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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.
CHURCHILL HORSEMEN LEANING TOWARD ORB IN THE BELMONT
MARGOLIS EXPECTS STRONG EFFORT FROM MIZ IDA ON SATURDAY
Daisy Devine, winner of the 2012 Jenny Wiley (Grade I), will carry the top weight of 120 pounds when she takes on five fillies and mares in the 37th running of the $100,000-added Early Times Mint Julep Handicap (GIII) on Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Betweenhereandcool drew off in the stretch to win the $52,304 Sunday afternoon feature at Churchill Downs by 2 ¼ lengths and in the day’s finale Tator Downs gave the Spring Meet’s leading trainer Mike Maker his fourth win of the day.
Scatman sat just behind the early pacesetters before swinging wide on the turn and ran down Jasizzle in deep stretch to win the 25th running of the $106,800 Aristides (Grade III) by a neck on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
LOPRESTI CALLS AUDIBLE FOR SUCCESSFUL DAN WORK
PREAKNESS WINNER OXBOW, DERBY RUNNER-UP GOLDEN SOUL EXIT THURSDAY WORKS IN GOOD ORDER
Beat the Blues, twice a bridesmaid in the Winning Colors (Grade III) at Churchill Downs, broke through with a determined gate-to-wire victory over 4-5 favorite Judy the Beauty on Memorial Day.
POOL PLAY WILL GO FOR SECOND STEPHEN FOSTER VICTORY
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, May 27, 2013) – Pool Play scored a 36-1 upset victory in the 2011 Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I) and now he will attempt to join Vodika Collins and Recoup the Cash as two-time winners of the race.
Right to Vote, runner-up to Mark Valeski in last year’s Peter Pan (Grade II), rallied in midstretch and then outdueled favored Golden Frontier to win the $51,750 Sunday afternoon feature at Churchill Downs by one length.
SIMMS SEEKS WINNING COLORS VICTORY WITH BLUEEYESINTHEREIN
Blueeyesintherein visited the winner’s circle following her run in last year’s Debutante (Grade III) and trainer Garry Simms is hoping for a similar result Monday in the $100,000-added Winning Colors (GIII) at Churchill Downs.
Dark Cove grabbed the lead with a quarter mile to run and held off late charges by Atigun and Najjaar to win the 76th running of the Grade III, $111,800 Louisville Handicap by a half-length on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.