportunity is presented. After all, as the saying goes: you can’t win it if you’re not in it.
Churchill Downs’ Spring Meet winners Agent Di Nozzo, Guns Loaded, Ruble and Viva Majorca clash in a competitive sixth renewal of the $70,000-added Kelly’s Landing overnight stakes, one of four stakes events on the 11-race “Downs After Dark” closing night program.
Trainer Steve Asmussen has entered a trio of 2-year-old fillies – Adhara, Areolite and Thievery – in an attempt to collect his fifth victory in the $100,000 Debutante (Listed), which is one of four stakes events on Saturday’s 11-race “Downs After Dark” closing night program at Churchill Downs’ 38-day Spring Meet.
Runaway maiden winner He’s Comin in Hot headlines a field of eight 2-year-old colts and geldings entered in Saturday night’s 114th running of the $100,000 Bashford Manor (Grade III), one of four stakes events on the 11-race “Downs After Dark” closing night program of Churchill Downs’ 38-day Spring Meet.
Four accomplished graded stakes winners – Departing, Frac Daddy, Medal Count and Skyring – look to relive their past glory Saturday night at Churchill Downs as headliners in a competitive 26th renewal of the $200,000 Firecracker (Grade II) on closing night of the Louisville racetrack’s 38-day Spring Meet.
Robert Luttrell’s Promise Me Silver returned to the work tab Sunday morning with a half-mile breeze in :49 after the renovation break at 8:30 a.m. ET. This was the Texas-bred daughter of Silver City’s first breeze since finishing 10th as the 7-2 second choice in the June 6 Acorn (GI) at Belmont Park.
Fioretti, the longest shot in the field of six fillies and mares, scored a 25-1 surprise in Saturday’s sixth running of the $68,817 Roxelana overnight stakes at Churchill Downs with a ¾-length triumph over 3-5 favorite Willow Hills.
With only five days left of the Spring Meet, the race for the Churchill Downs riding title is neck and neck between defending leading rider Corey Lanerie and Julien Leparoux, who both entered Saturday’s action with 35 wins apiece.
Lanerie has won seven of the last eight Churchill Downs titles, including five in a row.
Donamire Farm’s Willow Hills looks to continue a perfect career in Saturday’s featured event at Churchill Downs, the $70,000-added Roxelana overnight stakes for fillies and mares.
Zayat Stables’ Triple Crown champion American Pharoah departed Churchill Downs on Thursday morning en route to Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s Southern California base at Santa Anita.
After thrilling 28,968 adoring fans with a parade over Churchill Downs’ track and trips to the paddock and G.H. MUMM Winner’s Circle on Saturday night, Triple Crown champ American Pharoah got a day of rest and relaxation Sunday.
A gutsy Island Town held off a late bid from overwhelming 1-2 favorite Fame and Power to take the 18th running of the $100,000 Matt Winn (GIII) by a half-length.
Prado’s Sweet Ride, last in a field of six at the top of the stretch, unleashed a furious late rally to catch pacesetter Lady Zuzu near the finish to win Saturday’s 46th running of the $100,000, Grade III Regret Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on turf by a head in the first of four stakes races run on Saturday’s Downs Aft
The 40th running of the Fleur de Lis Handicap (GII) was won by G. Watts Humphrey’s Frivolous at long shot odds of 32-1 for trainer Vicki Oliver and jockey Jon Court in the irons.