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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.

Churchill Downs Race Day Notes for Sunday, May 26

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 Wins Louisville Handicap for Red-Hot Ramseys and Maker

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.

Churchill Downs Race Day Notes for Saturday, May 25

GOLDEN SOUL WORK POSTPONED, LIKELY TO WORK MIDWEEK

Judy the Beauty Headlines Competitive Edition of the Winning Colors

Wesley Ward’s Judy the Beauty, runner-up in last year’s Prioress (Grade I) and an easy winner this spring at Keeneland, tops a competitive field of seven fillies and mares entered for the 10th running of the $100,000-added Winning Colors (GIII) on Memorial Day at Churchill Downs.

Churchill Downs Race Day Notes for Friday, May 24

WILKES LOOKING TO ‘RESTART’ FORT LARNED’S YEAR IN STEPHEN FOSTER HANDICAP

Churchill Downs' 'Downs After Dark' Fashion Themes Includes Fans' Choice Vote

Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) has unveiled fashion and décor themes for two of its trio of “Downs After Dark Presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka” night racing celebrations scheduled for the final three Saturdays in June, and is turning to its fans to choose the theme for the third.

Churchill Downs Race Day Notes for Thursday, May 23

LUKAS STILL SMILING AFTER ‘GRATIFYING’ VICTORY BY OXBOW

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, May 23, 2013) – Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas was still in high spirits at his barn at Churchill Downs on Thursday, five days after Oxbow’s 1 ¾-length victory in the Preakness (Grade I) at odds of more than 15-1.

Dark Cove Tops Field of Nine Entered for Saturday's Louisville Handicap

Dark Cove, 4 ¼-length winner of the Elkhorn (Grade II) in his most recent start, tops a field of nine 3-year-olds and up entered for Saturday’s 76th running of the $100,000-added Louisville Handicap (GIII) at 1 ½ miles on the Matt Winn Turf Course at Churchill Downs.

Churchill Downs Race Day Notes for Sunday, May 19

ALL SMILES AT BARN 44 ON SUNDAY AFTER PREAKNESS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, May 19, 2013) – There were nothing but smiles on the faces of those working in D. Wayne Lukas’ barn at Churchill Downs on the Sunday morning following Oxbow’s upset victory in the Preakness (Grade I).