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Following an exhilarating night of first-class racing Saturday under the Twin Spires, the equine stars of Stephen Foster Handicap Night at Churchill Downs were reported by their connections to be in good order.
Jockey Rosie Napravnik is expected to be out of the saddle for four-to-six weeks while she recovers from a shoulder injury suffered in a training mishap early Sunday morning at Churchill Downs.
Randy Patterson's Moonshine Mullin pressed the pace under a snug hold, took the lead with three-eighths of a mile to run and turned back bids by Departing and champion Will Take Charge en route to a 1 ¾-length win in Saturday night's 33rd running of the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (Grade I), the featured event on a spectacular "Downs After Dark Presented by Ste
Valiant Boy SBFAR, the 2012 Arabian Horse of the Year, was able to edge out RB Champagne Taste in the closing stages of the $100,000 President of the United Arab Emirates Cup (Grade I) by three quarters of a length, thus successfully defending his title in the race he won a year ago under the Twin Spires.
A late charge by Aurelia’s Belle that appeared to fall just short was transformed into a victory in Churchill Downs’ $111,900 Regret (GIII) for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on turf when apparent winner A Little Bit Sassy was disqualified from first and placed fourth after track stewards ruled that the latter had interfered with other horses when she veered
Winchell Thoroughbreds’ multiple graded stakes-winner Tapiture rebounded from a 15th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands to win Saturday night’s 17th running of the $109,400 Matt Winn (Grade III) at Churchill Downs by two lengths over Ulanbator.
Bill Cubbedge’s Molly Morgan made a bold inside move on the final turn to grab the lead under leading jockey Corey Lanerie and rolled to a four-length upset win over Flashy American in Saturday night’s $216,200 Fleur de Lis Handicap Presented by Etihad Airways (Grade II) at Churchill Downs.
Randy Patterson’s Moonshine Mullin pressed the pace under a snug hold, took the lead with three-eighths of a mile to run and turned back bids by Departing and champion Will Take Charge en route to a 1 ¾-length win in Saturday night’s 33rd running of the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (G
Churchill Downs and TwinSpires.com have teamed to make Stephen Foster Handicap night even more enticing for bettors by offering a one-night-only $100,000 guaranteed jackpot pool for the 20-cent Single 6 Jackpot wager.
Saturday’s Single 6 sequence will cover Races 4-9, which begins at 7:26 p.m. (all times EDT) and culminates with the $100,000 Regret (Grade III) at 10:11 p.m.
Churchill Downs to Award $127,000 in Kentucky Derby, Oaks Charitable Contributions During Stephen Foster 'Downs After Dark' Celebration
Three charitable organizations will visit Churchill Downs Racetrack during "Downs After Dark" festivities on Saturday, June 14 to accept donations totaling $127,000 from the historic track that were generated by activities during this year's celebration of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!
Fresh off a most impressive win in the Pimlico Special (Grade III), WinStar Farm LLC’s Revolutionary is seeking his first Grade I victory in Saturday night’s $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (GI) and has been made the 2-1 favorite in a talented field of nine older horses.
The exhilarating Downs After Dark Presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka night racing program features four graded stakes for Thoroughbreds, highlighted by the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (Grade I), and Churchill Downs-based trainer Kenny McPeek is shooting for the “All-Stakes Pick 4” with a starter in each graded event
Tapiture Faces Almost Famous In First Outing Since Derby; A Little Bit Sassy, Istanford Head Wide-Open Regret; Champion Arabian Valiant Boy SBFAR Heads President of UAE Cup
After finishing 15th in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Tapiture looks to bounce back in the $100,000-added Matt Winn (Grade III) on Saturday night at Churchill Downs.
Two-Time Grade I Winner, Local Favorite On Fire Baby Bids for Fourth Churchill Downs Stakes Win in Fleur De Lis
Anita Cauley’s homebred On Fire Baby, a local favorite who won the Grade I La Troienne at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks Day, will seek her fourth career stakes victory at her home track when she faces a strong group of five rivals in the 39th running of the $200,000-added Fleur De Lis Handicap (Grade II), one of five major stakes
Champion Will Take Charge, Revolutionary, Departing Head Grade I Stephen Foster Under 'Downs After Dark' Lights
A talented and accomplished field of nine older horses headed by Will Take Charge, winner of Churchill Downs’ Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) and the champion 3-year-old of 2013, and multiple graded stakes-winners Revolutionary and Departing has been entered to compete in Saturday’s...
Seeking his first graded stakes victory, Godolphin’s Long River is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Wednesday morning for the Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (GI), according to his New York-based trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Departing, whose strong 3-year-old campaign included a run in the Preakness Stakes (Grade I) and wins in three derbies, completed his serious preparation Monday for his bid for Saturday night’s 33rd running of the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (Grade I) <
The Fourth Annual White Party fashions the Stephen Foster Handicap
into a night of casual elegance and entertainment
Reigning 3-year-old champion Will Take Charge looms as the starting high weight in Saturday’s 33rd running of the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap presented by Abu Dhabi (Grade I) after being assigned a 123-pound impost for the race by Churchill Downs Racing Secretary Ben Huffman.
Honey Hues, a 13-1 longshot ridden by Jesus Castanon, tracked the pace set by Maid On a Mission before she moved to the front on the far turn and then held off a late charge by I’m Already Sexy to score a three-quarter length victory in Saturday’s 38th running of the Grade III, $110,400 Early Times Mint Julep Handica