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Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan overcame a driving rainstorm, a yielding turf course, a brush of the inside hedge, a bobble in deep stretch and a lofty 128-pound impost to win the 23rd running of the $168,450 Firecracker Handicap (Grade II) on Saturday night at Churchill Downs.
GROUPIE DOLL GETS BACK TO WORK AT CHURCHILL DOWNS
Groupie Doll, last year’s champion female sprinter, appeared on the worktab for the first time this year and breezed a bullet three furlongs in :35.80 on the fast main track at Churchill Downs on Saturday morning.
It isn’t easy for a racing secretary to hang 128 pounds on a star horse in a handicap race such as Saturday night’s $150,000 Firecracker Handicap (Grade II), but Churchill Downs’ Director of Racing Ben Huffman relishes the opportunity.
Churchill Downs’ final Downs After Dark of the 38-day Spring Meet is Saturday at 6 p.m. (all times Eastern) and there are plenty of reasons to celebrate.
Churchill Downs Jockeys, All-time Win Leader Day to Visit Kosair Children's Hospital Friday, June 28
Many of the brightest riding stars of the Spring Meet at Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) – including three-time Kentucky Derby winner Calvin Borel, current rider leader Shaun Bridgmohan, 2012 Spring and Fall leading jockey Corey Lanerie and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Brian Hernandez Jr.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Churchill Downs’ all-time leading owners in races won with 360, scored a single-season record 28th win of the 38-day Spring Meet when The Sixties-GB cruised to a five-length victory in Thursday’s fifth race.
Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s homebred Lea, winner of last year’s Commonwealth Turf (Grade III), will take on Horse of the Year Wise Dan and six other rivals in Saturday’s 23rd running of the $150,000-added Firecracker Handicap (GII) at Churchill Downs.
Iroquois, Pocahontas Open Schedule of Eight Stakes Races Set for Churchill Downs' September Homecoming Meet
The first September racing meet in the 139-year history of Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) – 12 days of racing dubbed the Homecoming Meet – will feature eight stakes races with total purses of nearly $1 million.
D’cajun Cat, impressive debut winner by 5 ¼ lengths on June 1, and Hollywood Talent, a 3 ½-length winner in his lone start on April 19, top a field of seven 2-year-olds entered for Saturday night’s 112th running of the $100,000-added Bashford Manor (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.
Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan, a winner of five straight Grade I races, will carry the high weight of 128 pounds when he faces seven rivals in the 23rd running of $150,000-added Firecracker Handicap (GII) on Saturday night at Churchill Downs.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey won three races at Churchill Downs on Sunday to equal A.J. Foyt III’s 30-year-old record for most wins during a meeting at the historic Louisville racetrack.
WISE DAN, D’CAJUN CAT TOP SATURDAY STAKES POSSIBLES
Horse of the Year Wise Dan and impressive debut winner D’cajun Cat top the list of possible contenders for Saturday’s $150,000-added Firecracker Handicap (Grade II) and $100,000-added Bashford Manor (GIII) at Churchill Downs.
Fiftyshadesofgold, a 10-length winner against Texas-breds in her debut at Lone Star Park, invaded Churchill Downs for Saturday night’s 113th running of the $113,400 Debutante and delivered a similar jaw-dropping performance, beating More Than Beauty by eight lengths.
WISE DAN WORKS TOWARD FIRECRACKER, WEIGHTED AT 128
SCHARBAUER’S FIFTYSHADESOFGOLD FACES OPEN-COMPANY IN DEBUTANTE
SILVER VALLEY DEBUTS FOR NEW CONNECTIONS IN DEBUTANTE
Silver Valley was privately purchased following her impressive 4 ¾-length debut victory on May 25 and she will make her first start for her new connections in Saturday’s $100,000-added Debutante at Churchill Downs.
Kick up your boots, y’all, and get ready for a Southern-style country celebration as the wildly-popular Downs After Dark Presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka returns to Churchill Downs on Saturday night at 6 p.m. (all times Eastern).
Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC’s homebred Teardrop, an impressive debut winner on May 23, heads a competitive field of 11 2-year-old fillies entered for Saturday’s 113th running of the $100,000-added Debutante at Churchill Downs.
STEPHEN FOSTER HANDICAP NIGHT STARS IN GOOD ORDER SUNDAY
After a fantastic night of racing beneath the Twin Spires, the equine stars of Stephen Foster Handicap Night at Churchill Downs were reported by their connections to be in good order.
Valiant Boy SBFAR, the 2012 Arabian Horse of the Year and champion 4-year-old colt or gelding, added a Churchill Downs stakes win to his résumé with a five-length score over In X Hess in Saturday’s $103,695 President of the United Arab Emirates Cup (Grade I) at Churchill Downs.