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Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, the all-time leading trainer at Churchill Downs, reached the 650-victory milestone Wednesday afternoon when James Karp’s favored Anecdote won the eighth race in wire-to-wire fashion under Jesus Castanon.
Grade III Churchill Downs stakes winners Ailalea and Buckleupbuttercup head a field of nine fillies and mares entered Monday for Saturday’s 26th running of the $150,000-added Chilukki (Grade II) at a mile on the main track.
C R K Stable’s Gladding, winner of the Grade II San Antonio Handicap at Santa Anita in February, will carry top weight of 117 pounds and concede from 1-2 pounds to six rivals Friday in the 19th running of the $100,000-added Ack Ack Handicap (GIII).
- Fox Hill Farm’s Havre de Grace tuned up for the Breeders’ Cup Classic with an easy 5f workout in 1:02 under jockey Gabriel Saez Monday. The clockers caught her in splits of 12 2/5, 24 3/5, 36 4/5, 49 1/5 and 1:02 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:15 3/5.
ON FIRE BABY EYES NEXT STEP IN GOLDEN ROD – “That was one for the good guys,” Hall of Fame trainer D Wayne Lukas said to Gary Hartlage as Lukas passed the viewing stand just past the six-furlong pole.
Anita Cauley’s homebred On Fire Baby held off a late charge from And Why Not to win the 43rd running of the Grade II, $173,400 Pocahontas for 2-year-old fillies by three-quarters of a length to highlight the opening day of the 21-day Fall Meet at Churchill Downs.
Lantern Hill Farm, LLC’s Motor City caught pace-setting Seven Lively Sins at the eighth pole and drew off to win the 30th running of the Grade III, $110,700 Iroquois for 2-year-olds by three-quarters of a length at Churchill Downs.
Team Valor International’s Pluck, winner of last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (Grade II) at Churchill Downs, returns to the races at the Louisville track Thursday after a nearly seven-month layoff when he faces nine rivals in the eighth running of the $100,000-added Commonwealth Turf (GIII) for 3-year-olds.
Another busy morning for the Todd Pletcher barn at Churchill Downs was headlined by two five-furlong workouts Sunday from Mike Repole’s duo of Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty in preparation for Saturday’s Grade I, $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.
DULLAHAN CONFIRMED FOR BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE FOLLOWING WORK – Grade I Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity winner Dullahan will be entered in the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) after impressing his connections with a five-furlong breeze on the main track in 1:00.80 Saturday morning shortly after the renovation break.
ARUNA’S ACTIVITY CAPS BUSY MORNING FOR MOTION – Flaxman Holdings Ltd’s Aruna, pre-entered in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic and the Emirates Airline Filly & Mare Turf (GI) with first preference in the Ladies’ Classic, arrived at Churchill Downs from Keeneland Thursday night and settled into Barn 22, which served as the spring accommodations for 2
Barry King’s Flashy Lassie, winner of the Grade III Debutante Stakes here in June, will return to the main track Sunday when she faces 11 rivals in the 43rd running of the Grade II, $150,000-added Pocahontas for 2-year-old fillies at a mile on the main track.
Brereton Jones’ homebred Mr Bowling, runaway winner of the Dover Stakes at Delaware Park in his most recent start, headlines a field of seven 2-year-olds entered Thursday for Sunday’s 30th running of the Grade III, $100,000-added Iroquois to be run at a mile on the main track Sunday.
HUNT CROSSING INJURED, WILL MISS JUVENILE SPRINT – Hunt Crossing, runaway winner of the NATC Futurity at Monmouth Park, suffered an injury to his right knee during his most recent work at Churchill Downs and will miss the $500,000 Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint.
GIANT RYAN, TRINNIBERG TURN IN SECOND CHURCHILL DOWNS WORKS – Shivananda Parbhoo’s Giant Ryan was scheduled to work Wednesday morning about 8:30 after the renovation break, but the 5-year-old did not want to wait that long.
PLETCHER SETTLES IN; SIDNEY’S CANDY WORKS ON TURF – Trainer Todd Pletcher, who saddled three of his six Breeders’ Cup winners at last year’s World Championships at Churchill Downs, began the process of improving on his career total Tuesday morning starting at 6 o’clock with light exercise from Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) hopefuls
Moustaches will be in vogue at Churchill Downs during the upcoming 21-day Fall Meet as the historic Louisville racetrack teams with the Movember Foundation to raise funds and awareness for men’s health.
UNCLE MO, OTHER BREEDERS’ CUP CONTENDERS ARRIVE FOR PLETCHER –Four Breeders’ Cup hopefuls trained by Todd Pletcher, led by Mike Repole’s probable Grade I Breeders’ Cup Classic starters Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty, arrived at Churchill Downs on Monday
Preston Stables’ Flat Out headed for the main track at Churchill Downs Sunday morning a little after 7 o’clock for “a strong gallop to put air in his lungs,” according to trainer Scooter Dickey.
Dullahan, upset winner of the Grade I Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity, breezed five furlongs shortly after the renovation break over a “fast” Churchill Downs track in 1:03.60 under Kent Desormeaux on a crisp Saturday morning beneath the Twin Spires in preparation for the $2 million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) or the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf