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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.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s homebred Kitten’s Dumplings, winner of the Edgewood on Kentucky Oaks Day, collected her second stakes win of the Spring Meet when she cruised to a 2 ¼-length victory over Praia in the $113,900 Regret (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.
Code West Prevails in Matt Winn, Gives Hall of Fame Trainer Baffert His 100th Churchill Downs Victory
Gary and Mary West’s Code West, runner-up in the Risen Star (Grade II) this winter, collected the first stakes win of his career with a valiant head triumph over Uncaptured in Saturday’s $113,100 Matt Winn (GIII) at Churchill Downs.
John C. Oxley’s Funny Proposition sprinted to the early lead and drew away late to upset champion mare Royal Delta by five lengths in Saturday’s $186,375 Fleur De Lis Handicap Presented by Etihad Airways (Grade II) on Saturday night at Churchill Downs.
Reminiscent of last November’s triumph in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I), Fort Larned made all of the running and posted a dominant 6 ¼-length, gate-to-wire win over Golden Ticket in Saturday’s 32nd running of the $536,300 Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (GI) before 23,509 “Downs After Dark” night racing fans at Churchi
WISE DAN BREEZES AT KEENELAND; COULD RUN NEXT IN FIRECRACKER
Defending Horse of the Year Wise Dan breezed a “bullet” five furlongs on the Polytrack at Keeneland on Saturday in :58.40 and he could make his next start in the $150,000-added Firecracker Handicap (Grade II) at Churchill Downs on June 29.
GOLDEN TICKET HEADS QUARTET OF STAKES CONTENDERS FOR McPEEK
Last year’s Debutante (Grade III) winner Blueeyesintherein, the lone 3-year-old in the field of five fillies and mares, cruised to a 4 ¾-length victory in the $55,860 Thursday afternoon feature at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Garry Simms and ridden by Leandro Goncalves, Blueeyesintherein completed the six furlongs in 1:11.08 on the fast main track.
‘NO EXCUSES’ FOR TAKE CHARGE INDY IN SATURDAY’S STEPHEN FOSTER
Trainer Pat Byrne will saddle Alysheba (Grade II) winner Take Charge Indy for the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (GI) and he said he has no excuses going into Saturday’s race.
Two-time champion Royal Delta, the 2-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s 38th running of the $175,000-added Fleur de Lis Handicap (Grade II), highlights the undercard of the Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) on the Downs After Dark Presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka racing program at Churchill Downs.