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'Dude,' Will Take Charge Top Clark, Oaks Winner Believe You Can Heads Falls City as Nominees for Final Fall Stakes Released
A showdown between two of the top stars in American racing looms at Churchill Downs on Friday, Nov.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Emotional Kitten overcame early struggles with the “good” turf course and found her best footing late to run down versatile New York-bred Effie Trinket and win Saturday night’s 23rd running of the $205,100 Mrs. Revere (Grade II) by a half-length before a crowd of 12,222 at Churchill Downs.
Canadian invader River Seven, racing for the first time south of his home country’s border, wore down Frac Daddy near the finish under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan to score a half-length victory over 11 rivals in the 10th running of the $115,400 Commonwealth Turf (Grade III) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on the grass Sa
Sycamore Stable’s Nellie Cashman got her first view of the historic Twin Spires of Churchill Downs on Friday morning when she galloped around the Louisville track in preparation for her run in Saturday evening’s $175,000-added Mrs. Revere (Grade II) for 3-year-old fillies on the turf.
Canada’s legendary Sam-Son Farm has enjoyed some wonderful moments beneath Churchill Downs’ famed Twin Spires, but it has been some time since its distinctive red silks with gold sleeves have visited the winner’s circle after a major race here.
1. Admission gates for “Downs After Dark Presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka” will open Saturday at 3 p.m. (all times Eastern) and the first of 10 races will begin at 4:30 p.m. The final race will be 9:08 p.m. and the on-track party will continue in Club 140 until 10:30 p.m.
Magic City Thoroughbreds’ Frac Daddy, a disappointing 16th on the first Saturday in May in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!
Full Field of 14 3-Year-Old Fillies Entered for 'Downs After Dark's" Wide-Open, Grade II Mrs. Revere
Graded stakes winners I’m Already Sexy, Nellie Cashman and Tapicat headline an ultra-competitive and full field of 14 three-year-old fillies that were entered to contest Saturday night’s 23rd running of the $175,000-added Mrs. Revere (Grade II) at Churchill Downs.
Jockey Calvin Borel, a three-time winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) and a 2013 inductee into the Thoroughbred racing Hall of Fame, will take the rest of the year off as he continues his recovery from injuries suffered in an October riding mishap at Keeneland Race Course.
Louisville’s rising country music star Olivia Henken, who garnered national attention as a Top 20 finalist on Season 5 of NBC’s “The Voice,” will entertain guests Saturday night (Nov. 16) at Churchill Downs with a special performance during “Downs After Dark Presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka.”
The surroundings are a good bit different than those at her former home at Churchill Downs, but reigning Eclipse Award Filly & Mare Sprint champion Groupie Doll has resumed her training in New York, and trainer William “Buff” Bradley and other familiar faces are close by.
The Shug McGaughey-trained Abaco invaded from New York to collect her first graded stakes win with a come-from-behind, one-length victory over Miz Ida in the 40th running of the $112,800 Cardinal Handicap (Grade III) on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
A busy morning of works on a glorious autumn morning at Churchill Downs included a serious training move by a filly who is racing royalty on the track’s grounds: a five-furlong move by Brereton Jones’ Believe You Can, winner of the 2012 Kentucky Oaks (Grade I).
Trainer Kenny McPeek is planning an assault on the remaining stakes races in the Churchill Downs Fall Meet that could include his top performers from last week’s Breeders’ Cup Championships at Santa Anita.
Fans can now back their opinion on the prospects for next year’s Kentucky Derby sooner rather than later. For the first time, Churchill Downs Racetrack will add a fourth pool to its popular Kentucky Derby Future Wager and it will coincide with closing week of the racetrack’s 25-day Fall Meet: Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Saturday, Nov. 30.
When the highly-regarded 2-year-old Almost Famous faltered in upper stretch and finished a non-threatening fourth in the $61,800 Street Sense on opening day of the Churchill Downs Fall Meet, trainer Pat Byrne quickly admitted that he was completely mystified.
The narrow loss to Mucho Macho Man in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I) at Santa Anita by Willis D. Horton’s Will Take Charge might not be the final race of the year for the late-blooming 3-year-old star.
Solid Appeal and Somali Lemonade will share top billing as the 119-pound starting high weights for Saturday’s $100,000-added Cardinal Handicap (Grade III) at Churchill Downs, but Eastern invader Abaco could be the horse to beat when 10 fillies and mares go to post in the 40th running of the 1 1/8-mile turf race.
Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan, fresh off his second consecutive victory in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (GI), and Groupie Doll, the Filly & Mare Sprint champion of 2012 and a repeat winner in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (GI) at Santa Anita, are back in Kentucky following their early afternoon arrival at Louisville International Airport on a flig