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Successful Dan Made 2-1 Favorite for Saturday's Grade I, $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap

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)

Churchill Downs Barn Notes for Wednesday, June 12

SUCCESSFUL DAN SEEKS FIRST GRADE I VICTORY IN STEPHEN FOSTER

Downs After Dark Returns to Churchill Downs Saturday Night

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).

Fort Larned Works Toward Stephen Foster Bid

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!

Churchill Downs Race Day Notes for Sunday, June 9

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 Runs Down Daisy Devine to Win Grade III Early Times Mint Julep Handicap

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.

Churchill Downs Race Day Notes for Saturday, June 8

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 Goes Gate to Wire in Friday Feature

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 Downs Race Day Notes for Friday, June 7

CHURCHILL HORSEMEN LEANING TOWARD ORB IN THE BELMONT

Churchill Downs Race Day Notes for Thursday, June 6

MARGOLIS EXPECTS STRONG EFFORT FROM MIZ IDA ON SATURDAY

Daisy Devine Tops Saturday's Early Times Mint Julep Handicap

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 Wins Feature; Maker Saddles Four Winners

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.  

Churchill Downs Race Day Notes for Sunday, June 2

LEA COULD RETURN IN FIRECRACKER

No-Nonsense Win by Scatman in Aristides

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.

Churchill Downs Race Day Notes for Saturday, June 1

LOPRESTI CALLS AUDIBLE FOR SUCCESSFUL DAN WORK

Churchill Downs Race Day Notes for Friday, May 31

PREAKNESS WINNER OXBOW, DERBY RUNNER-UP GOLDEN SOUL EXIT THURSDAY WORKS IN GOOD ORDER

Beat the Blues Breaks Through With Triumph in Grade III Winning Colors

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.

Churchill Downs Race Day Notes for Monday, May 27

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 Rallies in Sunday Feature; Moreira Collects First U.S. Victory

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.