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STEPHEN FOSTER HANDICAP NIGHT STARS IN GOOD ORDER SUNDAY
After a fantastic night of racing beneath the Twin Spires, the equine stars of Stephen Foster Handicap Night at Churchill Downs were reported by their connections to be in good order.
Valiant Boy SBFAR, the 2012 Arabian Horse of the Year and champion 4-year-old colt or gelding, added a Churchill Downs stakes win to his résumé with a five-length score over In X Hess in Saturday’s $103,695 President of the United Arab Emirates Cup (Grade I) at Churchill Downs.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s homebred Kitten’s Dumplings, winner of the Edgewood on Kentucky Oaks Day, collected her second stakes win of the Spring Meet when she cruised to a 2 ¼-length victory over Praia in the $113,900 Regret (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.
Code West Prevails in Matt Winn, Gives Hall of Fame Trainer Baffert His 100th Churchill Downs Victory
Gary and Mary West’s Code West, runner-up in the Risen Star (Grade II) this winter, collected the first stakes win of his career with a valiant head triumph over Uncaptured in Saturday’s $113,100 Matt Winn (GIII) at Churchill Downs.
John C. Oxley’s Funny Proposition sprinted to the early lead and drew away late to upset champion mare Royal Delta by five lengths in Saturday’s $186,375 Fleur De Lis Handicap Presented by Etihad Airways (Grade II) on Saturday night at Churchill Downs.
Reminiscent of last November’s triumph in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I), Fort Larned made all of the running and posted a dominant 6 ¼-length, gate-to-wire win over Golden Ticket in Saturday’s 32nd running of the $536,300 Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (GI) before 23,509 “Downs After Dark” night racing fans at Churchi
WISE DAN BREEZES AT KEENELAND; COULD RUN NEXT IN FIRECRACKER
Defending Horse of the Year Wise Dan breezed a “bullet” five furlongs on the Polytrack at Keeneland on Saturday in :58.40 and he could make his next start in the $150,000-added Firecracker Handicap (Grade II) at Churchill Downs on June 29.
GOLDEN TICKET HEADS QUARTET OF STAKES CONTENDERS FOR McPEEK
Last year’s Debutante (Grade III) winner Blueeyesintherein, the lone 3-year-old in the field of five fillies and mares, cruised to a 4 ¾-length victory in the $55,860 Thursday afternoon feature at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Garry Simms and ridden by Leandro Goncalves, Blueeyesintherein completed the six furlongs in 1:11.08 on the fast main track.
‘NO EXCUSES’ FOR TAKE CHARGE INDY IN SATURDAY’S STEPHEN FOSTER
Trainer Pat Byrne will saddle Alysheba (Grade II) winner Take Charge Indy for the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (GI) and he said he has no excuses going into Saturday’s race.
Two-time champion Royal Delta, the 2-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s 38th running of the $175,000-added Fleur de Lis Handicap (Grade II), highlights the undercard of the Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) on the Downs After Dark Presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka racing program at Churchill Downs.
Mort Fink’s talented but injury-plagued homebred Successful Dan, the older brother to reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan, has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite in a competitive field of six older horses entered for Saturday’s 32nd running of the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (GI)
SUCCESSFUL DAN SEEKS FIRST GRADE I VICTORY IN STEPHEN FOSTER
Louisville’s biggest summer parties return in earnest to Churchill Downs for the final three weeks of the Spring Meet as the historic home of the Kentucky Derby welcomes back its wildly-popular Downs After Dark nighttime racing programs Saturday at 6 p.m. (all times Eastern).
Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I) winner Fort Larned continued his preparations for Saturday’s $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (GI) with a five-furlong breeze in 1:01.40 on the muddy main track at Churchill Downs on Monday morning.
McGaughey, Rosario to Return June 15 to Accept Engraved Derby Trophies During 'Downs After Dark,' Foster Celebrations
Members of the team that guided Phipps Stable and Stuart Janney III’s Orb to victory in the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!
ROYAL DELTA, RON THE GREEK TO RETURN TO CHURCHILL DOWNS
Two of the brightest stars of last year’s Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (Grade I) night at Churchill Downs are set to return to the Louisville track Sunday afternoon in search of successful encores to their 2013 heroics.
Miz Ida collected the fifth stakes win of her 12-race career with a 1 ¼-length victory over odds-on favorite Daisy Devine in Saturday’s 37th running of the $109,100 Early Times Mint Julep Handicap (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.
SUCCESSFUL DAN, TAKE CHARGE INDY TOP STEPHEN FOSTER WORKS
Four contenders for the June 15 $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (Grade I), including Successful Dan and Take Charge Indy, worked Saturday in preparation for the 1 1/8-mile race at Churchill Downs.
Good Deed, 4 ¼-length winner of the Unbridled Sidney on May 11, broke on top in the field of six fillies and mares, turned for home with a two-length lead and then drew off in the stretch of the Matt Winn Turf Course to win the $59,038 Friday afternoon feature at Churchill Downs by five lengths over Sweet Cassiopeia.